Harlem Family Day Featuring:

Illstyle & Peace Productions / Robbi K / DJ set by Stormin’ Norman / “Sweet Billy & The Zooloos”

Presented in association with: 651 ARTS, Hi-ARTS and Colored Girl Productions

8.11.2013 | 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm | Add Comment | Marcus Garvey Park | Directions to Event ›

SummerStage Kids presented by Disney presents Harlem Family Day, a day dedicated to engaging children and their families through engaging performances! Celebrate Hip-Hop culture through gravity- defying dancers, soulful storytelling and a unique Hip-Hop themed musical theater work. With so many different offerings, there will be something for everyone!

Illstyle & Peace Productions is a multicultural dance company that creates works rooted in hip-hop blended with an eclectic mix of performance disciplines including tap, DJing and beatboxing. The New York Times has said “Watching these dancers [is] like watching the greatest ballet virtuosos, each fighting gravity and the appearance of effort, and demanding and getting the impossible from the human body.” With a mix of gravity defying moves and upbeat music, families will be captivated by the non-stop action moves of this talented troupe.

Robbi K & Friends bring a level of excitement to music, through Jazz improvisation, to delight audiences with an unexpected presentation of favorite and original songs. Supported by an amazing band of versatile, smart and gifted musicians, her personable demeanor is the essence of the show.   Her “joie-de-vivre” and voice give her many opportunities to perform in many locations and languages to a variety of people, all who love to sing, dance and participate in the joyfulness of jazz.

DJ Stormin’ Norman, founder of the Sundae Sermon Festival, was originally part of a groundbreaking DJ collective that brought the famed Thunderstorm Mix on New York’s WBLS 107.5FM to life. By introducing live mixing to daytime radio, he helped set a new precedent in national radio. For over 20 years, he’s played major New York clubs, exclusive downtown spots and elite private events worldwide. A Harlem resident for over 15 years, he also DJ/produces Sundae Sermon Radio on WHCR 90.3FM and the Sundae Sermon Festival a summer outdoor event that promotes environmental, educational and recreational family friendly activities in Harlem while dancing under the sun.

651 ARTS, in collaboration with Hi-ARTS and Colored Girl Productions, presents an excerpt of a new Hip-Hop musical, Sweet Billy and the Zooloos with book and lyrics by Lynn Nottage and music composed by Diedre Murray.  The excerpt will be featured as part of “SummerStage Kids, Presented by Disney.” Staged by Kamilah Forbes and musically directed by Tut Amin Asante, the story and music will delight audience members of all ages. Sweet Billy and the Zooloos is a classic tale of a child banished from his home because his artistic impulses and expressions are different than his community and clash against the established rules and morals. Sweet Billy and his best friend Caprice travel the universe where they meet other misfits and new friends become family. See who they meet, what they discover and what happens when Sweet Billy and Caprice leave Zoolooland!

Disney VoluntEARS will greet attendees with fun “Magic of Healthy Living” games and giveaways.

Event website: http://www.myspace.com/IllstyleandPeace

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Cost: $FREE

Appropriate for: All Ages

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