DELIRIOUS Dances / Edisa Weeks
THREE RITES: Happiness

Curated by Marýa Wethers / In partnership with 651 Arts
Saturday, October 20, 2018
Happiness Fête / 8:00PM Preview Performance
Tickets $15

DELIRIOUS Dances / Edisa WeeksPhoto by Julie Lemberger

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"A gift for simple but striking visual effects" — New York Times

THREE RITES: Happiness investigates how laughter, pleasure and contentment reside in the body. You are invited to share a meal and come together for a collective celebration of dance, music, catharsis, uplift and joy.

6:30pm - Happiness Fête. Pamper your senses and spirits. Experience a Delirious Hair Design, get a massage, learn a line dance, participate in a raffle, have your portrait drawn and more. Food and drinks available.

8pm - Performance with live music by the Occidental Brothers Dance Band International

9pm - Bonfire – Bring an instrument or song to sing/share (weather permitting)

THREE RITES: Happiness is the third and final section of THREE RITES, an evening-length interdisciplinary work that features three interactive performance rituals (rites) about life, liberty and happiness. The work examines how these rights are protected and promoted in America, and how they manifest in the body. The full work will premiere in 2020.

The Occidental Brothers Dance Band International play classic Central and West African dance music—specializing in Soukous, Highlife, Rumba, Dry Guitar, and other delights from the great continent. The multi-racial band mixes their backgrounds in traditional African music, jazz, and underground rock to bring these classic sounds to life. You can listen to them here.

Edisa Weeks is a choreographer, educator, and director of DELIRIOUS Dances. She creates intimate environments that merge theater with dance. Her work has been performed throughout the US and in Germany. Weeks teaches at Queens College and has received awards from Artists International, Brooklyn Arts Council, New York Foundation for the Arts, and others.

Marýa Wethers is an independent creative producer/manager, consultant and curator, Bessie Award-winning dancer, and Director of International Initiatives at Movement Research. She has curated at Gibney, Queer NY International Arts Festival, and Out of Space @ BRIC Studio for Danspace Project.

Photo by Julie Lemberger

Edisa Weeks is a recipient of National Performance Network's 2018 Creation & Development Fund Awards for THREE RITES: Life, Liberty, and Happiness, co-commissioned by 651 Arts, Mount Tremper Arts, and Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation.