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Teens Curate Teens group at the beginning of their curatorial journey
Teens Curate Teens group at the beginning of their curatorial journey

On March 14 (Pi day!), we all traveled to Sugar Hill to see the construction site of the Sugar Hill Complex, which will provide affordable housing, a children’s museum, and an early education center for the neighborhood. We went inside the housing complex with our hard hats, passing through the dry walls and the sounds of construction to the early childhood center/teacher area, where teens will have their artwork shown alongside professional artists! [click to continue….]

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From its exterior, The Harlem Garage seems like nothing out of the ordinary— just another building that blends into the unique monotony of uptown brick. But, inside, are zesty orange walls covered in vibrant modern art, hammock-like swings in place of chairs, and a group of teenagers working to curate an art exhibit. Yeah, that’s right. A group of TEENAGERS!

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75.73_PS2The Brooklyn Museum’s Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties exhibition is an extensive showing of various artists and their powerful works regarding a decade characterized by injustice, cruelty and change. It’s impossible to dislike the show due to the large variety of styles expressed through media including: painting, drawing, sculpture, and photography. Usually, I am not that keen on photography, but in this case the photography is essential to the exhibition and its message. For example, there are a few shocking photos of the Birmingham bombing incident of 1963. To see these unbelievable, yet all too real, images of African Americans being violently oppressed for fighting for their obvious rights of equality is both disturbing and powerful. [click to continue….]

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Have you ever wandered around the East Village, passed by a crowd holding action figures, and thought “Huh, is that an underground comic club?” No, it’s not. It’s a Neo-Futurist extravaganza! The NY Neo-Futurists, Christopher Borg, Meg Bashwiner, Dylan Marron, Cara Francis, and Joey Rizzoloare, are just a few of the members of the acting company in Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind. Watching them is like watching people run a marathon. The goal: thirty plays in sixty minutes. They run around frantically trying to set up different scenes while the audience watches the insanity unfold. The overall idea takes the no-fourth-wall-thing to another level. From the very beginning, it’s all about the audience. When you pick up your tickets you either get a gold coin or an action figure based upon your payment. If you ordered online you get a gold coin and get to go in first. If you pay when you get there, you get the action figure and go in after the gold coins. As you enter you get a name tag from a man wearing large headphones and smacking his gum. Then you are led into the basement that is the Kraine Theater. There’s no sign on the outside, but it does share space with the KGB Bar, so don’t be surprised if some the fellow audience members have already begun partying. [click to continue….]

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In the small and intimate theater at LaGuardia College in Long Island City, the Amy Marshall Dance Company took the stage for a special one night engagement. The show opened up with a fairly classical piece, wonderfully demonstrating the dancers’ background in ballet and modern, similar to the style of Paul Taylor. The piece is wonderfully coordinated with the music, as the dance going along with the music, but not in an expected way. The second piece had an Middle Eastern influence, full with energy and stylization. Amy Marshall herself was in this piece and took centerstage, radiating joy and energy from with every movement she executed. The piece showcased the companies beautiful partnering skills and versatility in all different styles of modern dance. After intermission, the second half of the show opened with a comedic piece about a wedding. Although the piece was a very cute concept, it would have been a lot more enjoyable if it was kept to a shorter length. Lastly was a new premiere, Kadogo, exploring the trials of war in Africa. This piece, featuring local high school students was a wonderful piece with a strong message behind it and beautifully demonstrated the physicality and emotional state of children being subjected to unfair conditions fighting in war. The piece was expertly choreographed even around such a sensitive subject. The Amy Marshall Company was a joy to watch and their clean technique, meaningful choreography and expert musicality made for an impactful performance.

 

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Outside of their content, most theater productions are predictable. The thick, wine-red curtain emits enormous quantities of dust, illuminated by glaring spotlights and glittering costumes. Stage managers hide the cast behind smoke and mirrors; stiff, immaculately applied makeup and a delicately structured set and plot. The performers have a purpose: to provide audience members with an escape from reality by immersing them in a more thrilling realm of time and space. Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind (TML), created in 1988 Chicago by Greg Allen, is an attempt to treat theater as a blunt, satirical, and heartbreaking interpretation of the here and now. The performers are themselves, genuine and blatantly honest. [click to continue….]

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Since Africa was an amazing play that I recommend to everyone. It’s a very thoughtful play that speaks on the topics of love, heritage, religious views, and American and African culture. [click to continue….]

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The staff at ArtsConnection is taking its day job into evenings of theater! Check out Diane Exavier, Teen Reviewers and Critics Program Manager, share her thoughts on TYSON vs. ALI, currently playing at 3-Legged Dog.

TYSON vs. ALI, a new media production playing right now at 3-Legged Dog, is a physical, multi-sensory experience that takes the audience through a fight for the ages.

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