Drexciya Redux: An Afrofuturist Cabaret

New York Live Arts Studios
Wed, May 12 @ 7:30pm & Thurs-Fri May 13-14 @ 8:30pm
Tickets $20

In collaboration with 3LD and Renegade Performance Group
with MX OOPS & TRIGGERED MUSIC, nia love, Timothy Prolific Edwaujonte, Sadah Espii Proctor, André M. Zachery and UFly Mothership,

Audiences will be submerged inside Drexciya Redux: An Afrofuturist Cabaret in the 3rd floor studio transformed into a digitally immersive experience of projection mapping and sound design, inspired by the mythological realm of Drexciya through interdisciplinary performances and queer interruptions by an intergenerational contingent of Black artists activating the possibility of a new world.

“Drexciya” was the name of a pioneering Detroit techno duo, the late James Stinson (1969 – 2002) and Gerald Donald, who created a speculative origin myth about an underwater population of aquatic-humanoids in the  Atlantic Ocean populated by the offspring of pregnant African women cast overboard from slave ships along the Middle Passage.  As electronic musicians they created the mythology by subverting the horrors of the Trans-Atlantic Slave trade into an imagined sea of potentiality – loosely based on seminal text by Paul Gilroy, The Black Atlantic: Modernity and Double Consciousness (1993), according to the renowned Afrofuturist scholar Kodwo Eshun and expanded on in the text Deep Sea Dwellers: Drexciya and the Sonic Third Space by scholar/artist Nettrice Gaskins.

Hosted by Timothy Prolific Edwaujonte

Renegade Performance Group: Salt
Choreographer, Projection Design by André M. Zachery
Live Sound Mixer, Sound Design by Espii Proctor
Music: Drake, text by Earl Lovelace

UFlyMothership: ÜFly
Co-creator,Dancer, Vocalist, Songwriter, & Projection Design by Tendayi Kuumba & Greg Purnell
Co-creator, Performer, Sound Designer, Creative Director, & Costume Designer by Greg Purnell
Music: UFly Mix

MX OOPS & Triggered Music: so real, it ain’t real
Emcee, Choreography, Video Design, costume design by MX Oops
Music Composition & Video Designer by TRIGGERED MUSIC
so real, it ain’t real 
is a dance-music-video meaning-making power-play, an improvisational breakbeat, broken in two. We’re a baseline away from freedom. You’re a cyborg with a heart so see-through, don’t provoke me, I might tell the truth, let’s invoke peace, withhold the fruit. It’s pink on the inside. What’s in bloom? It’s reckless. Keywords: bboy, vogue femme, deviant electro-acoustics, consciousness as a medium, hyperreal-interactive-realism.
Social Media Handles: (instagram) @mx_oops (instagram) @xavierlryan
Website: www.mxoops.com

nia love: COUNTERcurrents
Choreographed & Directed by nia love
Projection designer, digital Filmmaker Laura Perez, and Aidan Un
Writer and Research team Benin Ford
Music by Val Jentry aka Val Inc., and Billy Eckine

3LD believes in the power of technology to amplify human experience and human expression, provoking empathy and complex reflection, thought and action.  We exist to produce original works in theater, performance, dance, media and hybrid forms; to explore the narrative possibilities created by digital technology and to provide an open environment free of censorship in which artists can create new tools and modes of expression and excel across a range of disciplines. https://www.3ld.org/

Renegade Performance Group
Renegade Performance Group is a Brooklyn-based dance company creating innovative artistic work from Black and African Diaspora aesthetics and expressions through contemporary dance, site-specific performance and technology. Renegade Performance Group collaborates with artists of all genres on projects that stretch performance presentation. Renegade Performance Group was founded in Brooklyn in 2007 to engage a new generation of audience to performance, media, and culture. The company was formed as an artistic outlet to foster dialogue compelled by the human experience. Since the company’s inception, RPG has performed throughout NYC, domestically, and internationally. RPG has received several residencies, awards and support for its ongoing work from institutions such as the Jerome Foundation, CUNY/Dance Initiative, the Brooklyn Arts Council, Harlem Stage, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, the Brooklyn Museum, MoCADA, Danspace Project, The Studio Museum of Harlem, 3LD Art & Technology Center and The Kennedy Center. Additionally, the company supports and promotes our home borough’s small-business owners, local artisans and local commerce…..Brooklyn based, Brooklyn strong.

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