Translating Community Stories Master Class
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In partnership with Stockton Rush Bartol Foundation and Painted Bride Art Center, Leeway will be offering two master classes with world-renowned multi-disciplinary artists D’Lo and Imani Uzuri. The classes will focus on techniques for listening to and translating the stories of one's community(ies) into narrative work for the stage. The classes are offered free of charge and will take place on Sunday December 6, 2009 at the Painted Bride Art Center (230 Vine Street).
- 12pm-2pm: Imani Uzuri master class (voice and songwriting)
- 2pm-3pm: Brownbag Lunch with Imani & D'Lo
- 3pm-5pm: D'Lo master class (dramatic text and performance)
Admission is on a space available basis. RSVP required in advance. Participants can choose to sign up for each class separately or both. The schedule for the day is very tight, so participants in the Brown Bag Discussion should bring lunch with them.
Described as a "jolt of creative and comedic energy" D’Lo is a Tamil Sri L.A.nkan-American, political theatre artist, writer, music producer, and director, currently causing the most trouble in Los Angeles. D'Lo holds a BA from UCLA in Ethnomusicology and is a graduate of the School of Audio Engineering in New York. D'Lo had a sold-out run of "Ballin With My Bois," D’s queer hip-hop theater piece, in 2004, and recently performed in the Cornerstone Theater production of “For All Time” at California Institution for Women, a state prison. D’Lo has also performed in a staged reading of Terry Wolverton’s play “Embers”, created sound design for Adelina Anthony’s “Bruising for Besos”, directed two solo shows for Teada's Healing Aloud Season, wrote and collaborated with Theater Mu. D’Lo has collaborated with several performance groups (Artwallah, Great Leap, Arpana Dance Company, Mujeres de Maiz) and is also an experienced teaching artist and has performed and held workshops extensively throughout the US and Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, Sri Lanka and India. Currently, D'Lo is touring with "Ramble-Ations: A One D'Lo Show” which received the NPN Creation Fund Grant.
Time Out New York says Imani “never fails to mesmerize audiences with her narcotic blend of ethereal sounds... Recently featured as Trace Magazine's 'Beautiful', eclectic, bohemian Imani is one who defies category. She has performed at numerous international venues/festivals including Lincoln Center, Central Park Summer Stage, Performa ’07, London’s Barbican Center, Blue Note, Japan’s World Festival of Sacred Music, Joe’s Pub, S.O.B.’s, The Box, Bowery Ballroom, The United Nations, Black Lily Film & Music Festival, Le Lieu Unique, Brooklyn Academy of Music, NYC Culturefest, Whitney Museum, National Black Arts Festival, and Morocco’s Festival D’Essaouira. Imani’s recordings/collaboration include: Herbie Hancock, John Legend, 4-Hero, Talib Kweli, Sly & Robbie, Bill Laswell, and King Britt. Television appearances include Late Show With David Letterman performing with Peter Gabriel and the Afro-Celt Sound System. Her stunning debut album Her Holy Water: A Black Girl’s Rock Opera (available on iTunes, Rhapsody, and cdbaby.com) features 18 sweeping and captivating songs. She is currently developing a provocative musical theater piece of the same title based on its music, while incorporating coming-of-age memories from her youth in rural North Carolina, multi-media video montage, and anecdotes from her nomadic travels around the world of which she has just completed 2 sold out performances at the legendary Apollo Theatre! It has also been successfully showcased at Joe's Pub, The Kitchen, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, and Painted Bride Art Center. Please visit imaniuzuri.com and myspace.com/herholywater.
For more info call (215) 545-4078, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This workshop was generously sponsored in part by:
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