BAAD! – The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance – begins its fall season with the BlakTinx Performance Series from October 5 through November 16, 2012. This annual festival celebrates art and performance in various disciplines by African Americans, Latinos, and other artists of color will include several evenings of Bronx dance companies alongside companies from around the world, plus theater, performance art and a sexy comic book workshop.
The festival's name has gone from BlakTino, to BlakTin@, to BlakTina and this year the spelling of BlakTinx is being used to include all gender expressions. BAAD! is located at 841 Barretto Street, Bronx, NY. For tickets and information call 718-842-5223 or visit www.BronxAcademyofArtsAndDance.org.
Friday and Saturday, October 5 & 6, 2012 at 8pm / $20
The Latina Dance Theater Project
The Latina Dance Theater Project (LDTP), a group of five nationally recognized Latina/o dance theater artists that explore the unique, dynamic and passionate voices of the hybrid cultures of Mexico, the United States and Brazil, present "Slumber of Reason/El Sueño de la Razón." The creative springboard for this work is Spanish painter Francisco de Goya's prints, "Los Caprichos." With a stark intensity unprecedented in the history of art, these prints convey the contradictions of a historical period when religious fundamentalism and paranoia prevailed over reason. Tim Perez directs Licia Perea, a COLA and two time NEA Fellow (LA, CA); Juanita Suarez, PHD, recipient of MAP Fund, Berolzheimer Foundation (Brockport, NY); Eva Tessler, multiple recipient from the AZ Comm. of the Arts (Tucson, AZ); Eluza Santos, PHD, United Arts Council of NC (Vitoria, Brazil); and award winning writer, director, and performer Jose Garcia Davis.
Sunday, October 7 at 7pm / $20
Direct from Brazil, Companhia EluzArtes presents "I End Up Staying But I Always Want to Leave" and an excerpt from "Umbilicus"
The Brazilian company, EluzArtes, is comprised of all female artists who are multi-generational, and multi-racial and have a vast experience in dance, in theater, and in life. They will premiere the piece, "I end up staying, but I always want to leave," which explores the ruptures and connections that happen in life – by moving to a new place, or changing one's job, to choosing a different life dream. The excerpt of "Umbilicus," "Navel radiation," takes drama and whimsy to another level as it explores breath and the human condition. The performers are Maria Helena Braga, Verônica Gomes, Aline Pamplona, Marlian Petrina and Eluza Santos.
Friday, October 12, 2012 at 8pm / $20
Christal Brown and INSPIRIT: The Evolution
Join INSPIRIT with new Artistic Director Alexandra Warren as The company performs work from 2003-present; showcasing choreography by Christal Brown, Alexandra Warren, Toni Renee Johnson, and current company members. The evening will also include a sneak peek into one oF Brown's newest collaborative endeavors "The Sweet Science Suite" performed by an all-male cast as well as a live performance via live feed by Christal Brown from Lusaka, Zambia. Witness this amazing display of history as INSPIRIT prepares for their 10 year anniversary season in the spring of 2013!
Saturday, October 13, 2012 at 8pm / $20
"I Feel Love: A Dance Tribute to Donna Summer"
This year BAAD! invites choreographers to respond to the infectious and varied music of the late dance/disco music diva Donna Summer. Mixed in a live set by DJ Shae Bryant, the order of the songs will be spontaneous, just like at a disco, and the dancers will know when to dance when their music is played. This bevy of mainly Bronx-based companies will present works that go from contemporary to African to hip hop and include Modesto Acosta, Arthur Aviles Typical Theatre, Cashel S. Campbell, Jessica Danser/JD Dansfolk, Afua Hall, Shizu Homma, Toni Renee Johnson/Maverick Dance Experience, Kraven Seneca Dance Company, Sage Rivera, Miltieri Tucker and Damon White.