Jamal Jackson's The People Vs., Open Rehearsals
Photo by Jonathan Hokklo
Caroline Partamian, Assistant to the Director
edd at evadeandance.org
Union Street Dance
725 Union Street, Buzzer #5 Brooklyn, NY 11215
Thursday, February 12, 2015 (Intimate Showing)
Thursday, February 26, 2015 (Process-Oriented Open Rehearsal)
Doors at 7:45pm, Showings at 8pm
About Jamal Jackson Dance Company:
JJDC was founded in 2004 with the purpose of fusing various traditional African dance styles with contemporary movement and music to create a new, unique technique that is relevant to a multifarious community. JJDC's choreography focuses on redefining ideas of community and blurring divisive lines, while still celebrating the beauty of individual cultures. The company has a strong desire to not only entertain and educate an audience, but to pass on dance to people of all ages, which it does through regular dance workshops throughout the year.
Jamal was born in Brooklyn, New York and began his formal studies of movement with the Harlem based Batoto Yetu Dance Company. His pursuit of dance led him to Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, where he received the Weston Award for his contribution to the Fusion Dance Company and New Works/World Traditions African Dance Company from 1996-2000. Jamal studied with Michelle Bach- Coulibaly, Seydou Coulibaly, and Fred Benjami and worked under M'ba Coulibaly, Salimata Soumare from Kelete Dance Theatre, and Ba Issa Diallo, director of Troupe District du Bamako in Mali, West Africa. Jamal choreographed for the New York Arts Festival and Inaya Day in 2002, marking the beginning of his African based, modern style of movement. Jamal performed with Ballet International Africans for two seasons as a principal dancer and in 2004 he founded the JJDC, which debuted Images of the Union at University Settlement in New York and at Westport Hall in Connecticut. JJDC has established a strong presence in and out of New York City, performing year round in festivals, self-produced shows, and private events. The company has presented work at venues including: Mark Morris Dance Center, Jacob's Pillow, NYC Summerstage Concert Series, DanceNow Festival, Dance Theater Workshop, Battery Downtown Dance Festival, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Brown University, Equality Now's 20th Anniversary, Big Range Festival in Austin, TX, The Yard in Martha's Vineyard, MA, and Performance Spaces for the 21st Century in Chatham, NY. Jamal has also created work for the Diversity in Dance Project at The Yard alongside the Urban Bush Women and the Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company.
About The People Vs.
The OJ trial of 1995 for the murder of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman, was a veritable five-ring circus encompassing issues of race, gender, celebrity, media and justice, and is the grounds for the collaboration between choreographer Jamal Jackson and video and performance artist Adrian Jevicki. Jamal's focus on the theatrics of culture and Adrian's knack for continually placing things in unique contexts will be used to illuminate the OJ trial in unexpected and challenging ways.
The People Vs. will bring these artists' varied approach to audience engagement to a whole new level by making discussions of diversity and influence central to the process of experiencing the work.Central to the work is the question: "Was justice served?" This case has had implications up to our present day, as new decisions are made based upon the outcomes of cases that have come before. Is our justice system fair, or is it failing us, particularly when issues of race are present? The collaboration between Jamal Jackson (Choreographer), Adrian Jevicki (Media Artist), and Frank Malloy IV (Musical Director) will create a layered multi-media experience that can be shaped and varied by all the players (including the audience) as the narrative of case unfolds.
JJDC started creating this work in May of 2014 and hopes to premiere the full work in mid 2015. Excerpts of the piece have been shown at the Company's residency at PS21 Chatham, NY in August 2014 and at the DanceNow Joe's Pub Festival in September 2014.
To learn more about JJDC, please visit www.jamaljacksondancecompany.org.
Choreography: Jamal Jackson | Performers: Jacinthe Burton, Lynnette Freeman, Liz Beres, Karina Ikezoe, Dianna Anderson, Jasmine Domfort, Dana Thomas | Music: Frank Malloy IV | Costumes: Coleen Scott