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Exciting programming and big news from DNAWORKS!
Thank you for your continued support!

Adam McKinney and Daniel Banks, Ph.D.,
Co-Directors, DNAWORKS


DNAWORKS June Newsletter

This month:

World Premiere of HaMapah /המפה at the JCC in Manhattan is a hit!
May DNAWORKSHOP at the Museum at Eldridge Street
Daniel Performs His Poetry for Nilaja Sun
Upcoming DNAWORKS Activities
Jewish Multiracial Network's 13th Annual Summer Retreat
DNAWORKS at TCG Conference
Adam and Daniel are moving to Santa Fe, New Mexico!


HaMapah/המפה World Premiere at the

JCC in Manhattan


On May 12, DNAWORKS premiered its sold-out performance of
at the JCC in Manhattan.

In Hebrew, HaMapah / המפה means “the tablecloth” or “the map." HaMapah / המפה weaves contemporary dance with archival material, personal interviews, Yiddish and American songs, and video set to traditional, contemporary, and classical music. In HaMapah / המפה, McKinney explores issues of culture, self-hood, and community.

DNAWORKS is in the process of scheduling HaMapah / המפה tour dates
in Santa Fe, NYC, and Boston in 2011!

Contact Jeremy Karafin, DNAWORKS Program Associate to bring HaMapah/המפה and other DNAWORKS programs to your community!

Audience responses to the performance of HaMapah/המפה:
"It was a really beautiful piece last night! The dance and multi-media were just superb!"
-- Josh Dorf

"I was so moved by the performance and the follow up last night...this was so amazingly beautiful, creative, executed and magnificent that I am lost for words."
-- Bonnie Dimun, Executive Director Museum at Eldridge Street

"I think that your work is about looking within, and connecting with our body-houses, so that we can appreciate our ancestry. You are creating a pathway for people to understand how to reconnect with themselves...you provide possibility to a richer experience of one's own life...Societies can be changed this way for the better."
-- Anne Hamilton, Founder, Hamilton Dramaturgy



Museum at Eldridge Street

"This is awesome! What an opportunity to engage in such a rich conversation. There is no hierarchy, just come and bring what you have."
-- Amen Igbinosun, Actor/Director, May DNAWORKSHOP Participant


May DNAWORKSHOP Participants


One of Eldridge Street Synagogue's magnificent windows

The May 30th DNAWORKSHOP at the Museum at Eldridge Street was a success!

Artists of different disciplines met to share their experiences as artists, offered and received practical exercises for working in group settings, networked and began to create deep relationships. Thank you, Executive Director Bonnie Dimun, for the use of your space and, Director of Education Miriam Bader, for a tour of the glorious synagogue!

The next DNAWORKSHOP will meet on Sunday June 27th, 2-5pm. Stay tuned for location.
To RSVP please contact info@dnaworks.org

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Daniel Performs His Poetry


Nilaja Sun

On May 21 at PS122 in NYC, Daniel performed his poem, entitled "An American in Ghana" at Terra Nova Collective's evening honoring Nilaja Sun, playwright of No Child....


Upcoming DNAWORKS Activities

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Jewish Multiracial Network's 13th Annual Summer Retreat

For the fourth non-consecutive year, DNAWORKS will lead multigenerational programming through the arts for the Jewish Multiracial Network's 13th Annual Summer Retreat - June 11-13 at Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center.

It's not too late to register for the retreat! Scholarships are available. If you would like to register by phone, call Libby Caine, (800) 398-2630 x4 or Tara, (800) 298-2630 x307. For more information, visit their website.

DNAWORKS at TCG Conference

Daniel will moderate a panel on artists creating theatre work in conflict zones and under oppressive environments and will lead sessions, using the DNAWORKSHOP model, for a young cohort of international artists at the 2010 TCG National Conference - Ideas into Action.


This summer, DNAWORKS will travel to Los Angeles and Hungary.
Stay tuned for our July newsletter!



Santa Fe Dowdtown

Santa Fe

Adam and Daniel are moving to Santa Fe, NM this summer! Adam has already assumed his position of Chair of the Dance Department at New Mexico School for the Arts and is working to create a rich, varied, and intensive dance curriculum and experience. For more information about the school, click here.

Don't you worry. DNAWORKS will continue bringing its arts and service programs to communities around the world.


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:


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.
Click here to make a tax-deductible donation on behalf of DNAWORKS.

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