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The Gorgeous Offerings: The Black Ophelia, A Film Screening & Community Discussion

A CAC Inter[SECTOR] Residency
November 5, 2021 to November 6, 2021

"The Gorgeous Offerings" are a series of rituals, sacred spaces, workshops, and community gatherings created to support healing from the loss and disorientation of the COVID-19 pandemic. Open to all, these events are created to respond to the particular burden of grief held in the BIPOC community, compounded by layers... Read more →

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Breaking the Thermometer to Hide the Fever

December 3, 2021 to December 5, 2021

Breaking the Thermometer to Hide the Fever is a multidisciplinary performance set to new music by Haitian-American singer-songwriter Leyla McCalla. The project explores the legacy of Radio Haiti-Inter, Haiti’s first privately owned Creole-speaking radio station, and the assassination of its owner, Jean Dominique, in 2000. The title is derived from... Read more →

Contemporary Arts Center and The Beaubourg Theatre

re:FRAME: Every Body Dance Now

December 16, 2021 to December 18, 2021

re:FRAME is a movement-research collective of six dance-makers exploring alternative systems for cultivating artistic community, exchange and sustainability. Rehearsing in residence since 2020, re:FRAME is currently developing five evening-length solo works for joint presentation at the CAC.

Every Body Dance Now

December 16 – 18, 2021

Join re:FRAME for an exploration... Read more →

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KM Dance Project: Raw Fruit

January 14, 2022 to January 16, 2022

Raw Fruit is a collection of stories that reveals the essence of ancestral values which have been woven into the cultural fabric of our lives. This multidisciplinary work uses the technology of the kitchen to examine legacy, identity, socialization, unity, and friction inside the southern Black family dynamic. Raw Fruit is a... Read more →

Past Shows

StudioV Virtual Studio Tour with Su Ecenia

October 14, 2021
The CAC is excited to present StudioV , our series of live virtual tours featuring from New Orleans and beyond. Join us for a look into the artist practice of Gulf South artist Su Ecenia , whose works are featured in the CAC's 2021 Open Call Exhibition "Behind Every Beautiful Thing: Encountering Bodies, Wrestling the Human Condition," on view until September 26, 2021. The tour will be hosted online via Zoom by exhibition curator David W. Robinson-Morris, Ph.D. Admission is free but capacity is limited: RSVP below! RSVP NOW How to participate: after RSVPing, you will receive an email with the link to join the Zoom studio tour on Thursday, October 14, 2021 at 5 pm CDT. Questions? Contact us at info@cacno.org

StudioV Virtual Studio Tour with Frahn Koerner

October 7, 2021
The CAC is excited to present StudioV , our series of live virtual tours featuring from New Orleans and beyond. Join us for a look into the artist practice of Gulf South artist Frahn Koerner whose works are featured in the CAC's 2021 Open Call Exhibition "Behind Every Beautiful Thing: Encountering Bodies, Wrestling the Human Condition," on view until September 26, 2021. The tour will be hosted online via Zoom by exhibition curator David W. Robinson-Morris, Ph.D. Admission is free but capacity is limited: RSVP below! RSVP NOW How to participate: after RSVPing, you will receive an email with the link to join the Zoom studio tour on Thursday, October 7, 2021 at 5 pm CDT. Questions? Contact us at info@cacno.org About the Exhibition This program is part of a series of healing-centered programs associated with the CAC's 2021 Gulf South open call exhibition "Behind Every Beautiful Thing: Encountering Bodies, Wrestling the Human Condition," on view through September 26, 2021. The exhibition offers a deeply personal portrayal of artists’ experiences with health and illness, and the reverberating impact on the life, body, and psyche of the individual and their community. LEARN MORE

POSTPONED: Performance Showcases: Works-in-Process by CAC Artists-in-Residence

August 27, 2021 to August 29, 2021
Event Postponed: Out of concern for our patrons' safety due to COVID-19, the CAC's Artist Residency Showcase performances previously scheduled for this weekend (August 27 - 29) will be recorded and broadcast virtually at a later date to be announced. Please stay tuned to our website and social media channels for updates. --- Join us for a weekend of nightly performance showcases featuring bold new works-in-process created by the CAC's 2021 performing artists-in-residence paris "cyan" cian, Jarrell Hamilton / De La SouL Dance Co., and Rebecca Elizabeth Hollingsworth. Performance Showcases And Come Round In Circle by Rebecca Elizabeth Hollingsworth And Come Round in Circle shares the unreliable story of Maggie Fox and her sisters, the three women heralded as the creators of Spiritualism and the seance. Using thorough historical research and actual seance magic, this memory play explores gaslighting, the consequences of repeating cycles learned in youth, and the haunting nature of trauma. Watercolours by Jarrell Hamilton and De La SouL Dance Co. Watercolours original dance-theatre work echoes the musical vibrations of contemporary artists Nicholas Peyton and Christian Scott, embellished with abstract narratives of water healing, New Orleans busking culture, ancestral memory, Hip Hop and Afro-futurism. Watercolours choreographed by Hamilton is inspired by sonic rituals of Afro- New Orleans and futuristic bodily translations. My curiosity dwells in the place called “there,” the future and the evolutionary state of our movement vernacular as multi-dimensional beings. Let’s stream. the Shore:in/SIGHT by paris cyan cian the Shore:in/SIGHT is a multidisciplinary performance ritual, investigating the embodied activation of prayer within cosmic Blackness, dark space. Here in this space, Black and queer artists create portals, spaces of ceremony, celebration, prayer. We gather in darkness, to engage in storytelling about our Mutha’s, home, land, time, spatiality, and water - our beginnings and our changes. CAC Studio...

StudioV Virtual Studio Tour with Veronica Ibargüengoitia

August 12, 2021
The CAC is excited present StudioV , our series of live virtual tours featuring from New Orleans and beyond. On Thursday, August 12 at 5 pm CDT, join us for a look into the artist practice of Gulf South artist Veronica Ibargüengoitia , whose works are featured in the CAC's 2021 Open Call Exhibition "Behind Every Beautiful Thing: Encountering Bodies, Wrestling the Human Condition," on view July 31 - September 26, 2021. The tour will be hosted online via Zoom by exhibition curator David W. Robinson-Morris, Ph.D. Admission is free but capacity is limited: RSVP below! RSVP NOW How to participate: after RSVPing, you will receive an email with the link to join the Zoom studio tour on Thursday, August 12 at 5 pm CDT. Questions? Contact us at info@cacno.org

Delfeayo & Friends with Leo Nocentelli

September 25, 2020
Join us for Delfeayo & Friends , the CAC’s live bi-weekly happy hour, Live on Zoom, with trombonist and composer Delfeayo Marsalis , featuring musical friends from around the world. In our next episode, Delfeayo will welcome very special guest Leo Nocentelli , the GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award-winning lead guitarist and founding member of The Meters ! Registration is now open to the general public: RSVP Now! Leo Nocentelli is a master guitarist, renowned composer and producer, and is the sole composer of the GRAMMY-inducted song, “CISSY STRUT” that gave international recognition to the iconic and legendary funk band The Meters, of which he is a founding member. Leo is a 2018 GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, has been nominated four times to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and is known as “The Innovator of Syncopated Funk" -- the highly-influential groove that defined The Meters' revolutionary sound. CAC Members receive early, priority access to Delfeayo & Friends each week, plus exclusive perks including album downloads, merch, and more. Admission is free with space limited to 50 participants. Not yet a CAC member? Join today! Mark Your Calendar for Delfeayo & Friends! July 3 - Delfeayo & Friends with Branford Marsalis⁣⁣ July 17 - Delfeayo & Friends with Roger Lewis July 31 - Delfeayo & Friends with George Porter, Jr. and Bobby Weir August 14 - Delfeayo & Friends with Ron Carter September 11 - Delfeayo & Friends with Tarriona "Tank" Ball September 25 - Delfeayo & Friends with Special Guest Leo Nocentelli Delfeayo & Friends will be hosted via Zoom, a free video conferencing app that you can open in your computer's web browser or via an app for your favorite mobile device. Questions? Contact us at info@cacno.org Download Zoom: For iPhone For Android For Mac/PC

Delfeayo & Friends with Tarriona "Tank" Ball

September 11, 2020
Join us live on Zoom for Delfeayo & Friends, the CAC’s live bi-weekly happy hour with trombonist and composer Delfeayo Marsalis, featuring musical friends from around the world. In our next episode, Delfeayo will welcome special guest Tarriona “Tank” Ball , leader of New Orleans-based, GRAMMY-nominated band Tank and the Bangas ! From allmusic.com: Tank and the Bangas are a New Orleans-based R&B band fronted by Tarriona Ball (aka Tank), a singer and poet who can wail like Patti LaBelle, scold like Millie Jackson, and soliloquize like Jill Scott. Established with their highly energized live show and a handful of independent releases beginning with 2013's Think Tank, they won NPR's Tiny Desk Contest in 2017, leading to a major-label contract with Verve and the 2019 release of Green Balloon, their second studio album. Registration is now open to the general public: RSVP now while spots last! CAC Members receive early, priority access to Delfeayo & Friends each week, plus exclusive perks including album downloads, merch, and more. Admission is free with space limited to 50 participants. Not yet a CAC member? Join today! Mark Your Calendar for Delfeayo & Friends! July 3 - Delfeayo & Friends with Branford Marsalis⁣⁣ July 17 - Delfeayo & Friends with Roger Lewis July 31 - Delfeayo & Friends with George Porter, Jr. and Bobby Weir August 14 - Delfeayo & Friends with Ron Carter September 11 - Delfeayo & Friends with Tarriona "Tank" Ball September 25 - Delfeayo & Friends with Special Guest TBA Delfeayo & Friends will be hosted via Zoom, a free video conferencing app that you can open in your computer's web browser or via an app for your favorite mobile device. Questions? Contact us at info@cacno.org Download Zoom: For iPhone For Android For Mac/PC

Delfeayo & Friends with Special Guest Ron Carter

August 14, 2020
Join us live on Zoom for Delfeayo & Friends, the CAC’s bi-weekly happy hour with trombonist and composer Delfeayo Marsalis, featuring conversation and music with friends around the world. On Friday, August 14, Delfeayo will be joined by Ron Carter , one of the most prolific and influential bassists in jazz history! A member of the legendary Miles Davis Quintet from 1963-1968, Carter has collaborated with the likes of Tommy Flanagan, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Gil Evans, Lena Horne, Bill Evans, B.B. King, Dexter Gordon, Wes Montgomery, Cannonball Adderley, and countless more jazz luminaries. Registration is currently limited to RSVP Members only. Remaining spots will be opened to the general public on Wednesday, August 12. CAC Members receive early, priority access to Delfeayo & Friends each week, plus exclusive perks including album downloads, merch, and more. Admission is free with space limited to 50 participants. Not yet a CAC member? Join today! Mark Your Calendar for Delfeayo & Friends! July 3 - Delfeayo & Friends with Branford Marsalis⁣⁣ July 17 - Delfeayo & Friends with Roger Lewis July 31 - Delfeayo & Friends with George Porter, Jr. and Bobby Weir August 14 - Delfeayo & Friends with Ron Carter September 11 - Delfeayo & Friends with Tarriona "Tank" Ball September 25 - Delfeayo & Friends with Special Guest TBA Delfeayo & Friends will be hosted via Zoom, a free video conferencing app that you can open in your computer's web browser or via an app for your favorite mobile device. Questions? Contact us at info@cacno.org Download Zoom: For iPhone For Android For Mac/PC

CANCELLED: KYLE ABRAHAM / A.I.M.

May 8, 2020 to May 9, 2020
March 20, 2020 Update: In an effort to reduce the impact and spread of COVID-19, the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans announced today the cancellation of its Spring 2020 performing arts season including Kyle Abraham / A.I.M. In consultation with its Board of Directors, key stakeholders, and artists, the safety and health of the CAC’s guests, staff, artists, volunteers, and community are and always will be its highest priority. Ticket buyers will be contacted directly by email in the coming days. Please direct ticket inquiries to info@cacno.org . ---- The CAC is thrilled to welcome highly-acclaimed dance company Kyle Abraham / A.I.M. (Abraham in Motion) to the CAC, May 8-9, 2020! Recently featured in both Kinfolk and O, The Oprah Magazine, 2018 Princess Grace Statue Award recipient and Lincoln Center Education Artist in Residence, Kyle Abraham is a 2013 MacArthur Fellow and a 2016 Doris Duke Awardee who began his dance training in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania before receiving his BFA from Purchase College and his MFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. In 2011, OUT Magazine labeled Abraham as the "best and brightest creative talent to emerge in New York City in the age of Obama". The mission of A.I.M is to create an evocative interdisciplinary body of work. Born into hip-hop culture in the late 70s and grounded in Abraham’s artistic upbringing in classical cello, piano and visual arts, the movement’s goal is to delve into identity in relation to a personal history. MacArthur award-winning Abraham has choreographed for Wendy Whelan and NYC Ballet, among others. This will be his second visit to the CAC, following the company's performances of "Pavement" in 2013. Generous support for A.I.M is provided by: The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; The DuBose & Dorothy Heyward Memorial Fund; The Fan Fox & Leslie R. Samuels...

CANCELLED: DAYMÉ AROCENA

May 2, 2020
March 20, 2020 Update: In an effort to reduce the impact and spread of COVID-19, the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans announced today the cancellation of its Spring 2020 performing arts season including Daymé Arocena. In consultation with its Board of Directors, key stakeholders, and artists, the safety and health of the CAC’s guests, staff, artists, volunteers, and community are and always will be its highest priority. Ticket buyers will be contacted directly by email in the coming days. Please direct ticket inquiries to info@cacno.org . ---- With captivating charisma and a radiant spirit, Daymé Arocena effortlessly blends traditional Santerian chant, jazz stylings, contemporary R&B influences, and Afro-Cuban rhythmic complexity for audiences worldwide. Her passion for the musical traditions of Cuba, her homeland, is boundless. At every performance, Dayme coaxes her audiences into lively call-and-response chants with an irrepressible smile. Dayme's impact upon the history of Cuban music is undeniable. Born and raised in Havana, her conservatoire training was combined with an upbringing grounded in Cuba’s own musical foundations. Accepted age 9 into one of the country’s prestigious music schools, she studied a choir directing course rooted in Western classical tradition. Meanwhile, she grew up with the day-to-day schooling in folkloric music that’s common to most Cuban households. At regular, intimate get-togethers, celebrating the island’s Santería religion, dancing and singing are the gatherings’ mainstays – a combination that’s meant she sees its deep-rooted traditions in a wider musical context. Emerging from a culture where hybrids and amalgamations are the norm, Daymé embraces that reality. At a time when Cuba’s borders look set to become more open, she is an outward-looking artist finding new musical connections. More importantly, she’s doing it with an understanding of where she comes from. “We don’t have this native culture,” Daymé explains. “We don’t have indigenous...

POSTPONED - Dancing Grounds Presents: DANCE FOR SOCIAL CHANGE FESTIVAL

March 28, 2020 to March 29, 2020
HEALTH & SAFETY UPDATE: Following the direction of our city and state health officials, Dancing Grounds' Dance for Social Change Festival, scheduled for March 28-29 at the CAC, has been postponed until further notice. The Contemporary Arts Center remains open while we closely monitor the latest developments by officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding the COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus. Read our Health & Safety Update here. ---- WHAT IS DANCE FOR SOCIAL CHANGE? DSC is a year-round, multifaceted youth leadership initiative where participants learn how to use their artistic talents to advocate for change in their communities. It is led by the DG Uprising teen company, a group of 25 high school artists that rehearse weekly on Saturdays during the school year, studying dance, exploring advocacy issues, and building skills in creative thinking, communication, collaboration, and leadership. Each year, they select a social justice topic impacting their community and create an original performance about that issue. They premiere their work at the annual DSC festival and tour the work to community organizations and festivals. They also organize a block party, community forums, and other platforms that use the arts to advocate for social change. Past themes have included the school-to-prison pipeline (2016); women’s rights and gender justice (2017); mental health (2018); and gentrification and displacement (2019-2020). Dance For Social Change Festival March 28-29,2020 Contemporary Arts Center (900 Camp St. NOLA 70130) $5 youth | $15 students/seniors | $25 DG/CAC members | $30 GA Ticket includes one performance + all workshops and visual art installations. Dancing Grounds is committed to ensuring that the performances are accessible to all New Orleans residents. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. For financial assistance: email info@dancingrounds.org or call 504-535-5791. DSC Festival Schedule: Saturday, March 28th 10am-12:45pm -...