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Subject      Studies N Black at the Brooklyn Arts Exchange

Thanks for your interest, Bette!
Please see below for further information on the performance/workshop series, and feel free to post or include in any departmental emails/listservs. Additionally, if there is sufficient interest from students or faculty, we are more than happy to offer a discounted group rate to the workshop (which includes both performances). We are also happy to admit students coming solely to the performance at our "Low Income" price of $8.
Don't hesitate to contact me for further information!
Best regards,
Alison D'Amato
Outreach Coordinator
BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange


A First Weekends Performance curated by resident artist Baraka de Soleil

Featuring Aixa Kendrick, Christa Bell and Aole T. Miller
Friday & Saturday, February 1-2, 2008 8pm
admission: $15 | Low-income: $8

In AIXA KENDRICK’s Black Circus, spectators are plunged into a world of absurdity, surrealism and dreams. Using elements of pop culture, mass media and archetypal symbolism interwoven with epic theater, African ritual, Butoh, Commedia del Arte and hip hop, Black Circus engages the spectator in a stream-of-consciousness discourse and social commentary on identity & collective perception. Cowritten with Leonardo Bezant.

CHRISTA BELL’s Coochie Magik is a ritual solo performance, fusing stand-up comedy and poetic text with elements of hip hop theatre. Coochie Magik is an act of resistance towards the corporately sanctioned attack on women in mainstream hip hop and mass media. It’s a transformative revival celebrating the gospel according to woman.

Actor, mover, theater artist and teacher AOLE T. MILLER has been dubbed the "first African-American Ceremonial Mask Dancer of Bali." Drawing upon his extensive background in movement, theatre and mask work, Aole premieres UNTITLED, a solo dance work based on Balinese and African traditions.

Two days of workshops led by the Studies N Black artists!
Saturday, February 2 at 12-4pm | Sunday, February 3 at 1-4pm

AIXA KENDRICK - experimental theater development
CHRISTA BELL - "She-ism" developing expression technique
AOLE T. MILLER - voice, mask and movement work

Workshop tuition is $70. Financial assistance available. Enrollment is limited, pre-registration required. To register for the workshop, call 718-832-0018.

Price includes workshop, ticket to the Studies N Black performance, and a preview reading of Baraka de Soleil/ D UNDERBELLY’s latest project Childr’n of "O" on Sunday, February 3 at 6pm.

Baraka de Soleil/D UNDERBELLY
A work-in-progress reading
Sunday, February 3 6pm
admission: FREE

— prophetess! techno-mammy! motha afrika! come unto we and spread thine essence ovah thee world like hot sauce on potato that our childr’n shall be enlightened and carry forward the legacy of thine greatness...for thee legacy shall never end!

This work is Theater Artist in Residence BARAKA DE SOLEIL’s latest work with D UNDERBELLY. The multimedia piece which weaves poetic text, gestural language and TV and computer-age symbolism to examine the voice and image of an iconic Black woman figure as it relates to contemporary legacies which permeate society.

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