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Black Boy Jungle 2016 video excerpts

ALL VIDEO SHOT BY GEORGE LEE 

EDITED BY ARI AZTRO 

       
     
Black Boy Jungle 2016

Choregraphed by: Arien Wilkerson & The Tnmot Aztro Dance Collaborators
The Town & County Club
22 Woodland st. Hartford CT 06105
July 22nd July 23rd 7-9 P.M.
This Second installment of the social injustice contemporary work addresses the issue of cultural misrepresentation and generalization, acquired through both public schooling and our consumer-driven society. The work challenges the audience to not only seek out answers from their immigrant ancestors but to also give back as a libation to society with their work of social awareness. America is home to immigrants from all over the world, and our diversity encourages the questioning of both our personal and national identities. What is the American dream? Who's to say there is only one? Do our ethnic backgrounds, beliefs and theories become esoteric due to overarching societal views and our aesthetically-driven culture? We accumulate layer upon layer of judgements and opinions as we grow from toddlers to adults, but do the clothes on our back really represent who we are at our core? We're living in a vast jungle of different identities, often estranged from or ostracized by others, despite the fact that we're all seeking the same thing - harmony

Note from the Artistic Director - This work is dedicated to my Grandmother & Grandfather. My great ancestors. This work is also dedicated to you and yours. A life of truth only arrived when the pain started to never end. Migration, Libation, The American dream. It seemed so simple. How do you feel being a 13th generation or 14 generation immigrant ?. Native Land lays the foundation with ports, or a bridge, thankfulness, or a need. Here with my two feet and hands bare’s the fruit of my labor. I want to look at my skin, I want to look at my blood, asking questions. Drinking from the fountain of belief. I wonder are we forgetting our beliefs our we afraid of our own heritage due to a hammer smashed into our brains. Laying on the floor… Black, Brown, White, flesh has lifted its invisibility cloak, the government has lifted the gun, shot generations in the head. This work is an ever evolving. The struggle for peace. The struggle for youself.

Tnmot Aztro Dance Collaborators:
Kailah King
Jakar Hankerson
Amy Merli
Rosanna Karabetsos
Tiger Luangpraseuth
Henry Olivo
Narration by: Azua Echevarria and Arien Wilkerson

Spiritual Altars created by: Azua Echevarria

The Process System Installation created by: Arien Wilkerson Joe McCarthy, Azua Echevarria and Paco Winebox

Original Paintings/ Flyer created by: Paco Winebox - * All of Paco’s Paintings are for sale, please find Arien for info *

Lighting: Joe McCarthy, Arien Wilkerson, Azua Echevarria.

Written By, Arien Wilkerson, Alycia Jenkins, Azua Echevarria, Kenneth Reveiz. 
The writings derived from Richard Wright’s “Black Boy” as well as personal stories from, Arien Wilkerson, Alycia Jenkins, and Azua Echevarria. Special thanks to Kenneth Reveiz for the editing and revisions.

Sound Designer/Composer: Arien Wilkerson, The Ellis Island Band,( Sam Francis King, Travis Golden, Andre Harris, Emily Petersen, Keila Myles, Meg Hourigan, Dwayne Keith) and Wrex Mason.

Pre-Show Performances & Feat. Artist: The Ellis Island Band ( Sam Francis King, Travis Golden, Andre Harris, Emily Petersen, Keila Myles, Dwayne Keith )

Khemitstry Original song Written & Performed By Keila Myles & The Ellis Island Band.

Music composed by : Wrex Mason, Lee Scratch Perry, King Tubby, Sister Nancy, The Congos, Freddie Mcgregor, Fela Kuti, Dadawah, Chief Checker, Mutuabaruka, Nora Dean.

Costumes: How Bazzar Clothing., Arien Wilkerson, Azua Echevarria

       
     
Our America - Excerpt from Black Boy Jungle 2016 at The Town & County Club

Please watch in 720p HD 

Written By Arien Wilkerson & Alycia Jenkins with excerpts from Richard's Wright "Black Boy"
Edited By Arien Wilkerson Alycia Jenkins and Kenneth Reveiz, Azua Echevarria.
Dance Collaborators - Jakar Hankerson, Rosanna Karabetsos, Kailah King.
Music - Fifty Nifty written by Ray Charles and Ire Africa by Chet Chaker
Performed by The Ellis Island Band
Sam Francis King, Travis Golden, Andre Harris, Emily Peterson, Keila Myles, Dwayne Keith, Meg Hourigan.

       
     
Welcome to Black Boy Jungle / Hustler - Video Excerpt

Welcome to Black Boy Jungle / Hustler - Video Excerpt

This Second installment of the social injustice contemporary work addresses the issue of cultural misrepresentation and generalization, acquired through both public schooling and our consumer-driven society. The work challenges the audience to not only seek out answers from their immigrant ancestors but to also give back as a libation to society with their work of social awareness.

America is home to immigrants from all over the world, and our diversity encourages the questioning of both our personal and national identities. What is the American dream? Who's to say there is only one? Do our ethnic backgrounds, beliefs and theories become esoteric due to overarching societal views and our aesthetically-driven culture? 
We accumulate layer upon layer of judgements and opinions as we grow from toddlers to adults, but do the clothes on our back really represent who we are at our core? We're living in a vast jungle of different identities, often estranged from or ostracized by others, despite the fact that we're all seeking the same thing - harmony


Installation designed by: Arien Wilkerson, Joe McCarthy, Peter Adrian (Sandbox Arts), Azua Echevarria (Age into Beauty)
Sound Designer/Composer: Arien Wilkerson, The Ellis Island Band,( Sam Francis King, Travis Golden, Andre Harris, Emily Peterson, Keila Myles, Dwayne Keith) and Wrex Mason.
Pre-Show Performances & Feat. Artist: The Ellis Island Band ( Sam Francis King, Travis Golden, Andre Harris, Emily Peterson, Keila Myles, Dwayne Keith)
New Cast: Jakar Hankerson, Rosanna Karabetsos, Kailah King, Tiger Luangpraseuth, Henry Olivo, Amy Merli, Arien Wilkerson.