As many of you know, I am very passionate about DANCE and I know that this is my CALLING. I fell in love with this art form at an audition for a performing arts (Norland) middle school in Miami, FL. I knew instantaneously that this is what I NEEDED to do. By God's grace I found a studio The Dancexchange Inc. under Linda Rogers Albritton and Yayi Faretta to further my training, which many of you who are receiving this witnessed my development there as a child. Well, I've been traversing this art world through various hats and pants. As an alumni of New World School of the Arts, The Juilliard School B.F.A., Fosse 1st National Tour, Katherine Dunham Tribute @Jacob's Pillow, Martha Graham Dance Co., Sean Curran Co. Including many solo guest appearances throughout the world. Additionally starring in FELA! on Broadway/Nigeria/World Tour. And most importantly, assisting my mentor Dr. Reginald Yates in residencies and performances. Seeing so much here and there I am compelled and feel that NOW is the time to reciprocate that magic back to you.
The contribution you're making today will go a long way in helping me to create a product that will have a long life.
The concert/production is scheduled for September 9th-12th 2014.
Any donation amount will help in reaching my goal and I believe we can do it collectively.
Thank you. Thank you and thanks.
Currently Gelan Lambert is the choreographer of The Royal Shakespeare Company, The Public Theater, GabeStage and Ohio University's "Antony & Cleopatra" which premiered in November 2013 in Strartford-upon-Avon, England and now set to open at NYC's The Public Theater in March 2014. Performance credits:Broadway/Nigeria/World Tour in Bill T.Jones' FELA!, playing the role of JK (rhythm tapper)/Ogungun; described by Ben Brantley of the New York Times as "the brilliant, tap dance artist suigeneris" . Originally from Miami, FL of Haitian descent. He is a graduate of The Juilliard School with a BFA in dance, where he was awarded The Martha Hill Prize for excellence in dance artistry and leadership. He also trained at The Ailey School, Broadway Theater Project, The Joffrey Ballet School and School of American Ballet. His professional credits include The Martha Graham Dance Company, Sean Curran Company, Fosse (1st National Tour), A Christmas Carol (Madison Square Garden Theater), City Center Encores Golden Boy, NYCOpera's Alcina/Turandot, and a featured performer for Jacob's Pillow Katherine Dunham Tribute conceived and directed by Reginald Yates. He has presented solo concerts at Jacob's Pillow, Stella Adler Studio (Resident Artist), Florida International Univ., City Center Studio, Long Island University and George Faison Firehouse Theater. His awards and honors are: Martha Hill Prize from The Juilliard School, Young Arts-1st Place, Presidential Scholar for the Arts, National Society of Arts and Letters-1st Place and a Jerome Foundation Fellow to Ghana, West Africa. A principal artist and assistant to Reginald Yates. He has danced the works of Alvin Ailey, Hinton Battle, Margie Gillis, Jiri Kylian, Jose Limon, Donald McKayle, Mia Michaels, Reginald Yates and others. And was awarded the Key to the City of North Miami in 2013. Ayo!
Kevin Nathaniel Hylton graduated Yale University in 1982 as Scholar of the House for fine arts. He has since devoted himself to music - African music in particular. He performs on several traditional African instruments and builds them as well. He performs and tours as a solo artist, and he is also founding member of several popular music groups including Spirit Ensemble, Heritage O P, Forestdance, and Kaleidhaphonic, all of which currently internationally. Kevin is a known composer of African-inspired contemporary music. He writes songs, lyrics, poetry, and essays on music and instruments. He has composed and recorded for the audio version of Alice Walker's Possessing the Secret of Joy, for the film Beloved, as well as several documentaries. His workshops and lecture/demos have been presented at Lincoln Center, Juilliard, University of Michigan, Wesleyan University, and several other institutions. In 2005 he and Hasan Bakr were commissioned by Carnegie Hall to write and direct the fall Family Concert titled "DIndinyaa". With Symphony Space he has helped create a program for African music that visits NYC schools and produces a concert every December. As an advocate for African culture he has been called the "Johnny Appleseed" of the mbira because he has taught tens of thousands of people all over the world the art of mbira making and playing.
Trained musically in the ancient master-disciple tradition, Kevin is an accomplished percussionist and well-known specialist on the mbira and the shekere. He worked extensively with Zimbabwe's mbira legend Ephat Mujuru, and with master drummer Chief Bey. Along with over 9 recordings he has produced, his music is also available on the Narada collection "African Voices", and the Ellipsis Arts release "African Dreams". His most recent release, Mbira Magical, is available at www. CDbaby.com. And if you live in NYC, Kevin produces a world music series on Tuesday nights called "Afro Roots Tuesdays" in which some of the best and most exciting bands and musicians in NYC are featured. For more info visit "Afro Roots Tuesdays" on face book.
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