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TDE COMMUNITY EVENTS

POP UP -SEPTEMBER 26TH 10AM-11:30AM EST - ASTOR PLACE

  • WORK IN PROGRESS/INFORMAL SHOWING OF EXCERPTS FROM LOVE: RECOGNIZE/REFLECT.

  • GENERAL TDE INFORMATION SESSION, AND INTERVIEWS WITH GENERAL PUBLIC ON OUR IDEAS OF LOVE.

PLAY - OCTOBER 10TH  11AM-12:30PM EST - RIVERSIDE PARK

  • WORKSHOP-STYLE COMMUNITY DISCUSSION ON LOVE, AND MOVEMENT EXPERIENCE/JAM.

PROCESS - OCTOBER 17TH 5:30PM-7PM EST- WASHINGTON PARK (BROOKLYN)

  • WORKSHOP-STYLE COMMUNITY DISCUSSION ON LOVE, AND MOVEMENT EXPERIENCE/JAM.

IS LOVE HARD, OR ARE WE ILL-EQUIPPED?

EVERYONE THAT HAS EXPERIENCED LOVE, OR HAS THOUGHTS ABOUT LOVE, ARE WELCOME. THE DYNAMITE EXPERIENCE, A LOCAL NYC DANCE COMPANY, IS OFFERING FREE WORKSHOPS TO THE COMMUNITY TO EXPLORE THIS MULTIFACETED QUESTION TOGETHER. AS AN INTERGENERATIONAL EXPERIENCE, ALL HUMANS ARE WELCOME IN THE SPACE WITH NO PRIOR MOVEMENT EXPERIENCE NECESSARY. PARTICIPANTS WILL BE PROVIDED WITH WRITING, DANCING, ACTING, DRAWING, AND DISCUSSION OPTIONS TO EXPLORE WHAT COMES UP FOR THEM AS WE EXPLORE QUESTIONS SUCH AS, "WHEN IN CONFLICT WITH THE ONE YOU LOVE, WHO DO YOU TURN TO?  AND, WHAT IS LOVE SYNONYMOUS WITH?" OUR FIRST POP UP IS ON SEPTEMBER 26TH, 10 AM AT ASTOR PLACE. WE WILL BE SHOWING EXCERPTS OF WHAT WE ARE CURRENTLY WORKING ON IN OUR RESIDENCY, AND GATHERING INFORMATION FROM PEOPLE OF ALL WALKS OF LIFE ON THE SUBJECT OF LOVE AND RELATIONSHIPS, AS WELL AS SPREADING INFORMATION ON WHAT WE HAVE COMING UP NEXT. 

FOR ANY ACCESSIBILITY QUESTIONS OR SPECIFIC NEEDS, PLEASE CONTACT KRISTIANNS@THEDYNAMITEXPERIENCE.COM. WITH INDIVIDUAL CONSENT, TDE WILL PROFESSIONALLY FILM THESE SESSIONS TO BE EDITED TOGETHER FOR A LIVE CULMINATION EVENT ON SATURDAY OCTOBER 30TH (LOCATION TBD). THE FINAL FILM WILL BE PRESENTED ALONGSIDE A LIVE DANCE PERFORMANCE BY OUR COMPANY ARTISTS. 

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PHOTO CREDIT: REBECCA MARCELA OVIATT/@BECCA.VISION

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MISSION

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The DynamitExperience (TDE) is a dance company that creates visceral experiences through contemporary choreography and community engagement. By examining the human condition and our relationships to each other, TDE explores movement that resonates with audiences and stimulates conversation.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

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PHOTO CREDIT: REBECCA MARCELA OVIATT/@BECCA.VISION

THE DYNAMITEXPERIENCE WILL PRESENT IN-PERSON CHOREOGRAPHED EXCERPTS FROM LOVE:RECOGNIZE/REFLECT, AS WELL AS FILMED SEGMENTS FROM ITS FREE-TO-THE-COMMUNITY-EVENTS POP-UP, PLAY, AND PROCESS. POP-UP, PLAY, AND PROCESS WERE MADE POSSIBLE BY THE CITY ARTIST CORPS GRANTS PROGRAM. THIS AWARD WAS CREATED TO ACTIVATE AND ENERGIZE New York CITY'S ARTISTS AND ENGAGE THE PUBLIC WITH ARTS ACTIVITIES THIS SUMMER AND FALL. SPECIAL THANKS TO NYFA, NY CULTURE, QUEENS THEATER, AND MADEINNY FOR THE SUPPORT.

 

IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING EACH SHOWING, WINSTON BROWN AND KIARA BENN WILL CO-MODERATTE A 10-15 MINUTE FEEDBACK SESSION WHERE WE EXPLORE THIS MULTIFACETED QUESTION, IS LOVE HARD, OR ARE WE ILL-EQUIPPED?, TOGETHER. 

BAX IS COMPLYING WITH THE NYC VACCINE MANDATE MEANING THAT ALL VISITORS 12YRS+ ENTERING THE BUILDING MUST PROVIDE BOTH PROOF OF VACCINATION AS WELL AS VALID IDENTIFICATION. A LIVESTREAM OF THE SHOWCASES WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR ANYONE 12YRS+ WHO IS UNVACCINATED FOR ANY REASON AND THUS CANNOT PARTICIPATE IN INDOOR PROGRAMMING. BAX IS ADDITIONALLY REQUIRING VISITORS TO REMAIN MASKED AT ALL TIMES WHILE INSIDE THE BAX BUILDING. 

THIS PRODUCTION IS BEING PRESENTED THROUGH BAX'S VISITOR PROGRAM, A SUBSIDIZING PERFORMANCE PACKAGE RENTAL PROGRAM, AND IS A SELF-PRODUCTION BY THE DYNAMITEXPERIENCE. 

PREVIOUS EVENTS

UNFINISHED LIVE 2021

DATE:

September 24, 2021

LOCATION:

The Shed 545 W 30th St 10001

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"LOVE": RECOGNIZE/REFLECT

DATE:

June 4 & June 11  @ 1-2PM  EST

LOCATION:

DanceWave & Online livestream 

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SOIL BENEATH: AN EMPIRICAL EXPERIENCE

DATE:

November 11, 2020 @ 8:00PM EST

November 12, 2020 @ 2:00PM EST

November 12, 2020 @ 8:00PM EST

November 13, 2020 @ 8:00PM EST

November 14, 2020 @ 2:00PM EST

November 14, 2020 @ 8:00PM EST

LOCATION:

Online livestream with link

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MALE AUDITION FOR UPCOMING EVENTS

DATE:

February 16, 2020 10:30-2PM

RSVP by emailing thedynamiteexperience@gmail.com with resume.Seeking a male dancer with contemporary modern and ballet aesthetics as well as strong partnering skills.

LOCATION:

Manhattan Movement & Arts Center

248 W 60th St, New York, NY 10023

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DANCEWAVE TDE REPERTORY

DATE:

August 23-27, 2021

LOCATION:

DanceWave 

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DANCE ADELPHI

DATE:

November 18-21, 2020 @ 7:30PM EST

LOCATION:

Online livestream with link

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DANCE WAVE ARTIST IN RESIDENCE

DATE:

(POSTPONED CHECK BACK IN THE FUTURE)

Residence from March 16-April 25,2020

performance April 25, 2020 @ 7:30 PM

LOCATION:

Dancewave

182,4th, Brooklyn, NY, 11217

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EARL MOSLEY'S DIVERSITY OF DANCE "DANCING BEYOND 2020 CANCER BENEFIT"

DATE:

January 18th, 2020 @ 3pm & 7 pm

LOCATION:

Manhattan Movement & Arts Center

248 W 60th St, New York, NY 10023

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PHOTO CREDIT: REBECCA MARCELA OVIATT/@BECCA.VISION

 

ABOUT TDE

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Based in New York but grounded in Kansas City, the company was created by Artistic Director, Winston Dynamite Brown and Associate Artistic Director, Latra Wilson as a platform for creative investigations. The company creates work with an aim to impact the local community specifically those that generally do not see themselves represented on stage. 


TDE kicked off its first season with The Inaugural Show at The Mark O’Donnell Theater at The Actors Fund Theater in Brooklyn, NY in January 2019. That introduction revealed a small glimpse of the trajectory of TDE; 4 new works and 12 dancers illustrating an arch between past, present and future, and insight to the direction of Dynamite’s current creative inclinations. 

At the root of this experience lies the “It takes a village” approach born from Dynamite’s experiences growing up in Kansas City. By creating a holistic environment for all to 

express themselves, explore, and discover shared experiences, we can funnel that 

energy back into the communities that created us. Through performances, teaching, and creative collaborations, TDE will continue to establish itself as an anchor of this experience.

 

Enjoy The DynamitExperience

 

MEET THE COMPANY

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WINSTON DYNAMITE BROWN

Founder & Artistic Director

A native of Kansas City, Missouri, Winston Dynamite Brown began his dance journey at The Smith Sisters Dance Studio, later attending the Missouri State Ballet, the University of Missouri (BFA in Dance recipient), as well as Center Dance under the mentorship/tutelage of Mr. Tyrone Aiken. He additionally trained with Alonzo King (Pre-Professional), and The Ailey School's (three time fellowship recipient) summer intensives. He was the inaugural recipient of the Lorna Strassler Scholarship at Jacobs Pillow (Ballet & Modern program.


As a professional, Dynamite is currently a member of the Camille A. Brown & Dancers company. Over his career Dynamite has had the pleasure of working with Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Co., Deeply Rooted Productions , Albany Berkshire Ballet, The Metropolitan Opera, TU Dance, CorbinDances, Irish modern Dance Theatre ( IMDT), Ben Munisteri Dance projects, Taylor 2 and most recently, Dance Heginbotham, Owen/Cox Dance Group, Pilobolus, Sean CurranCo., Opera Theater St. Louis, Kyle Abraham/ A.I.M, and Stephanie Batten Bland Co. to name a few.

Dynamite has taught for many schools/institutions domestically and internationally as a teacher including Joffrey Ballet & Contemporary/Jazz, Ailey Camp (MO,KS,NJ,NY) and The Ailey School. He has produced works on Wylliams/ Henry Contemporary Dance Co., UMKC, Kansas City Ballet, Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey, Joffrey Summer Intensive, Brooklyn Arts High School, The Ailey School ( BFA, Certificate, Junior & PPAS divisions).

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LATRA ANN WILSON

Artistic Director

Latra A. Wilson,  a Texas native ,began her journey as a creative artist with her BFA from university of Missouri of Kansas City. Since then as a performing artist ms. Wilson has had pleasure to work with companies like  Taylor 2, Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey, Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company, Iluminate Artist of Lights, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis's production of "The Kiss" & world premiere of "Champion", Owen/Cox Dance Group, Broadway Dance Lab (cycle 4),Tony Award winning Broadway Musical After Midnight. As an assistant  for some the fields upcoming arts Ms Wilson has aided projects with Breton Follies, Abdul Latif - D2D/T, Company Stefanie Batten Bland and Broadway choreographer Josh Prince's Dance Lab New York. Ms. Wilson as a teaching artist is currently working with Alvin Ailey Arts in Education, KCFAA and COAR. Most recently Ms. Wilson previously worked with The Public theatre as assistant director of movement to Stefanie Batten Bland for the production of Eve’s Song.

Ms. Wilson is also proud to embark on a project with her husband Winston Dynamite Brown as associate artistic director for TDE. Latra is  currently being represented by LDCArtists.

KRISTI ANN SCHOPFER

Operations Manager

Kristi Ann Schopfer has been grooving since 3 years of age; actualizing the innately organized aspects of her personality through Arts Administration around 2012, after gaining the reputation for being “oddly over-prepared for an Artist.”  

She began her dance training in New Jersey at Dance World Academy and R.A.D. (Royal Academy of Dance), later touring the east coast and on Carnival Cruise Lines with Connecticut-based Dance 10 Touring company. Kristi Ann received her BFA in Dance at The College at Brockport in 2010; where she met Rebecca Sproul Gushue and has danced for Gushue Moving Arts since 2007. She worked with Barkin/Selissen Project (NYC) as both a performing artist and administrator from 2012-2019, shifting her Managerial expertise in time to help lead the Cliffs Climbing + Fitness as Assistant Manager through a global pandemic. From 2019-2021, she was responsible for: rebuilding the staffing by addressing accessibility to rock climbing as a systemic issue, restructuring employee responsibilities to reflect the evolving state of daily operations, and assisting to revive/revise outreach programs to make climbing more accessible. Kristi Ann is a CMG-Represented Stunt Performer, and has recently worked with Kate Griffler, Jeff Shortt, Janis Brenner, and at STREB Lab for Action Mechanics. Kristi Ann has been collaborating with The DynamitExperience since 2019; taking on the Operations Manager role in 2021. In addition to consuming copious amounts of coffee, she currently dances with 3rd Law Dance Theater of Boulder, CO (actively seeking airline partnerships to schlepp herself and her better-French-Bulldog-half, Stella, across states…).

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TARA BELLARDINI

Web Development

Social Media Manager

Tara Bellardini (Mine Hill, NJ)  trained with East Coast Movement under the direction of Billy Larson. She graduated from Morris County School of Visual and Performing Arts and is a graduate of The Ailey School Certificate Program. She has trained in summer intensives at Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, and performed in the 2013 Cedar Lake Installation Chess. Ms. Bellardini performed in Alvin Ailey’s Memoria during Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s 2014 and 2015 New York City Center seasons. She was also a part of "r-Evolution, Dream" by Hope Boykin for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in their New York City Center Season in 2016 and the Lincoln Center season in 2017.  She has worked with choreographers Adam Barruch, Norbert De La Cruz III, Ray Mercer, Darrel Grand Moultrie, Juel D. Lane,  Jennifer Archibald, Amy Hall Garner, and Alexandra Damiani and performed works by Andonis Foniadakis. She previously was a member of Ailey II from 2016-2018, toured for two months with Parsons Dance in China, was a guest artist with Owen/Cox Dance Group and recently worked with Jennifer Muller/ The Works.

Aside from dance, she has a passion for graphic design and content creation with fashion through social media.

JESSY CRIST

Community Engagement Facilitator 

Jessy Crist, from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania began dancing at the Capital Area School for the Arts. She graduated Cum Laude with a BFA in Dance Performance from Montclair State University in 2019. Jessy has performed in works by Winston Dynamite Brown, Martha Graham, Bill T. Jones, Shapiro and Smith, Christian Von Howard and Robyn Mineko-Williams. Crist was a scholarship student at American Dance Festival, the Hubbard Street Chicago Intensive, and Dark Circles Contemporary Company. Jessica has performed professionally with The Dynamite Experience, and VOID Movement Project. Jessy is currently a freelance artist in New York, creating her own work in collaboration with multimedia artists. This is her second year working with The Dynamite Experience.

REBECCA OVIATT

Resident Photographer & Collaborator

Rebecca Oviatt received a BA in Dance and Arts Education from the State University at Brockport and an MA in Dance Education from New York University with NYS K-12 Certification. Rebecca pursues dance performance, instruction, and choreography throughout NYC. Rebecca has had the pleasure of dancing for NYC choreographers Jana Hicks and Marijke Eliasberg (The Next Stage Project). 

 

Currently Rebecca is the Middle School Dance teacher at Brooklyn Prospect Charter School as well as head coach for DANCEWAVE Company, a youth pre-professional dance company in Brooklyn, NY.

PHOTO CREDIT: REBECCA MARCELA OVIATT/@BECCA.VISION

"LOVE" :RECOGNIZE/REFLECT

DANCEWAVE RESIDENCY ARTISTS JUNE 2021

LAURA COLON

JESSY DAE CRIST

ALYSSA FORTE

FAUSTINE LAVIE

MALCOLM MCMICHAEL

LAY'LA KESI ROGERS

COURTNEY PAIGE ROSS

KRISTI ANN SCHOPFER

HANNAH WAGNER

YASMIN VENABLE

BECKY SEOW

PHOTO CREDIT: REBECCA MARCELA OVIATT/@BECCA.VISION

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SUPPORT TDE

Family, Friends, and Artistic Community at large-- it’s that time that we reach out to you with hopes that you will contribute to our attempt to share TDE’s humanity through dance.

We know we can not do this alone. Join us in making this a reality now and in what we hope to be an extended future!

Please Donate via the Link Below! 

https://www.paypal.me/TheDynamitExperience

 
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PHOTO CREDIT: REBECCA MARCELA OVIATT/@BECCA.VISION

CONTACT

Thedynamiteexperience@gmail.com

816-723-7593

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