2020 SEASON UPDATE
JCE Jazz Dance Project artist Vanessa Martínez de Baños will lead a choreography focusing on musicality, fusion of styles, quality of movement getting the dancers moving in space, increasing their dance vocabulary while working on their unique artistic voices.
ADV.BEGINNER/INTERMEDIATE LEVEL CLASS
Sunday, October 4th, 11:30-12:45 (EDT)
All proceeds will go to JCE.
From Barbara Angeline: eat Crow explores ‘freedom’ in the 1920s, through the perspective and inspiration of Josephine Baker. This jazz dance illuminates kinesthetic and social experiences of black and white performers of that era. In Harlem and on Broadway, black dancers had unrestricted ‘Freedom of Body’ but limited space to advance in the world. On Broadway stages and off, white dancers had literal and figurative ‘Freedom of World’ but relatively restrained body movement. This work explores Baker’s exhibitionist sensuality, comedy and dance; her unquenchable quest for love and the ‘home’ that she found in the amusement and adoration of black and white audiences.”
eat Crow was originally commissioned by and premiered at Hofstra University in 2014. It was restaged for Hysterika Jazz Dance for JCE in 2016.
Documentary shows excerpts from both the premiere and Hysterika Jazz Dance productions:
Hofstra dancers: Maggie Carter, Erin Caster, Billy Cohen, Jonny Cohen, Tori Colon-Succi, Samantha Giordano, Julia Macchio, Miranda Muench, Mary-Kate O’Toole, Janelle Oppenheim, Teairra Price, Annik Spencer, Gisselle Vazquez, Heidi Walter, Kevin Williams
Hysterika Jazz Dance members are listed above.
Costume Design for both productions: Meredith Van Scoy
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WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
All in all, Jazz is a category of dance with many different attributes, and the New York Jazz Choreography Project ... was successful in representing a wide range of what jazz dance has to offer. The show itself was full of life, and I was thoroughly impressed and entertained by the talent showcased.
Each piece of the evening was a joy…All of what the NYJCP coordinated that evening was an evolution of jazz.
If you saw this concert, you would be reassured that jazz dance is alive and kicking…
…all the performers in the program showed a passion and love for the language of jazz dance, and that message was received loud and clear.