Virtual Beats at Bliss Plaza – Thursday July 9th, 2020
*Denotes Queens Premieres
Recorded Performances (Facebook Watch Party):
Haram Alek* (That's a Shame)
Although this song is about love and angst, the music is upbeat and so we'll have fun instead!
Company: Noora Dance Theater
Choreographed and performed by Noora Aphrodite
Music: Natcha Atlas
About Noora Dance Theater (Astoria)
Accomplished and passionate Noora Aphrodite has been in the New York and worldwide dance scene for over 30 years. She has produced several shows, is a regular at various venues and dance festivals and has appeared on Good Day New York. Noora coaches privately & teaches weekly classes www.nooradance.com @nooraaphrodite
Untitled Chopin Study: Live(ish) from LIC*
“Chopin Study” is a music visualization, a dance that serves as a duet partner to the sound.
It is a solo for two.
Performed and choreographed by Chris Bell (with special appearances from the LIC community)
Music: Frédéric Chopin performed by Idil Biret
Costume: Dav Burrington
About chrisbelldances (Long Island City)
Chris Bell has presented work in 4 out of 5 boroughs in NYC (including evening length works at Dixon Place and Gibney Dance Center), 3 States, and Mexico. www.chrisbelldances.com @chrisbelldances
scattered pieces* (adapted for video)
scattered pieces is a dance theater piece that explores the ideas of misplacement and loss. When something goes missing or someone is gone, how does it affect us? Maybe the thing or person isn’t gone, but it’s changed, how do we deal with that? Do we grieve; do we try to fix it? Can it be fixed? Are some things just broken? Perhaps something new emerges. Through relationships with the people in our community, we can find comfort and strength and move forward with compassion.
Company: NK&D / a movement company
Choreography by Nicole Kadar in collaboration with the dancers
Dancers: Nicole Kadar, Kathryn McKenzie, Caitlin Potosnak, Glenna Yu
and Lorena Jaramillo (apprentice)
Music: Daniel Bernard Roumain & Brian Crain
About NK&D / a movement company (Astoria)
NK&D / a movement company (2018) has shown work in the Hatch Series, Kaye Theater, Ailey Studios, Triskelion’s WAX works, and QDF. This year Nicole was awarded a Queens Su-Casa grant to dance with aging adults. NK&D believes dance is a gift of joy. www.nicolekadar.com/nk-d @nkd.amovementcompany
Syrtos & Maleviziotis from Crete
“Never forget the place that you’re from... there is no value to the tree if it does not have roots.”
Company: The Greek American Folklore Society
Choreography by: Vaia Allagianis, Artistic Director
Dancers: L-R: Alexia Volonakis, Michelle Weller, Elizabeth Tsouristakis
Music: Yiannis Mandas & Vassilis Vassiliadis
Costume: L-R: Traditional Greek folk dress from Crete, Halkidiki and Kalymnos
About Greek American Folklore Society (Astoria)
The Greek American Folklore Society is dedicated to the study, preservation and instruction of the history and traditions of Hellenic folk culture. We share our work with the public through stage re-enactments of traditional Greek customs, songs and dances, as well as through lectures, exhibits and workshops. www.greekamericanfolkloresociety.org @gafsny
Sequences of movement through the body, using soundscape as a method of support for improvisation.
Company: Barbara Mahler Dances
Choreographed and performed by Barbara Mahler
Music: John Cage
About Barbara Mahler (Jackson Heights)
Barbara has been an active member of the NYC dance community for over 30 years as a movement and dance educator, choreographer, and performer. She has traveled and performed internationally in South America, Europe, Canada, and Asia. She teaches ongoing classes in NYC and is instrumental in the outreach of Klein Technique. www.barbaramahler.com @barbara_mahler
Hand Me Down My Walking Cane*
A Blues and Flamenco fusion danced from a women's point of view.
Company: Flamenco Latino
Performed and choreographed by Aurora Reyes; staging of choreography by Raquel Heredia and Carmen Guerrero
Music: Basilio Georges, Elmore James, Koko Taylor
Costume: Aurora Reyes
About Flamenco Latino (Jackson Heights)
Aurora Reyes is a respected flamenco dancer, choreographer, and teacher in the Flamenco communities of Spain and New York. She is of Spanish descent, which inspired her inquiry into flamenco. Aurora’s collaboration with composer Basilio Georges produced Flamenco Latino, a NY-based Flamenco dance company, fusing Flamenco and Afro-Caribbean traditions. www.flamencolatino.com @flamencolatinonyc
Musical Guest: Basilio Georges of Flamenco Latino
Danceable traditional Sevillanas structure with an AfroCuban flavor
Guitar: Basilio Georges
Vocals: Basilio Georges and Aurora Reyes
About Basilio Georges (Jackson Heights)
For over 40 years, Flamenco guitarist, composer and singer Basilio Georges has created unique arrangements for dance, based on his performing experience in Flamenco, Jazz and Latin music. Flamenco Latino was founded to explore and experiment with the ida y vuelta (round trip) styles. This flamenco genre reflects Spanish amalgamation, during the late 18th century, of rhythms, structures and melodies from Latino countries. Flamenco Latino brings a unique Neo Yorkino injection to the art form.
Live-streamed Performances (Facebook Live):
A Tribe Called Kingdom*
In the wake of our ever changing society, we must be grateful that we have family and community in a time of unrest and difficulty. Let's celebrate our African culture, connect and be joyous!
Company: The Kingdom Dance Company
Choreography by Paige "Queen TuT" Stewart
Dancers: Paige "Queen TuT" Stewart, Shereece Thomas and Kaori Nakata Beji
Music: John Legend Mix by DJ Ufoh
Costume: Paige "Queen TuT" Stewart
About The Kingdom Dance Company (Rosedale)
The Kingdom is a collective from NYC, created by Paige "Queen TuT" Stewart. Her credits include BET, MTV, Wyclef Jean, Ariana Grande, Patty Labelle & Lupe Fiasco. This company showcases Hip-hop, Tap, African and Step. The Kingdom provides training, career development, instructor workshops, audition prep, resume help and community service. www.theQueenTuT.com @TheKingdomDanceCo
....If I ever sit and think.. about all the things happening in the world... I would go absolutely crazy!
Company: Drye|Marinaro Dance Company
Choreography by Jamie Drye
Dancers: Yu Fujiwara and Chieh Hsiung
Music: Julien Julien
About Drye|Marinaro Dance Company (Forest Hills)
In spring of 2011, the Drye|Marinaro Dance Company was established. DMDC has created numerous self-produced works at NYC venues, including Dixon Place, Playroom Theatre, Club Nublu, Caveat NYC, Abrons Arts Center, and NY Live Arts. Presenting concerts festivals Fresh Series, Jennifer Muller’s Hatched, PMT Showcase, and Philly Fringe Festival. www.dmdancecompany.org @dryemarinarodanceco
Summer Suite 2.0*
Summer Suite is a fun, upbeat street jazz and hip-hop dance medley set to global pop music
Company: Gotham Dance Theater
Choreography by Marc Nuñez, Emily Hart-Lopez, and Nadia Khayrallah
Dancers: Davonna Batt, Lyndsay Dru Corbett, Maria Cwiklinski, Zoë Davidson, and Marc Nuñez
Music: Anitta, Zahed Sultan, MRSHLL
About Gotham Dance Theater (Sunnyside)
Gotham Dance Theater is dedicated to producing art with social purpose, strengthening leadership and community through its artists, and representing the diverse cultures that reside in NYC. Founder Marc Nuñez is a Queens-based Choreographer/Dancer. Credits include: Rihanna, Todrick Hall, BARE Dance Company (Mike Esperanza), Entity Contemporary, Peter Pan, Newsies, The Tank (Curator), BFA in Dance with Excellence in Choreography (UC Irvine). Actors Equity member, rep. by CESD Talent Agency. www.gothamdancetheater.com @GothamDanceTheater
Performances followed by a Danceback with Gotham Dance Theater—get up and join us in a mini dance class!
The Queensboro Dance Festival (QDF) was launched in 2014 with the mission to strengthen the dance community in Queens, and garner a greater appreciation for Queens dance. Presenting Queens-based dance companies of diverse cultures and styles, QDF tours performances & classes every summer throughout Queens theaters, parks, plazas, libraries, and street events to bring local dance to Queens neighborhoods.
Mateo Tarolli & Marc Nuñez, QDF 2020 Video crew
Nicole Cordero-Callahan, QDF Content Manager
Sunnyside Shines, Community Presenting Partner
And our virtual audiences!