KWANZAA

Head to the legendary Apollo Theater on December 27 for "Kwanzaa Celebration: Revolution Night."

A favorite with New York audiences, the Apollo’s annual Kwanzaa Celebration returns with the renowned and energetic New York-based dance company, Abdel Salaam’s Forces of Nature Dance Theatre. It is an evening of joyful dance and music, hosted by WBLS personality Imhotep Gary Byrd, that honors the principles of Kwanzaa – family, community and culture. “A fun and affordable Apollo tradition for the entire family,” exclaims Examiner.com.

Sunday, December 27 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $20; Premium $35. Apollo Advantage, $14. In person at the Apollo Theater Box Office. By phone call Ticketmaster (800) 745-3000. Online at Ticketmaster.com. For Groups Call (212) 531-5355

The Apollo Theater Foundation, Inc., a not-for-profit organization established in 1991, is dedicated to the preservation and development of the legendary Apollo Theater through the Apollo Experience of world-class live performances and education programs that honor the influence and advance the contributions of African-American artists; and advance emerging creative voices across cultural and artistic media.

The Apollo Theater Foundation, Inc.’s vision is to expand the reach of the Apollo Experience to a worldwide audience.

Building on, but extending its legacy, the new programming vision allows the Apollo to invest in the creativity and artistic vision of artists and curators to enhance their programming and extend our reach to a broader audience.

Music is at the core of all their work and drives dance, theater and performance art events that are large and small-scale. They present forward-looking, contemporary work, while building on their legacy and history. They develop unique Apollo projects that give them a competitive niche and provide leadership in the broader arts arena.

The Apollo is a presenting organization that also produces festivals, large-scale dance and music work and, in the near future, present and co-produce theater. Their vision is a global one that considers touring and our digital media presence. Their work is organized around a set of core initiatives:  Apollo Music (African American and culturally diverse artists); Signature programs (Amateur Night, Salon Series and the Apollo Music Café); Legacy Series (work that celebrates and extends their legacy in a more contemporary way); Global Festival (international and U.S. based artists presentations focused under a specific theme); Special Projects (multidisciplinary work with partner organizations); Holidays at the Apollo.

Supporting culturally diverse artists based in the United States and internationally is a priority in the Apollo’s overall programming.  They, in particular, involve artists who represent the rich diversity of New York City, especially the Harlem and upper Manhattan community.  This includes contemporary voices from Puerto Rico, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Senegal, Cote d’Ivoire and other countries. This focus  informs a larger commitment to building an institution that has a deeper and long-term connection with culturally diverse communities.

Their education and community programs work in tandem with our performance events, deepening the experience and relationship with an important segment of your constituency.  The Apollo serves as a resource by building knowledge, providing career development opportunities and addressing issues that are of concern to community residents.  Partnerships with other arts, cultural and educational institutions, as well as for profit entities, are a key strategy in the development and presentation of performing arts projects.

The Apollo’s presentations, in most cases, are intentionally designed to encourage and engage and, at times, provide participatory experiences for their audience. This Apollo “experience” is designed for a local, city and worldwide audience.  The Apollo’s audience is one of the most diverse (racial, education, economic, age) in the United States – a direct result of our diverse programming.

 

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