About the Company: Kumble Theater
Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts at Long Island University's Brooklyn Campus is a dynamic, state-of-the art performance venue serving one of the most diverse campuses and communities in the country. It is designed to nourish artistic exploration and development by students and other emerging artists while providing the entire community greater access to an exciting range of Broadway-quality, classical and cutting-edge professional performances.
Impeccably crafted for the dramatic and technical demands of dance, music and theatrical productions, this elegant, 320-seat theater provides finely tuned acoustics and top-tier lighting, projection and other electronic capabilities. With a stage featuring a sprung floor extending to the seating area, the theater fosters an intimacy between performers and their audiences.
This extraordinary theater was made possible through the generosity of Long Island University Trustee Steven J. Kumble. It is part of an ambitious Campus renovation that created an extensive performing arts complex also featuring a black box theater, dance studios and a glass-enclosed art gallery. Among other major supporters of the performing arts complex are the EAB/Citigroup Foundation, through Long Island University Board of Trustees Chair Edward Travaglianti, trustees Bruce C. Ratner and Donald H. Elliott, the City of New York and the Independence Community Foundation.
Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts reflects Long Island University's dedication to awaken, enlighten and expand the minds of its students. Expressed in its motto Urbi et Orbi, the mission of Long Island University since 1926 has been to open the doors of the city and the world to women and men of all ethnic, racial and socioeconomic backgrounds who wish to achieve the satisfaction of the educated life and to serve the public good.
Periapsis Music and Dance is an artist-run organization committed to creating powerful live performance experiences through new collaborations. As a combined dance company, musical ensemble, and artistic presenter, PMD creates innovative, original work while sharing programs with spectacular guest talent from NYC and beyond.
Tickets: $35*; $20; $12 Seniors and Students with ID
*sign up for mailing list at http://periapsismusicanddance.org/contact.html to receive 20% discount code, only for $35 tickets by February 10th, 2014.
Tickets purchased by February 7th (All ticket prices) will be invited to a post-performance meet the artist reception
ANCESTRAL CHANT: Celebrating Cheryl Byron, Pearl Primus, Nina Simone
Saturday • JUNE 4 • 8PM
This annual tribute concert will celebrate the lives and legacies of three stalwarts of African American and African Caribbean culture: Pearl Primus, Nina Simone and Cheryl Byron - founder of Something Positive. The concert will feature Michael Manswell's Sweet Nina Suite, Pearl Primus' Hard Time Blues and Cheryl Byron's riveting Ancestral Chant. Something Positive is a performing arts and education organization dedicated to the art and culture of the African Diaspora and its cross-cultural influences.
Something Positive Cocktails & Conversations Fundraising Reception 6PM to 7:30PM
A pre-concert fundraising reception, "Cocktails & Conversations" - sponsored by Tropical Paradise Restaurant & Ballroom - will feature special guests including: Calypso King of The World- The Mighty Sparrow; Miss Trinidad and Tobago Universe 2003, Faye Alibocus; acclaimed actress, Hazelle Goodman; Broadway producer,Aubrey Lynch; authors Akoshia Yoba; Peggy and Murray Schwartz (The Dance Claimed Me - A Biography of Pearl Primus); Recording artist,Kevon Carter; The Nyasha Rhoden Steel Pan Quartet; and music mixed byDJ Keith – at the LIU- Brooklyn Campus Riggio Cyber Café.
Tickets: $25, $100 performance plus reception
Sunday • OCTOBER 3 • 5PM
The stage play – Why didn’t Jesus get married? - is a thought provoking, modern day inspirational family comedy which explores love, marriage and relationships - if Jesus had taken that path in life!
You won’t want to miss this special event honoring an important generation of Brooklyn’s Black male dancers and choreographers, who have served their communities and influenced younger dancers, including Obediah Wright, Baba Chuck Davis, Ron Brown, Jamel Gaines, Reggie Wilson, Michael Manswell, and Kevin “Shock-a-lock” Porter. They will be joined by protégés of their choosing for an evening that includes dances by the kings, a panel discussion, including Ella Moore and Lee “Ako” Thompson and a crowning moment. This event is presented as part of Brooklyn Arts Council’s year-long initiative Black Brooklyn Renaissance: Black Art + Culture, 1960 – 2010, sponsored by MetLife Foundation and presented in partnership with Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation.