Have You Seen Me
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On two evenings in late April 2018, Boston Children’s Chorus, in partnership with the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston and Movement Art Is, drew audiences to the premiere performances of “Have You Seen Me,” a riveting new work choreographed by famed movement artists, Jon Boogz and Lil Buck. With Boston Children’s Chorus singers and a double string quartet providing the hypnotic musical backdrop composed by JooWan Kim and Music beats by Chizzy, the featured dancers included Boogz, Buck, Imani Blake, Maleana Eagle, and Harry “Iota” Lundy. The mesmerizing and meticulous dance movements, combined with the emotional power of the music and subject matter, created performances indelible in the minds of those who witnessed them.
Missing Youth: Over 400,000 youth are reported missing or exploited a year according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The issue of missing children is complex and includes runaways, abductions and child trafficking. No young person should be forgotten and national, local and family efforts to safely locate and protect vulnerable youth is an important issue.
Have You Seen Me: Is a new work the Boston Children’s Chorus in collaboration with the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston has commissioned Movement Art Is (MAI), co-founded by Jon Boogz and Lil Buck to create to celebrate BCC’s 15th anniversary. The dance/choral work choreographed by Jon Boogz and Lil Buck features them performing alongside 3 other dancers and the BCC. The piece will explore the challenges today’s missing and exploited youth, their families and the community face.
Movement Art Is: Movement Art Is (MAI), co-founded by Jon Boogz and Lil Buck, is an organization that uses movement artistry to inspire and change the world while elevating the artistic, educational, and social impact of dance. Through movement art films, workshops, performances and exhibitions, MAI is resetting the spectrum of what dance is.
“We believe dance is not simply entertainment. We believe dance is a tool to educate, a tool to empower. Our goal is not just to explore socially relevant topics but to empower movement artists and dancers to say we’re artists too. We want to be considered on that level of a Picasso or a Basquiat,” says Jon Boogz. Lil Buck adds, “Things used to be like that. Fred Astaire and the Nicholas Brothers and Earl ‘Snakeships’ Tucker — it was a certain level of artistry, and their dancing was a standalone performance, and we don’t really have that anymore. Dancing has dropped to where it’s just background for an artist instead of dancers being at the forefront of their own artistry. We want to shift the mind-set of dancers.
Boston Children’s Chorus: The Boston Children’s Chorus (BCC) harnesses the power and joy of music to unite our city’s diverse communities and inspire social change. Our singers transcend social barriers in a celebration of shared humanity and love of music. Through intensive choral training and high-profile public performance experience (locally, throughout the U.S. and around the world), they learn discipline, develop leadership skills, and proudly represent the city of Boston as ambassadors of harmony.
BCC envisions a city defined by meaningful relationships among its community members. Through participation in a rigorous choral curriculum supplemented with lessons to foster compassion, BCC singers use the shared experience of music to create a better understanding of their part of the world around them. BCC is in pursuit of musical excellence, which the organization believes can be used as a tool to create dialogue around difficult issues. By encouraging conversations around these issues, our singers pave the way for a more connected community.
Transfixed by racial, political, and socioeconomic tensions saturating the news, movement artists Jon Boogz and Lil Buck, enveloped by the art of Alexa Meade, switch off the TV and release their emotion into a stirring dance that is both a lament and a spirited call to action.
Movement artists Jon Boogz and Lil Buck, who use dance to move people and improve the world, find alchemy with Meade’s perspective-changing art. The result is a powerful, mesmerizing reflection, a moving 2D art representation, of the state of today’s society.
For BCC’s 10th Anniversary, in collaboration with the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, BCC commissioned Daniel Bernard Roumain to create a new work that premiered on May 31, 2013. The libretto was by Marc Bamuthi Joseph, choreography was by Amy Seiwert and the work featured dancers Katherine Wells and Jaimme Walker. ‘A Boy Called King’is a re-telling of the story of King Kong and challenged audience members to re-envision the well known story from a new perspective on age, gender and race.
Movement Art Is (MAI), co-founded by Jon Boogz and Lil Buck, is an organization that uses movement artistry to inspire and change the world while elevating the artistic, educational, and social impact of dance. Through movement art films, workshops, performances and exhibitions, MAI is resetting the spectrum of what dance is.
Start and End Dates
04/27/2018 — 04/28/2018