WHAT: Open House— an evening of live music and performance, featuring an interdisciplinary line-up including performances by Semiratruth, H31R, duendita, and JADALAREIGN as well as a Majesty Royale.
Curated by Abrons Arts Center’s Artistic Director Ali Rosa-Salas, this all-ages program is meant to celebrate the community and welcome everyone back into the Abrons’ space following the challenges of the past two years.
Throughout the evening, attendees will also have the opportunity to purchase chef-prepared meals by Estefania Trujillo Preciado and Sammi Gay, presented in partnership with community food incubator Food With Fam.
WHEN: April 9, 2022, Doors open 4pm; Performances at 5-10pm
WHERE: Abrons Arts Center, Experimental Theater(466 Grand Street at Pitt Street) Please note Abrons COVID-19 policies.
SUPPORT: Open House is commissioned by Abrons Arts Center.
ABOUT THE MUSICIANS:
Semiratruth (She/Her) is a 21 year old emcee/producer from Chicago, IL. With 5 released music projects under her belt, Semira’s ability to be a nuanced storyteller, combined with her glitchy hallucinating beats, makes any listener want to escape into her realm. Praised by the Chicago Reader, Bandcamp, and Pitchfork. Semiratruth forces you to step ya bars up in the best way.
H31R (pronounced heir/air) is an experimental electronic hip-hop duo composed of New Jersey producer/composer JWords and Brooklyn rapper/vocalist maassai. Blending together their worlds creates an enigmatic but complementary sonic experience that pushes the fickle boundaries of genre.
Majesty Royale is a dancer, performance maker, sound explorer, and ghost occupying liminal spaces. Living in geographical and ideological spaces not meant to support bodies like theirs; her making is about finding, creating, and traversing alternative spaces more suited to the expansive truth of human liveness. Majesty is an alum of the University of the Arts School of Dance, where she received the President’s Award for Excellence in Creative Practice. As a 2020 Pina Bausch Choreography Fellow, Majesty studied alongside choreographers Ryan Kelly & Brennan Gerard, as well as interdisciplinary artist, keyon gaskin. Majesty has performed work with artists in the US and Europe including: Gerard & Kelly, Bouchra Ouizguen, Isabel Lewis, Solange Knowles and Jumatatu Poe. Majesty is also a 2021 Fresh Tracks artist at New York Live Arts. Glitterboiwonder.com / @glitterboiwonder
duendita is an artist from Queens, New York. They write and produce their own music, imbuing it with a reverence for their ancestry and faith. With their achy, bass-coated tones and mix of jazz, piano, soul and R&B, duendita’s music is evocative of the complexities and sentimentality of the human experience. @duendita
New York Native and Brooklyn-based JADALAREIGN is a DJ, producer, and organizer who is best known for unifying the vast variety of expression that is diasporic blackness to forge community since 2016. While JADA has always had an ear for multicultural sounds, her current focus is on underground dance music and processing the foundation that was laid by the Black music-makers whose legacies and histories continue to inspire her each day. JADA’s talent for creating harmony is not singular to music—she also does the life-giving work of cultivating community in spaces where resources and opportunity are long overdue. Having been featured on dance music platforms across the world, as well as publications like Vibe, i-D, and Essence, JADA has used her platform to give back to the community that has inspired her by creating various music workshops for marginalized people as a form of cultural revolution.
In her efforts to catalyze social progress through music, JADA created SKILLSHARE, a safe space for aspiring DJs of marginalized identities to learn the ins and outs of DJing and production, and how to turn music from a hobby into a career.
Abrons Arts Center is the OBIE award-winning home for contemporary interdisciplinary arts in Manhattan’s Lower East Side neighborhood. A core program of the Henry Street Settlement, Abrons believes that access to the arts is essential to a free and healthy society. Through performances, presentations, exhibitions, education programs and residencies, Abrons mobilizes communities with the transformative power of art.
The arts have always been an integral part of Henry Street’s mission. Their vitality was cemented in 1915 with the opening of The Neighborhood Playhouse and again, in 1975, with the completion and dedication of Abrons Arts Center, one of the first arts facilities in the nation designed for a predominantly low income population. Today, the OBIE award-winning institution is an essential cultural resource, providing diverse audiences with artistically bold work while offering artists opportunities to dynamically grow.
Each year, Abrons premieres over 20 performances, six gallery exhibitions, hosts multiple residencies for performing and studio artists, and offers 100 different classes in dance, music, theater, and visual art. Abrons also provides New York City public schools with teaching artists, introducing more than 3,000 students to the arts. Visit abronsartscenter.org for more information.
Founded in 1893 by social work and public health pioneer Lillian Wald and based on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, Henry Street Settlement delivers a wide range of social service, arts and health care programs to more than 60,000 New Yorkers each year. Distinguished by a profound connection to its neighbors, a willingness to address new problems with swift and innovative solutions, and a strong record of accomplishment, Henry Street challenges the effects of urban poverty by helping families achieve better lives for themselves and their children. Henry Street has a staff of 450 full-time and 400 seasonal employees, an active Board of Directors, partnerships with several organizations and a burgeoning alumni network.
Declaration of Inclusion
Abrons Arts Center values freedom of expression and creativity, ever striving to provide creative communities with a space that celebrates diversity of thought and experience. Abrons aims to be an anti-oppressive home to people from all backgrounds and does not discriminate on the basis of race, national or ethnic origin, citizen status, ancestry, age, religion, disability, sex or gender identity. As definitions of expression and inclusion evolve, Abrons is committed to continually revising this statement in collaboration with our communities.
Indigenous Land Acknowledgment
Nulelìntàmuhëna èli paèkw Lenapehoking. Kulawsihëmo ènta ahpièkw. Nooleelundamuneen eeli payeekw Lunaapeewahkiing. Wulaawsiikw neeli apiiyeekw.
We are glad because you people came to Lenapehoking. Live well when you are here. Abrons Arts Center is situated on the Lenape island of Manhahtaan (Mannahatta) in Lenapehoking, the Lenape homeland. We pay respect to Lenape peoples, past, present, and future and their continuing presence in the homeland and throughout the Lenape diaspora. We offer our care and gratitude to the land, water and air of Lenapehoking, and are committed to resisting colonialism and imbalance with Mother Earth through the support of Indigenous-led programming and Indigenous artistic practices.
Thank you to the Lenape Center and Emily Johnson/Catalyst for their partnership in developing Abrons Arts Center’s Indigenous Land Acknowledgment.