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SATURDAY, JUNE 5, 2021—RESURGENCE
RESURGENCE: THE ACT OF MAKING AND GATHERING IN COMMUNITY IS IN AND OF ITSELF A RESURGENT ACT TO MOVE US INTO A REAWAKENING CITY. JOIN US AS WE COME TOGETHER TO REFLECT ON THE HISTORY OF ASTOR PLACE, THE COMPLEXITIES OF THE PRESENT, AND THE JOY AMIDST IT ALL THROUGH SOUND AND DANCE.
|10:00–11:00 am On Stage—Ethan Philbrick performs Case
Case is a score for 15 cellists that evokes the multiple meanings of the word "case" — an object that holds and protects another object; an instance of a disease; and a legal action — as a way to sonically meditate on the political and epidemiological crises of the past year.
Ethan Philbrick is an artist and writer who uses music, performance, text, and video to investigate the politics of historical archives and to locate alternative ways of being, doing, and thinking together.
Instagram: @ethanphilbrick | Twitter: @pethan | www.ethanphilbrick.com
|11:15 am–12:00 pm On Stage—Land acknowledgement with George Stonefish and John Scott Richardson
Join us for a land acknowledgement led by George Stonefish, lifelong resident of New York City who is well-known as a native singer, dancer, artist, and speaker. Stonefish has participated in the defense of Native Nations as a member of their warrior societies and by promoting their struggles through intervening in the media, organizing governmental structures in preparation for federal recognition, and speaking at the UN and universities throughout the US.
John Scott Richardson is an actor, presenter, drummer, singer, and advocate.
|12:00 pm–2:00 pm On Stage—Discovery thru Frequency + Mantra: Music-making with Nelson Bandela
Building futures from the bits of our present, music and multimedia artist Nelson Bandela invites you to follow along—on Creative Time's Instagram Live and onsite—as he makes a series of crude instruments using items scavenged from Astor Place, appraising each item for their acoustic quality and resonance with his personal vibrations.
Nelson Bandela is a fearless artist who has created over 30 music projects. He combines the courageous cacophony of the DaDa art movement with remnants of futurism and Funk.
Instagram: @BandelaBandela | www.nelsonbandela.com
|12:00 pm–2:00 pm On Plaza—Kintecoying / The Meeting Place: Saging, Trading, Sharing, Remembering with Dennis Redmoon Darkeem
Remembering the history of Kintecoying, an Indigenous gathering and trading space now known as Astor Place, Dennis RedMoon Darkeem offers an interactive workshop that draws on the symbolic connotations of the color red to honor Indigenous people's history and to create lines of communication from the past to the present.
Born and raised in The Bronx, Dennis RedMoon Darkeem is an artist and educator of the wind clan of Yamassee Creek-Seminole tribe Native American and African-American descent.
Instagram: @RedMoonDennis | www.dennisredmoondarkeem.com
|12:00 pm–2:00 pm On Plaza—Lower East Side History Month with FABnyc
FABnyc will share resources on Black and Indigenous histories in the Lower East Side, in collaboration with Dennis RedMoon Darkeem.
FABnyc is a team of artists and organizers working to preserve, strengthen, and grow the cultural vibrancy of the Lower East Side.
|12:00 pm–2:00 pm On Plaza—Activist Sites of Lower Manhattan with Nandini Bagchee
Learn about the insurgent and resurgent histories of activist estates in lower Manhattan from architect and author Nandini Bagchee in this drop-in workshop.
Nandini Bagchee is an Associate Professor at the Spitzer School of Architecture at CCNY (CUNY) and principal of Bagchee Architects.
Instagram @nbagchee | www.bagcheearchitects.com
|1:00 pm–2:00 pm Leaving from Plaza—Walking Tour: Passport to the Past
Dipti Desai and Jessica Hamlin lead a neighborhood tour of the invisible history of resistance and resilience of historically marginalized groups around Astor Place. Meet at Red Stage to join the tour. Note this tour will be an hour long and require participants to traverse city blocks to take part. The tour will not be amplified.
Dipti Desai is Professor of Art + Art Education and Director of the Graduate Art + Education Programs at New York University whose research interests explore contemporary art as a critical pedagogical site, artistic activism, and critical race theory in art + education.
Jessica Hamlin is a Clinical Professor in the Art+Education program at New York University whose work explores the intersections between contemporary art, critical pedagogy, and public education.
FROM 5:00 PM–8:00PM: JOIN US FOR AN OPENING PARTY AT THE INTERSECTION OF JOY AND RESISTANCE, RESURGENCE: SOUNDS OF SOUTH ASIAN & MENA (MIDDLE EASTERN/NORTH AFRICAN) SOLIDARITY, WITH LIVE MUSIC, DJS, AND A DANCE PARTY,
ORGANIZED WITH THANUSHKA YAKUPITIYAGE (USHKA).
|5:00 pm On Stage—Humeysha
Join us for a performance by Humeysha, whose work has been described as “a unique intersection, merging the cinematic formality of Bollywood and geometric repetition of Islamic art.”
Humeysha (Zain Alam) is an artist and musician based in Bed-Stuy who recently completed fellowships with South Asian American Digital Archive, Wreck City, and Harvard University, and is currently at work on a new full-length album.
Instagram: @humeysha | Twitter: @humeysha
|5:30 pm On Stage—DJ Shirine
Shirine Saad is a Beirut-born multimedia storyteller, programmer, and DJ focusing on culture and social change. She is currently working as the Interim Programming Director and Ideas Editor at National Sawdust.
|6:00 pm On Stage—Zahra Alzubaidi and Zafer Tawil
Zahra & Zafer perform traditional Palestinian songs as a duo, celebrating the heritage, culture, and beauty of Palestine.
An accomplished Palestinian musician based in New York City, Zafer Tawil is a virtuoso on oud, violin, and qanoun, and is a master of Arabic percussion. Iraqi-born, Palestinian-raised, and Brooklyn-based vocalist Zahra Alzubaidi performs a variety of Arabic music styles with a focus on Iraqi Maqams and Atwaar.
|6:30 pm On Stage—Alsarah
Alsarah is a singer, songwriter, bandleader, and a somewhat reluctant ethnomusicologist.
|7:00 pm On Stage—Ushka
Ushka is a Sri Lankan-born, Thailand-raised, Brooklyn-based deejay traversing genres across electronic club & bass music.
Instagram: @ty_ushka | Twitter: @ty_ushka
|7:00 pm On Plaza—Dhol & Brass with Sonny Singh & Ernest Stuart
On the plaza, Singh & Stuart will accompany the opening night sets with dhol & trombone duo performances.
Sonny Singh is a Brooklyn-based trumpet and dhol player, singer, and songwriter. For the last decade, Sonny has brought his fiery energy to audiences around the world as an original member of the Brooklyn Bhangra outfit Red Baraat, touring heavily and releasing 5 studio albums. Sonny is currently recording his debut solo album, produced by Wil-Dog Abers of Ozomatli, entitled Chardi Kala, the Sikh concept of revolutionary eternal optimism.
Ernest Stuart is a Philadelphia-bred musician, currently living in New York, who founded Center City Jazz Festival to help raise awareness of the wealth of talented artists in the Philadelphia region. As a trombone player, Ernest has performed with notable artists such as Red Baraat, John Legend, Seal, The Legendary Roots Crew, The Teskey Brothers, and Aretha Franklin.
|7:30 pm On Stage—DJ Rekha
DJ Rekha, née Rekha Malhotra, pioneered the merging of Bhangra and Bollywood sounds with contemporary electronic dance music.
Instagram: @djrekha | Twitter: @djrekha | djrekha.com
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SUNDAY, JUNE 6, 2021—THE PORTAL
PAPI JUICE PRESENTS THE PORTAL, AN ECLECTIC DAY OF PROGRAMS WITH PERFORMANCES, GAMES, AND OF COURSE, MUSIC. THE PORTAL ASKS HOW TO REIMAGINE OUR RELATIONSHIP TO SHARED SPACE. WHAT COMES WITH US FROM THE PAST, WHAT NEW THINGS HAVE WE LEARNED? AND STILL WHAT ARE SOME OF OUR UNANSWERED QUESTIONS? THE PORTAL IS ABOUT REBUILDING OUR RELATIONSHIP TO SPACE WITH INTENTION, CARE, AND ABUNDANCE, NOT ONLY IN THEORY BUT IN PRACTICE.
|Papi Juice is an art collective and creative studio that aims to affirm and celebrate the lives of queer and trans people of color. Structured around their curated events, Papi Juice lives at the intersection of art, music, and nightlife. Since Papi Juice’s inception in 2013, the collective has been changing the face of nightlife in New York City and beyond with intentional platforms for artists of color including panels, workshops, artist residencies, performances, and, of course, fabled DJ sets and all night parties. Papi Juice has featured artists like: Princess Nokia, MikeQ, Kindness, Juliana Huxtable, Helado Negro, and Kelsey Lu. Papi Juice has also partnered with institutions like: The Brooklyn Museum, MoMA PS1, El Museo del Barrio, Creative Time, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Planned Parenthood, Toronto Pride, Red Bull Music Academy, and many more.
Instagram: @papijuicebk | Twitter: @papijuicebk
11:00 am–3:00 pm Tabletop games on plaza
12:00 pm–3:00 pm Installation: 8 years of Papi Juice
3:00 pm–8:00 pm Brandon Washington
Mariachi Loco de NY
DJ Adam R
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Lead project support for Red Stage is provided by Max and Monique Burger, Burger Collection Hong Kong; Molly Gochman; The O’Grady Foundation; and an anonymous donor. Red Stage is also supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. The project would not have been possible without site support and collaboration from the NYC Department of Transportation’s Temporary Art Program (DOT Art) and the Village Alliance.
Major Creative Time programming support for 2021 has been generously provided by Arison Arts Foundation, the Charina Endowment Fund, The David Teiger Foundation, The Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, The Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, Open Society Foundations, and The Willem de Kooning Foundation. We are also grateful for the support of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA); public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) in partnership with the City Council; and the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.