New York Live Arts Presents BALDWIN THROUGH DANCE: CHARLES O. ANDERSON AND DIANNE MCINTYRE This Weekend
As part of the second annual Live Ideas festival, James Baldwin, This Time!, New York Live Artspresents Baldwin Through Dance: Charles O. Anderson and Dianne McIntyre. The shared program features the world premiere of Time is Time created and performed by acclaimed dancer and choreographer Dianne McIntyre, and the New York City premiere of Charles O. Anderson's Restless Natives.
Infused with a stunning sound score and original texts by performance poet and singer Ursula Rucker, Restless Natives is an evening of mournful celebration that integrates jazz and blues music, spoken text and African American vernacular gestures and dances. The work explores the core themes-the struggle to love and be loved amid the complexities of racism, sexism and homophobia-from James Baldwin's Another Country. Set in a fictional speakeasy called "Home," the piece is a rhythm and blues saturated kinetic story about emotional and spiritual longing.
Restless Natives was conceived, directed and choreographed by Charles O. Anderson in collaboration with performers Jeremy Arnold, Karama Butler, Dina-Verley Christophe, Danielle Currica, Johnnie Mercer, Jr., Alvin Rangel, Ursula Rucker, Ashley Sleeth and Miko Doi Smith. The sound score was designed by Anderson and features music by Gil Scott Heron, James Baldwin, Betty LaVette, Ursula Rucker, Frank London and Chuck and Mac.
Dianne McIntyre's Time is Time is a celebratory offering exploring the emotional soul of Baldwin's poem "Song (for Skip)." With the foundation of Baldwin's language-which at times is like a whip, at times like a lullaby-McIntyre weaves a tapestry of dance, text, song, instrumental sounds and contemplation. Time is Time will be performed by McIntyre and five fellow artists including legendary pianist and composer Onaje Allan Gumbs.
WHO: Charles O. Anderson, director and choreographer
Ursula Rucker, poet
Charles O. Anderson, Jeremy Arnold, Karama Butler, Dina-Verley Christophe, Danielle Currica, Johnnie Mercer, Jr., Alvin Rangel, Ursula Rucker, Ashley Sleeth, Miko Doi Smith, performers
Brenda Dixon Gottschild, dramaturg
Dianne McIntyre, choreographer
Onaje Allan Gumbs, composer
WHEN: TONIGHT, April 26 at 8:00pm
Sunday, April 27 at 2:00pm
New York Live Arts
New York Live Arts Theater
219 W 19th Street, New York, NY 10011
TICKETS: $15, $40 | Festival Passes $175
Box Office hours: Monday-Friday 1 - 9pm | Saturday-Sunday 12 - 8pm
About the Artists
Charles O. Anderson is currently based in Austin, Texas where he is an associate professor of African Diaspora Dance Studies and the M.F.A. coordinator in Dance at The University of Texas at Austin. He is artistic director of dance theatre X (dtX), an afro-contemporary dance theatre company, which he founded in Philadelphia in 2003. Born and raised in Richmond, VA, Anderson earned his B.A. in Choreography and Performance from Cornell University and his M.F.A. in Dance from Temple University. He has performed in the companies of Ronald K. Brown, Sean Curran, Mark Dendy and Miguel Gutierrez among others. His work has been presented nationally and internationally and has earned recognition by numerous grants and organizations, such as the Pew Fellowship in the Arts, one of "25 to Watch" by Dance Magazine, and one of "12 Rising Stars in the Academy" by Diverse: Issues In Higher Education magazine.
Dianne McIntyre is "one of modern dance's reigning divas" (Time Out New York, 2012). Since 1972 she has choreographed scores of concert dances, four Broadway shows, 30 regional theatre productions, a London West End musical, three feature films, three television productions, stage movement for recording artists and five original full-length dance-dramas. Her company, Sounds in Motion/Dance Visions, Inc. operated a studio/school in Harlem, mentored countless dance artists and toured internationally in the 1970s and 80s. Known for collaborations with musicians in jazz, blues, soul, world and avant-garde (Olu Dara, Butch Morris, Cecil Taylor, Lester Bowie) McIntyre also has the opportunity to work with writers and directors (Ntozake Shange, OyamO, Regina Taylor, August Wilson, Des McAnuff, Marion McClinton, Woodie King, Jr., Jonathan Demme). Her individualistic movement style reflects her affinity for cultural histories, personal narratives and the boldness, nuances, discipline and freedom in music and poetic text. Dance companies, including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, as well as forty plus university ensembles and the major dance festivals have commissioned her choreography and teaching residencies. As a Tamiris specialist she recreated that choreographer's 1937 "How Long, Brethren?" from Negro Songs of Protest.