2017 Harlem Arts Festival, NYC - June 24 & 25, 2017
SPACES: Harlem is an immersive storytelling performance that invites audiences to experience intimate moments from Harlem’s past. At the heart of the piece, local Harlem residents recount personal stories about the place they call home. SPACES: Harlem combines dance, theatre, music, and video, and took place at the gorgeous Mount Morris Ascension Presbyterian Church in the heart of Harlem.
“Our 2017 annual theater commission, Kaimera’s SPACES: Harlem, transformed an historic space that has served as a cornerstone of the community for years. It brought to light the many beautiful moments, unsung histories, and voices from the margins that capture the essence of our neighborhood, and lovingly shared it through a series of rituals and oral narratives to a very diverse crowd. Harlemites old and new, and visitors alike could appreciate the stories, and feel connected to the space."
J.J. El-Far, Co-Founder and Board Chair of the Harlem Arts Festival
Created by Jonathan Camuzeaux, Lauren Cox, and Simón Adinia Hanukai
Directed by Simón Adinia Hanukai
Choreography by Lauren Cox
DJ/VJing by Jonathan Hogstad
Designed by David Bengali
Featuring Lauren Cox, Kerian Cox, Maija Knapp, Adelita Hinojosa-Martin, Farley "Free" Rene, Bunny Sheffield and grandson Ryan Suseno, Havanna Fisher Newby, Blake Hunt, Shawn Gotts, Whitney Marchelle Jackson, and the members of PARCON NYC: Cecilia Fontanesi, Funda Gul, Akojaiye Hylton, Andrew Suseno.
SPACES: Harlem is a project of Kaimera Productions, in association with the Humans Collective. It is the 2017 Harlem Arts Festival Theatre Commission. SPACES: Harlem is part of Kaimera's larger SPACES initiative. Find out more about SPACES here.
SPACES: Harlem was made possible in part with public funds from Creative Engagement/Creative Learning, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (lmcc.net). Lower Manhattan Cultural Council empowers artists by providing them with networks, resources, and support, to create vibrant, sustainable communities in Lower Manhattan and beyond.