Join us for A League of Gentlemen, an immersive multi-media experience with live performances by Bronx-born artist Abdul Latif. A League of Gentlemen is a survey of Latif’s early works, created during his residency tenure and commissioned for Ballet Hispanico, Lincoln Center, Joffrey Ballet, Harvard University, Bronx Ball 2016, Fire Island Dance Festival 22, and Gallery 151.
The afternoon will feature live performances, short screenings of past presentations, and engaging discussions. Featuring performances by Amar Ramasar, Nik Owens, Eury German and Valentina Strokopytova and welcoming Joel Astman, Ayman El-Sayed, Telly Fowler, Ramon Javier, John Neely, and Charles Rice-Gonzalez to discuss their collaborative work with Latif.
Free admission and cash bar
Abdul Latif Featured Artist: Abdul Latif is a Bronx native and graduate of Wesleyan University and an NYU - Tisch School of the Arts graduate. He was a member of Donald Byrd’s Contemporary Ballet Company - The Group and Jennifer Muller’s Contemporary Modern Company - The Works. Mr. Latif has two TONY Award winning Broadway credits: The Lion King directed by Julie Taymor and Hairspray directed by Jack O’Brien. Chicago Reviewer Kristy M. wrote of Abdul’s work: “Knock-out dancing, sure and theatrically committed by beautiful performers. Abdul Latif’s work is to be seen and an experience to have. His work stood out amongst the others and stays with you after it is over.” Such accolades and awards have brought further attention to his current works, making him proud to have produced his first commission on New York City Ballet Principal, longtime friend and fellow Bronx Native Son, Amar Ramasar for the Bronx Walk of Fame and Bronx Ball 2016. As well on the Alvin American Dance Theater Principals: Linda Celeste and Glenn Allen Sims for the 2016 Fire Island Dance Festival 22.
Will Atwater Founding Documentarian: Will Atwater is a journalist and documentary filmmaker. He holds a graduate degree in journalism from the University of Illinois and a graduate certificate in Documentary Media Studies from the New School University. His most recent work includes a 5-part documentary produced for the Rutgers University Department of Landscape Architecture. Atwater also produces promotional videos for nonprofit organizations.
Telly Fowler Telly Jaswan Fowler is a native of Chicago, IL where he began his dance training at the Joseph Holmes Chicago dance theater. Mr. Fowler obtained his BFA from Ohio State University and has an MFA from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. Mr. Fowler was a founding company member of Ronald K. Brown/Evidence Dance Company. Mr. Fowler has danced the works of choreographers: Merce Cunningham, Doris Humphrey, and many more Mr. Fowler has been an Associate Professor and Guest Lecturer and Teacher at: Muhlenberg College, New York University Department of Dance, to name a few.
Joel Astman Resident Sound Designer: Hailed as a “music guru” by Rolling Stone and cited among the “world’s Top DJ’s” by The New York Times, J.PERIOD is a master of his craft: a musical storyteller whose work bridges cultures, generations and styles. For years, J.PERIOD's "musical documentary" projects have redefined the hip hop landscape, merging music with narrative to tell stories in a powerful and unprecedented way.
Ayman El-Sayed Founding Videographer: Ayman El-Sayed is a Lebanese American independent journalist and filmmaker. He's the co-founder of Existence is Resistance, an organization that teaches resistance through the arts and conducts yearly tours to Palestine bringing youth and artist together. He co-hosts a hip hop show on Radio Beirut based in Lebanon and is host of Freestyle Drive in NYC.
Nik Owens Founding Dancer: Nikolas Owens (Asst. Artistic Associate/Asst. Project Mngr. ) was born and raised in Altadena, California where he began his movement experience with gymnastics and continued at a competitive level until the age of 17. He has worked with choreographers such as Nicholas Leichter and Tania Isaac, and has performed works by Vanessa Tamburi, The Dance Exchange, Gierre Godley’s Project 44, D2D/T at Lincoln Center, Mersiha Mesihovic’s Circuit Debris, Tiffany Mills Company, Raja Kelly/The Feath3r Theory, and Bryn Cohn and Artists.
Ramon Javier Resident Scribe: Ramón has presented at various conferences including the KIPP Annual Summit, The New York State Association of Independent Schools Diversity Conference, Diversity Practitioner's Conference, and National Association of Independent Schools People of Color Conference. He has led workshops at various public, independent, and charter schools throughout New York. He is a member of the New York State Association of Independent school's Diversity Committee. Ramón is also a Trainer for Border Crossers, a national organization dedicated disrupting racism. He is currently working on a writing project that explores his experiences as an Afro-Latino student in private schools.
John Neely Producing Documentarian: John Neely brings more than 15 years of experience producing, shooting, writing and editing documentary film, television and interactive content. He has a special interest in the intersection of science and culture, creating ISE (Informal Science Education) content about nanotechnology for the Museum of Science Boston, engineering projects for Science Channel's 'Build it Bigger,' and 'Cats 101' for Animal Planet. John holds a BA in Art/Semiotics from Brown University and an MA in Documentary Production from Stanford University.
Tarik Mohamed Producing Videographer: Tarik Mohamed, is an award-winning 360° virtual reality cinematographer and producer. With virtual reality exploding over the past few years, Tarik has been pioneering the 360° video space with captivating content in journalism, education, arts, music, and entertainment. With over a decade experience in traditional filmmaking, he is currently merging the new technology of virtual reality with social activism to address the broken criminal justice system and Islamophobia. His 360 VR experience won the Samsung’s VR Indie contest and has been presented during the Sundance film festival and the New York film festival.
Amar Ramasar Amar Ramasar was born in the Bronx, New York, and began his studies at the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of New York City Ballet. Mr. Ramasar was invited to become an apprentice with New York City Ballet he then joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet and was promoted to the rank of soloist. Since joining New York City Ballet, Mr. Ramasar has danced featured roles in George Balanchine’s Agon, Allegro Brillante, Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet (Fourth Movement),Danses Concertantes, Divertimento No. 15, Emeralds fromJewels, Episodes, The Four Temperaments, Ivesiana,Kammermusik No. 2, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Divertissement, Demetrius), and much more. He was featured in the 2010 film adaptation of Jerome Robbins’ N.Y. Export: Opus Jazz and the documentary Ballet 422 (2015). Mr. Ramasar was a recipient of the Mae L. Wien Award for Outstanding Promise in 2000, and the Bessie Award for Outstanding Performer in 2015.