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Inter[SECTOR]: "Decarceration and the Arts" (Part VI)

July 22, 2020

The CAC is excited to present Inter[SECTOR], online conversations bringing together artists, activists, and policy-makers to discuss critical issues facing society today.

Decarceration and the Arts is an ongoing conversation series with San Francisco-based artist Jo Kreiter, Artist Director of Flyaway Productions and creator of the "The Wait Room", a... Read more →

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Inter[SECTOR]: "Decarceration and the Arts" (Part IV)

June 24, 2020
The CAC is excited to present Inter[SECTOR], online conversations bringing together artists, activists, and policy-makers to discuss critical issues facing society today. Inter[SECTOR] begins with Decarceration and the Arts, a four-part series with San Francisco-based artist Jo Kreiter, Artist Director of Flyaway Productions and creator of the "The Wait Room", a spectacular aerial work that depicts the trauma and challenges faced by incarcerated people and their families, that will be presented at the CAC in Spring 2021. In an effort to build community dialogue, Jo will engage with local activists and policy makers on the front lines of ending mass incarceration. Decarceration and the Arts Part IV with Jo Kreiter, Maryam Henderson-Uloho, and Kathy Randels Wednesday, June 24, 5 pm CDT on Facebook Live Join us for the next installment of Decarceration and the Arts on Facebook Live! Jo Kreiter, Artistic Director of Flyaway Productions, will be joined by Maryam Henderson-Uloho, Founder and CEO of Sister Hearts, and Kathy Randels, Artistic Director of ArtSpot Productions. Jo, Maryam, and Kathy will discuss the vital role that Sister Hearts thrift store plays in the decarceration process by providing a support network and healing opportunities for formerly-incarcerated people returning to society. Watch the recording of this conversation on Facebook Check out other episodes in our "Decarceration and the Arts" series: Decarceration in the Arts Part I with Jo Kreiter and Alanah Odoms Decarceration in the Arts Part II with Jo Kreiter and Ivy Mathis Decarceration in the Arts Part III with Jo Kreiter, Ausettua Amor Amenkum, and Kathy Randels ABOUT JO KREITER In 1996, Jo Kreiter founded Flyaway Productions, an apparatus-based dance company that advances social issues and explores the range and power of female physicality. Under Kreiter’s artistic direction, Flyaway creates dances on architectural and fabricated steel objects raised off the ground,...

CONVERSANCE: Dance and "Home" in a Time of Isolation

May 22, 2020
The CAC is excited to announce Conversance, a conversation series in which artists near and dear to the CAC have intimate dialogues about art, artistic practice, and performance. Join us Friday, May 22 at 5 pm on Facebook Live for a pre-recorded conversation featuring two giants of the dance world and friends of the CAC! David Roussève, highly-acclaimed choreographer and leader of dance company REALITY, joins Kyle Abraham, award-winning choreographer and Artistc Director of the trail-blazing company A.I.M., in a discussion about the meaning of home and finding inspiration while in isolation. The CAC has proudly presented works by both artists in the recent past, including performances of David's work Halfway to Dawn in 2019 and Kyle's Pavement in 2014. Kyle was also scheduled to perform at the CAC in May of 2020 prior to COVID-19 cancelling our Spring season. Watch the recording of this conversation on Facebook, here!

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 -...

Joie Noire: "Prelude to a Glorious Revolution" | SUNDAY VIBES at the CAC

March 8, 2020
You are invited to join us at SUNDAY VIBES at the CAC for a special presentation of Joie Noire: "Prelude to a Glorious Revolution," dance experience written and performed by Greer Goff Mendy, Director of the Tekrema Center. "Prelude to a Glorious Revolution" is an artistic statement of history, spirituality, and societal liberation of the Black female body through dance. The performance will take place inside the exhibition Femmes Feroces: Material Life x Femmes Noires, on view now inside the CAC Oval Gallery. Admission to this event is free and open to the public and is part of SUNDAY VIBES at the CAC , a weekly opportunity for Louisiana residents to enjoy programming at the CAC free of charge, courtesy of The Helis Foundation.

JOIE NOIRE: Embodying the Feminine

January 26, 2020
Embodying the Feminine is the ultimate Yoga and Meditation experience! Move through your emotions, in a guided yoga session instructed by Julia Johnson and meditation led Imani Allen designed to balance energy, center emotions and develop a stronger relationship with the body. The class will follow up with a self reflection and complimentary self care bag to take with! All genders invited and welcome! Julia Johnson is a digital designer and yoga instructor that highlights black women culture and promotes positive affirmations for healing and the improvement towards a better quality of life . She received her Yoga training at Magnolia studio, a black owned and operated a yoga studio. There she is also a regular instructor. Imani Allen is a practitioner of metaphysics and Doula. Allen has a B.A. in Journalism and Promotional Communication from Cleveland State University and have obtained my Natural Health Consultant Certification from A Life of Peace Wellness Institute. Her focus is on assisting others find their inner peace through serving mothers, reiki, meditations, and spiritual coaching programs. JOIE NOIRE events are presented by Les Femmes Féroces, a collaborative coffee & retail experience at the CAC. Learn more about Les Femmes Féroces here .

HARRY AND THE THIEF

January 16, 2020 to January 26, 2020
The NOLA Project Presents Harry and the Thief by Sigrid Gilmer Directed by Ensemble Member Khiry Armstead Science Fiction, Historical Drama, and Comedic Farce are thrown into a genre blender in Sigrid Gilmer’s provocative and hilarious new play HARRY AND THE THIEF. Mimi’s cousin Jeremy has a PhD in physics, a brand-new time machine, and a plan: He’s sending Mimi, a professional thief, back to 1863 to alter history by providing Harriet Tubman with modern-day guns. Lots and lots of guns. Gilmer describes her own work: “Black comedies that are historically bent, totally perverse, joyfully irreverent and are concerned with issues of identity, pop culture and contemporary American society.” HARRY AND THE THIEF is a perfect encapsulation of all of this. 10 performances only at the CAC. About The NOLA Project The NOLA Project is an ensemble theatre company striving to challenge, entertain, and engage diverse New Orleans audiences through high-quality and innovative performances of relevant great works, the development and production of new plays, and comprehensive theatre education opportunities. Learn more

Film Screening: SHERMAN'S MARCH

January 9, 2020
You are invited to the final presentation of Place Over Time: Perspectives on the South Through Film , a three part film and conversation series co-organized by The New Orleans Film Society and Ogden Museum of Southern Art showcasing three films by Southern filmmakers with different perspectives on the Southern experience. The series will come to an end with the screening of SHERMAN'S MARCH at the CAC on January 9th, 6pm. Doors open at 5:30 pm. Limited seating is available on a first come, first seated basis. The screening will be followed by a conversation with director Ross McElwee. Film Synopsis SHERMAN’S MARCH Dir. Ross McElwee | Documentary Feature | USA | 1985 | 2h 37m Thursday, January 9, 2020 Documentarian Ross McElwee originally set out to make a travelogue of sorts tracing General William T. Sherman's infamous scorched-earth march through the Confederacy in the latter stages of the Civil War. Instead, haunted by a recent breakup with a girlfriend, McElwee ends up documenting his progress – or lack thereof – in starting a new relationship. His journey then becomes one of self-reflection and self-discovery rather than a historical/sociological exploration. This screening is a part of the series Place Over Time: Perspectives on the South through Film and is free and open to the public thanks to the generous support of The Helis Foundation.

THE NUTCRACKER IN NEW ORLEANS

December 20, 2019 to December 22, 2019
A CAC Community Collaboration Presented by New Orleans School of Ballet In keeping with our commitment to collaborate with and support artists in the New Orleans community, New Orleans School of Ballet is bringing its original production of The Nutcracker in New Orleans to the CAC! Enjoy everyone's favorite holiday classic with a New Orleans twist. Set to Tchaikovsky’s iconic score, this localized production includes a "Flight of the Pelicans," a Mardi Gras Strut, pom-pom-shaking Who Dats donned in black and gold, and more! About New Orleans School of Ballet New Orleans School of Ballet provides classical training to young people and adults in a supportive & nurturing environment. We serve two distinct groups, children and adults interested in the exploration of classical ballet and discovering the joy of dance and dancers in the serious pursuit of a professional ballet career. New Orleans School of Ballet provides pre-professional dancers with rigorous and comprehensive curriculum, mentorship, and performance opportunities. The School helps young dancers with exceptional potential, talent, and a strong interest in classical ballet find financial, developmental, and social support. Learn more at neworleansschoolofballet.com