May 3, 2018


Dance Concert featuring XY Motion, Ainesh Madan, Amirov Dance Theater, Erick Montes, Kriyol Dance!

Compagnie de Danse Jean-René
Wednesday, June 6  7:30 PM
Jean-René Delsoin and his company bring the richness of cultural expression and dances in Haiti to the world. Utilizing modern, jazz and contemporary dance techniques alongside traditional Haitian dance, these dance performances explore quotidian practices and concerns in Haiti alongside universal themes. The fusion of techniques champions the vision of a contemporary Haitian who nurtures his traditions and mores while living in the present and embracing what the future holds.
New York Chinese Opera Society
Sunday, June 10  3:00 PM
Startled by the Rebellions is a signature Kunqu Opera episode, which showcases Kunqu’s delicate and elegant performing style and is a masterpiece of Chinese traditional scholar aesthetic.
Saturday, June 16  2:00 PM
Zhuo Fang Cao (Capture and Release of Cao) tells a story between a County Official and a Rebel Commander, focusing on singing and speaking skills of Peking Opera. Hu Jia Zhuang (The Hu’s Courtyard) is a solo show focusing on acting and martial arts of Peking Opera.
Haiti Cultural Exchange Film Screenings
in collaboration with Caribbean Film Academy and Luminal Theater

Tuesday, June 12  7:30 PM
Baadddd Sonia Sanchez (90 minutes)
Directed by Barbara Attie, Janet Goldwater, Sabrina Schmidt Gordon
An inspirational portrait of the poet and activist Sonia Sanchez’s life and work, a seminal figure in the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s and pioneer of spoken word poetry, who harnessed her gift for words as a champion against racism, sexism and war, fusing art and activism over the past six decades.

Wednesday, June 13  2:00 PM
In My Father’s House (93 minutes)
Directed by Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg
A feature length documentary inspired by nostalgia and a romantic idea of family legacy which follows acclaimed hip-hop artist Che “Rhymefest” Smith as he decides to purchase his childhood home on Chicago’s South Side and raise his new family in the same house where he grew up.

Tuesday, June 19  7:30 PM
My Father´s Land (53 minutes)
Directed by Miquel Galofre and Tyler Johnson
Papa Jah, a humble Haitian gardener, has lived in the Bahamas for 40 years. As his marginalized community faces growing xenophobia and a strict new deportation policy in the Bahamas, he returns to Haiti, to reunite with his 103-year-old father and the land he left behind.
Wednesday, June 20  2:00 PM
Ti Coq (22 Minutes)
Directed by Nadia Charlery
This is the story of Josué, a roguish boy living with his grandmother. He has a pet rooster that he loves, and wishes to train him to become a dreaded fighting cock. A succession of unexpected events, however, looks set to frustrate his plans.

Ori Inu (29 minutes)
Directed by Chelsea Odufu
A coming of age story about a young immigrant woman who must choose between conforming her identity and spirituality to the cultural norms of America or revisiting her roots in the Afro-Brazilian religion called Candomble.

Sugar (19 minutes)
Directed by Michelle Serieux
A young black Jamaican girl from the underclass and on the brink of womanhood, works at a Jamaican resort where she witnesses tourists’ affluence daily. As the breadwinner for her very large family, she faces a crisis of conscience, when a tourist couple seems to be the answer to her financial predicament.
Saturday, June 23  2:00 PM
Serenade for Haiti (70 Minutes)
Directed by Owsley Brown
Journeying into Haiti’s beautiful and diverse rural regions and venturing deep into the streets of Port-au-Prince before and after the 2010 earthquake, this documentary brings to the screen an unforgettable and vivid tableau of this widely misunderstood country. The soundtrack features the stunning music of Haiti’s great composers who until this time have been largely unknown to international audiences

The Theft of a Smile
Friday, June 15  8:00 PM
Sunday, June 17  2:00 PM
Friday, June 22  8:00 PM
Sunday, June 24  2:00 PM
This new comic opera presented in a concert version in collaboration with the Bronx Opera, has a libretto in English by Jim Furlong set to a pastiche of brilliant, effervescent music by Gioacchino Rossini. The opera is inspired by the true story of the theft of the Mona Lisa from the Louvre in 1911. Legendary artists Pablo Picasso and Guillaume Apollinaire figure large in the story.
An Afternoon in Egypt
Thursday, June 21  1:30 PM
A concert of traditional dance & music of Egypt featuring Yasser Darwish, Tanoura and Raks Assaya, Samara and Andrea Beeman; with live music by Ossama Farouk and Mohamed Nabawy. Special appearances by The Dancing Rubies and members of Andrea Beeman’s Middle Eastern Dance Arts class.
Call Me Papo
Saturday, June 23  7:30 PM
A cabaret show featuring Hechter Ubarry about a young boy in Harlem navigating life as he dreams of a world in show business. An improbable and absolutely irresistible story with songs from Broadway, Hollywood and Latin music