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Move to Change

Image Description: An African American woman in attitude devant with her left leg en pointé. Her body is in croisé devant. Her image is a pale yellow silhouette interspersed in water colors of pink, blue, and purple.

MODArts Dance Collective (MADC) is elated to announce its sixth annual Move to Change Dance Festival on Friday, November 3 & Saturday, November 4 7:30pm EST at Speyer Hall @ University Settlement, 184 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002 & Livestream with on demand viewing option: November 6-27. The purpose of Move to Change is to use dance as a form of social justice and arts activism through the lens of BIPOC choreographers and dance filmmakers. The goal of Move to Change is to create cultural and gender affirming spaces for artists of color (African, Latina/o/x, Asian, Arab, Native American [ALAANA]), MENA (Middle East & North Africa), & SWANA (South West Asia & North Africa) to educate, empower, and illuminate issues that reflects their histories and cultures through their unique and rich movement aesthetics.

This hybrid festival consists of live performance and dance films in two different programs over the two day festival. This year’s theme is the word 'community' and how groups of people with a common goal or interest can shift the paradigm of a neighborhood.The submitted pieces/dance films will answer one or more of the following questions: 1. What communities am I a part of? 2. What is/are the common goal(s) within the community? 3. What is my role in the community? 4. How can I continue to move the community forward?

The Friday, November 3rd presenting choreographers/dance companies & dance filmmakers are Janet Aisawa & Osamu Uehara/Ai Dance Theater | New York, NY; Tina Bararian | New York, NY; Belleza | New York, NY ; Vanessa Hernández Cruz | Tarzana, CA ; Maxine Flasher-Düzgüneş | Mill Valley, CA ; Stephen Hill/The ChoreoJoey Project | New York, NY; Pavitra Jayakanth | Hillsborough, NJ; co-collaborators Li Chiao-Ping, Elisabeth Roskopf, & Christal Wagner | Oregon, WI; Leah Tubbs/MODArts Dance Collective (MADC) | New York, NY; & Rathi Varma | Brooklyn, NY.


The Saturday, November 4th presenting choreographers/dance companies & dance filmmakers are Janet Aisawa & Osamu Uehara/Ai Dance Theater | New York, NY; Belleza | New York, NY; Jackie Bennett | Durham, NC; Bella Boné | Memphis, TN; Reba Browne/Reba Browne Dance Company | New York, NY; Robin Gee | Greensboro, NC; Mario Matias | British Columbia, Canada; Jurne Smith | Greensboro, NC; Keith Thompson/danceTactics performance group | Tempe, AZ; & Leah Tubbs/MODArts Dance Collective (MADC) | New York, NY.

2022 Artists

Janet Aisawa and Osamu Uehara | New York, NY; Stacey Allen | Missouri City, TX; Jackie Bennett | Durham, NC; Jenny Boissiere | New York, NY; Nia Calloway | Brooklyn, NY; Vanessa Hernández Cruz | Reseda, CA; Denise Fimiano | Valle d'Aosta - Italy; Gelline Guevarra | Dayton, OH; Anabella Lenzu | Brooklyn, NY; Shelli Ligonde | Brooklyn, NY;  Robenson Mathurin | Brooklyn, NY; Milanda McGinnis | Greensboro, NC; Derick McKoy, Jr. | Brooklyn, NY;  Liz Miller | Baltimore, MD; Mayu Nakaya | New York, NY; Edgar L. Page | Grand Rapids, MI; Ankita Sharma | Brooklyn, NY; Aika Takeshima and Sara Pizzi | Queens, New York; Pamela Tetteh | The Bronx, NY; Marina Thomas | San Pedro, CA; Leah Tubbs/MODArts Dance Collective (MADC) | New York, NY; Rathi Varma | Brooklyn, NY; & Randolph Ward | Miami Beach, FL

2021 Artists

Janet Aisawa | New York, NY; Bernard Brown | Los Angeles, CA; Rodd Denson | Brooklyn, NY; Melissa Escano | Woodhaven, NY; Sadé M Jones | Austin, TX; Justice Miles | Denver, CO; Makayla Peterson | Brooklyn, NY; Jessica Gabrielle Thomas | Detroit, MI; Leah Tubbs/MODArts Dance Collective (MADC) | New York, NY; Chien-Ying Wang | Monmouth Junction, NJ; Kayla Yee | New York, NY; and Fang-Ting Yeh | Jersey City, NJ

2020 Artists

Rebekah JoAnn Guerra (Riverside, CA), Adebajo Oluwafemi Israel (Lagos, Nigeria), Caylia R Wallace (Somerset, NJ), Ching-I Chang (Brooklyn, NY), Ayako Takahashi (Kanagawaken, Japan), Analida Galindo (Panama), Queala Clancy & Jeffery Martin (Los Angeles, CA), Sonia Chandaria Tillu/Sona Lisa Dance Company (Northwood, United Kingdom), Quinton Sean Manning (Johannesburg, South Africa), Gierre J Godley (Astoria, NY), Daniel Martínez (México), Anuradha Naimpally & Purna Bajekal (Austin, TX), and MODArts Dance Collective (New York City, NY)

2019 Artists

Jenny Oliver/Connections Dance Theater (Boston, MA), Kayla Yee (New York, NY), Bernard Brown/bbmoves (Los Angeles, CA), Leila Mire and Nadia Khayrallah (New York, NY), Janet Aisawa (New York, NY), & James MahKween (Los Angeles, CA)

2018 Artists

Eury German (Manhattan Resident-Washington Heights), Gierre Godley/Project 44 (Queens Resident), & Beverly Lopez/REDi Dance Company (Bronx Resident)

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