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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

Costume: Decotach

 

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

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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.

 

Company: chrisbelldances

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

 

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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

Costume: Dancers

 

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

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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

 

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Broken sidewalk*

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

 

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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

 

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Musical Guest: Basilio Georges of Flamenco Latino

 

Sevillanas AfroCubanas

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

 

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Voices 2.0*

....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

 

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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

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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.

 

 

 

SPECIAL THANKS:

 

Mateo Tarolli & Marc Nuñez, QDF 2020 Video crew

 

Nicole Cordero-Callahan,  QDF Content Manager

 

Sunnyside Shines, Community Presenting Partner

 

And our virtual audiences!

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