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ALBI AY! AY!
August 24 @ 7:30 pm - 11:30 pmFree
ALBI AY! AY!
Join us on Friday 24 th of August for a night of performances followed by a party!
Doors open at 7:30pm
Performance + Artist talk by Fadi J. Khoury
9:30pm-10:30pm: Albi Ay! Ay! Multimedia installation party by Vegan Sushi For Breakfast
10:30pm- 12:30am: Dance the night away with DJ Fursa!
Combining classical ballet with folkloric belly dance, this piece is a statement with deep personal significance that both expresses and generates a sense of self. Fadi embarks on an examination of identity and sexuality, while attempting to reconcile between his traditional dance roots and contemporary dance practice. The piece is followed by a sneak peak into Fadi’s upcoming projects and an artist talk.
Fadi J. Khoury is an artistic director, choreographer and dancer. He was born in Baghdad, Iraq, surrounded by the folkloric music and dance of Arab culture. He trained in classical ballet and folkloric dance, but also in Modern, Jazz, and Ballroom. His performance reflects his unique mix of experiences and broad cross-cultural influences.
The party will kick off with Albi Ay! Ay! by Vegan Sushi For Breakfast:
“Albi Ay! Ay!” is a party! (I mean immersive participatory multimedia installation) based on the work of Maha Abdul Wahab, an Arab forgotten sex-positive singer/composer from the 60’s. The project questions our understanding of Lebanese “traditional values”, how our society has constructed a more conservative approach to sex, and how we talk about sexuality today in art and pop culture in Lebanon and the region.
We’re celebrating the Arab women singers past and present who got it and flaunt it!
Vegan Sushi For Breakfast is the party name of Janine El Khawand and Myra El Mir who are cultural organizers and artists based in Beirut, Lebanon. They have co-founded space27, a feminist artist-run space and collaborative studio. Their work falls mostly within Relational Aesthetics, existing at the intersection of art, activism and social change.
After the multimedia installation, DJ Fursa will really get our hips shaking! Fursa (AKA Bashar) is the founder, board member and resident DJ for Tarab NYC, NYC’s Queer Middle Eastern, North African and fabulous community organization! His style is a mix of dabke, shami, chobi, redh, chaabi, bandari, and other MENA beats mixed with pop, dance and global booty beats. Find them on Twitter via @makhay And feel out Fursa’s style on Soundcloud.