January 14, 2017
IN THE BRONX
2 Choreographers • 1 Dance Concert
Choreographers Sita Frederick and Richard Rivera “zone in and zoom out” with live performances of their latest dance works developed at Pregones in The Bronx. A multi-media experience! Featuring the dances:
Why did the pollo cross the calle? To get to the Otro Lado by Sita Frederick,
and Bach 2 the Red Zone by Richard Rivera.
A feature event of PregonesPRTT’s Artist Space At Pregones (ASAP)
Featuring 2 New Works hot off the dance floor
Why did the pollo cross the calle? To get to the Otro Lado.
Choreographed and performed by Sita Frederick
Sound Design by Desmar Guevara
Media Projections by Meena Murugesan
Text and cameo performance by George Emilio Sánchez
Sita Frederick/Areytos Performance Works teams up with Pregones’ musical director Desmar Guevara and media artist Meena Murugesan to reveal the latest development of her chickenwire series inspired by the audacity of human beings to pursue freedom from misery and violence in the face of US militarized border zones, an ongoing global refugee crisis, and the prison industrial complex.
“…To get to the Otro Lado” is a two part performance project that takes place on the street and in the theater. Please be advised that this performance includes 10-15 minutes outside – rain or shine, polar vortex, notwithstanding.
Bach 2 the Red Zone
Choreography by Richard Rivera
Costume Design by Mauricio Barerras
Dancers: Alethea Pace, Juli Jo Ramirez, Viramicus
Photography by Richard Rivera
Additional Photography and Photo Editor: Ricardo López
Sound and Music Editor: Studio Green Penguin
Video Montage: Chase M. Pallante / RFE
Bach 2 the Red Zone (phase II) is section two of a three-part piece. It revisits moments of personal growth, acceptance and self-realization. Invoking a space that liberated the body and provided pulses that stirred the spirit to dance, the journey of Bach 2 the Red Zone finds inspiration in the classical moves of an elaborate club culture, circa late 80’s early 90’s.
Sita Frederick (Artistic Director, Areytos Performance Works) is a choreographer, performer, arts administrator and teacher based in New York City. After graduating from Swarthmore College, Frederick performed with Bessie-winning choreographers Jawole Willa Jo Zollar of Urban Bush Women and Merian Soto, co-founder of Pepatian. In 2003, Frederick and visual artist José Miguel Ortiz co-founded Areytos Performance Works, a multi-disciplinary performance company that presents innovative contemporary dance-theatre rooted in Caribbean traditions and the principles of social justice. From 2007-2010 Frederick produced a body of work reinterpreting Afro-Cuban, Salsa and modern in “Maletumba II,” “What Do You Dance On?”, “Sirenas” and “Bembé, Salon, y Calle”. Frederick’s newest series explores the convergence of Gaga and Guloya, two African based Dominican traditions and the politics of black identity in the Dominican Diaspora, with site specific “Comparsa G” and work-in-progress “Batey y Macorix: Senderos de Carbón/Carbon Pathways” presented by the Hostos Center for the Arts and Culture with funding from the Rockefeller Foundation’s NYC Cultural Innovation Fund. Frederick has received support from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance, Bronx Action Lab, Puffin Foundation, Aaron Davis Hall’s Fund for New Work, Harlem Dance Foundation, and Swarthmore College. Presenters of her work include Thelma Hill Performing Arts Center/Kumble Theater, Aaron Davis Hall/Harlem Stages, Pregones Theater, Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors, Pepatian@Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out, Congress on Research in Dance, University of Texas in Austin, Cornell University, Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, among others. In May of 2012, Frederick completed a Master of Fine Arts in New Media Art and Performance at Long Island University, Brooklyn.
Richard Rivera is a Bronx-born, New York City-based artist. He has experience performing, teaching and choreographing both in the United States and internationally. Richard was a member of Ailey II under the direction of Sylvia Waters and has since worked with Sean Curran, Kevin Wynn, Donald Byrd, Reggie Wilson, Shen Wei and Arthur Aviles. In 2002 Richard founded PHYSUAL – a dance company that uses movement as a catalyst for developing ideas and innovation in performance. PHYSUAL has been presented and granted awards to create new work and perform at: Jacobs Pillow Inside/Out series, Tribeca Performing Arts Center, Harlem Stage / E-Moves, Pepatian, New York Mix Festival, Topaz Arts, Queens Museum, Dance New Amsterdam, Ballet Builders, Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, Tokyo School of Music. Recent dance/work affiliations are with Hope College in Michigan and as choreographer for the Pregones musical NEON BABY.
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