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Snug Harbor Presents Three Rites, a work which integrates dance, text and interactive art to explore life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness

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Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden is pleased to present another production in its Performance Arts Salon Saturdays (PASS) series, Saturday, November 28, 2015 in the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, Edisa Weeks and her dance company, Delirious Dances, will perform Three Rites, a work which integrates dance, text and interactive art to explore life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. There will be a pre-performance reception at 5:00 PM and a post-performance artist talk moderated by an expert in the field. Admission is $10. The Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art is located on the beautiful 83-acre Snug Harbor campus at 1000 Richmond Terrace.
 “We are thrilled to welcome Edisa Weeks and Delirious Dances back to Staten Island,” said Gabri Christa, Snug Harbor’s Artistic Director and PASS curator. “This will be their first performance since local audiences fell in love with their work, Living Room Dances, a few years ago. We are proud to add Edisa Weeks to the roster of PASS artists we’ve presented including Colleen Thomas Dance, Francesca Harper, and David Antonio Cruz. Delirious Dances is among the first performing arts groups to benefit from the expansion of our SHARP artist residency program which allows artists to live on campus in our historic cottages while developing their work.”
Director of Delirious Dances, Edisa Weeks, was raised in Uganda and New Guinea and is now based in Brooklyn. She holds a BA from Brown University and an MFA from New York University. A choreographer, educator and dancer, Weeks has taught at the Alvin Ailey School, Bard College, Brigham Young University, Brooklyn Friends School and Princeton University, among others. She currently teaches choreography, improvisation and modern technique at Queens College. Her work creates intimate environments that merge theater with striking visual effects. It has been performed in a variety of venues including Aaron Davis Hall, Alfred University, chashama, Dixon Place, Emory University, The Kennedy Center, The Massachusetts International Festival of the Arts and The National Black Arts Festival. Edisa Weeks and Delirious Dances have received awards from Artists International, The Brooklyn Arts Council, Dixon Place, the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, New Music USA-Live Music for Dance, New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Puffin Foundation. The company has completed choreographic residencies at Djerassi, Joyce SoHo, the Tribeca Performing Arts Center and The Yard.
PASS performances take place the last Saturday of each month at the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art. Where possible, the works are developed in residence at Snug Harbor. Each performance has a pre-performance reception and post-performance artist talk featuring a related expert in the field. Tickets for Three Rites are available by visiting www.snug-harbor.org, or fromwww.brownpapertickets.com. Tickets can also be purchased at the door or by calling (718) 425-3525.
About Snug Harbor
Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden is one of the largest ongoing adaptive reuse projects in America. It consists of 26 historical buildings, numerous distinctive botanical gardens and 10 acres of wetlands on a unique 83-acre campus. Formerly Sailors’ Snug Harbor, a home for retired sailors built in the 1800s, Snug Harbor is now a distinguished arts center where history, architecture, visual and performing arts, environmental science, agriculture and horticulture provide dynamic experiences for all ages. Snug Harbor is also home to the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, the Noble Maritime Collection, Staten Island Children’s Museum and the Staten Island Museum. Snug Harbor is a proud Smithsonian Affiliate.

 

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