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Fellowship Flow Fest
Speyer Hall at University Settlement
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Fellowship Flow Fest
This year, The Performance Project at University Settlement piloted a year-long fellowship program for 8 emerging artists embedded within our community.

We are proud to present a festival of new works in progress by:

Cesar Cordova, Sophia Heinecke, Aliyah  Hakim, The NUU Knynez and Tatyanna Santana

Experience how these unique young artists use their fresh perspectives to tackle the intersections between identity and social justice using personal narrative, video, movement and music. These are the voices that need to be heard, now more than ever.


Thursday, September 28th

An evening of performance, music and visual art curated by Sophia Heineke & Aliyah Hikam

Body Fluids
Created & performed by Sophia Heinecke
7pm, 7:30pm and 8pm

Created & performed by Aliyah Hakim

Special Guest Artist Concert and Mingling        


Friday, September 29th

An evening of performances and a celebration of The Performance Projects 10th Anniversary

Reception begins at 6:30pm

Written and performed by Tatyanna Santana

So are you happy?
Created by Cesar Cordova

The Origin Story
Created and performed by The Nuu Kynez

Afterparty with DJ


Saturday, September 30th

Created & performed by Aliyah Hakim

Body Fluids
Created & performed by Sophia Heinecke
4pm, 5:15pm & 6pm

So are you happy?
Created by Cesar Cordova

Written and performed by Tatyanna Santana

The Origin Story
Created and performed by The NUU Kynez

ROUNDZ OF FLAMES Battle Finale  


Read about our fellows and their performance projects:

Cesar Cordova is a performer, choreographer and video artist. He was born in Texas, spent his early years in Honduras, and moved to the Lower East Side when he was 7. As kid Cesar sang in the NYCHA Youth Choir and played a lot of Basketball; towards the end of high school he discovered dance. As a member of New Youth Movement Collective (NYMC), led by Marguerite Hemmings and Zoje Azeke, Cesar began to create his own performances and dance video projects. He has collaborated and performed with Median Movement Dance Company and has been a featured performer and curator of The Performance Projects Share Series since 2013.  Currently, Cesar teaches dance to middle school and high students at East Side Community School, where he founded a teen dance company, The Nameless Crew.  This past summer Cesar participated in The Gibney Summer Intensive. You can find Cesars numerous dance videos on YouTube and Facebook.    
"So are you happy?" Is a dance, film and spoken word piece created by Cesar Cordova exploring addiction and the tensions between family obligations and one's own agenda.


Sophia Valera Heinecke is a citizen artist. Since 2015, she has received grants and awards, for her work including a grant from the Kevin Spacey Foundation,  the John Golden Award for Playwriting, and the Isaac Kwock Award for Social Justice. She is currently a young artist fellow at the Performance Project in New York City. Sophias work has been shown at the Bowery Poetry Club, Dixon Place, The Performing Garage, and The Pratt Manhattan Gallery. For more information, please visit https://www.sophiavaleraheinecke.com.

Body Fluids is a tactile exploration of the living feminine body in a dying world. Blending traditional solo performance methods with use of "dated" technologies, Sophia Valera Heinecke examines the life cycle of both the natural and unnatural parts of being human. From birth to death, we continue to recede, develop, encounter and overcome things inside of ourselves that affect how we move in the world. Body Fluids is an invitation to explore the blood, sweat, and tears that make it all possible.    


Aliyah Hakim is a performer originally from Westchester now based in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. During the "What will you be when you grow up?" class exercise, Aliyah's fourth grade crush told her that she should write "performer" because she made him laugh and that's what he thought she was. Over the course of her 23 years, Aliyah has grown into an artist that impacts culture and politics with her voice, spirit and love.

[Between] began as a curiosity around what it might look like to investigate the story of living at the intersection of blackness and middle-class. It has evolved into a theatrical through-line of black identity, class complexity and generationality.

Tatyanna Santana is a multi-talented actor that was born in Brooklyn and raised in the Lower East Side. From stage managing to house managing, and a bit of everything else in between, Tatyanna loves her life in theatre. She was a member of Roots & Branches Theater Company for three years. In 2016 she   in Tele-Violet Theater Companys Tragedy in Spades, and collaborated with Eric F. Avery on his interactive performance The Life and Death of Eric F. Avery in NYC and in Minneapolis. She has also been developing videos with Footage Foundation/ Girl talk Girl.  

"Oyé! is a monologue piece straight from the soul of a young Lower East Sider. Contemplating on what to do next in this new world, Tia reminisces about the old days and how everything seemed better. With gentrification entering her neighborhood, Tia explains how everyone is adapting to change and the pros and cons that come along with it.


The NUU Knynez are a New York-based dance trio that formed in 2012. Tyrell "TjRocka" Jamez, Brian "HallowDreamz" Henry and David "TwiceLight" Adelaja came together to create freedom through physical movement. Together these three have experience in hip-hop, Krump, contemporary, modern, ballet and freestyle. Their many accomplishments bridge the commercial and fine art worlds. They have been 1st place winners at Apollo, curators and performers for the Puma and Jahnkoy collaboration for fashion week, and have appeared in music videos with artists such as Madonna, Wyclef Jean, Mikky Ekko, Mr. Vegas, Fatman Scoop, Sean Paul and ASAP Ferg. The NUU Knynez made their first contemporary dance debut at The Performance Project in André Zachery and Lamont Hamiltons Dapline", which was named one of the"best dances of 2015" in The New York Times. Most recently, in the Spring 2017, they performed at BAM for over 2,000 New York City High School students in Baba Israels Word Sound Power . Ever evolving and digging deep into their roots, The NUU Knynez have an energy, commitment and chemistry that is visible and felt.

The Origin Story welcomes you back to the birth of the NUU world. Be awed by the guttural movements and epic theatrically of 3 street dance kings. Discover how astrological wisdom divined this Aries, Leo and Sagittarius to create an unbreakable ring of fire.


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



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Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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