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Five on The Black hand Side/ Dapline!
Speyer Hall at University Settlement
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Five on The Black hand Side/ Dapline!
"When we see youth, athletes, or even President Obama giving a fist bump or dap, we think of these gestures as mere greetings and are not aware of the origins and historical significance of this language." --- Visual Artist, LaMont Hamilton

Presented as an Artist in Residency project of The Performance Project @ University Settlement

Dive deep into the origin and practice of dapping, the intricate handshake ritual that serves as a greeting, usually between black men. Composed like a musical fugue, crescendoing into complex repetitions, this dance and visual art installation explores the inter-generational history of the dap - originally created by black GIs during the Vietnam War - as well as the ever-relevant issue of Blackness relating to masculinity, image, and existence in the United States.

Together, photographer LaMont Hamilton and André M. Zachery of Renegade Performance Group have brought together a group of performers representing the varied experiences and backgrounds of men of color in the United States,

A major focus of this project is to highlight how the respective paths of people of color intersect, whether literally or figuratively in terms of solidarity, love, and progression. Therefore this process and performance includes women dancers and a group of young adult artists coming of age within University Settlement's community. Zachery feels, "creating and cultivating a space for reciprocal relationships between Black femaleness and maleness as well as young and established artists of color is itself a revolutionary act - and one that we felt obliged to support."

Each night of performances features a rotating roster of special guest artists alongside the headlining Dapline!
Come for one night or stay for all three.

Featured Guest Artists:

July 30th

Oxana Chi & Ensemble Xinren
University Settlement's New Youth Movement Collective (NYMC
LaMont Hamilton and Jeremy Toussaint Baptise

July 31st

Candace Thompson/Nehemoyia Young
New Youth Movement Collective (NYMC)

August 1st

Laurie M. Taylor
LaMont Hamilton and Jeremy Toussaint Baptise


Speyer Hall at University Settlement (View)
184 Eldridge st.
NYC, NY 10002
United States




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