BRIClab: Brother(hood)! Dance: Afro/Solo/Man (work-in-progress)
Afro/Solo/Man (work-in-progress) is a multi-disciplinary meditation on the identities of Black men in relation to ideas of origins, nourishment, heritage, nature, sexuality, and technology in the 21st century. It is a bio-mythography that uses multimedia, dance, and storytelling to engage the audience in the personal journeys of two men who question and investigate memory, life, death, and the connection to their ancestors. These are not stories of Black men that we think we know. Brother(hood)! Dance challenges assumptions, provokes rethinking, and takes on all of our demons around race, gender, sexuality and “brotherhood.”
General Admission: Seated
Orlando Zane Hunter, Jr. is an international artist who has performed in Trinidad and Tobago and Zimbabwe, Africa with Ananya Chatterjea. He has received a B.F.A. in dance from the University of Minnesota. Recently he choreographed and danced in Redbone: A Biomythography, which debuted at the Nuyorican Café, Wild Project Theater, and Duke University: Women’s Center. Orlando Hunter’s solo, “Mutiny,” was selected in the 2015 Dancing While Black performance lab held in Trinidad and Tobago. He has presented his choreography at Thelma Hill and on Time Warner Cable network through Germaul Barnes’s project, Black Bones. Since his arrival in New York City, Orlando has performed works by Christal Brown, Edisa Weeks, Germaul Barnes, Andre Zachary/Renegade Performance Group, Forces of Nature and Ni’Ja Whitson-Adebanjo/NWA project. In addition, he is the co-founder of Brother(hood)! Dance and 2015/16 Dancing While Black Fellow.
Ricarrdo Valentine uses art as a vehicle for activism. Ricarrdo’s education includes Urban Bush Women: Summer Leadership Institute, Bates Dance Festival, and Earl Mosely Institute of the Arts. He has presented his choreography at Bates Dance Festival, Brooklyn Museum, El Museo del Barro, and LaGuardia Community College. Ricarrdo continues to collaborate and work with Christal Brown/INspirit, Edisa Weeks/Delirious Dance, Paloma McGregor, Dante Brown/Warehouse Dance, Malcolm Low/Formal Structure, Jill Sigman/Thinkdance, Ni’Ja Whitson-Adebanjo/NWA project, Andre Zachary/RPG, Emily Berry/B3W, and Barak ade Soliel. He is the co-founder of Brother(hood)! Dance. In addition, Ricarrdo is the 2015 Dance/USA DILT mentee and 2015/16 Dancing While Black Fellow.
Afro/Solo/Man is produced as part of the BRIClab Residency. BRIClab is a commissioning and residency program that offers local artists time and space to explore and expand the possibilities of their work in music, dance, theater and multi-disciplinary performance. Work-in-progress showings, presented with moderated artist-audience dialogues, open artists’ process and creativity to BRIC’s diverse public.