WOW Artist Takeover

14 Jun 2015
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Apollo Theater

WOW Artist Takeover

June 14 at 3:00 PM
Apollo Soundstage 

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Artist Takeover is a wildly exciting mash-up of performances from an international array of spoken-word, music and theater artists, who deploy their imagination and craft as tools for change.

Shailja Patel is an internationally acclaimed Kenyan poet, playwright, theatre artist, and political activist, author of the bestseller Migritude. Her work has been translated into 16 languages.

Eleven Reflections on September is a spoken-word, multi-media piece that examines the post 9/11 Arab American experience. Written and directed by Andrea Assaf, featuring dance by Donna Mejia, live music by Eylem Basaldi, and Natalia Perlaza, and media design by Pramila Vasudevan.

Formosa is a surrealistic romp through beauty, body, culture, and Barbie, created and performed by Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai. This solo show combines spoken word, movement and multimedia to tell a tale about an imaginary encounter with a Taiwanese factory worker, who makes the dolls; an eight-year-old Chinese adopted girl, who loves the dolls; and a Nicki Minaj-wannabe Asian American female hip hop MC, who just might be turning into a doll.

Mankwe Ndosi has been working for more than twenty years as a music-maker, performer, educator and culture weaver focused on sound, story, and expanding the vocabulary of singing. Her solo releases include Do Gooder’s Blues and the critically acclaimed Science and Spirit. She seeks to infuse creative practice back into the worlds of healing, sustainable economic development, education, and new village community building.

Jennifer Johns is a siren, a call to worship and spirit-amplifier. This Oakland, CA born and bred songstress has rocked big stages like the NFL World Bowl and The NFL Hall of Fame and from Denver to Dusseldorf, Los Angeles to London, Kuala Lumpur to Kampala, she has opened for some of the best in the business including Lauryn Hill, The Black Eyed Peas, Mos Def, and Ziggy Marley, to name just a few.

Fusing the art of theatre, radio, and music, YO MISS! Teaching Inside the Cultural Divide is an eye- and ear-witness account of one artist navigating her art, her life, and the lives of her students. Actress and radio producer Judith Sloan spent fifteen years teaching in schools and jails, where she encountered and reported on immigration stories, cultural clashes, and generation gaps. After colliding with Hip Hop Culture and rapper Immortal Technique, Sloan remixes her own experiences with those of her students and transforms them into a multitude of characters in this sometimes funny, sometimes sad, always truth-seeking show.