Visionaries launches Queens Museum’s Passport Fridays series

Thanks so much to all who came out to Flushing last night to join us for such a beautiful evening!  Visionaries co-presented the launch of the Queens Museum’s Passport Fridays series with an evening of music, dance and film from Haiti.  The museum’s whole summer series is devoted to events in conjunction with the city-wide exhibit Caribbean Crossroads of the World. Special thanks to Prerana Reddy of the Queens Museum and  Ase Dance Theatre CollectiveDjarara and When the Drum is Beating for bringing it!  Here are a few photos but you can see more on our facebook page.  All photographs by Jennifer Pritheeva Samuel.

Flushing Meadows Corona Park

Prerana Reddy and Jennifer Samuel introducing Ase Dance Theatre Collective

Ase Dance Theatre Collective Performing

Djarara leading a rara

A beautiful night for a screening of When the Drum is Beating

Friday, July 6th, 2012 – Passport Fridays at Queens Museum of The Arts: Haiti

I’m excited to announce that the next Visionaries event will open this summer’s Queens Museum of Art’s Target Passport Fridays series.  As part of the city-wide exhibit Caribbean Crossroads of the World, each Friday this summer will feature a different Caribbean country.  Visionaries will be kicking off this great series on Friday July 6th with an evening devoted to dance, music and film from Haiti featuring Ase Dance Theatre CollectiveDJA-Rara and the film, When the Drum is Beating. Events start at 6:30pm.  See below for more details.

Target Passport Fridays: Haiti Friday, July 6th, 6:30 P.M. – 10 P.M., 2012 Queens Museum of Art, NYC Bldg, Flushing Meadows Park, Queens, NY 11369 DIRECTIONS  Free and Open to the public Co-presenting with Visionaries, a nomadic series bringing together artists and organizations with a common mission. The series is founded by Jennifer Pritheeva Samuel. Stay connected @NYCVisionaries.

DANCE: ASE Dance Theatre Collective Under the artistic directions of its founder, Adia Tamar Whitaker, a dancer/choreographer and vocalist, this Brooklyn based dance theater collective is dedicated to preserving the past, present, and future of the African presence in the “New World.” They will present contemporary choreography inspired by Haitian  folklore and rhythms.


MUSIC: DJA-Rara takes an ancient music from the hills of Haiti and reinvents  it on the streets of Brooklyn. Part-carnival, part-vodou ceremony, and grassroots protest, “Rara” is one of the most breathtaking and contested forms of music in the Americas. Rara originally served as a voice of the slaves in their revolt against the French, and as the voice of those struggling against ongoing dictatorships in Haiti.

FILM: When The Drum Is Beating (Whitney Dow, USA/Haiti, 84min, 2011, English & Kreyol with English ST) documents the Haitian band, Septentrional. For 60 years this 20 piece band has been making beautiful music – a fusion of Cuban big band and Haitian vodou beats – that turns out thousands of fans. Their extraordinary story is interwoven with the history of Haiti and how it went from being the first free black republic with a huge wealth of natural resources to a shattered country that cannot support its citizens.

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Target Passport Fridays 2012 at the Queens Museum of Art is made possible by Target. Target Passport Fridays 2012 is presented in partnership with Rooftop Films and NYC & Company. Additional support provided by The Kresge Foundation, the New York CityDepartment of Cultural Affairs, the New York State Council on the Arts, and Astoria Federal Savings. WNYC is a media partner of the Queens Museum of Art.