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JOHNNIE CRUISE MERCER — REVIVAL 2023: ‘to those who have seed in the ground’
Thu, Feb 2 7:30 pm ET In-Person; Fri, Feb 3 12 pm ET Online, from $20
Performance available for streaming for 72 hours beginning at noon the day following the live event.
Choreographer, educator, and producer Johnnie Cruise Mercer brings together two generations of artists with the intention of calling upon (and embodying) collective inner will. Inspired by William McDowell’s 2016 album, Sounds of Revival, ‘to those who have seed in the ground’ propels itself conceptually from the weight of yesterday, guiding an ensemble of movement artists (both professional and in-process) through a series of meta-physical practices rooted in black spiritual tradition, and movement history. The work includes a collaborative sound score composed by music artists dj Om-Amari (DJ Artist), Young Denzel (Composer), Monstah Black (lyrics), Jay Deamour (vocal artist), performances by TheTRPNYC: Movement Ensemble, and features appearance by youth artists from The Appomattox Regional Governor’s School, and Brooklyn Prospect High School (by way of Movement Research’s Dance Maker’s Residency Program).
‘to those who have seed in the ground’ marks Johnnie Cruise Mercer’s third year producing, choreographing, and directing TheREDprojectNYC’s Revival, an annual event curated around communal breath, ephebism, and generational revitalization. This year’s Revival was made possible through spatial support from the Harkness Foundation’s 2022 Harkness Promise Award, while in residence at The Appomattox Regional Governor’s School during TRPNYC’s 5th Annual RVA Homecoming, and while in partnership/residence with Movement Research’s Dance Maker’s Program.
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BACH COLLEGIUM JAPAN & RODERICK WILLIAMS, BARITONE
Sun, Feb 12, 3 pm ET, from $25
Concert available for viewing online for 72 hours from time of broadcast.
One of the world’s foremost Baroque ensembles, Bach Collegium Japan and their pioneering founder and music director Masaaki Suzuki, bring their celebrated artistry to 92NY for the first time with a glorious program of Bach and Telemann. The superb baritone and frequent collaborator of the ensemble Roderick Williams joins for two selections, including Bach’s stunning “Ich habe genung,” BWV 82, one of Bach’s greatest pieces for voice. Bach Collegium Japan’s motto is “Bach’s music transmitted to the future.” That they succeed in delivering this in performances on Baroque period instruments speaks to Suzuki’s genius and vision, and the incomparably fresh artistry of this extraordinary ensemble.
Bach, Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B Minor, BWV 1067
Janitsch, Sonata da Camera in G Minor, “O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden”
Telemann, “Der am Ölberg zagende Jesu” TWV 367
Telemann, Paris Quartet No. 1 in D Major, TWV 43/D2
Bach, “Ich habe genug”, BWV 82
LENNY KRAVITZ AND DAVID HINDLEY IN CONVERSATION WITH GQ’S MARK ANTHONY GREEN: THE FORMATIVE YEARS
Thu, Feb 16, 6 pm ET, from $25
Join Grammy Award-winning rock star Lenny Kravitz and photographer David Hindley with GQ’s Mark Anthony Green on the legendary early years of Kravitz’s life in music — and his new book, featuring photographs by Hindley that captured that magical time, Lenny Kravitz: The Formative Years 1989-1993 (Genesis Publications). As Kravitz recorded and toured for his first three albums — Let Love Rule, Mama Said, and Are You Gonna Go My Way — Hindley was charged with capturing an international star as he was coming into his own. In this candid virtual talk, hear Kravitz and Hindley discuss those pivotal years — onstage and off, in the recording studio and at home — along with their longstanding collaboration, how Kravitz found his voice and wrote his iconic songs, and much more.
GWENDOLYN BROOKS’ MAUD MARTHA: A READING BY ROSLYN RUFF
WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY MARGO JEFFERSON
Thu, Feb 23, 7 pm ET, from $25
This event will take place at NYPL’s Bruno Walter Auditorium.
What she liked was candy buttons, and books, and painted music (deep blue, or delicate silver), and the west sky…
Join us for a rare reading of Gwendolyn Brooks’s first and only novel, Maud Martha—an “exquisite portraiture of black womanhood by one of America’s most foundational writers” (Claudia Rankine).
This reading, which marks the 70th anniversary of Maud Martha’s publication in 1953, is by acclaimed actor Roslyn Ruff, “a fantastically talented performer whose great gift is her ability to dissect long speeches, searching them for pleasing rhythms and hidden melodies,” wrote The New Yorker.
“Maud Martha cherishes her own mind. To her, Brooks gives the sensibility and consciousness of an artist,” wrote Margo Jefferson. “What does Maud Martha want? She wants to give shape to the varied materials of life around and inside her. The daydreams and duties, the nagging habits and treasured rituals, the ‘knots of grief’ and surges of pleasure. Her quest is to become the best possible version of herself.”
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HULU’S WU-TANG: AN AMERICAN SAGA SCREENING WITH THE RZA AND ALEX TSE IN CONVERSATION WITH SIRIUS XM’S SWAY AND CAST
Thu, Feb 23, 7:30 pm ET, from $25
Online tickets are for the Talk only. They do not include the screening. Talk begins at approximately 9:05 pm ET.
Join hip-hop legend the RZA and showrunner Alex Tse for an episode screening from Hulu’s third and final season of Wu-Tang: An American Saga, followed by a conversation with cast members Siddiq Saunderson, Shameik Moore, Dave East, T.J. Atoms, and Marcus Callender, moderated by Sway of Sirius XM’s Sway in the Morning . The series follows the incredible true story of how RZA and a dozen other young men — Method Man, The GZA, Ghostface Killah, Raekwon, and Ol’ Dirty Bastard, to name just a few — emerged on the New York scene in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s to become one of the most influential hip-hop groups of all time. The new season focuses on each of the members’ separate journeys as they navigate where they fit in the music world and cement their legacy as a group. Hear RZA and Tse discuss the making of the series, the tight and complex bonds that brought the Wu-Tang Clan together, stories that didn’t make it into the series, and more.
About The 92nd Street Y, New York: The 92nd Street Y, New York (92NY) is a world-class center for the arts and innovation, a convener of ideas, and an incubator for creativity. 92NY offers extensive classes, courses and events online including live concerts, talks and master classes; fitness classes for all ages; 250+ art classes, and parenting workshops for new moms and dads. The 92nd Street Y, New York is transforming the way people share ideas and translate them into action all over the world. All of 92NY’s programming is built on a foundation of Jewish values, including the capacity of civil dialogue to change minds; the potential of education and the arts to change lives; and a commitment to welcoming and serving people of all ages, races, religions, and ethnicities. For more information, visit www.92NY.org.
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