"Sacred Spaces: A Slideluck Potshow" on October 2, 2011 at the Judson Memorial Church. Photo: Yasmine Beckley
a4 launched the Locating the Sacred initiative with a preview series of events in Fall 2011, Call & Response, to commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11 and explore the sacredness that exists in the creative interactions we foster with each other.
After 3 exceptional Sundays, Call & Response has completed its run. Thank you so much for your support, and stay tuned for next year's Locating the Sacred festival!
View a gallery of photos from Call & Response here
CALL & RESPONSE EVENTS:
CALL & RESPONSE 2011 EVENTS:
A Fall Equinox Kirtan with Anjula Prasad
Celebrate the coming of the fall season by engaging in this outdoor Kirtan--the simple yet powerful “call and response” chanting that has its roots in many of India’s devotional traditions. Master kirtankar (or person leading the kirtan) Anjula Prasad will engage the audience with her beautiful voice in melodious repetition of Hindu mantras (or sounds and syllables considered capable of creating spiritual transformation), as we progressively attune our minds with our spirits during this collective sonic experience.
The Kirtan takes place outdoors in the beautiful garden of the historic Greenwich House Music School. Greenwich House opened over 100 years ago to improve the lives of the expanding immigrant populations, and has been a mainstay of the Greenwich Village community through its successive transformations. The music school has been the home of many artistic luminaries, including the avant-garde composer John Cage, whose approach to musical harmony reflected his keen interest in Zen Buddhism and Hindu philosophy, experimenting with the power of sound itself for what it could tell us about life. With the 100th anniversary of his birth in 2012, this event is also an acknowledgment of his legacy.
People of all backgrounds and religious beliefs are welcome.
Sacred Spaces: A Slideluck Potshow
The Asian American Arts Alliance (a4) and Slideluck Potshow (SLPS) have come together to present "Sacred Spaces: A Slideluck Potshow" on Sunday, October 2, 2011, 5.30pm at the Judson Memorial Church in New York City. It’s a slide show... and a potluck! The event is part of a4's fall 2011 Call & Response mini-series, which commemorates the tenth anniversary of 9/11 and signals the intentions of its 2012 Locating the Sacred festival.
a4 & SLPS has invited artists in New York and across the world to submit photographs, or images of artwork, on the theme “Sacred Spaces”. The work of the selected artists will be projected inside the majestic Judson Memorial Church. Recognized as the birthplace of post-modern dance and Off-Off Broadway theater, the Judson is home to an extraordinarily diverse congregation and continues to be a bastion for civil rights and spiritual enquiry in these challenging times. The evening will begin with a potluck centered around the theme “Sacred Spices”. Spices have been the basis of religious rituals, medical practices and the creation of trade routes since 50,000 B.C. Even commonly used spices smuggle in historic properties-- rosemary is believed to improve memory, while cardamom is thought to help with digestion.
FEATURING THE WORK OF:
Andrew Moore | Becky Yee | Caroline Sun | Carolyn Drake | Edward Cheng | Hiroki Kobayashi | Iwan Baan | Jayanthi Moorthy | Jen Plaskowitz | Jennifer Pritheeva Samuel | Katie Basile | Lisa Ross | Luca Zanier | Matilde Cassani | Philippe Calia | S. Billie Mandle | Sarah Szwajkos | Tomie Arai | Toni Greaves | Stephanie Keith
Image: Stained glass image of John the Disciple, on the balcony of the Judson Memorial Church. Photo by
Say You Heard My Echo
Sunday, October 9, 2011, 5.00pm
Flushing Town Hall
137-35 Northern Boulevard, Flushing, NY 11354
Tickets: $15 General Admission, $10 for Alliance+ members
A New Play by Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai
Directed by Jesse Jou
Performed by Adeeba Rana, Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai, Yalinidream
Dramaturg: Amissa Miller
Costume Designer: Valerie Bart
Light Designer: Alan Edwards
Producers: Nancy Kim, Andre Lancaster, Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai
Scenic Designer: Chien-Yu Peng
Sound Designer: Mike Skinner
Stage Manager: Kay Ottinger
Technical Director: Steve Albert
Say You Heard My Echo is a co-production of Asian American Arts Alliance and Flushing Council on the Arts & Culture. Co-sponsored by the Asian / Pacific / American Institute at New York University. Major funding for this event is provided by the Asian Women Giving Circle. Say You Heard My Echo is a commission by the Asian American Arts Alliance for Kelly Zen Yie-Tsai.
Call & Response is made possible in part by the Asian Women Giving Circle, by the numerous donors to our recent Kickstarter campaign, and by our wonderful co-producers and event partners.