Urban Evolution lives again! Bronx Museum Community Advisory Council member MiRi Park, aka b-girl Seoulsonyk, brings the ultimate loft performance party to the Bronx. Born 12 years ago in SoHo, Urban Evolution welcomes contemporary dancers, hoofers, b-girls, and New York Hustlers, and will showcase a variety of dance styles with something for everyone to enjoy. Produced in collaboration with the Bronx Museum Community Advisory Council.
DJ Ron Paizley
Graffiti by BAZEONE, WAAAK, STF crew
Michelle Dorrance + Ephrat Asherie
Cebo & Next Generation
Sal Rentas and NY Hustle dancers
Free admission and bar (donations suggested)
Location: Lower Gallery
Public Programs at The Bronx Museum of the Arts are made possible by Mertz Gilmore Foundation; The New York Community Trust; the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; and The David Rockefeller Fund. Beer has been provided by Bronx Brewery.
MiRi Park first conceived of Urban Evolution in 2003, as the Urban Zen Performance Loft Party with a co-worker at Dance New Amsterdam, ne´e Dance Space Center. The party brought together the NYC underground hip-hop sensibility with the cutting edge of downtown dance scene, set to the aural vibe by house music navigator DJ Ron Paizley.
In celebration of this unique party, Urban Evolution will feature graff by the original UZ writers BAZE, WAAAK and members of the STF crew, as well as many of the original performers including Bessie Award winning dancer Darrin Wright who has danced with dance luminaries such as Bella Lewitzky, Susan Marshall, Jane Comfort, Doug Varone, the MetOpera, and Bill Young/Colleen Thomas, among many others. Princess Grace and Bessie Award winning choreographer and celebrated hoofer Michelle Dorrance is “one of the most imaginative tap choreographers working today,” according to The New Yorker. Excited to have her join the UE reunion, she will collaborate with b-girl/choreographer Ephrat Asherie. Since first appearing in UZ, award-winning dancer and Bronx-native Cebo and Next Generation NYC have built a name in Japan representing house dance and club culture.
Nia Love performed and produced over 30 choreographic works from New York to California and Accra to Paris. She trained in Cuba with Alicia Alonzo in ballet, Japan with Min Tanaka in Butoh, and with King Osei Tutu II in the traditional Court dancing of Ghana. Love is a two-time award recipient of the prestigious Fulbright Fellow Award for research and teaching in Ghana for 2000-2002. Presently, her work has been showcased at Sadler’s Wells (London, England), The Joyce Theater, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Central Park’s Summer stage, Dance Theater Workshop, Symphony Space and Dancenow Festival. She has currently joined forces with Marjani Forte and has co-created a collaborative collective- LOVE|FORTE the collective.
Born and raised in NYC, Sal “Red” Rentas, with the urban dance culture embedded early in life by a musically influenced family, studying tap, ballroom to urban dances. Sal has been concentrating for the last decade, on bringing "NYC Hustle" the awareness that this beautiful dance should have with original pioneers of the dance to passionate newcomers.
Darrin Wright hails from Southern California and received his BFA in dance at the University of Illinois in Urbana/Champaign. In 2002 he moved to Brooklyn to further his studies of culture and life.