SPACES: Harlem

(2017)

An immersive experience that highlights the history, beauty and hope of the historic neighborhood of Harlem.

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SPACES is an immersive experience that merges contemporary performance with the ancient art of storytelling in a place-specific participatory work. Each SPACES piece is built around the site of its performance, and created and performed with the local community that gives this place its life and identity.

SPACES: Harlem combines dance, theater, music, and video and invites local residents at the gorgeous Mount Morris Ascension Presbyterian Church in the heart of Harlem to recount personal stories about the place they call home.

Presented at the 2017 Harlem Arts Festival, NYC on June 24 & 25, 2017.

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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

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Credits

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, in association with the Humans Collective. It is the 2017 Harlem Arts Festival Theatre Commission. 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. Lower Manhattan Cultural Council empowers artists by providing them with networks, resources, and support, to create vibrant, sustainable communities in Lower Manhattan and beyond.

My experience as a storyteller was amazing. The fact that so many people were intrigued by my story was an eye-opening experience for me. I never thought that my story would touch people. I am glad I got to experience that.

Blake Hunt, Harlem Resident and SPACES: Harlem Storyteller

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