...a movement. Journey. A dance film inspired by the music of Charlie Parker, created by Hope Boykin - 92Y, New York

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...a movement. Journey.

A dance film inspired by the music of Charlie Parker, created by Hope Boykin
Hope Boykin

Join us for a world premiere dance film featuring a series of short dances inspired by the life and music of Charlie Parker, choreographed by Hope Boykin (formerly of the Ailey Company and Philadanco) and featuring performers LaMar Baylor, Patrick Coker, Daniel Harder, and Jessica Pinkett.

The premiere will be followed by a live panel discussion and Q&A session with Hope and the artists.

“Living through a time such as this, when our eyes are open to the world’s need for healing, artists continue to refocus their thoughts toward the creatives of the past; those who have paved the way and created lanes, inspiring us to build on their legacies and dreams. With segments discussing my creative process, I will speak about building original text and spoken word; living and working on today’s digital stage; and using the life and sounds of Charlie Parker as a foundation for a new work – I will take you on a new journey from my perspective with the music of great Charlie Parker. Through this new-ness, creating in a time none could foresee, I’m striving to find new ways, carving new lanes for our future generations. Audiences will see short vignettes choreographed and created for dancers who have been isolated during the world’s intermission, struggling to find a way out, and searching for their stage. Standing alone or woven together, the works created will show the struggle and celebrate the survival of life. Charlie Parker left us a soundtrack of the world in which he lived, and I will use the story the music tells, through his body of work, to create and celebrate all he left us. I wonder if he knew what his genius could provide to the future he wouldn’t get to see.”

Hope Boykin

This event is underwritten by Jody and John Arnhold.

92Y needs your help. We are facing tremendous financial losses due to COVID-19. Your ticket purchase helps sustain our beloved institution and supports the creation of new, online programming that will bring comfort and inspiration to our community. Please consider donating today at 92Y.org/HelpNow. Thank you.

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Hope Boykin

Hope Boykin—educator, creator, mover, and motivator, was born and raised in Durham, North Carolina …

LaMar Baylor

LaMar Baylor began his dance training at Camden’s All-City Performing Arts Program, under the direction of Angela Wright-Yelverton …

Patrick Coker

Patrick Coker grew up in a military family stationed in many places across the country, but spent the most of his childhood in Chester, Virginia …

Daniel Harder

Daniel S. Harder began dancing at Suitland High School’s Center for the Visual and Performing Arts in Maryland …

Jessica Amber Pinkett

Jessica Amber Pinkett of Baltimore, Maryland, began her dance training at Baltimore Dance Tech under the direction of Stephanie Powell …

Please note that all 92Y regularly scheduled in-person programs are suspended.