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

NextLook:
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

NextLook:
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.

Orange Grove Dance: 1 Mile Radius Project at Joe’s Movement Emporium, Apr 20

Orange Grove Dance: 1 Mile Radius Project at Joe’s Movement Emporium, Apr 20

Orange Grove Dance: 1 Mile Radius Project
Joe’s Movement Emporium
Friday, April 20, 2018 at 7:00 PM

Location: Joe’s Movement Emporium

An expansion of Orange Grove Dance’s 16-17 NextLOOK residency, part two of the 1 Mile Radius Project allows for deeper exploration of the unique spaces within a one-mile radius of Joe’s Movement Emporium in Mount Rainier, MD. Through dance, film and projections, it will investigate the personal and uniquely traversed spaces of the community, zooming into and magnifying the intimate nooks and crevices of seemingly familiar areas.

Founded in 2007 by Colette Krogol and Matthew Reeves, Orange Grove Dance is built on the ideals of integrating dance, art, film and movement with all communities, large and small.

Tickets: Pay what you wish: $5 to $25. FOr tickets, click here.

Alexandra Kelly Colburn: termiNATION at Joe’s Movement Emporium, Nov 17

Alexandra Kelly Colburn: termiNATION at Joe’s Movement Emporium, Nov 17

NextLOOK: Alexandra Kelly Colburn
Friday, November 17, 2017 . 7 PM

Location: Joe’s Movement Emporium

termiNATION is an in-process movement-based solo work investigating life and death through the lens of a pregnant war widow. Inspired by an adolescence and early adulthood steeped in the events of post-9/11 and the recent inauguration of Donald Trump, this piece explores the role women have to play as we carry this new era of politics to term. In the maelstrom of American culture, 21st-century colonialism and the cyclical blind faith to trust the institution, termiNATION looks to use the last sixteen years worth of politics, perspective and war to ask ourselves what kind of world we want to create for our children.

Tickets: Pay what you wish.

Black Girl Magic at Joe’s Movement Emporium, Oct 20

Black Girl Magic at Joe’s Movement Emporium, Oct 20

Clarice Smith and the NextLOOK series presents
Dior Ashley Brown and The dAb Band in
Black Girl Magic
October 20, 2017 at 7pm

Location: Joe’s Movement Emporium

Dior Ashley Brown and The dAb Band come to Joe’s Movement Emporium October 16th – 20th for a 5-day residency where they will be creating a tribute to women in the performing arts using interactive music components from spoken word, game shows, and live performance. Through an acknowledgement of the female voice, both past and present, Brown seeks to express the creative struggle of black female performing artists, while highlighting their significant contributions to creative change and influence. Expect everything from Nina Simone to Lil Kim.

Tickets are pay-what-you-wish with a suggested donation of $15 per person. Tickets can be purchased by calling 301-699-1819 or visiting Joe’s online at http://www.joesmovement.org. Joe’s is located at 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mt. Rainier, MD 20712. Click here.