Temple at Joe’s Movement Emporium, Dec 13

Temple at Joe’s Movement Emporium, Dec 13

NextLOOK: Chitra Subramanian

Friday, December 13, 2019 . 7PM

Location: Joe’s Movement Emporium

Temple shines the spotlight on the fraying of public life and the growing reality that people participate in institutions less and less. Through the language of Indian Dance and Hip-Hop culture, Chitra Subramanian will explore the experiences and stories of her South Asian immigrant journey. She will also showcase the limitless ways in which Hip-Hop continues to transform, inspire and unleash untapped talent and power.

In partnership with Joe’s Movement Emporium, NextLOOK supports the development of new music, plays, dance and other experiences by regionally-based performing artists. These artists are mentored by seasoned arts administrators from The Clarice and Joe’s Movement Emporium to construct innovative methods of deepening the audience’s involvement in their creative process. By removing logistical barriers of cost and space, and providing a sounding board for artists creating new work, NextLOOK invests in the regional arts ecology and creates an accessible, exploratory environment that connects intriguing artists with adventurous audiences.

Tickets start at $5, pay what you wish. Click here.

Tarik Darrell O’Mealy: Night Light at Joe’s Movement Emporium, Apr 4-5

Tarik Darrell O’Mealy: Night Light at Joe’s Movement Emporium, Apr 4-5

Night Light
Performed by Tarik O’Meally

Thursday, April 4, 2019 at 7 pm & Friday, April 5, 2019 at 7 pm

Location: Joe’s Movement Emporium

Night Light is a reflective examination of the current discordant American crisis of identity. Performed in a survival horror setting, Night Light investigates what our innermost monsters represent…discovering how we face and conquer those monsters emboldened by faith that the conflict will improve us. Through visceral athletic movement, this work explores themes of self-preservation, transformation and wholeness to a haunting musical score. This work is about seeing who will get out alive. To survive, however, we must walk down the dark alley. Discover the noise in the basement. Solve the killer’s identity. In the end, Night Light requires performers and audience alike to understand what our perceptions of our internal monsters, villains, or enemies say about our own state of being.

“To confront the enemy without we must first confront the enemy within.” – Bell Hooks

TARIK DARRELL O’MEALLY was born in Queens, New York and raised in the DC Metro Area. He earned his B.F.A in Dance and Choreography from Virginia Commonwealth University. He has worked and performed with companies such as Johnnie Cruise Mercer/The RED project NYC, and Abby Z & the New Utility. Tarik is currently a company member of the Marvin Gaye Dance Project and VT Dance both under the direction of Vincent Thomas. Tarik was fortunate enough to spend 2013-2016 as a summer staff assistant at the American Dance Festival. As a choreographer, his work has been presented at The Clarice Smith 34th Annual Choreographers Showcase, New Releases Choreographer Showcase, the 15th Annual Richmond Choreographer Showcase, the Richmond Dance Festival, the Baltimore Theater Project, Morgan State University and the Mid-Atlantic North Gala performance at the American College Dance Association. Tarik was the 2016-2017 Artist in Residence at Coppin State University, is currently a 2017-2018 New Releases Commissioned Artist and artistic director of the UNUM Dance Collective.

Tickets: Pay what you wish, $5 to $25. Click here.

Amma’s Chasm at Joe’s Movement Emporium, Mar 8

Monique Newton Walker: Amma’s Chasm at Joe’s Movement Emporium, Mar 8

Amma’s Chasm
Performed by Monque Newton Walker

Friday, March 8, 2019 at 7:00 PM

Location: Joe’s Movement Emporium

Collaborating with community activists and artists, southern Maryland-based dance artist Monique Newton Walker, explores perspectives, outcomes, and healing when a fatal domestic violence event disrupts a community’s continuity in her mixed-media dance residency, Amma’s Chasm.

Tickets: Pay what you wish, $5 to $25. Click here.

Be Steadwell: A Letter to My Ex at Joe’s Movement Emporium, Feb 15

Be Steadwell: A Letter to My Ex at Joe’s Movement Emporium, Feb 15

A Letter to My Ex, the musical
Written and Performed by Be Steadwell

Friday, February 15, 2019 at 7:00 PM

Location: Joe’s Movement Emporium

A Letter to My Ex, the musical. Composer and vocalist Be Steadwell tells stories of love, loss and intimacy with LGBTQ affirming pop music. Following the 2018 release of her album “Queer Love Songs”, Steadwell brings her album to life through theater and performance. A Letter to My Ex is a collage of music, movement and film, narrating one character’s journey through the ups and downs of love.

Be Steadwell is a singer songwriter from Washington DC. With roots in jazz, acapella and folk-Be calls her music QUEER POP. In her live performances, she utilizes looping, vocal layering and beat boxing to compose her songs on stage. Be’s original music features earnest lyricism, and Affirming LGBTQ content.​​

As she pursued her career in music, she began a career in film. Shooting and editing her own music videos, Be combined her love of music with narrative film. Her film Vow of Silence received awards at film festivals around the world, including Black Star, QWOCMAP, and Fringe Fest UK. This year, Issa Rae Featured vow of Silence in her Short Film sundays program. After receiving a BA at Oberlin College, Be completed her MFA in film at Howard University in 2014.

In 2017, Be sang at The Women’s March on the National Mall behind Maxwell and Janelle Monae in Toshi Reagon’s Big Lovely Band. The Astraea Global Arts Fund awarded Be a grant to produce her next album, “Queer Love Songs”. In September, Be had the opportunity to open for Big Freedia at DC’s Honeygroove Festival. The DC Commission in the Arts awarded Be the 2018 Artist Fellowship. Be is currently touring her music internationally.

Tickets: Pay what you wish, $5 to $25. Click here.

Ronya-Lee Anderson: Kings and Queens at Joe’s Movement Emporium, Nov 16

Ronya-Lee Anderson: Kings and Queens at Joe’s Movement Emporium, Nov 16

Kings and Queens
Performed by Ronya-Lee LaVaune Anderson

Friday, November 16, 2018 at 7:00 PM

Location: Joe’s Movement Emporium

Kings and Queens is a multi-disciplinary project designed to highlight the contributions of African-American artists to the beloved musical genre: Rock n’ Roll. The project will combine monologues, live music, projections, dance and discussion honing in on artists such as Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Jimi Hendrix, Big Momma Thorton, Bo Diddley, Louis Gordon and others. Beyond noting the practice of cultural appropriation, the project will illustrate the influence of black musicians on their white successors like Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and Led Zeppelin, generally considered the greatest rockers. In workshop and performance Kings and Queens links the lives and legacies of black and white artists, the richness of their synergy lost due to racial discrimination and ignorance.

Ronya-Lee LaVaune Anderson is a dancer, choreographer, singer, songwriter and educator. She holds a Master’s of Divinity from Duke Divinity School in Durham, North Carolina, a B.A. in Dance and a B.A. in English Language and Literature from the University of Maryland at College Park. A former member of the Chuck Davis African American Dance Ensemble, Clancy Works, Carla Perlo’s Carla and Company, Erica Rebollar Dance Co., Liz Lerman’s Dance Exchange and most recently, Dance Place’s Marvin Gaye Project, for which she also serves as Rehearsal Director, Ronya-Lee has performed both nationally and internationally. She has led residencies at Duke University (Durham, NC), Henderson State University (Arkadelphia, Arkansas), Mercyhurst University (Erie, PA) and Prince George’s Community College (Landover, MD). Her work has been commissioned by Duke University, PG Community College, Joy of Motion, DanceEthos, Dance For All Youth Company in South Africa, as well as churches, schools and community organizations throughout the United States.

Tickets: Pay what you wish, $5 to $25. Click here.