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Let’s dance! Discover some of the Caribbean’s most popular dance forms in these fun introductory sessions led by internationally renowned dance and music company, Masacote Entertainment. Each drop-in session will be led by an experienced dance coach and focus on a different genre, including merengue, rumba, bachata, and salsa. All experience and ability levels welcomed! Dance partner not required. Comfortable shoes are recommended.  

Make the most of your ICA visit! Explore works of art in our galleries. Then enjoy a drink and light bite in our waterfront Wine + Coffee Bar, featuring sommelier-selected natural wines and more. Be sure to drop into the ICA Store and bring a bit of ICA art and inspiration home with you afterward. 

About the Dancers

The Masacote Dance Company specializes in performing and teaching Afro-Latin Dance. It has been featured at Carnegie Hall, the Lincoln Center, and the Berklee Performance Center. The troupe has also toured extensively across 5 continents, earning an international reputation as ambassadors of Afro-Latin dance and music. Masacote’s awards include the 2015 New England Salsa Music Award for lifetime achievement in dance.

Join Boston-area dancers from Masacote Entertainment as they lead hands-on introductory sessions on Caribbean dance. Dance genres may include merengue, rumba, bachata, and salsa. Organized in conjunction with Forecast Form: Art in the Caribbean Diaspora, 1990s–Today.   

Comfortable shoes are highly recommended. While all experience and ability levels are welcomed, this dance session is designed for adult audiences.    

Complete your evening with a visit to the galleries and the Wine + Coffee Bar!

About the Dancers

Masacote Entertainment specializes in performing and teaching Afro-Latin Dance. It has been featured at Carnegie Hall, the Lincoln Center, and the Berklee Performance Center. The troupe has also toured extensively across 5 continents, earning an international reputation as ambassadors of Afro-Latin dance and music. Masacote’s awards include the 2015 New England Salsa Music Award for lifetime achievement in dance.

Founded in 2018 by Jessie Jeanne Stinnett, Boston Dance Theater (BDT) is a Boston-based contemporary dance company codirected by Stinnett and award-winning Israeli choreographer Itzik Galili. BDT showcases the talents of Boston-based dancers performing the US premieres of If As If by Itzik Galili and Affi and Firebird by Marco Goecke and the world premieres of Awa and Delicate Blue by Alessandro Sousa Pereira.

Please note: This performance includes flashing light sequences.

Accessibility

  • Accessible and companion seating can be selected when purchasing tickets online, or at the Box Office at 617-478-3103 or visitorservices@icaboston.org.
  • Assistive listening devices are available for all theater programs at the theater entrance.
  • A link to live captioning will be shared by the day of the event and will be available in the theater.
  • ASL interpretation is available by advance request; please contact the Box Office at 617-478-3103 or visitorservices@icaboston.org to make a request.

Are there other access accommodations that would be useful to help you fully participate in this program? Let us know at accessibility@icaboston.org or learn more about Accessibility at the ICA at icaboston.org/accessibility.


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As Jean Appolon says, “Jean Appolon Expressions’ (JAE) choreography showcases the relationship between being deeply connected to our roots and the power to heal ourselves, heal our community, and fight for the purpose of keeping our community safe.” The company performs An n Ale which features three powerful pieces conveying messages of collective healing and demanding that the company’s voices be heard. Ginen, an excerpt of Traka, illustrates historical trauma through Jean Appolon’s influential choreography. Black Is Black is an improvisational piece with Val Jeanty, JAE composer and accompanist, exploring Haitian folkloric rhythms and movements with JAE dancers. Petro is a new work that speaks powerfully about the strength of Haitians’ spirits and the way Haitians immerse themselves in the Haitian Vodou tradition.

Please note: This performance contains flashing light sequences.

Accessibility

  • Accessible and companion seating can be selected when purchasing tickets online, or at the Box Office at 617-478-3103 or visitorservices@icaboston.org.
  • Assistive listening devices are available for all theater programs at the theater entrance.
  • A link to live captioning will be shared by the day of the event and will be available in the theater.
  • ASL interpretation is available by advance request; please contact the Box Office at 617-478-3103 or visitorservices@icaboston.org to make a request.

Are there other access accommodations that would be useful to help you fully participate in this program? Let us know at accessibility@icaboston.org or learn more about Accessibility at the ICA at icaboston.org/accessibility.


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Directed and choreographed by Boston-and-Chicago-based artist Jessi Stegall, The Theremin Vignettes is an ode to the late theremin virtuoso Clara Rockmore. Set to Rockmore’s arrangements of classical scores for theremin, the dance-theatre piece explores themes of grief, remembrance, and devotion found throughout Rockmore’s life. Set in the form of choreographic vignettes made up of solos, duets, trios, and quartets with a cast of 11 dancers, the movement style blends ballet, contemporary, gesture, and spoken word.

Accessibility

  • Accessible and companion seating can be selected when purchasing tickets online, or at the Box Office at 617-478-3103 or visitorservices@icaboston.org.
  • Assistive listening devices are available for all theater programs at the theater entrance.
  • A link to live captioning will be shared by the day of the event and will be available in the theater.
  • ASL interpretation is available by advance request; please contact the Box Office at 617-478-3103 or visitorservices@icaboston.org to make a request.

Are there other access accommodations that would be useful to help you fully participate in this program? Let us know at accessibility@icaboston.org or learn more about Accessibility at the ICA at icaboston.org/accessibility.


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The ICA joins the centennial celebration of the iconic drummer, composer, and activist Max Roach with an evening of dance made in tribute to the legendary jazz pioneer. Curated by Summer Stages Dance co-founder Richard Colton, Max Roach 100 celebrates Roach’s legacy with new dance works choreographed by Ayodele Casel, Rennie Harris, and Ronald K. Brown, featuring some of the late musician’s most acclaimed recordings.

Characterized by its Afro-Cuban percussion, the 1961 album Percussion Bitter Sweet becomes the soundscape for choreographer Ronald K. Brown and Arcell Cabuag’s latest work for dancers from Havana-based Malpaso Dance Company and Brown’s own EVIDENCE, A Dance Company. In Jim Has Crowed, Roach’s band joins a recording of Martin Luther King Jr. in an aspirational and urgent conversation, now amplified by the streetdance storytelling of Rennie Harris Puremovement. Tap artist Ayodele Casel performs an explosively theatrical solo set to a series of duets between Roach and fellow Jazz pioneer, pianist Cecil Taylor. The program opens with Max Roach Live: Video Art by Kit Fitzgerald, a short film by video artist Kit Fitzgerald with footage from her decade-long collaboration with Roach, highlighting Roach’s influence across artistic disciplines. 

On Saturday, John Andress, Bill T. Jones Director/Curator of Performing Arts, and Richard Colton, curator of Max Roach 100, will join the artists for an audience Q+A following the performance.

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Accessibility

  • Accessible and companion seating can be selected when purchasing tickets online, or at the Box Office at 617-478-3103 or visitorservices@icaboston.org.
  • Assistive listening devices are available for all theater programs at the theater entrance.
  • A link to live captioning will be shared by the day of the event and will be available in the theater.
  • ASL interpretation is available by advance request; please contact the Box Office at 617-478-3103 or visitorservices@icaboston.org to make a request.

Are there other access accommodations that would be useful to help you fully participate in this program? Let us know at accessibility@icaboston.org or learn more about Accessibility at the ICA at icaboston.org/accessibility.

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BLACK HOLE—Trilogy And Triathlon is a multidisciplinary performance choreographed by the award-winning movement artist Shamel Pitts and co-created and performed by his Brooklyn-based arts collective TRIBE. Deeply inspired and infused by the spirit of Afrofuturism, the performance combines dance, original sound, video projection, and light design in a tale of vitality and tenderness, darkness and light, personal growth and collective empowerment.  

In BLACK HOLE, a trio of Black performers (all of African heritage) shares the stage in a narrative of unity, vigor, and unrelenting advancement. Their journey originates in the darkness of the titular Black Hole, understood not as a cosmic void but a metaphorical place of transformation and potential. Engulfed in an evocative soundscape of original music, sound samples, and spoken word, the dancers embark on an hour-long uninterrupted journey in movement in which their tenacity and grace are illuminated by cinematic video projections and stark, monochromatic lights.  

Choreographed by 2020 Guggenheim Fellow and 2021 Bessie Award winner Shamel Pitts, who also performs in it, the piece features dancers Tushrik Fredericks and Ashley Pierre-Louis; video and lighting designed by Lucca Del Carlo; music composed by Sivan Jacobvitz; spoken word text by Shamel Pitts; and costumes by Naomi Rapaport and Mirelle Martins. Photography and cinematography for the piece are by Itai Zwecker and The Adeboye Brothers.

Following the Friday performance, members of the company will join John Andress, Bill T. Jones Director/Curator of Performing Arts, for a post-performance conversation.

Accessibility

  • Accessible and companion seating can be selected when purchasing tickets online, or at the Box Office at 617-478-3103 or visitorservices@icaboston.org.
  • Assistive listening devices are available for all theater programs at the theater entrance.
  • A link to live captioning will be shared by the day of the event and will be available in the theater.
  • ASL interpretation is available by advance request; please contact the Box Office at 617-478-3103 or visitorservices@icaboston.org to make a request.

Are there other access accommodations that would be useful to help you fully participate in this program? Let us know at accessibility@icaboston.org or learn more about Accessibility at the ICA at icaboston.org/accessibility.


BLACK HOLE was developed with the kind support of Trust for Mutual Understanding (TMU), American Dance Abroad, gloATL, PearlArts Studios, CrossAward (Italy), Dock 11 / Eden (Germany), Derida Dance Center (Bulgaria), Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant, Artis, New York Live Arts, and 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center. 

Support for BLACK HOLE is provided, in part, by The David Henry Fund for Performance.

Boston’s own Subject:Matter explores where tap dance has been, where it’s going, and what it looks like right now. The company will perform the world premiere work With Far Hand that features exciting explorations in tap dance composition along with excerpts from Songbook. There will be a Q&A with the company at the end of Friday’s performance. 

Accessibility

  • Accessible and companion seating can be selected when purchasing tickets online, or at the Box Office at 617-478-3103 or visitorservices@icaboston.org.
  • Assistive listening devices are available for all theater programs at the theater entrance.
  • A link to live captioning will be shared by the day of the event and will be available in the theater.
  • ASL interpretation is available by advance request; please contact the Box Office at 617-478-3103 or visitorservices@icaboston.org to make a request.

Are there other access accommodations that would be useful to help you fully participate in this program? Let us know at accessibility@icaboston.org or learn more about Accessibility at the ICA at icaboston.org/accessibility.

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Please note this performance includes a strobe effect and strong language. 

Brooklyn-born musician serpentwithfeet’s experimental electronic music tenderly explores passion and love between gay Black folks. The Guardian said of his 2021 record DEACON, “There can be few albums this year more wholesome, soppy, or unabashedly life-affirming.” He joins MacArthur “genius” Fellow Wu Tsang and choreographer Raja Feather Kelly to present Heart of Brick, a theatrical dance and musical performance that tells the story of two men finding themselves and falling in love in a gay dance hall and captures the multi-generational spirit of the Black queer community. Combining music created for the performance with material from serpentwithfeet’s new album, as well as older songs, Heart of Brick is an evocative new work that embodies the sweetness and sincerity at serpent’s core. 

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Created by serpentwithfeet 
Directed by Wu Tsang 
Choreographed by Raja Feather Kelly 
Co-written by serpentwithfeet & Donte Collins 
A Joyce Theater Production 
Produced: The Joyce Theater 
Co-Produced: Kampnagel International Summer Festival 
Co-Commissioned by: The Joyce Theater Foundation, Kampnagel International Summer Festival, The LA Phil – with generous support from Linda and David Shaheen, Seattle Theatre Group, Hancher Auditorium at the University of Iowa 

Accessibility

  • Accessible and companion seating can be selected when purchasing tickets online, or at the Box Office at 617-478-3103 or visitorservices@icaboston.org.
  • Assistive listening devices are available for all theater programs at the theater entrance.
  • A link to live captioning will be shared by the day of the event and will be available in the theater.
  • ASL interpretation is available by advance request; please contact the Box Office at 617-478-3103 or visitorservices@icaboston.org to make a request.

Are there other access accommodations that would be useful to help you fully participate in this program? Let us know at accessibility@icaboston.org or learn more about Accessibility at the ICA at icaboston.org/accessibility.

“The repertory company is known for its versatility, bringing vivid theatricality to a range of provocative works commissioned from some of today’s most dynamic choreographers.”
Boston Globe

Please note this performance includes a strobe effect.

Los Angeles‒based BODYTRAFFIC is internationally recognized for its high-caliber work, blending Contemporary, jazz, and ballet. The company will perform Recurrence by choreographer Ethan Colangelo, The One to Stay With by choreographic team Baye & Asa, PACOPEPEPLUTO by choreographer Alejandro Cerrudo set to music popularized by Dean Martin, and a new work set to Ravel’s Boléro by choreographer Fernando Hernando Magadan.

Accessibility

  • Accessible and companion seating can be selected when purchasing tickets online, or at the Box Office at 617-478-3103 or visitorservices@icaboston.org.
  • Assistive listening devices are available for all theater programs at the theater entrance.
  • A link to live captioning will be shared by the day of the event and will be available in the theater.
  • ASL interpretation is available by advance request; please contact the Box Office at 617-478-3103 or visitorservices@icaboston.org to make a request.

Are there other access accommodations that would be useful to help you fully participate in this program? Let us know at accessibility@icaboston.org or learn more about Accessibility at the ICA at icaboston.org/accessibility.

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