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The Barefoot Diva • P IS FOR POP D IS FOR DIP

Program C

Jan 13—14, 2024

The Barefoot Diva
Choreographed by Nicolas Huchard
France

P is for pop D is for dip
By Kia LaBeija
Original Score by DonChristian Jones
Creative Direction by Taína Larot
Starring Kia LaBeija and Ehizoje Azeke
Produced by MusmGftshp

Tickets for Program C: The Barefoot Diva and P is for pop D is for dip are Pay-What-You-Wish, ranging from $15 to $120 per ticket.

Run time: 60 minutes

​​Celebrate the multitude of street dance movements emerging from New York City and beyond with Motion/Matter: Street Dance Festival, featuring legendary DJs, epic battles, and concert dance premieres.

The Barefoot Diva

Five divas. Five women. Five Black women.
Five women united in their fight and their faith in the power of dance.

The dawn comes gently; everything seems to be cleansed of what might have happened the day before. It is with this sense of renewal that the divas stand up and take the stage. The essence of each of the five performers is revealed as one by one they assert themselves with increasing urgency. Urgency to be heard. Urgency to be seen. At dawn, consciences must be awakened. It is time for this magical, hopeful morning to bring wisdom, peace and harmony.

Embodying the ethos of choreographer Nicolas Huchard’s internationally acclaimed company, The Barefoot Diva is an exploration of boundaries —gentle yet forceful, feminine and masculine, spanning continents and disciplines. It’s a political terrain where dance inscribes activism in bodies. And it is contagious.

P is for pop D is for dip

Pop Dip and Spin, referred to as The Old Way, is the original art form known as Voguing. P is for pop D is for dip, a theatrical work by Artist Kia LaBeija, explores connections — and missed connections — between her love of Voguing and her relationships with those who have paved the way. Kia is accompanied by movement artist Ehizoje Azeke with creative direction by Taína Larot and original score by multimedia artist DonChristian Jones. Produced by MusmGftshp. This is a World Premiere work commissioned by PAC NYC for Motion/Matter.

The Barefoot Diva photo courtesy of Company Nicolas Huchard.
P is for pop D is for dip photo: Kia LaBeija

The Barefoot Diva:

Nicolas Huchard
Nicolas Huchard Choreographer

P IS FOR POP D IS FOR DIP:

Kia Michelle Benbow
Kia Michelle Benbow Artist
Ehizoje Azeke
Ehizoje Azeke Featured Movement Artist
DonChristian Jones
DonChristian Jones Composer
Taína Larot
Taína Larot Creative Director

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