10th Anniversary Season


Makeda Thomas celebrates her 10th Anniversary Season with two performances at New York Live Arts. Noted scholar Thomas DeFrantz (author of Dancing Many Drums: Excavations in African American Dance and Dancing Revelations: Alvin Ailey’s Embodiment of African American Culture) leads audiences through discussions on Thomas' “richly honed” work and process. Her dancers deliver “gestures you can feel in your gut and heavenly dancing you want to watch forever” (Eva Yaa Asantewaa) in highlights from older works FreshWater, A Sense of Place, Los Colores and Subtle Changes/The Talented.
The program also features a preview excerpt of the highly anticipated, make. believe., a new work in collaboration with poet Queen GodIs. An evening-length, multimedia movement; a dream state of dance, poetry, visual art, music and food, make. believe. uses science fiction as a storytelling tool to retrace and recreate moments from the space/time lapse between the collaborators' first and present encounters. The project also engages Grisha Coleman (Music Composition), Tamilla Woodard (Dramaturgy), Stephen Arnold (Lighting Design), Sean Naftel (Set Construction), and David Tinapple (Visual Media). Premiere planned in 2014.
Preshow talk on both nights with Thomas DeFrantz.
“Make. Believe.” is a project of Creative Capital.
Photo: Matthew Karas. 
Makeda Thomas' presentation of her 10th Anniversary Season at New York Live Arts is made possible through New York Live Arts' Theater Access Program. The Theater Access program is a comprehensive subsidized rental program benefiting a diverse group of dance and theater companies and producing organizations.