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WILD: a new ballet by Jeremy McQueen’s Black Iris Project

Mar 17 | Thu |
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651 ARTS, Brooklyn’s premier institution for the African Diasporic performing arts will launch its newest series - LIVE @651 ARTS - with WILD, a new ballet from Emmy-nominated choreographer Jeremy McQueen and his Black Iris Project. Presented by the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and 651 ARTS, WILD forms part of Carnegie Hall's Afrofuturism festival and will be performed live for one night only at the Schomburg Center on Thursday, March 17th at 7 pm. The performance will also be streamed via the Schomburg Center’s livestream page. Inspired by past 651 ARTS programs, LIVE @651ARTS will feature premieres of live virtual, digital or print presentations. The new series will allow the institution to expand its artistic footprint and to further develop partnerships and collaborations with artists and other arts organizations.

Loosely inspired by Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are children’s book, WILD follows a young boy’s journey as he celebrates his 14th birthday while incarcerated. Frequently harnessing the power of his imagination, he transports himself to an alternate universe where he is not treated like a wild animal. This cutting-edge ballet utilizes physical movement to illustrate and honor the history of Black bodies moving through space while encountering oppression and transforms countless men’s stories into an artistic dance work, intended to be a reclaiming of time, unity, space, and Black culture.

Leading the cast for WILD will be William Roberson (Camille A. Brown & Dancers)and also features Fana Tesfagiorgis (Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater). The performance will include portraits and stories compiled by Richard Ross, author of Juvie Talk & Juvenile in Justice, as well as original music from a host of emerging artistic voices including: internationally acclaimed singer/ songwriter morgxn, former Hamilton cast member Phillip Johnson Richardson (Phil.), composer, vocalist, musician and mixed media artist Chari Glogovac-Smith, musician and producer Mauricio Escamilla and award-winning singer/songwriter Brittany Campbell. Illustrations and projection design for WILD were created by Aria Feliciano and Brittany Bland, respectively.

Venue: Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture

229 W 135th St, Apt 4A #4A Map