Fulbright Fellow Meghan Abadoo explores Gatekeepers May 5th in Mt. Rainier, MD

NextLOOK Artist, Meghan Abadoo, explores what it takes to be a social gatekeeper

On Friday May 5th at 7 pm Joe’s Movement Emporium, in partnership with The Clarice, presents Meghan Abadoo’s newest work, “Gatekeepers/All that you touch, You Change”, as a part of the NextLOOK series. Abadoo plans for an immersive dance-theater experience for audiences within Joe’s walls that explore what it means to be a gatekeeper within various social systems. This will be Abadoo’s first state-side work after her return from an eight month long research period at Noyam African Dance Institute in Dodowa in Ghana. Joe’s is located at 3309 Bunker Hill Rd, Mt. Rainier, MD 20712. Pay-what-you-wish tickets can be purchased online via Eventbrite. Recommend cost is $15 per person.

PURCHASENOW

As a part of her creative residency,  Abadoo is offering an open invite to intermediate and advanced dancers and movers for a 3-part series of dance classes running from May 2-4, from 10:00 – 11:15 am. Abadoo (with help from special guest choreographers from the DC region) will lead technique and improvisational movement practices rooted in Contemporary, West African, and Funk styles. This is a free drop-in series open to ages 18+. More info, click here.

About “Gatekeepers/All that you touch, You Change”

MK Abadoo’s NextLOOK creative residency for Gatekeepers/All that you touch, You Change, gathers DMV-based womyn dance artists of the African Diaspora to explore the roles of artists in communities as everyday gatekeepers. Throughout the residency Abadoo will be joined by local dance artists, choreographers, educators, and scholars including: Holly Bass, Bimbola Akinbola, Tricia Homer, Michele’ Prince, Nicole Sneed, Asia Wyatt, Jessica Denson, Ama Law, Sadiqua Crutcher, and more!

Community Moving Dialogue @ The Waterhole, May 2 at 5:30PM

FREE Intermediate/advanced dance classes, May 2-4, 10:00 – 11:15AM

Meghan (with help from special guest choreographers from the DMV) will lead technique and improvisational movement practices rooted in Contemporary, West African, and Funk styles. Come join us as we suspend and release into the floor, spiral the pelvis, and syncopate the spine to funky rhythms! 

18+ 

Work-in-progress showing of Gatekeepers/All that you touch, You Change, May 5 at

About Meghan Abadoo

DSC_4104Meghan K. Abadoo’s creative work exist at the crux of dance theater, racial justice organizing, and critical education studies. Combining Contemporary, West African and Funk dance styles, her choreographies build platforms for shared dialogue in support of transformative social movements. In 2017 she will premiere a new work commissioned by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and begin touring her award winning piece, Octavia’s Brood: Riding the Ox Home. As a 2016-2017 U.S. Fulbright Fellow, she recently conducted eight months of creative research at the Noyam African Dance Institute in Dodowa, Ghana, and with the National Dance Company of Ghana.

Prior to this period she performed for over a decade with internationally renowned dance companies and choreographers including Gesel Mason, Liz Lerman, Urban Bush Women, David Dorfman Dance and the Dance Exchange. As an educator, Ms. Abadoo is sought out for her keen ability to facilitate group learning as unique communities of shared wisdom, and embodied knowledge. She’s worked with students as a guest artist at the University of Maryland, Brown University, James Madison University, East Carolina University, Dickinson College and the University of Virginia.

Abadoo is a 2017 40 Under 40 awardee by Prince George’s County (Maryland) Social Innovation Fund for her leadership and achievement in the arts. Beginning this summer, she will join the faculty of Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) as an inaugural Visiting Arts Fellow in the Racial Equity, Arts and Culture Transdisciplinary Core at VCU’s Institute for Inclusion, Inquiry & Innovation.

About the NextLOOK Series

Joe’s Movement Emporium and The Clarice in College Park, MD are partnered for their third season of NextLOOK. Established in 2014, this application-based program gives regionally-based performing artists the time, space and dollars to develop new work with the opportunity to deepen the audience’s interaction and involvement through previews, workshops and feedback sessions.

More information can be found by clicking here.

CALL FOR ARTISTS: NextLOOK Series seeks Performing Artists with powerful Audience Engagement ideas

Deadline to apply: Friday, March 3, 2017

Are you a local performing artist who is interested in developing new work? Do you or your company want audience feedback on projects you are designing? Do you value input in your creative process? Apply to be a part of the 2017-2018 NextLOOK series!

Download the full RFP to learn more about the NextLOOK series and its proposal requirements and to access the online proposal form. Decisions for the 2017-2018 NextLOOK season will be made in early April 2017.

About NextLOOK

Established in 2014 through a partnership between The Clarice and Joe’s Movement Emporium, NextLOOK supports the development of new music, plays, dance and other experiences by performing artists based in DC, Maryland and Virginia who are looking to incorporate audience feedback into their creative process.

Selected through a yearly application process, NextLOOK artists are awarded:

  • A stipend based on a weekly fee for each artist in the group (not to exceed 10 people total).
  • Five (5) days in the theatre of Joe’s Movement Emporium in Mount Rainier, MD for project design,rehearsal, audience engagement and performance. NextLOOK artists must present at least one public showing of their work and at least one audience engagement opportunity.
  • The opportunity to collaborate with staff of The Clarice and Joe’s Movement Emporium to construct innovative methods of deepening the audience’s involvement in their creative process.

By removing logistical barriers and providing a sounding board for artists creating new work, NextLOOK invests in the regional DC/MD/VA arts ecology and creates an accessible, exploratory environment that connects intriguing artists with adventurous audiences. All performances are held at Joe’s Movement Emporium and are pay what you wish.

Criteria for consideration include:

  • Exciting audience engagement plans or concepts
  • Clarity of residency design
  • Strong support materials

Artists who are selected to be part of NextLOOK must value the opportunity to engage with community members in a variety of settings. Audience engagement must be designed to ignite interaction and participation with the artist(s) in conversation that provides questions, feedback and ideas about the work in progress. Artists from across the performing arts – including dance, theatre and music as well as cross-genre collaborations – are encouraged to apply.

For questions about the application process or the NextLOOK program, please contact Megan Pagado Wells, Associate Director of the Artist Partner Program.

Unsure what your audience engagement component could be? Join The Clarice and Joe’s Movement Emporium in Mount Rainier, MD on Tuesday, January 24th at 7 pm to hear from the creative minds behind BodyWise DanceFlying V and Afro House. Representatives from each artist group will explain how they bettered their work through the process of audience engagement. This free, informal workshop will be hosted in Joe’s Movement Emporium’s black box theater located at 3309 Bunker Hill Road in Mount Rainier, MD. Interested artists should register by email: engage-theclarice@umd.edu.

2016-2017 NextLOOK Series

This season’s NextLOOK artists will transport you to the far reaches of outer space, lead you through the nooks and crannies of their own backyards and let you discover the places and moments in between. Explore worlds both imagined and real — and be a part of creating it all. View all events in the 2016-2017 NextLOOK Series.

Artists! Deepen your Creative Connection with your Audience

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Margot Greenlee of BodyWise Dance at Joe’s Movement Emporium during her NextLOOK presentation

What does true exchange and engagement between an artist and an audience look like, and how can artists incorporate audience feedback into their creative process in a robust way?

Join The Clarice and Joe’s Movement Emporium in Mount Rainier, MD on Tuesday, January 24th at 7 pm to hear from the creative minds behind BodyWise Dance, Flying V and Afro House. Representatives from each artist group will explain how they bettered their work through the process of audience engagement. This free, informal workshop will be hosted in Joe’s Movement Emporium’s black box theater located at 3309 Bunker Hill Road in Mount Rainier, MD. Interested artists should register by email: engage-theclarice@umd.edu.

Choreographer Margot Greenlee from BodyWise Dance, founder of theater company Flying V, and composer Scott Patterson of Afro House all have one thing in common: The NextLOOK series. These regionally-based performing artists have experimented with multiple forms of audience engagements to inform development of new work during their NextLOOK residencies at Joe’s Movement Emporium in partnership with The Clarice.

Performing artists from all disciplines are invited to join us in digging into this subject to help artists prepare proposals for a NextLOOK residency at Joe’s Movement Emporium in the 2017-18 season. Audience members will have the opportunity to hear in-depth about each artist’s engagement tactic and well as hear from representatives of Joe’s Movement Emporium and The Clarice as to what makes for an exceptional NextLOOK proposal. Additionally, there will be the opportunity to ask questions of the artists and organizations.

About NextLOOK

Established in 2014 through a partnership between The Clarice and Joe’s Movement Emporium, NextLOOK supports the development of new music, plays, dance and other experiences by performing artists based in DC, Maryland and Virginia who are looking to incorporate audience feedback into their creative process.

Selected through a yearly application process, NextLOOK artists are given a stipend and access to rehearsal and performance space at Joe’s Movement Emporium. These artists also collaborate with The Clarice and Joe’s Movement Emporium staff to construct innovative methods of deepening the audience’s involvement in their creative process. By removing logistical barriers and providing a sounding board for artists creating new work, NextLOOK invests in the regional DC/MD/VA arts ecology and creates an accessible, exploratory environment that connects intriguing artists with adventurous audiences. All performances are held at Joe’s Movement Emporium and are pay what you wish.