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Courageous Chapel for One Night Only in March, but it's just the beginning....

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'Courageous Chapel' Performance March 16, 2106

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Doors open at 6 PM; Performance begins at 6:30 PM with Artists Reception at 8:30 PM at Arts Up Concepts Gallery in Flagler Arts Village with Curator, Neil Ramsay

Tickets: $20 before March 16; $25 @ Doors and $45 for performance and reception

Here's the story!

This power-packed program features classic and modern tracks from iconic crooners to indie rock, including interpretations of hip hop and operatic arrangements; the finale features a twenty (20) minute collage of music and riveting monologues as dancers explore the stage with the audience striving with their remarkable movements to demonstrate the boundless human spirit. Weekly classes and performing arts events of Grace Arts Center continued to grow from 2005 and in 2011 when we received our charitable status and we received a grant to produce a multi-disciplinary project adapting Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet to a modern urban version. It was designed to be performed on and off stage in various locations featuring hip hop, tango, spoken word and graffiti art. This project resulted in a new series of grants and requests for a second phase emphasizing local stories of overcoming adversity - which in Shakespeare's version - did not occur.

Gentry George, a Miami native, had an interest in developing a highly stylized urban event that was true to the original call to action by Arthur Brooke, a young poet, concerned about young people that they could avoid the mistakes of parents and elders squabbling in the streets. Shakespeare adapted the poem to the stage and our new piece will adapt that play to a contemporary art performance in 2017 with a timeless message about overcoming adversity with South Florida as a compelling back-drop and inspiration. This project, 'R&J,' re-imagines Romeo and Juliet yet again. 'Courageous Chapel' is a first step towards a grand vision of a tropical romantic adventure with a big message of hope for a new generation - with a distinctive and 'edgey' South Florida flair. Zest Collective has developed some very fresh and authentic choreography that speaks to the diversity of South Florida and features a wide variety of music that is classic, modern and all inspirational. Six (6) dancers from all ethnic origins comprise The Zest Collective and founder and creative director, Gentry George, will perform a special solo. A local popular local Dj artist, musician, and dancer - 'Felix', of the band 'Fusik' - will improvise musically to highlight an unusual duet performance 'How to Fly, Module 2' that won a prestigious first place award in a recent New York Dance festival. He'll also create an interlude layering Florida funk history over classic opera arrangements. The finale will be truly inspirational via a twenty (20) minute collage of music, imagery, and monologue as dancers explore the stage with the audience striving to show the boundless human spirit.

The musical program begins with a youthful Indie rocker Scott James' ballad 'Go on Jane' local hip hop Artist, 'Felix' musical improvisation, then a gorgeous rendition of 'Suddenly there's a Valley' by Gogi Grant, a mixed interlude with Felix overlaying traditional opera melodies with funk classics - and the finale features a twenty (20) minute collage of Elvis Presley's "Crying in the Chapel," Inez Matthews' soaring voice singing "What a Chile," and an engrossing composition 'Spring Fever' by Iranian pianist and composer, Peyman Yazdanian, punctuated by poetry and iconic speeches about abandoning fear and embracing one's destiny.

For the entire hour, the audience joins the dancers exploring the stage with award winning style and zeal!

Gentry George is a Company member with the Dance Theatre of Harlem, born in Miami, Florida in 1990. At age eight, he began his artistic studies with the Founder of The Community Book and Dance Academy, Linda Agyapong. He went on to study with Daniel Lewis before graduating from New World School of the Arts. George also trained with Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida’s Artistic Director, Vladimir Issaev. He was a scholarship student at The School at Jacob’s Pillow, The Ailey School, and The Miami Conservatory’s Thomas Armour Youth Ballet. George is a recipient of a Level 1 ARTS Award, given by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, and is featured on HBO’s “Masterclass,” also starring Jacques d’Amboise. He has graced the pages of Essence Magazine, and can be see in the feature-film “Life of an Actress.” In February 2015, George's company debuted an installation performance - 'A Matter Of Heart' with visual artist Brian Michael Reed, accompanied live by electronic performance duo Pax Humana at the Alchemical Theatre Laboratory. George has created work for The Governor's School for the Arts in Norfolk, VA and choreographed two ballets on the Peter London Global Dance Company: the most recent of which premiered in December 2015 at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County. George has presented work throughout New York City, New Jersey and Florida. In New York City, ZEST has performed at the HarlemStage Gatehouse Theater, Ulster Performing Arts Center, Whitebox Art Center, Madiba Harlem, Marcus Garvey Park and the YM & YWHA of Washington Heights and Inwood. Also a former Dance Artist for Ailey II and a Juilliard alum, George is an Associate Artist at New York Live Arts and has also danced for Lustig Dance Theatre, Collage Dance Collective and Malcolm Low’s Formal Structure.

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