Dance Initiative and John Jay College
collaboration with Mari Meade Dance Collective
World Premiere of
Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College,
September 13, 2019 at 7:30pm
CUNY Dance Initiative and John
Jay College, in
collaboration with Mari
Meade Dance Collective/MMDC, present
the World Premiere of immigration
Friday, September 13, 2019 at 7:30pm at the Gerald W. Lynch
Theater at John Jay College, 524 W. 59th Street,
NYC. Tickets are $20 ($15 for students and seniors) and can be
purchased online at www.bit.ly/mmdc_immigrationstories
at the door the night of the performance.
stories, a series of dances based on true experiences
about relocating to the United States, opens up the vastly different
paths people take to come this country. What began with a frustrating
phone call for choreographer Mari Meade to U.S. Citizenship and
Immigration Services has evolved into a full evening of personal
stories, music and dance. From a young man who was born in Germany
and lived in Ghana before making his way to New York, to a Russian
woman who moved to Florida as a teenager, these individual stories
expand the conversation around immigration in this highly politicized
time. Weaving together interviews with original compositions by
Rosana Caban, Domenico Curcio, and Eran Sabo, with additional music
by Chino Amobi, immigration stories combines words
and movement to question assumptions around cultural identity
and what being "American" might really mean.
stories is choreographed by Mari Meade with costumes by
Emily Petry, and performed by Allison Beler, Breanna Gribble, Misuzu
Hara, Sean Hatch, Morgan Hurst, Isaac Owens, Or Reitman, and Roza
in 2009, Mari Meade Dance Collective/MMDC creates
intricate, fully-formed worlds with epic, abstract narratives. Highly
physical, quirky movement forms tight-knit communities of exaggerated
characters who are bound to complex narrative arcs. The company is
driven by Mari Meade's choreographic inspiration but is shaped by
interactions with and contributions from other visual art forms. MMDC
has shown work nationally and internationally. Highlights include:
the Clark Theatre at Lincoln Center; Dance: Access at Danspace/St.
Mark's Church (NYC); STUFFED at Judson Memorial Church (NYC);
Triskelion Arts (Brooklyn); FLICfest (Brooklyn); Battery Dance
Festival (NYC); New Orleans Fringe Festival (LA); Asheville Fringe
Festival (NC); Baltimore Dance Invitational (MD); Katlehong Arts
Center (South Africa); and Lake Studios Berlin (Germany).
Meade is an educator, choreographer, and the artistic
director of Mari Meade Dance Collective / MMDC. Meade has received
the New York Choreographic Institute (an affiliate of New York City
Ballet), UNCSA Development Residency, the Kenan Fellowship at Lincoln
Center Education and was an Artist in Residence at Chez Bushwick,
Triskelion Arts, CUNY Dance Initiative, and Lake Studios Berlin. She
has shown work at Clark Theatre at Lincoln Center; Danspace; Judson
Memorial Church; Joe's Pub; Battery Dance Festival; Triskelion Arts;
ChopShop: Bodies of Work (WA); New Orleans Fringe Festival; Asheville
Fringe Festival; Baltimore Dance Invitational; Lake Studios Berlin;
Katlehong Arts Center (South Africa). She was awarded a Brooklyn Arts
Council regrant in 2010, and a "New Work" and Su Casa grant
from Queens Council on the Arts in 2019. Mari Meade is also a board
member of the Kenan Institute for the Arts and the associate director
of the UNCSA's Choreographic Institute. She was recently commissioned
by Amalgamate Dance Company, One Day Dance, and CounterPointe. She is
a teaching artist for New York City Ballet and Dancing Classrooms.
She is a graduate of UNC School of the Arts.
more information, visit www.mmdcbrooklyn.com.
project is made possible in part by the Queens Council on
the Arts with public funds from the New York City
Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
residency and performance at John Jay College is part of the CUNY
Dance Initiative (CDI), a program that opens the doors of CUNY
campuses to professional choreographers and dance companies.
CDI receives major support from the Howard Gilman Foundation and
the Mertz Gilmore Foundation. Additional support is provided by the
Jerome Robbins Foundation, the SHS Foundation, the Harkness
Foundation for Dance, and Dance NYC's New York City Dance Space
Subsidy Program, made possible by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
CDI is spearheaded and administered by the Kupferberg Center for the
Arts at Queens College.
informational and visual arts presentations at John Jay College are
made possible in part with funds allocated by Council Member Helen
Rosenthal and the New York City Council.
Jay College of Criminal Justice of The City University of New York,
an international leader in educating for justice, offers a rich
liberal arts and professional studies curriculum to upwards of 15,000
undergraduate and graduate students from more than 135 nations. In
teaching, scholarship and research, the College approaches justice as
an applied art and science in service to society and as an ongoing
conversation about fundamental human desires for fairness, equality
and the rule of law. www.jjay.cuny.edu.