DANCE THEATRE FOR SOCIAL CHANGE

UPCOMING SHOWS & PROJECTS...

A Trilogy of New, Socio-political, Multidisciplinary Plays

Our trilogy of new, socio-political, multidisciplinary plays will incorporate dance from various parts of the world, martial arts, aerial arts, multimedia/video art, audience participation, and fusions of folkloric and contemporary music.

Read on for more information about each play and please support these ambitious works by donating below! 
Winner of the 2019 Brooklyn Arts Council Award, Multidisciplinary Category

1001 Nights: Love Stories on Death Row (A Rock Opera)

Scheherazade is no longer a Queen staving off execution by her cruel husband but a woman condemned to death by the criminal justice system. 1001 Nights... is an interactive feast for the senses featuring stories from the ancient Middle East, North Africa, India, and beyond accentuated by an original music score consisting of Hip Hop, Rock, and World Music. The show explores marginalized experiences of ethnicity, religion, sex, and sexual orientation within Western and Eastern cultures and takes a critical look at the American prison-industrial complex.

After several downtown theater commissions, the script was solicited by the Off-Broadway Public Theater in 2015 and is currently being reviewed by another Off-Broadway company. A SPANISH-LANGUAGE version of show won a prestigious HOLA award in 2016 for "Outstanding Musical" and a New York Latin ACE Award for "Best Musical" as well as several other awards. One of Egypt's premier composers, the world-renowned Hossam Ramzy, called the music "Inspiring."

Jaguar Woman

The second play in the trilogy, Jaguar Woman is a murder mystery and love story based in Indigenous Brazilian and West African spirituality, history, socio-politics, and overall culture in Brazil


In Jaguar Woman, the fourth wall doesn't exist. The audience "plays" the role of tourists and Enitan, an elderly quilombola, tells them the story of a mysterious stranger who left a permanent mark on his community over 30 years prior to the present day.

However, the tourists can never be quite sure how truthful their
trickster-storyteller is, as the borders of reality fade, and the real-world threat of fascism looms. The full script for Jaguar Woman was solicited by an Off-Broadway company in 2019. Wish us luck!

An Epic Journey Through the Art of War and Hip Hop

...Of War and Hip Hop draws heavily from East Asian mythology and pays homage to the unique intersections that can be found between imported martial arts movies from the '70s and '80s, Japanese and Korean pop culture, and American Hip Hop culture.

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