Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Dance In Community | #ArtistsAreNecessaryWorkers: Facebook Live Conversation Series



Dance In Community
Facebook Live Conversation Series


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Tuesday, June 30, 2020, 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 

Where: Facebook Live

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Registration: No registration required. All conversations are free and open to the public. 


 ASL interpretation will be provided by LC Interpreting Services. 
Closed Captioning services provided by The Viscardi Center.

About: Dance/NYC led a discussion with dance workers that are leading activist movements and caring for our communities through this time.

Confirmed Speakers: 

  • Alicia Bauman-Morales, Independent Dance Artist; Organizer, Artists Co-creating Real Equity
  • Brinda Guha, Curator, Wise Fruit NYC
  • Brittany Williams, Dancer, Choreographer, Organizer
  • Naomi Goldberg-Haas, Artistic Director, Dances for a Variable Population

Panelist Bios: 

ALICIA BAUMAN-MORALES is an Oakland-born tomboi boricua, and multidisciplinary dance artist. Raised on fantastical bedtime stories and household altares, Alicia is descended from brujxs. Alicia has danced with The NWA Project, Arthur Aviles, André Zachary and the Renegade Performance Group, K.Hamilton Productions and MBDance, among others. Alicia has choreographed for Brown Girls’ Burlesque and Roots & River, and presented original works "hipshandstongue" and "huracán: storm medicine" in California, New York and Puerto Rico. She is a member of ACRE, Artists Co-Creating Real Equity, and teaches humanizing practices through dance at the New York City Charter School for the Arts and Ailey Arts in Education. Alicia first practiced house and turf dance independently, in backyards and on sidewalks, until she began formalized training. Alicia spent formative years with Youth Speaks, Destiny Arts Center, June Jordan’s Poetry for the People, Everyday Theater and InnerSpark. Beginning as a guerilla performer, Alicia built her organizing chops with youth-led coalitions Art in Action and Diversity Works, and co-founded United Roots Oakland. She teaches humanizing practices through dance at Ailey Arts in Education, Sadie Nash Leadership Project and New York City Charter School of the Arts. Alicia is a current Dancing Futures artist in residence.

BRINDA GUHA is a trained Indian Classical Kathak dancer for over 20 years and has traveled throughout USA and to India, England, and Spain to perform. During training and performing for years in the Kathak (Guru Malabika Guha) & Manipuri (Guru Kalavati Devi) dance disciplines, as well as Flamenco (Carmen de las Cuevas; Dionisia Garcia) and Contemporary Fusion vocabularies, she co-founded Kalamandir Dance Company in 2010 and the movement vocabulary coined for 10 years as #ContemporaryIndian. This vocabulary's name is currently under review. Through Kalamandir, Brinda choreographed for many national stages, the North American Bengali Conference at Madison Square Garden, and self-produced and choreographed original feature-length dance productions which earned her artist residencies at Dixon Place (2018) and Dancewave (2019) to continue to develop work. Now, she is represented by CESD Talent Agency and is pursuing artistic direction, performance and arts education. She spent most of 2015/16 collaborating with NYC-based interdisciplinary artists to assist in developing her signature movement. Brinda also dances with dynamic percussive trio Soles of Duende, featuring Flamenco (Arielle Rosales), Tap (Amanda Castro), and Kathak (Guha). Her dream of having art meet activism was realized when she created WISE FRUIT NYC, a seasonal live arts installment (est 2017) dedicated to the feminine divine and honoring select women-led organizations. Wise Fruit NYC has implemented 9 NYC installations and one virtual edition, and is set to expand the initiative to the Nashville area ("Wise Fruit 1.0: Plant the Seed" in 2021). For her day job, she works as the Programs Assistant and Symposium Coordinator for dance service organization based in the values of justice, equity & inclusion: Dance/NYC.

BRITTANY WILLIAMS is an international dancer, choreographer, and organizer originally from Homestead, Florida. Brittany is 2017 Dancing While Black Fellow and an Artist in Resident at the Restoration Plaza in Brooklyn New York. She is a 2016 Jacob’s Pillow Scholarship recipient for the Program, Dance & Improv Traditions; a principal dancer with Olujimi Dance; the founder of Dancing for Justice and Obika Dance Projects. Brittany has worked with Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, Yon Tande, Makeda Thomas, Chris Walker, Michelle Grant-Murray, Urban Bush Women, Forces of Nature and more. 

NAOMI GOLDBERG HAAS is a dancer, master teacher, choreographer and founding artistic director of Dances For A Variable Population (DVP). With DVP, Ms. Goldberg Haas has created site-related public performances at many of NYC’s most iconic public spaces including Times Square, Washington Square Park, the Whitehall Ferry Terminal, and the High Line. She also leads DVP’s education programs, including the organization’s free community-based dance workshops that have served over 5,000 seniors at 45 senior centers since 2009. Ms. Goldberg Haas has worked in concert dance, theatre, opera and film, and has collaborated with The Klezmatics, composer Michael Nyman, and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner. She holds an MFA from Tisch Dance at NYU, and began her career with the Pacific Northwest Ballet. In 2013, Ms. Goldberg Haas received the “Art + Action Award” from Gibney Dance. The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council awarded her the 2014 Presidents Award for the Performing Arts. She served on the Arts, Media and Culture Committee as appointed by the Mayors Office for Age Friendly NYC (2015-2018). Recently, she was awarded a 2019-2020 DANCE USA Fellowship for Artists addressing Social Change.

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Dance/NYC convening is made possible, in part, by leadership support from the Howard Gilman Foundation and the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts.



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