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FIVE

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

Overview

BLACK MAGIC: FIVE

FIVE is a multimedia performance that abstracts the art of Vogue Femme, a dance form originating from the African-American and Latino LGBTQ community of 1970s Harlem. In the performance five dancers represent the five elements of Vogue Femme—hands, catwalk, floor performance, spin dips, and duck-walking. As each dancer takes the floor, a hip-hop M.C., an operatic vocalist, a black gospel choir, and five musicians improvise an interactive soundtrack, building to a carefully structured crescendo of sound and movement. Using custom made motion-tracking technology, created from a combination of creative coding and video game hardware, Newsome maps the movement patterns of dancers during the live performances and transform the collected data into digital neoactionist drawings in real-time on a screen above the performance.

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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