Love | Fortè, A Collective’s Memory Withholdings

April 25-27, 2014
Friday-Saturday @ 8:00pm | Sunday @ 6:00pm

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After several years of development prior to and within our 2-year residency at BAX, we’ve developed a project that examines the notion of memory residing in the bodies and practices of African descendant communities in North America.  There are places where we, as African descendants, have become rooted through culture: communities that hold our traditions, and bodies that signify a shared experience.

Concurrent with installations on the top floor and theatre at BAX, we’re weaving the work with film and media design to create an interactive performance experience for our audiences.

In a sea of ambiguity around race and inequity, what seems clear, is the value of culture as a humanizing element that informs conversations seeking to dismantle inequity.  With Memory Withholdings we intend to be participants and catalysts of these conversations.


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Charmaine Warren conversation with Love | Fortè

Nia Love a established Choreographer who has taught at educational institutions, Universities and festivals throughout the USA, Africa and Asia. An American Fulbright Fellow, Nia has worked in England,West Africa, Japan, France, Colombia, Cuba, USA, and most recently East Africa- Tanzania. Nia is the Artistic Advisor for Tanzania’s prominent dance institution- MuDa Africa and has recently created work for the nationally acclaimed  Ailey|Fordham  BFA program along with creating and presenting numerous dance works throughout the world. Awarded two consecutive Suitcase Fund- an initiative if New York Live Arts. Nia created several new works, taught and continues to conducts annual research in Tanzania, East Africa on Agriculture and Dance. Nia Love joining forces with Marjani Forte in their Love|Forte a collective has received their 2nd year AIR at BAX and are proud recipients of the Mertz Gilmore Grant.

Marjani Fortè was a touring and teaching member of Urban Bush Women Dance Compant of 5 years, and is now an independent choreographer and co-founder of LOVE|FORTÈ A COLLECTIVE. Fortè has taught master classes and workshops across the U.S. and beyond- including Germany, England, Colombia, Brazil, and Venezuela. She has presented choreographic works for Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, New Orleans McKenna Museum, DNA Raw Material, and DanceNOW at Joe’s Pub. Fortè premiered EGO at Dance Theatre Workshop as a 2010 Fresh Tracks Resident Artist while concluding a choreographic residency and lecture series at Loyola Marymount University. Fortè was recently named a Movement Research Artist-In-Residence 2011/13, premiered Here… for Danspace PLATFORMS: Parallels in March 2012, and EGO for HarlemStage’s E-Moves in April 2012. She is currently faculty at Dance New Amsterdam (DNA) 2012. Her work stems from being born in and having engaged with culturally rich, vibrant, historic, and politically charged communities.

The creative marriage of Nia Love and Marjani Fortè, LOVE|FORTÈ A COLLECTIVE is a research/process, performance, and teaching geared collective, with a commitment to social and politically conscious art making that connects the human experience through generations. We have developed work and a teaching methodology that reflects our identity as artists of successive generations, reflecting an Africanist approach to learning and evolution. We’re interested in re-defining the Performance Experience, through a commitment to the PROCESS of art making via choreographic and Improvisational-based Performance, and an equal valuing of Research and Embodied Memory as profound sources in the creative process. LOVE|FORTÈ embraces a spectrum of performance venues and spaces i.e. theatre, installation/gallery, and site-specific spaces. Current and recent activities include site-specific investigation as a part of our pluralistic training for young artists in dance (Dance Without Walls), WOW Café, DanceNOW at Joe’s Pub performance, Judson Church, and No Longer Empty Exhibit/Site-Specific.

Since 1991, our Artist In Residence program has served as a core for our work with artists. The AIR program provides participating artists with one to two years of uninterrupted artistic, technical, and administrative support, as well as the rehearsal space and guidance necessary to take chances, refine their craft and expand their horizons.

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