SUN | FEB 16 | 1 PM | DANCE
FREE (No RSVP required)
7 Train Service between 111 St and Main St in Queens is replaced by free shuttle buses. Please give yourself at least an extra half-hour to travel.
Founded in 1998, Valerie Green/Dance Entropy believes in humanizing movement, both in Ms. Green’s critically acclaimed choreographic work and the company’s mission to plant creative seeds in communities across the world. Intersecting mortal and transcendent, sensual and sophisticated, visceral and self-aware, VG/DE invites the artist, the audience—the human—into a compelling, physical experience.
Wrapping up his residency at Flushing Town Hall, Indian choreographer Ashley Lobo is the Founder and Artistic Director of The Danceworx Academy and Navdhara India Dance Theatre. His career in performing arts comprises of over 32 years of performing, choreographing, and teaching—both in Indian and internationally. Ashley has developed Prana Paint™, a unique sensitizing approach that explores movement through yoga, breath, connectivity, and touch.
“Home” is an international collaboration with choreographers from Sweden, India, Uganda, Columbia and Lebanon. Each examines the concept of home from their unique perspective, drawing upon the significance of this concept in their home country, as well as factors including culture, upbringing, economics, politics, and personal identity. Each choreographer creates a section of this work that will later be mixed together by Artistic Director Valerie Green, and integrated into one cohesive evening-length dance that will also reflect her own community and dancers’ perspectives on home. Each collaboration phase will have the opportunity to show progression before the final performance.
For Ashley, the third phase of “HOME” is the idea of going back to the self, “if you are one with you,” he says, “then you are at home wherever you are.” This idea that one must find home first and foremost in oneself before finding it anywhere else, that wherever one goes, they are ultimately home.
“Amid Mystery And Ritual, More Organic Than Elegant, The Work Recalls Aspects Of Many Cultures.”— Julinda Lewis, Richmond Times Dispatch
Audiences members will not only get a glimpse of “Home” but will see short works: Titanic.Sl and Right Now by VG/DE. Titanic is a short dance/theater work based on a story of the great ship Titanic, inspired by and dedicated to boat number 15. Right Now exposes a window into the performers being as she experiences the immediacy of different emotions.
“Flushing Town Hall is known for our engaging, global arts programming, and on February 16, this performance will be a beautiful glimpse of the collaboration of global diversity and unity. Valerie Green/Dance Entropy’s “Home” is free to the public. There will be a Q&A discussion following the performance, between artists and the audience.
HOME is supported, in part, by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
General Operating & Program Support
Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts dba Flushing Town Hall is a not for profit organization which receives major support from the National Endowment for the Arts; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State
Legislature; New York State Assembly Member Ron Kim; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Mayor Bill de Blasio; Queens Borough President Melinda Katz; Council Members Adrienne Adams, Costa Constantinides, Daniel Dromm, Barry Grodenchik, Peter Koo, Karen Koslowitz, Francisco Moya, and Paul A. Vallone; and the Howard Gilman Foundation, the Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, and the Booth Ferris Foundation.
Support for our programs is also provided by Acrobuffos/Seth Bloom & Christina Gelsone, Angela An, Robin Bell-Stevens, Dongjiang Bi, Cathay Bank, Douglass Chan, Amy Mak Chan, Sharon Chen, Ginger Chinn, Dr. Hsing-Lih Chou / New York Institute of Culture and the Arts, Con Edison, Crossings TV, Exploring the Metropolis, Kuang-Yu Fong / Chinese Theatre Works, Barbara Garii, Matthew Goldner, Howard Graf & Kathy Donovan, Lily Han, Heather Harrison, Belinda Pilin Hsu, Alice & Steve Huang, Hung Pin Hung, Investors Foundation, Raymond D. Jasen, the Jim Henson Foundation, Ellen Kodadek, the Laura B. Vogler Foundation, Nelson Lee / Flushing Bank, Janet T. Leow, James S. Liao, Emily Lin / Lin & Loveall Foundation, Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation, Frank Macchio, Materials for the Arts, William McClure / Queens College, Mets Foundation, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, Jassy Z. Min, New York Chinese Chorus, Northwell Health, Carlos Ortiz, Queens Art Education Center / Arthur Liu, Queens Courier, Resorts World, Camillo Reyes, RuDance / Asian American Dance Sport Corp., Helen Shieh, Richard Siu, Curtis Smith, Mike Sperendi & Jan Schneider, Taipei Cultural Center in New York, Michael Tang, Veronica Tsang, Tai & Tony Wang / Glow Foundation, Jay Wegman, Constance Wingate, Anna Wu, Minwen Yang, Hank Yeh, Sandy Yeh, Shane Yeh, and Angela Qi Zhang. Support at $500 and up for the 2020 fiscal year is included.
We are extremely grateful to the anonymous donor who contributed a $40,000 challenge gift in honor of our 40th anniversary and inspired so much generosity in others.