“An Evening of Dance Celebrating 25 Years of Art Omi” Co-Presented by PS21 and Art Omi

[CHATHAM, NY] PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century and Art Omi present “Miracle and Monstah: Dance Omi Alumni Concert at PS21” Friday, July 29at 8:00pm. This evening of dance celebrates 25 years of Art Omi, and features alumni Stephanie Miracle and Monstah Black. The event will beat The Tent at PS21, located at 2980 Route 66 in the town of Chatham.

Each summer Omi International Arts Center welcomes international dancers and choreographers to its Dance Residency. For the past three years, PS21 and Art Omi featured an afternoon of works-in-progress by the residents. This year, as part of the anniversary celebration, Omi and PS21 co-present an evening dance concert.

“For Omi’s 25th anniversary, we were looking to re-engage with past OmI residents, as well as expand our relationship with PS21,” said Christopher K. Morgan, Dance Omi Program Director. “In this performance, we are including works that reflect the ethos of Omi: experimental in approach, multi-disciplinary and collaborative. This concert offers a little something for everyone: dance, live music and film.”

Stephanie Miracle (Dance Omi 2012) will present “Figure Eights (Part 2), “an autobiographical solo that she describes as personal and vulnerable. “The floor is covered in a grid of images that restrict and transform my movement,” she said. “I explore how memories of home, family and identity are formed and changed over time.”

“Stephanie’s piece is so poignant and heartfelt,” Morgan said. “Her dancing and choreography really captivates. There is so much heart in this piece.”

Original music in“Figure Eights (Part 2), ”is performed live by David Schulman. “David and I worked in close collaboration for this project,” Miracle said. “He is a fantastic, wildly creative violinist who works with looping pedals to create a rich and textured overlapping layer of sound.” Miracle performed at PS21 in 2013 as part of The Chatham Dance Festival with PearsonWidrig Dance Theater.

Monstah Black (Dance Omi 2011) presents “Cotton,” a dance performance and film that employs images from slavery as a point of departure, modifying the images into positive iconography to inspire and empower those that suffered its ugly legacy. “He has an amazing ability to show us so many versions of the same thing, to shift the perspective and reveal things in a fresh and different light,” Morgan said.

The Miracle and Monstah: Dance Omi Alumni Concert will take place on Friday, July 29 at 8:00pm. Tickets are $30 general admission, $25 for PS21 members, and $15 for students. Tickets can be purchased at www.ps21chatham.org, by calling 1-800-838-3006, or at the door until the show sells out. For other information about this or any other event at PS21, please call (518) 392-6121.

PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century is a not-for-profit organization inChatham, NY, dedicated to the performing arts and to serving a diverse community with concerts, programs and residencies by professional artists and ensembles, youth and children’s programming and cultural education opportunities for all ages.

This program is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, business sponsors Metz Wood Insurance, Ed Herrington, Inc., Mario’s Home Center, Main-Care Energy, and the Lofgren Agency, and PS21 members.

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