Sable Welcomes Brother(Hood) Dance!

We're excited to kick off our first Friday Food & Art Series gathering with special guest artists Brother(Hood) Dance! 

An interdisciplinary duo from Brooklyn, Brother(Hood) Dance! will be developing their most recent work Afro/Solo/Man in residence this week at Sable, leading workshops to our resident artists, and presenting the latest iteration on Friday July 8th for our first Food & Art Series community gathering!

JOIN US ON FRIDAY JULY 8th, 4pm at the Sable Land for Pizza and a live performance!

Brother(Hood) Dance! Photo by: Jamie Dzandu

Brother(Hood) Dance! Photo by: Jamie Dzandu

Afro/Solo/Man (work-in-process) is a multi-disciplinary mediation exploring the identities of individual Black men relating to provocative themes like origins, nourishment, heritage, nature, sexuality and technology in the 21st century.  It is a bio-mythography that uses multi-media, dance and storytelling to engage the audience in the personal journeys of two men who questions and investigates the memory, life, death and connection to their ancestors.  

Choreographed & Directed by Orlando Z Hunter, Jr & Ricarrdo Valentine
MusicBurning Spears, Fountain Hues, Uncle Bill Ray, Laura Mvula, Death, Sizzla, Moses Sumney
Costumes: Brother(hood) Dance!


Brother(Hood) Dance! is an interdisciplinary duo that seeks to inform its audiences on the socio-political and environmental injustices from a global perspective, bringing clarity to the same-gender-loving African-American experience in the 21st century.  Brother(hood) Dance! was formed in April 2014 as a duo that research, create and perform dances of freedom by Orlando Zane Hunter, Jr. and Ricarrdo Valentine.  We have performed our works at FiveMyles, Center for Performance Research, B.A.A.D! (Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance), VCU-The Grace Street Theater, DraftWork at St. Marks Church, JACK, Movement Research at Judson Church, Colby College, and other venues. Brother(hood) Dance! is the 2015/2016 Dancing While Black Fellows.

Orlando Zane Hunter, Jr is a choreographer who researches, illustrates and creates from an African-American male perspective. In his work he tackles issues resulting from a capitalististic imperialist patriarchal white supremacist system. Hunter grew up dancing hip-hop and graduated with a BFA in Dance from Univ. of Minnesota, where he performed works by Donald Byrd, Bill T. Jones, Carl Flink, Louis Falco, Colleen Thomas, Uri Sands, Stephen Petronio and Nora Chipaumire. His solo “Mutiny” was selected to represent the University of Minnesota at the 2011 ACDFA gala in Madison, Wisconsin. Orlando studied LGBT activism and history in Amsterdam and Berlin. He has performed with Christal Brown/INspirit Dance Company, Contempo Physical Dance, Forces of Nature, Makeda Thomas, Threads Dance Project, TU Dance and Ananya Dance Theater, an all women’s company where he was the first male member and toured with them to Trinidad & Tobago and Zimbabwe. Hunter is a co-founder of the collective Brother(hood) Dance!

Photo by: Tania Giovo

Photo by: Tania Giovo

Ricarrdo Valentine uses dance and technology as a vehicle for activism. Ricarrdo’s education includes Urban Bush Women: Summer Leadership Institute, Bates Dance Festival and Earl Mosely Institute of the  Arts. He has presented his choreography at Bates Dance Festival, Brooklyn Museum, El Museo de Barrio  and LaGuardia Community College. Ricarrdo continues to collaborate and work with Christal  Brown/INspirit, Edisa Weeks/Delirious Dance, Paloma McGregor, Dante Brown/Warehouse Dance, Malcolm Low/Formal Structure, Jill Sigman/Thinkdance, Ni'Ja Whitson-Adebanjo/NWA project, Andre Zachary/RPG  and Emily Berry/B3W.  Ricarrdo Valentine is a 2015 mentee in the DanceUSA Institute Leadership Training program with Jaamil Omawale Kosoko as his mentor.

You can follow Brother(Hood) Dance! on Facebook and Instagram 
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