New York, NY, August 7, 2019
– Fadi J. Khoury’s FJK Dance will return for the final performance of their “Black Box” Fusion of Culture and Dance repertoire series on Friday, August 23 at John Jay College Black Box Theater, 524 West 59th Street, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. DUM TAK, an original work in which dancers perform in pointe shoes, Latin heel and bare feet in a blend of ballet and Latin salsa, will be shown.
The music of DUM TAK features Riq and Tabla (Middle Eastern Drum) playing different Latin rhythms by Matias Hazroum, along with an original Rumba composition played by Johnny Farraj with the Arabic Riq. Video A “Talk Back” with Fadi Khoury and reception with the dancers will follow the performance. Tickets: $45 https://fjkdance.org/2019-blackbox
The FJK DANCE Fusion of Culture and Dance performance series began in February, 2019, with the intention to provide an immersive, cross-cultural dance experience. The Fusion series was theme-based; each of the FJK “Black Box” evenings featured a different work from the company repertoire. The dance series found its inspiration from FJK’s weekly site specific performance workshops developed for NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County (Brooklyn, N.Y.). Believing dance has the power to bring people together and insert positive energy into our communities, the FJK Dance NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County program hopes to remove the stigma of, and enable the public to better understand, psychiatric illness and wellness. Site specific performances from the FJK repertoire, performed throughout the hospital, hope to create an emotional difference for patients and staff. The John Jay series helped to refine that role, with each audience “Talk Back” serving to explore the depth of each repertoire piece and discuss what dance can do to facilitate mental health. Positive images were explored.
In July 2018 FJK Dance was named “Artist in Residence” at NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County.
Coming up: FJK SEASON 2019, OPENING OCTOBER 16 AT NEW YORK LIVE ARTS.
THE FJK DANCE “BLACK BOX” PERFORMANCE SERIES
A FUSION OF CULTURE AND DANCE – DUM TAK
Friday, August 23, 2019 – 6:30pm to 8:30pm
John Jay College Black Box Theater
524 West 59th Street, New York, NY10019
ABOUT FJK DANCE
is a contemporary dance company founded in 2014 by Fadi J. Khoury and Sevin Ceviker. Argentinean Tango, Ballroom dance, Jazz and Middle Eastern folkloric movement combine to create FJK DANCE “blended” choreography. The company’s distinctive mix of styles hopes to facilitate connections in our differences and communicate peace, diversity and tolerance. Fadi Khoury’s fusion choreography and artistic collaborations aim to break boundaries and build bridges through dance.
According to Artistic Director Fadi Khoury, “FJK Dance hopes to raise awareness of the values of freedom and diversity, and most of all the opportunity and hope the USA has for refugees and immigrants. Through our performances we also hope to celebrate Middle Eastern heritage, and raise awareness of the positive and artistic influence of this culture. A Fusion of Culture and Dance will embody hope, resilience, tolerance and peace… the passion in our dance is intended to offer prayers for hope and a new beginning.”
– Fadi J. Khoury
PERFORMANCE REEL: https://vimeo.com/307964506
ABOUT FADI J. KHOURY, FJK Dance Artistic Director:
Fadi J. Khoury’s innovative style – both as dancer and choreographer – showcases his life-long immersion in a world of dance forms. He was born in Baghdad, Iraq, surrounded by the folkloric music and dance of Arab culture. When Fadi was thirteen, he moved to Beirut, Lebanon, where he trained in classical ballet and folkloric dance, but also in Modern, Jazz, and Ballroom. Still in his teens, he began experimenting with the eclecticism that has defined his work ever since. Read more>>>
FJK Dance “strips away unnecessary glitter from these forms to emphasize the beauty of movement itself…” The New York Times