This summer, Red Bull Arts New York partnered with the educational department of the Abrons Arts Center to co-design a student program with a series of artist-led workshops in response to RAMM:ELL:ZEE: Racing for Thunder (on view through August 26).
Over the course of six weeks—inspired by Rammellzee’s unique brand of performance art, and ornate costumery—a group of students, under the tutelage of visiting artists, designed personalized Tyvek suits and masks, created musical tracks, and developed singular performances featuring their own interpretive break-dancing and choreography. Visiting artists included Kool Koor, Tau Lewis, and Standing on the Corner’s Gio Escobar.
On Friday, August 17, a selection of students will showcase the culmination of their six-week arts education program at the Abrons Playhouse Theater. The event also features the screening of the iconic documentary Style Wars (1983), a film chronicling the birth of hip hop culture in the 70s and 80s.
August 17th at 4pm
- Style Wars (1983, run time 69 min, dir. by Tony Silver, produced by Henry Chalfant).
- As intermission to the screening, the student performers will present Glowing Creation: A Rammellzee-inspired Opera.
Screening and performance will be on-site at Abrons Playhouse Theater (466 Grand St, New York).
About Abrons Arts Center:
Abrons Arts Center is a home for contemporary interdisciplinary arts in Manhattan’s Lower East Side neighborhood. A core program of the Henry Street Settlement, Abrons believes that access to the arts is essential to a free and healthy society. Through performance presentations, exhibitions, education programs and residencies, Abrons mobilizes communities with the transformative power of art.
About Red Bull Arts New York:
Red Bull Arts New York is an experimental, non-commercial arts space dedicated to offering new opportunities to local and international artists by supporting bold ideas and ambitious projects.