Sunday, Aug 20, 2017 • 12:30–1:30pm
ADMISSION: Free with advance registration to email@example.com
Part dance performance and part gallery tour in ASL, join us at The CJM for an immersive multisensory experience where Deaf dancer/choreographer Antoine Hunter and members of Urban Jazz Dance Company invite us to experience the art of The 613 by Archie Rand through movement.
The Art in Motion tour is offered in conjunction with the Fifth Bay Area International Deaf Dance Festival (Aug 11–13, 2017) organized by Urban Jazz Dance Company (BAIDDF). BAIDDF is an annual event produced by Urban Jazz Dance Company that consists of performances and workshops that highlight the important contributions that Deaf and Hard of Hearing (HoH) artists make to our community. The Contemporary Jewish Museum is a proud community partner in supporting Deaf culture and community.
Artists and attendees of the Bay Area International Deaf Dance Festival (BAIDDF) will receive FREE admission to The CJM Aug 11–20. Please mention BAIDFF at the admissions desk.
The Bay Area International Deaf Dance Festival (BAIDDF) is an annual event produced by Urban Jazz Dance company that consists of performances and workshops that highlight the important contributions that Deaf and Hard of Hearing (HoH) artists make to our community.
Urban Jazz Dance Company is a convergence of artistic forces where RAW energy, ROOTED in FREEDOM, is expressed through the athletic BODY and UNCONTROLLABLE, PASSIONATE dance. The company's MISSION is to show the world that no matter who you are, your dreams are possible. To learn more, visit realurbanjazzdance.com
A Bay Area native, Antoine Hunter is an award-winning African-American Deaf and Hard of Hearing choreographer, dancer, dance instructor, actor, speaker, model, producer, poet, and Deaf advocate who has performed and hosted workshops throughout the Bay Area and the world, including London, Italy, Cuba, Africa, Peru, Paris, and Rome to name a few. He teaches dance and ASL in both Hearing and Deaf communities and is the founder and artistic director of Urban Jazz Dance Company since 2007 and the Bay Area International Deaf Dance Festival since 2012.
Deaf from birth, Zahna Simon started her dance training with City Ballet School in San Francisco. She expanded her dance background when she was accepted to San Francisco School of the Arts (SOTA) by training with Elvia Marta in Modern, Jazz, African, Ballet, Hip Hop, and Choreography as well as participating in Alonzo King’s LINES Pre-Professional Summer Programs. Upon graduating from SOTA in 2003, Ms Simon attended UCI double majoring in Chemistry and Dance. At UCI she trained and performed in over 20 performances in various dance styles, working with fellow peers, graduate students and distinguished faculty such as Lisa Naugle, David Allan, and Donald McKayle. Upon graduating from UCI with a BS in Chemistry and a BFA in Dance Performance, Simon moved to San Diego to work full time at Vertex Pharmaceuticals and also performed with the Mesa College Dance Company, CAC Repertory Dance Theatre (CACRDT), Bite Dance Company, Visionary Dance Theatre, and in Jean Isaac’s Trolley Dances 2013. Ms Simon has now relocated back to the Bay Area and is acting Assistant Director for both Urban Jazz Dance Company and the Bay Area International Deaf Dance Festival (BAIDDF) under Founder and Director Antoine Hunter, and a full-time office manager at a small Fiduciary Office in San Francisco. Not only does she love performing and coordinating/conducting workshops for Urban Jazz Dance Company and BAIDDF, she has performed with Epiphany Productions for Alameda Island City Waterways.
Leah Mendelson is a native of Israel, and a traveler and explorer of arts and the world. Her artistic vision is one of communication, both verbal and non-verbal, and it has brought her to visit many countries and explore cities all over the world. Leah has from an early age been an ambassador for the Deaf, speaking to the press as a young dancer in the Bat-Kol dance group for Deaf and hearing youth dancers, lecturing in schools and conferences to raise awareness for the Deaf community in Israel, where she grew up, and simply in her way, everyday, ready to communicate and connect. All the varied and rich experiences—majority in dance in high school, as an actress in the Be'er Sheva Theatre, as a student of circus arts at Sandciel, as an avid swing dancer in Tel Aviv, have connected her to people through joy and movement. A significant part of this life process has been in the water as a certified Waterdance and Watsu therapist. The Urban Jazz Dance Company is a new and welcoming home for Leah—professional dance, joy, communicating with the audience, and getting an important message out there.
Access Programs are made possible by major support from Wells Fargo Foundation. Additional generous support is provided by the Toole Family Charitable Foundation and The Morse Family Foundation.