2017-11-01 / Features

Artist Commissioning Program Announces Four Awardees!

The selected artists include playwright Judith Sloan, composer Landon Knoblock, composer Neil Padukone, and choreographer XiaoChuan Xie. Each artist will receive $10,000 towards the creation and the production of their performing art project. Projects were selected for their capacity to tell untold stories and fill gaps in American culture.

Sloan’s play, “It Can Happen Here” references the Sinclair Lewis novel, “It Can.t Happen Here,” and will document the stories of people threatened by changing demographics such as Hurricane Sandy survivors, DACA recipients, and Iraqi refugees living in the city.

Knoblock’s project will give “A Voice to the Voiceless” by creating a collection of musical compositions inspired by and developed with homeless children in New York City public schools.

Padukone’s “Salsa Masala: A Jackson Heights Block Party” will employ an intersectional approach to music by fusing the musical idioms of Latin America, the Indian subcontinent, and Black music of the U.S. to create “that special mix” – the Spanish and Hindi translations of the work’s title.

Xie’s SHED will be a multidisciplinary installation performance and interactive audience experience that uses dance, sculpture, costumes, and light to reveal hidden textures and colors, creating dialogue on the collective migrant experience.

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