Harlem Stage Announces 2017 Fall Performing Arts Season

Harlem Stage is back with another amazing season featuring a range of Music, Film, Spoken Word, Dance and the return of their successful Dinner/Discussion series, WaterWorks at 10: Visionary Artists and Transformative Art. Harlem Stage will launch the Fall 2017 season with their first ever Open House.

Highlights Include:

OPEN HOUSE: Tour the Gatehouse and learn about its historical restoration from a facility that distributed clean water to New York City, into a state-of-the-art flexible performing arts center. Meet some of the artists and dance to the soulful sounds of Sundae Sermon’s DJ Stormin Norman (September 16).

MUSIC: Harlem Stage in collaboration with Manhattan School of Music presents Monkmania, A Centennial Tribute to Thelonius Monk featuring special guest soloist Regina Carter, Violin; John Beasley, Guest Conductor and Arranger; and The MSM Monk’estra Ensemble (December 1); A free Carnegie Neighborhood Concert with Jazzmeia Horn (December 7); Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah continues his Stretch Music Residency with two nights of concerts showcasing a range of cultural influences from his native New Orleans to West Africa and the Caribbean (December 14 & 15).

FILM: Dreamstates, written by Rwandan-born Anisia Uzeyman in her directorial debut, paints an underground portrait of a sultry, sensual, and quixotic America through the fleeting romance of two artistic lovers. The film stars acclaimed poet and actor Saul Williams who will perform a post screening DJ and poetry set (October 6); Some Girls, directed by Raquel Cepeda and produced by Henry Chalfant, focuses on a group of troubled Latina teens from a Bronx-based suicide prevention program who are transformed by an exploration of their roots via the use of ancestral DNA testing, followed by a trip to the seat of the Americas (November 29).

DANCE: Declassified Memory Fragment is a dance theater work, created by Olivier Tarpaga and Esther Baker, with a live band inspired by the ideas and themes of memory, history, politics and cultural realities affecting the continent of Africa (October 4); World renowned Misty Copeland will lead a ballet class for select students, followed by a discussion with the legendary Carmen de Lavallade (November 6).

SPOKEN WORD:  Native Tongue: A Story Slam, created by award winning storyteller Aman Ali, will investigate the theme of ‘Home’ through the viewpoint of multigenerational artists, thinkers, and disrupters. Native Tongue Story Slam showcases and celebrates the lives of marginalized voices around the corner and around the globe (October 12).

DINNER/DISCUSSION:  WaterWorks at 10: Visionary Artists and Transformative Art is a discussion series that is dedicated to reflecting on the visionary artists and transformative art that has been created in the Harlem Stage Gatehouse (November 13).

Tickets and reservations to Harlem Stage can be purchased online at www.HarlemStage.org, or via phone at 212.281.9240 ext. 19. All performances take place at the Harlem Stage Gatehouse (150 Convent Avenue at West 135th Street, Manhattan).

HARLEM STAGE FALL 2017 PROGRAMMING 

DATE

TIME

NAME

GENRE

Saturday, September 16, 2017
3:00pm-
6:00pm
HARLEM STAGE OPEN HOUSE
Special Event

Wednesday, October 4, 2017
7:30pm 
DECLASSIFIED MEMORY FRAGMENT
Co-Presented with 651 Arts
Multidisciplinary

Friday, October 6, 2017
7:30pm
DREAMSTATES AND SAUL WILLIAMS
Co-Presented with 651 Arts
Film

Thursday, October 12, 2017
7:30pm
NATIVE TONGUE: A STORY SLAM
Spoken Word

Monday, November 6, 2017
5:00pm
A MISTY COPELAND BALLET CLASS
In Association with Dance Theater of Harlem and Harlem School for the Arts
Dance

Monday, November 13, 2017
7:30pm
WATERWORKS AT 10: Visionary Artists and Transformative Art
Dinner/Discussion

Wednesday, November 29, 2017
7:30pm
SOME GIRLS
Film

Friday, December 1, 2017
7:30pm
MONKMANIA, A CENTENNIAL TRIBUTE TO THELONIOUS MONK
In Collaboration with Manhattan School of Music
Music

Thursday, December 7, 2017
7:30pm
JAZZMEIA HORN
In Collaboration with Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concerts
Music

Thursday and Friday, December 14 & 15, 2017
7:30pm
UPTOWN NIGHTS: CHRISTIAN SCOTT ATUNDE ADJUAH PRESENTS
STRETCH MUSIC X AFRO NEW ORLEANIAN BLACK INDIAN MUSIC CONCERT
Music

ABOUT HARLEM STAGE 

Harlem Stage is the performing arts center that bridges Harlem’s cultural legacy to contemporary artists of color and dares to provide the artistic freedom that gives birth to new ideas. For over 30 years Harlem Stage has been one of the nation’s leading arts organizations, achieving this distinction through its work with artists of color and by facilitating a productive engagement with the communities it serves through the performing arts. With a long-standing tradition of supporting artists and organizations around the corner and across the globe, Harlem Stage boasts such legendary artists as Harry Belafonte, Max Roach, Sekou Sundiata, Abbey Lincoln, Sonia Sanchez, Eddie Palmieri, Maya Angelou and Tito Puente, as well as contemporary artists like Bill T. Jones, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Tamar-kali, Vijay Iyer, Mike Ladd, Meshell Ndegeocello, Jason Moran, José James, Nona Hendryx and more. Its education program each year provides over 4,000 New York City children with introduction and access to the rich diversity, excitement and inspiration of the performing arts. In 2006, Harlem Stage opened the landmarked, award-winning Harlem Stage Gatehouse. This once abandoned space, originally a pivotal source for distributing fresh water to New York City, is now a vital source of creativity, ideas and culture. Harlem Stage is a winner of the William Dawson Award for Programming Excellence and Sustained Achievement in Programming (Association of Performing Arts Presenters).

For more information on Harlem Stage, visit: www.harlemstage.org.

For a full list of donors, please visit: https://www.harlemstage.org/support/

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