Dear DNAWORKS Community,
We hope our October update finds you well and that you have had a smooth transition into fall.
* New DNAWORKS Promo Video
* The Borders Project Residency: Port Townsend, WA
* DNAWORKS in Italy Re-Cap
* DNAWORKS in Hungary Re-Cap
* BELONGING EVERYWHERE: DNAWORKS Fundraiser 2009
* DNAWORKS Goes to Israel November & December 2009
Thank you for supporting DNAWORKS!
Daniel and Adam
We have a new promotional video!
Check it out HERE.
DNAWORKS was awarded a residency at Centrum Center for the Arts in Port Townsend, WA, for The Borders Project. The Borders Project is a multi-media community action project that confronts border/immigration policies and laws and their effects on communities and the human body. In Port Townsend, Daniel and Adam worked with six artists, including two dancers, a photographer, a videographer, and two writers to begin creating work around this theme. Many thanks to Samar Haddad King, Ariel Vegosen (New York), Trinity Hamilton, Chris Crader (Tampa), Scott Macklin (Seattle), and Diane Roberts (Vancouver) for their creativity and participation!
We are fundraising to create a documentary that will interweave scenes from The Borders Project community arts workshops with private interviews from participants and border officials.
In July, Daniel and Adam traveled to Spoleto, Italy, where Daniel was invited to teach a workshop for the La Mama International Symposium for Directors. Daniel led participants from Singapore, Russia, the US, Korea, and Australia in the Hip Hop Theatre Initiative methodology for creating devised Hip Hop theatre and leading this work with youth.
Funded by the U.S. Embassy in Budapest and the Trust for Mutual understanding, Daniel and Adam traveled to Hungary from Italy to work on several projects.
▪ They led a one-week drama workshop at the Roma and Friends Tolerance Camp on Lake Balaton. The camp brings together both Roma and non-Roman children from all over Hungary for one week to focus on teaching tolerance and to develop English language skills.
▪ They then spent five days in Budapest where they convened an artists' roundtable to discuss the state of performing arts in the US and Hungary.
▪ Adam taught dance classes for the world-renowned modern dance pioneer Yvette Bozsik and her dance company, as well as the Art of Movement Dance Company.
▪ Adam and Daniel also led Belonging Everywhere programs (including screenings of We Are All One: The Jews of Sefwi Wiawso) at the Joint Distribution Committee-Lauder Camp in Szarvas and at the Chabad Lubavitch House in Budapest.
On August 26, 2009, DNAWORKS hosted 70 guests at La MaMa, E.T.C., on the Lower East Side of Manhattan for BELONGING EVERYWHERE: DNAWORKS Fundraiser 2009. That evening, we celebrated the power of art and community with delicious food courtesy of Kashkaval and Massawa, and beverages from Brotherhood Winery, Zico, Boylan Bottling Company, and Tap'dNYC. The evening featured a presentation by Daniel and Adam and three astounding performances from the Omer Avital trio, SCRAP Performance Group of Philadelphia, and Def Poetry Jam poet Ayisha Knight-Shaw.
Photographs from BELONGING EVERYWHERE are available now on our Facebook page and will soon be available on our Website.
Thank you to all who were able to attend. We look forward to hosting you again in the future!
This November and December 2009, DNAWORKS will travel to Israel to work on two wonderful projects.
▪ Last year, Adam received a Jerome Foundation grant to work with Ethiopian Israeli communities, which will result in a dance-theatre piece Adam and Daniel will create with Beta Dance Troupe on the themes of home, passage, and diaspora.
▪ DNAWORKS will also facilitate Hip Hop Theatre workshops with Peace Child Israel, an organization that brings together Israeli Arab and Jewish youth.
Photo from Riddle (2007), Choreography by Ruth Eshel
New York, NY
Adam performed excerpts from HaMapah/המפה, a solo dance-theatre work that traces the map of the intersecting ethnicities of his ancestors; directed by Daniel.
New York University
New York, NY
Daniel sat on a panel and led a workshop, "Hip Hop as Pedagogy," at the Preemptive Education Conference held at NYU.
DNAWORKS is an arts and service organization committed to healing through the arts and dialogue. DNAWORKS catalyzes performance and action through the arts. In our work and global initiatives, our philosophy is:
ART = RITUAL = HEALING = COMMUNITY.
DNAWORKS is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization.
Contributions in behalf of DNAWORKS may be made payable to Fractured Atlas and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.
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