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Apollo New Works

Apollo New Works Preview


Apollo New Works is a groundbreaking series of commissions dedicated to the creation of a diverse, 21st century American performing arts canon. With a focus on the African American and African diasporic narrative, the commissioning initiative provides audiences access to some of the new works while in process and allows artists to respond to and be inspired by Harlem, the Apollo, and its communities.

This dynamic evening of performance and conversation on the Apollo Digital Stage provides an inside look at the creative processes behind some of the inaugural Apollo New Works commissions, which will premiere during the opening of the Victoria Theaters. Among the engaging participants are artist and historian Kamau Ware and his immersive Black Gotham Experience, three playwrights from New Black Fest, New York-based multimedia group Soul Science Lab, and New York City- based scholar, playwright, and director Talvin Wilks.

Leadership support for the Apollo New Works initiative is provided by the Ford Foundation. The New Black Fest is funded by the HBO Fund for Theater, The Black Seed and is also supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Commissioning support for Soul Science Lab is provided by the New York State Council on the Arts.

Pictured: Kamau Ware

Photo Credit: Elijah Rodríguez