Black Girl Magic Comes to Joe’s Blackbox Theater

Joe’s Movement Emporium and The Clarice present the first in the 2017-18 NextLOOK series season featuring music, poetry and spoken word that pay homage to black female artists.

Dior Ashley Brown and The dAb Band come to Joe’s Movement Emporium October 16th – 20th for a 5-day residency where they will be creating a tribute to women in the performing arts using interactive music components from spoken word, game shows, and live performance. Through an acknowledgement of the female voice, both past and present, Brown seeks to express the creative struggle of black female performing artists, while highlighting their significant contributions to creative change and influence. Expect everything from Nina Simone to Lil Kim. Tickets are pay-what-you-wish with a suggested donation of $15 per person.  Tickets can be purchased by calling 301-699-1819 or visiting Joe’s online at www.joesmovement.org. Joe’s is located at 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mt. Rainier, MD 20712.

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About Dior Ashely Brown and The dAb Band

We are Dior Ashley Brown and The dAb Band. Our work is Hip-Hop which includes the genres jazz, soul, R&B, blues, go-go, funk and more. Our performance not only includes these genres but freestyle Hip-Hop lyrics and live instrumentation. What makes us unique is that we not only write songs, but create full-length sets with free association and live instrumentation.  We use call and response audience participation committing fully to the moment. We are also a female lead.  For decades, in Hip-Hop genre, the female presence has struggled to maintain, and women are frequently under represented within the culture.

About the NextLOOK Series

 Established in 2014, NextLOOK supports the development of new music, plays, dance and other experiences by regionally-based performing artists. 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 arts ecology and creates an accessible, exploratory environment that connects intriguing artists with adventurous audiences. All NextLOOK performances are pay-what-you-wish.

WHAT:                      Dior Ashley Brown Presents…

WHEN:                      Friday, October 20, 2017 at 7 pm

 WHERE:                    The Meyer Performance Theater, Joe’s Movement Emporium, 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mt. Rainier, MD 20712

COST:                        Tickets are pay-what-you-wish. Suggested donation is $15 per person online or at the door.

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EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT: Dancers Source Local Community to Re-Imagine Overlooked Spaces

NextLOOK Artist, Orange Grove Dance will be exploring the unique spaces within a one-mile radius of Joe’s Movement Emporium.

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On Friday, April 14th at 7 pm Joe’s Movement Emporium in partnership with Maryland National Capital Park & Planning, Maryland State Arts Council, and The Clarice present Orange Grove Dance as a part of the NextLOOK series. Dance, film and projection will be used to zoom into and magnify the intimate nooks and crevices of seemingly familiar spaces and, in turn, bring those outside spaces inside the walls of Joe’s. The evening begins at Joe’s 3309 Bunker Hill Rd, Mt. Rainier, MD 20712 and ends up at Brentwood Arts Exchange at 3901 Rhode Island Ave, Brentwood, MD 20722 after a choose-your-own-adventure tour of Joe’s one mile radius. Pay-what-you-wish tickets can be purchased online via Eventbrite. Recommend cost is $15 per person.

About The 1 Mile Radius Project – Experience Space Differently

Orange Grove Dance artistic directors Colette Krogol and Matt Reeves state, “we are interested in how dance, film, and projection can conduct memory mapping of the less noticed, possibly forgotten parts of our seemingly familiar spaces. [During our residency] We want to zoom into and magnify the intimate nooks and over stepped crevices of the area.” Krogol and Reeves will be in residency at Joe’s Movement Emporium conducting interviews and developing the work during the week prior to their April 14th showing. Krogol and Reeves have already begun sourcing the community for stories, photos and memories of spaces in and around the communities of Mt. Rainier and Brentwood, MD. Their journey can be followed on twitter at @followtheorange.

Those interested in contributing to the project can through tweeting at or emailing the Orange Grove Dance. More information can be found by clicking here.

About Orange Grove Dance 

Krogol and Reeves are dancers, choreographers, filmmakers, and teaching artists. They hold Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of Florida and together are the Artistic Directors of Orange Grove Dance, a multi-media dance company that creates visually athletic experiences through the lenses of dance, film, and design. Though both originally hail from Florida, the formative years of the company (since 2007) were spent in New York City. Currently, they reside in the DC area and are pursuing MFA’s in Dance at The University of Maryland.

More information can be found online at www.orangegrovedance.com.

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.

 

Orange Grove Dance needs YOUR stories

1 MILE RADIUS (No Logo)Orange Grove Dance returns to Joe’s Movement Emporium with their newest project, 1 MILE RADIUS PROJECT-Experiencing Space Differently which will culminate with a performance piece on Friday, April 14th that will begin at 7 pm at Joe’s Movement Emporium, in Mount Rainier, MD move through the neighborhood, and end at Brentwood Arts Exchange in the Gateway Arts Center in Brentwood, MD.

 ABOUT THE PROJECT

NextLOOK Artist, Orange Grove Dance will be exploring the unique spaces within a one-mile radius of Joe’s Movement Emporium. We are interested in how dance, film, and projection can conduct memory mapping of the less noticed, possibly forgotten parts of our seemingly familiar spaces. We want to zoom into and magnify the intimate nooks and over stepped crevices of the area.

CULMINATING PERFORMANCE APRIL 14

Send videos, pictures, and stories of the spaces you love or notice. What makes home? How do you move through it?

Before and after photos of spaces and people are also great. What was it like then and how is it now?

EMAIL: orangegrovedance@gmail.com

tweet us @followtheorange #1mileradiusproject

JOIN THE PROJECT – RESOURCING COMMUNITY

Through sidewalk chats, interviews, movement, and film collaborations, we have set out to create art and dialogue which will memory map the collective and personal experiences of the neighborhood space. WE NEED YOU!

BE A PART OF THIS COMMUNITY CURATION! If you have a connection within the Joe’s/Mt. Ranier/Brentwood 1 mile radius, we want you involved. Contact Orange Grove Dance, Joe’s, or Brentwood Arts to schedule an interview, or share an idea of how you would like to be involved.

OUR QUESTIONS

What is your favorite place in the neighborhood?
How do you get there?
Why is that place special to you?

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This project is made possible by:
Maryland State Arts Council
Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission
The Clarice
Joe’s Movement Emporium

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.

 

Afro House Explores Imagined World Through Sound & Poetry

ebon-kojo11x17-poster-update_6_5_16During a week-long residency, experimental group creates new work with audience participation

Visionary Scott Patterson brings Afro House to Joe’s Movement Emporium’s black box theater for a week-long residency from December 5th – 9th culminating in a 7 pm pay-what-you-wish showcase of their new work, Ebon Kojo: The Last Tribe, on Friday, December 9th. Joe’s is located at 3309 Bunker Hill Road in Mount Rainier, MD. Showcase is pay-what-you-wish, cash only at the door. The residency is part of the NextLOOK series made possible by a partnership between The Clarice and Joe’s Movement Emporium.

Midway through the residency a public workshop will be held at Joe’s Movement Emporium where audience members can join the members of Afro House in creating two significant “sounds” that will play integral roles in the final piece showcased on Friday.

The Sound Experiment Workshop will be held on Wednesday, December 7th at 7 pm and is free to for all to participate. The hands-on workshop will allow audiences of all ages and abilities to try out different instrumentations in a creative atmosphere. The workshop is two hours long and will include light refreshments for participants.

The final showcase on Friday, December 9th at 7 pm in Joe’s black box brings to life Ebon Kojo: The Last Tribe, a sci-fi tone poem by Afro House artistic director Scott Patterson. Through sound, song and spoken word the audience will follow General Ebon Kojo and Ra-7, sent from a dying earth to “recolor” a distant and barren plant, Beta-5. However, upon arrive both are confronted with unprecedented realities that transform them both.

About Afro House

Afro House is a company of professional artists whose collective skills, knowledge and craftsmanship are channeled for the creation of art that disrupts normative ideas about human being. Musicians, dancers, designers, actors, image makers and writers push the boundaries of their own disciplines so that each art form might effectively bleed into the next, creating something evolutionary.

The vision that directs Afro House is most clearly expressed in the music of its artistic director, Scott Patterson, whose compositions are a blend of classical, soul and rock, simultaneously futuristic and retro, emotive and luxurious. CLICK TO LEARN MORE.

About NextLOOK

Established in 2014, NextLOOK supports the development of new music, plays, dance and other experiences by regionally-based performing artists. 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 arts ecology and creates an accessible, exploratory environment that connects intriguing artists with adventurous audiences. CLICK TO LEARN MORE.

For more information and to purchase tickets visit www.joesmovement.org or call 301-699- 1819.

NextLOOK returns with exciting new line-up

Joe’s Movement Emporium in partnership with The Clarice enters into the third season of NextLOOK incubation.

NextLOOK is a week-long residency open to area performing artists and artist groups that is funded by The Clarice and in residency at Joe’s Movement Emporium. Established in 2014, NextLOOK supports the development of new music, plays, dance and other experiences by regionally based performing artists.

NextLOOK 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 arts ecology and creates an accessible, exploratory environment that connects intriguing artists with adventurous audiences.

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.

The 2016–2017 season of NextLOOK includes the following residencies and performances. All performances are held at Joe’s Movement Emporium and are cash only pay what you wish.

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It’s the Rest of the World that Looks So Small: A Theatrical Review of Jonathan Coulton

Public Performance: Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 7 pm
Residency at Joe’s Movement Emporium: November 14–18, 2016

2015’s Helen Hayes Award Winning Outstanding Emerging Theater Company, Flying V, presents this theatrical exploration of the music of cult singer-songwriter Jonathan Coulton. Coulton is known for his clever, engaging and humorous songs that capture slice of life moments in high concept situations—from zombie co-workers to lonely sea monsters. Using dance, movement/physical theatre and new arrangements with a live band, Flying V is staging a collection of Coulton’s songs and exploring what it means to be human in an oversized world of possibility.

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Ebon Kojo: The Last Tribe

Public Performance: Friday, December 9, 2016 at 7 pm
Residency at Joe’s Movement Emporium: December 5–9, 2016

What if a man, struggling against being mechanical, could not accept his son as anything but a machine? Sent from a dying earth, General Ebon Kojo and Ra-7 have been ordered to “recolor” the distant and barren planet Beta-5. Upon their arrival to Beta-5, Ebon and Ra are confronted with unprecedented realities that transform them both.

In this one-man show, pianist and composer Scott Patterson uses acoustic piano, synth keyboards and sound design to weave together a story of space exploration, environmentalism, father-son relationships and social greed. Inspired by the music of Sun Ra and his film Space is the Place, Christina De Middel’s photobook Afronauts and Frances Bodomo’s film of the same name, Patterson imagines his own futuristic world, where sound and music bend the laws of physics and become instruments of creation and destruction.

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Threshold              

Public Performance: Friday, February 10, 2017 at 7 pm
Residency at Joe’s Movement Emporium: February 6–10, 2017 

Using spatial dynamics, movement and physical theatre, text, live sound, theatrical clown and improvisational play, Threshold explores moments of transition, from the simplicity of entering and exiting a space, to the profound transition from innocence to experience.

Happenstance Theater engages the audience by bringing curiosity and delight to the idea of crossing over into unknown spaces: the moving, meeting, leaping, partnering, parting, aging and dying that require us to cross the threshold.

 

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The One-Mile Radius Project: Experiencing Space Differently

Public Performance: Friday, April 14, 2017 at 7 pm
Residency at Joe’s Movement Emporium: April 10–14, 2017 

Our human imprint and the memory of our movement lingers in spaces well after we have migrated through them. The One-Mile Radius Project explores these imprints and the unique spaces within a one-mile radius of Joe’s Movement Emporium. In collaboration with Joe’s, Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Brentwood Arts Exchange and their workshop participants, Orange Grove Dance will investigate the personal and uniquely traversed spaces of the community. Dance, film and projection will be used to zoom into and magnify the intimate nooks and crevices of seemingly familiar spaces and, in turn, bring those outside spaces inside the walls of Joe’s.

Founded in 2007 by Colette Krogol and Matthew Reeves, Orange Grove Dance is built on the ideals of integrating dance, art, film and movement with all communities, large and small.  

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Gatekeepers

Public Performance: Friday, May 5, 2017 at 7 pm
Residency at Joe’s Movement Emporium: May 1–5, 2017

A gatekeeper – whether an individual or part of an institution – decides which of a certain commodity, be it raw materials or ideological goods, may enter into a social system. These decisions are made within a complex web of influences, preferences, motives and common values.

With dance-theatre as the container, Gatekeepers seeks to unearth this complex web of influences as it relates to racial identity within structural inequity. Drawing from personal testimony, group storytelling and dialogue, this performance will invite and challenge the everyday gatekeeper to imagine sustainable methods of self-reflection and transformational communal action.

 

Announcing the 2016-2017 NextLOOK Season

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Joe’s Movement Emporium partners with the Clarice for the 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.

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.

The 2016–2017 season of NextLOOK includes the following performances and residencies. All performances are held at Joe’s Movement Emporium and are pay what you want.

Flying V Theatre

It’s the Rest of the World that Looks So Small: A Theatrical Review of Jonathan Coulton

Public Performance: Thursday, November 17, 2016
Residency at Joe’s Movement Emporium: November 14–18, 2016

Afro House

Ebon Kojo: The Last Tribe

Public Performance: Friday, December 9, 2016
Residency at Joe’s Movement Emporium: December 5–9, 2016

Happenstance Theatre

Threshold

Public Performance: Friday, February 10, 2017
Residency at Joe’s Movement Emporium: February 6–10, 2017

Orange Grove Dance

The One-Mile Radius Project: Experiencing Space Differently

Public Performance: Friday, April 14, 2017
Residency at Joe’s Movement Emporium: April 10–14, 2017
Sponsored in part by Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission
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Aerial Gets Accessible at Joe’s

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Join UpSpring Studio artists/instructors Mara Neimanis, Kirsty Little, and Alana Cole-Faber for two exciting events at Joe’s Movement Emporium:

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Sentimental Swing
April 11th 5-7pm

Remember what it was like to swing as a child? Come re-discover those childhood memories with a SWING workshop at Joe’s Movement Emporium. With the guidance of professional aerialists, you can take a swing on a real trapeze and tell us what the word “swing” means to you. All ages and abilities are welcome, and no prior experience is required. This is a free, drop-in workshop, and there is no need to register.

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April 15th, 7pm

SWING is a performance-in-progress combining aerial choreography with community voices to create fresh, honest aerial movement integrated with the audience’s own stories. The aim is to fly the community’s stories so the audience can actually see themselves reflected in flight. Pay what you wish. No tickets required.

These events are part of The Clarice’s NextLOOK series, produced in partnership with Joe’s Movement Emporium. More info on this series here.

Audiences are reminded to DREAM at Joe’s with Yoko K.

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During a weeklong residency, electronic artist Yoko K. invites local videographer and Japanese artist to create the ultimate alternative experience for audiences

Mount Rainier, MD Feb. 23, 16: Friday, March 25 at 7 pm Joe’s Movement Emporium in partnership with The Clarice hosts experimental electronic sound artist Yoko K who is joined by Japanese visual artist Shuhei and video artist John Tyson in an outside of the ordinary evening of visual and sound explorations. The working title of the piece is “pre 22nd century nostalgia mars pop.” The group consisting of six artists total is calling itself, “Yoko K. + Aliens of Extraordinary Abilities”. Cost of admission is pay-what-you-wish, cash only at the door. A talk back following the show enables audiences to inform the artist’s future work.

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Artwork by Shuhei Matsuyama

About “pre 22nd century nostalgia mars pop”

Of the intention of the show, Yoko K. states, “We immerse you with sound and visual into a dreamlike experience where boundaries cease to exist – between the spiritual and the sensual, ancient and future, organic and technological, you and I.” She continues, “We play for those who are tired; who feel slightly out of place; who feel that technologies separate them from their own humanity, and from others; who have forgotten they are allowed to dream; who long for a home to which they have never been.”

Artists: Yoko K., Nicolas Laget (Kolai) – flute and tenor sax, John Tyson (Capsaicin) – video art, Ian Brundage (Nature Rage) – music production, Shuhei Matsuyama (Mijote Strange) – video art, Bobby Chang (videographer)

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