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Todays Date: 06/25/19
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THE MOVING MEMORY PROJECT  | Open: 01/23/19 Close: 01/23/19
The Moving Memory Project is a new festival devoted to memory and forgetting, co-curated by choreographer Stefanie Nelson of Stefanie Nelson Dancegroup and bestselling author David Shenk (The Forgetting). The inaugural event will feature Stefanie Nelson’s A, MY NAME IS…, a dance piece inspired by a family experience with dementia, along with the selection of short films from David Shenk’s Living With Alzheimer’s Film Project. Nelson and Shenk's vision for this festival is to bring together artists, caregivers, and seniors, to create a community of care surrounding issues connected to memory loss, and to destigmatize the diagnosis of dementia with the ultimate goal of increasing awareness to increase funding until a cure is found. The event focuses on Alzheimer’s and is preceded by a series of “Memories in Motion” workshops for seniors and caregivers at the Union Settlement Senior Center in East Harlem. There will also be a post-show panel discussion featuring Meredith Wong from CaringKind’s (formerly known as the Alzheimer’s Association, NYC Chapter) Connect2Culture program and Timothy W. Armour, President and CEO of the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund.


About the Company: Stefanie Nelson Dancegroup

Founded in 2000 by artistic director Stefanie Nelson, Stefanie Nelson Dancegroup is a New York City-based contemporary performance ensemble producing original work in close creative partnership with performers, visual artists and composers. The company’s work is driven by a distinctly conceptual impetus and characterized by a visceral and strikingly visual approach.

Stefanie Nelson Dancegroup has established its presence in the United States and internationally, developing a repertory of intensely collaborative multidisciplinary works. To date, the company has produced four evening-length works, along with an array of shorter pieces, presented at some of the foremost contemporary performances venues in the United States, including Joyce SoHo, Dance Theater Workshop, LaMama Moves!, Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors and Jacob’s Pillow, and internationally in Canada, Mexico and Italy (Fabbrica Europa; Florence Winter Dance Festival at the historic Teatro Goldoni; among others.)

Selected residencies include the Bessie Schoenberg Choreographer’s Residency at The Yard, Baryshnikov Arts Center, The Field's Artist Residency, and Dance New Amsterdam; the Harkness Dance Program, among many others. Nelson currently maintains ongoing collaborations with Arte e Danza Arabesque & Fuoricentro (Lucca, Italy,) and Exorto danza (Agropoli, Italy.)

THE ORCHESTRA NOW IN HARLEM  | Open: 12/16/16 Close: 12/16/16
The Orchestra Now kicks off the second season of its popular Around Town series with a free concert in Harlem, led by conductor JoAnn Falletta, music director of the Buffalo Philharmonic and the Virginia Symphony and principal guest conductor of the Brevard Music Center. Renowned mezzo-soprano Susan Platts, who has appeared at Teatro alla Scala, Carnegie Hall, and Lincoln Center, is the guest soloist. The program will present two different composers' versions of the Scheherazade tale along with Nielsen's captivating Aladdin Suite. These free community outreach events have become engaging neighborhood activities and are a great opportunity to introduce families and new explorers to the joys of classical music.  

Free! Please RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-orchestra-now-free-concert-in-harlem-registration-29530331015

Tambourines to Glory  | Open: 08/10/07 Close: 10/27/07
The gospel musical, TAMBOURINES TO GLORY, was written by Langston Hughes, the brilliant African American author who was a part of the remarkable Harlem Renaissance.

TAMBOURINES TO GLORY is a spirited, tragic-comedy that follows the lives of Laura Reed and Essie Bell Johnson who decide to start their own gospel church on a street corner in Harlem. Laura dreams of becoming rich and famous while Essie genuinely desires to serve the lord and her community. When the Devil (not a symbol or metaphor, but Beelzebub himself!) enters the picture, the conflict intensifies between the two women, their community and their faith. As these powerful forces collide and the conflict between the characters spiral out of control, Laura and Essie fight to find their way back from the ravages of Hell.

TAMBOURINES TO GLORY is a theatrical experience that will have you laughing, terrified and tearful as you take this entertaining journey from sin to redemption with Laura and Essie.

Finian's Rainbow  | Open: 07/20/07 Close: 09/06/07
music by Burton Lane, book by E.Y. Harburg & Fred Saidy, lyrics by E.Y. Harburg

The Harlem Repertory Theatre presents the political musical, FINIAN'S RAINBOW, July 20, 21, 26 & 28, August 11, 12, 18, 25 & 26, and September 1 & 6. The incomparable Yip Harburg, who created the dazzling score for the classic MGM film version of THE WIZARD OF OZ, also composed the score for FINIAN'S RAINBOW.

Set against Harburg's gospel, blues and Broadway songs, the plot of FINIAN'S RAINBOW uncompromisingly explores contemporary themes of race and class. The more serious, politically inspired plot devices are juxtaposed against situations that are filled with fantasy and charm that will surely appeal to audiences of all ages. The eclectic cast of characters include: a racist white senator who is turned black so he can experience the pain he has inflicted on others, a mischievous, misguided leprechaun named Og, a woman who speaks through dances, a pair of lovers, Woody and Sharon, and Finian, the hopeless dreamer, who is responsible for setting this fantastical, entertaining and magnificent tale in motion.