Salon Series

Since 2006, the Apollo Salon Series has been bringing artists to the Apollo’s intimate Soundstage, providing them with a space to stretch their creative boundaries and present works-in-progress to audiences. This series spotlights the Apollo’s continued dedication to its performing arts programming and its support of artistic experimentation and dialogue in contemporary culture.  The series grows out of the Apollo’s 80-year history of nurturing artists and artistic expression.

 

The Bloc Party: Jonzi D’s Freestyle Project
Friday April 18 at 7:30pm and Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 3:00pm and 7:30pm

Led by Jonzi D with special guest Soweto Kinch

The Apollo Theater expands on its relationship with British hip hop theater maker and performer, Jonzi D.  He returns for a two-week residency to further develop the freestyle experience that blew audiences away during last season’s critically acclaimed U.S. premiere of Breakin’ Covention, An International Festival of Hip Hop Dance Theater, which is presented annually at Sadler’s Wells in London. 

Jonzi D, along with award winning UK based alto-saxophonist/MC, Soweto Kinch, will team up with a dynamic ensemble of NYC hip hop performers including James "Cricket" Colter, Honomi Kuwana, Inyoung “Dassy” Lee, Sawandi Wilson, and Ryota “Riceball” Yamasaki for a creative cultural exchange as they share, explore, and reinvent hip hop dance theater techniques.  

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PAST PROJECTS: 

2012/13:       Sekou Sundiata’s blessing the boats: the remix |  April 12 and 13

                             Carl Hancock Rux |  April 19 and 20

 

2011/12:         Mr. Chickee’s Funny Money – A Whimsical Comedy | February 19 and 20

                            The  Billie Holiday Project with Queen Esther Marrow | April 9-14

 

2010/11:        Gordon Voidwell’s Who Killed Andy Warhol? / Who Shot Biggie Smalls?
                            April 9 and 10

                            Helga Davis’s Mephisto’s Song | April 16 and 17

                            William Caballero’s Speak! So the World will Listen | April 23 and 24

                            Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber |  April 30 and May 1

 

2009/10:       Will Power’s The Upper Room | April 3 and 4

                            jessica care moore’s God is Not an American | April 10 and 11

                            Dana Leong’s Life after Dark | April 17 and 18

                            Melvin Van Peebles’ Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song – The Musical                  
                           April 24 and 25

 

2008/09:       Imani Uzuri's Her Holy Water: A Black Girl's Rock Opera | April 4 and 5

                            Ayodele Casel's Diary of a Tap Dancer | April 11 and 12               

                            Guillermo E. Brown's Shuffle Mode | April 18 and 19

                            Somi and Chanda Rule's Listening to Roots and Voicing Branches 
                            April 25 and 26

 

2007/08:       Jerry Quickley’s Live from the Front | October 6 and 7

                             Russell Gunn and Bionic’s Krunk Jazz | October 13 and 14

                             Toni Blackman and Saddi Khali’s Grown Folks | October 20 and 21

                             DJ Spooky’s Subliminal Strings | October 27 and 28

                             Fred Ho’s Dragon vs. Eagle: Enter the White Barbarians! | June 15 and 16

                             Excerpts of Toni Morrison and Richard Danielpour’s new opera Margaret                                           Garner: A New Opera in partnership with New York City Opera | June 19        

                              Diedre Murray’s Vocal Landscapes: A Composer’s Journey | June 21 and 22

 

2006/07:       Craig S. Harris’s God’s Trombones | April 6 and April 7

                            Dael Orlandersmith Stoop Stories | April 14 and April 15

                            Universes’ Live from the Edge | April 21 and April 22

                            Peaches, a play by Cristal Channelle Truscott | April  28 and April 29