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, 4pm (free and open to the public)
Film screening of Style Wars (1983, run time 69 min, dir. by Tony Silver, prod. by Henry Chalfant); with a special intermission of the student performance, GLOWING CREATION: A Rammellzee-inspired Opera, at Abrons Arts Center.
Abrons Arts Center’s Playhouse Theater
466 Grand Street (at Pitt Street)
July 10-August 14, (closed workshops)
July 10, Introduction to Rammellzee, with Kool Koor.
July 17, Costume-making I, with Tau Lewis.
July 24, Costume-making II, with Tau Lewis.
July 31, Music and beat-making I with Gio Escobar.
August 7, Music and beat-making II with Gio Escobar.
August 14, Movement & Dance with Abrons Arts Center’s dance instructor, Zach Cruz.
The program between Abrons Arts Center and Red Bull Arts New York brings together young minds with today’s contemporary artists in an effort to create fresh conversations around creative expression, and provide new avenues for arts education.