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FIVE

An interdisciplinary project rooted in the vogue dance style, created by the multi-dimensional artist Rashaad Newsome.

Overview

FIVE is an interdisciplinary project rooted in the New York underground vogue dance tradition. Featuring original music composed by Rashaad Newsome an accompanied by a band comprised of New York-based Mc. Princess Mami Precious, baritone opera singer Justin Austin, five vocalists, and five musicians, five dancers will represent – and perform – each of the five individual elements of vogue femme against a live sound score. Using video game controllers and custom motion tracking software, Newsome maps and visualizes the movement patterns of dancers in real time creating a performance where drawing, music, dance, and technology collide and build into a beautifully structured crescendo of sound and movement.

Developed in a creative residency at New York Live Arts, and culminating in a tour to Philadelphia, the project includes the staging of a traditional vogue ball, The King of Arms Ball, hosted by Newsome and featuring performers from the local gender non-conforming (GNC) community, a full evening length multimedia main stage performance of FIVE, and an exhibition at the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center. As producer of this project, New York Live Arts will present two performances of FIVE in New York City in November 2019, prior to the Philadelphia engagements planned later that month.

FIVE is amplified exploration and framing of themes Newsome has worked with since 2013; creating work that is a paradoxical disruption of the familiar reflections on gender, sexuality, corporeality and activism . His understanding of the material and knowledge that these bodies do not normally exist in formal performance space is the inspiration behind his efforts to present the art form in an institutional space.

Located in the heart of Chelsea in New York City, New York Live Arts produces and presents dance, music and theater performances in its 20,000 square-foot home, including a 184-seat theater and two 1,200 square-foot studios. The mission of New York Live Arts is to keep live arts experiences at the center of a broader conversation about cultural values and the intellectual, aesthetic, and social purposes of art-making. Live Arts is an institution with an unequivocal commitment to supporting the creative identity across all social and cultural strata. We provide much-needed resources to artists at every stage of their careers in a world where access to resources and funding for artists is increasingly inequitable.

Rashaad Newsome is a multidisciplinary artist whose work is deeply invested in how images used in media and popular culture communicate distorted notions of power. Using the equalizing force of sampling, he crafts compositions that surprise in their associative potential and walk the tightrope between inter-sectionality, social practice and abstraction. Newsome’s work in all media opposes cultural essentialisms, leading us into a realm of uncertainty, in which the symbols presented transform, but are nonetheless made tangible. Newsome lives and works in New York City.

Project Media

Excerpt of performance “FIVE” – German tour

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Documentation of Rashaad’s FIVE German tour, exploring the crossroads of movement and sound. Music by Rashaad Newsome. Featuring NY-based Mc. Princess Mami Precious, baritone opera singer Justin Austin, five local musicians, and dancers: Justin Monster Labeihja , Davon Amazon, Kendall Mugler, Omari Mizrahi, Starr Revlon.

Start and End Dates

11/08/201911/09/2019

Location

New York, New York

Project Created By

New York, New York
Located in the heart of Chelsea in New York City, New York Live Arts is an internationally recognized destination for innovative movement-based artistry offering audiences access to art and artists notable for their conceptual rigor, formal experimentation and active engagement with the social, political and cultural currents of our times. At the center of this…

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