An evening of work by Eleo Pomare, Brother(hood) Dance! and Jumatatu M. Poe

September 24, 2016 @ 8:00 pm
The Actors Fund Arts Center
160 Schermerhorn St
Brooklyn, NY 11201


Eleo Pomare / Alpha Omega Theatrical Dance Company (NYC)
Narcissus Rising (1968)
A signature solo choreographed by Eleo Pomare in 1968, Narcissus Rising portrays the psyche of a modern-day leather and biker person. Originally performed by Pomare himself with a musical collage by Michael Levy, this version is performed by Donna Clark of Alpha Omega Theatrical Dance Company. “In Clark’s interpretation, the bold hip undulations as she rode her imaginary bike were more a dare of anger and danger rather than any sort of sexual seduction that might have been suggested by the black leather. And underlying all of this was a hint of pride that made every slow lean around a curve and even the quivering legs surrounding the bike’s powerful engine a statement about control. This was a woman proudly reveling in showing that she had the upper hand in all things – on and off the bike.” (Dance Magazine)

Brother(hood) Dance! (NYC)
Black Jones
Orlando Hunter and Ricarrdo Valentine of the interdisciplinary duo Brother(hood) Dance! will perform Black Jones, a duet about the complexity of black male identity and that explores the possibility of male intimacy in different spaces globally and how these bodies are navigating, connecting, and/or resisting in a society with harshly limited perceptions.

Jumatatu Poe /idiosynCrazy productions (Philadelphia)
Let ‘im Move You: This is a Success
Let ‘im Move You: This is a Success, an iterative duet performed with Gilbert Reyes for QNYIAF, is a continuation of Jumatatu M. Poe’s work with and around J-Sette movement vocabulary and performance aesthetics. The work explores notions of African-American exceptionalism as Poe describes, “expressed through middle class, Black American values reiterated through the J-Sette movement form and incorporating our respective relationships to Blackness, gender, and queerness.”

Post-Show Discussion with Donna Clark, Orlando Hunter, Ricarrdo Valentine, and Jumatatu Poe, moderated by Marýa Wethers.

The 2016 Queer New York International Arts Festival presents an evening of work by Eleo Pomare, Brother(hood) Dance!, and Jumatatu M. Poe, curated by Marýa Wethers as part of an African diasporic focus that confronts questions of identity within Black and queer contexts from international and intergenerational perspectives.

This program is made possible with support from the QNYIAF Andre Von Ah research grant.