SummerStage celebrates Juneteenth with a digital day of dance on SummerStage’s Instagram on Friday, June 19, 2020 from 12 noon to 7pm, followed by a panel discussion on SummerStage’s YouTube channel at 7pm. FREE
In many parts of Africa and the African diaspora, how you dance is an expression of your membership in the community, and your individuality within the community. Many African traditions in the Americas, such as Blues music, are about transforming pain and sorrow into joy. It’s natural that we would dance this day. We invite you to dance with us.
Juneteenth SummerStage Line-up
Juneteenth SummerStage brings out some of New York City’s great dance companies.
12pm ~ Tamar-kali featuring the ASE Dance Theatre Collective perform “Resistance” an excerpt from “Demon Fruit Blues.”
1pm ~ Isio-Maya Nuwere of the Harlem School of the Arts dances “Phenomenal Woman.”
2pm ~ The Theresa Lavington Youth Group performs “Dance for the Movement ~ Black Lives Matter.”
3pm ~ The Black Iris Project performs
4pm ~ Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, A Dance Company performs. Brown has done a lot of work with the Joyce Theater to develop contemporary dance in Cuba.
5pm ~ Jason Samuels Smith with Dormeshia and Derick Grant perform “Chasin the Bird Remixed.”
6pm ~ RudduR Dance performs an excerpt from “Witness.”
At 7pm, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s Hope Boykin leads a panel discussion on SummerStage’s YouTube channel followed by a Jamel Gaines Creative Outlet Dance Theatre performance of “Hanging Tree” with singer Marcelle Davies-Lashley and poet Carl Hancock Rux.