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Bates Dance Festival

Saturday, Aug 3, 2019 at 5:30pm

Various Venues in Lewiston
Lewiston, ME 04240


5:30pm: jumatatu m. poe & Jermone Donte Beacham

jumatatu m. poe and Jermone Donte Beacham’s Intervention is part performance, part public action, designed to provoke dialogue about Black queer life in public space and centered around J-Sette performance and culture. Part public action, this work is free and open to anyone who wishes to follow it through the streets of Portland on August 2nd and Lewiston on August 3rd.

jumatatu m. poe is a choreographer, performer, and educator based between Philadelphia and New York City. Poe’s work continues to be influenced by various sources, including their foundations dancing around the living room and at parties with siblings and cousins in those living rooms and parties, early technical training in contemporary African dance, and recent sociological research of and technical training in J-setting with Donte Beacham. Poe produces dance and performance work with idiosynCrazy productions, a company they founded in 2008 and now co-direct. Jermone Donte Beacham began dancing hip hop in highschool and was later introduced to the world of J-Sette. J-Sette historically refers to the dance style the Jackson State University’s female drill team created in the 1970s. Currently, Beacham has his own J-Sette line, Mystic Force, and plans to increase the group’s renown in J-Sette in their community, and eventually internationally.

Location: New Beginnings and Tree Street Youth and ends at Alumni Gymnasium at 6:30PM

7:30pm: Festival Finale

Join us for the high-energy culminating evening of the 2019 Bates Dance Festival featuring repertory works in jazz, modern, Afro-modern and hip hop, performed by Bates Dance Festival Professional Training Program students and choreographed by Onye Ozuzu and Qudus Onikeku, Courtney D. Jones, and Michael Blake.

The evening kicks off with the final performance of the Youth Arts Program, which brings together talented local youth ages 7-16.

Tickets: $10 / $6

9:30pm: nora chipaumire

Zimbabwean performance-maker nora chipaumire responds to Grace Jones – black, female and unapologetic about her presence. In 100% POP, nora and two DJs interrogate Grace Jones‘ renowned “one man show” through soundclashing, Zimbabwe’s Chimurenga music, dub and noise. Using the idea of pop as an accessible musical form, the artists explore the ways information and knowledge was acquired by Africans who grew up in less free times – in times of Drum magazine, african broadcast stations, color bars, poverty, active connections to rural and township lifestyles.

Born in Mutare, Zimbabwe and based in NYC, nora chipaumire has been challenging and embracing stereotypes of Africa, the black performing body, art and aesthetics since she started making dances in 1998. chipaumire is currently touring #PUNK 100%POP ****** (verbalized as hashtag punk, one hundred percent pop, star *****), a three-part live performance album which had its full world premiere at The Kitchen in NYC in October 2018. Her current and ongoing work includes a digital book project – nhaka – a theory, technology, practice and process to her artistic work. Her upcoming work will be an opera entitled “Nehanda” (2020). chipaumire is a 2018 Guggenheim fellow and a three-time Bessie Award winner.

Location:  Gannett Theater

Tickets:  $25 / $18 / $12 (Adults/Seniors/Students)

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