Works in Progress
Witness the fifth installment of our works-in-progress series, Experiment in Bushwick. This time, we experiment with guest curation from our friend-in-movement, Kareem Woods, and our esteemed colleague, kelci greenway, as production assistant.
The first half of this show takes place in the beautiful People’s Garden on Greene Ave, surrounded by the land and the plants that sustain us. At our intermission, we take a 10min stroll to nearby Ubuntu Rooftop on Jefferson Ave to enjoy the second half with the gorgeous sunset as our backdrop. In an effort to better understand the longstanding history that brings us to reside on this land, we acknowledge this event takes place on unseated Lenape land.
MASKS REQUIRED and you MUST RSVP. Money raised by ticket sales for this event will benefit Bushwick Ayuda Mutua and For The Gworls. Our goal is to raise $1000 over both evenings from donations!
Hosted by Kareem Woods
- At The Garden -
1237 Greene Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11221
Kareem Woods (Thursday) / Victor "Zeno" Mejias (Friday)
- Intermission / Walk to the Roof -
- At The Roof -
977 Jefferson Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11221
Nadia Khayrallah and Alia on Violin
Crhistopher Lopez 2.0
Ubuntu Musicians: Noah on Sax (Thursday) / Peyton on Sax and Alex Levine on Bass (Friday)
Big thanks to Kofi from People's Garden and Ali and Noah from the Ubuntu rooftop! Also, thank you to all the artists and crew for making this amazing show possible!
Curator: Kareem Woods is a Hip-Hop dancer based out of Brooklyn, NY. Kareem was born & raised in Springfield, MA. He moved to NYC to pursue his dream of becoming a professional dancer. Kareem specializes in improvisation, commonly in unconventional settings. When choreographing, he tries to embody the same raw energy found in freestyle dancing. Kareem was trained in hip-hop technique by dance crew, Paradox Institute. Kareem blends various dance techniques to create his own unique style.
Assistant Producer: kelci greenway (she/they) is a Maui-raised choreographer, researcher, arts organizer and advocate. She holds a BA from Vassar College in Cognitive Science with a concentration in Embodied Arts. After graduating in 2016, she traveled to Israel on a Fulbright Grant for dance and choreography, researching kinesthetic empathy in dance spectatorship and performance. Her movement career has been defined by questions of how our bodies are affected by the world.
Hello everyone my name is Crhistopher and they call me “Chris-Tut” I am a dancer of popping tutting and fingertutting (the latter is an art apart from what we know as dance) growing in what is hip hop and techno dance always happy to dance! even more so when they are events like this, thankful Joanna for the invitation I hope to see beautiful energy for these days 24 and 25 and I wish the best participants.
My name is Victor “Zeno” Mejias and I’m from Brooklyn, NY. I’m an All styles freestyler/ entertainer; Co-Founder/Choreographer of Owls of The East Co. @owlsoftheeast It’s been my passion since I was 8yo to make people smile with movement, added with emotion plus intent; here I’am going strong for 21years and I deeply appreciate this art form because it’s truly saved my life. I love DANCE and I can’t wait to show you on the 25th!! Thank you so much!! 😊😊
Candice Taylor was born and raised in Boston Massachusetts. She began her dance training in high school at Boston Arts Academy where she trained in Ballet, Modern, Tap, Jazz, and African. She then continued to study dance at Dean College in Franklin, MA. After receiving her bachelor's she went on to work for Disney Cruise Line. In 2017, she moved to NYC and since then has worked with artists such as Bill T. Jones, Sidra Bell, Tweet Boogie, and many more.
Nadia Khayrallah is a dancer, choreographer, writer, occasional drag artist, and general menace. She currently works with Jonah Bokaer Choreography, Gotham Dance Theater, eSKay Arts Collective, and Artists by Any Other Name, as well as creating her own work. Alia is a newly-NYC-based violinist and teacher currently involved in Filmelodic's Socially Distant Orchestra. Formerly, Alia has performed with Grup Anwar, a Vermont-based Middle Eastern band, and with various ensembles.
Hunter (she/they) is a Brooklyn-based movement artist from North Carolina. Their movement endeavors are rooted in an interest in refocusing the lens of dance from performative to experiential. They are so excited and grateful to be back with the arts community again and hope everyone will take this opportunity from Dance In Bushwick to be present and connect with themselves and/or one another!
This garden started as the Green Avenue Block Association Garden, but was later renamed the People’s Garden. Known for its salsa dance parties and many other community events, the space has become a beloved gathering place created for and by the community.
Ubuntu is a Zulu philosophy of humanity meaning I am because you are. The Ubuntu Collective is an evolving group of artists, musicians, writers and healers that believe in making the world a more sustainable and just place.