Monthly Archives: April 2008

Spinning at RHWAF – DJ OJA

End the day and get your groove on to the mellow and powerful spinner of truth, DJ Oja (o-jah). His legendary mixes of Hip-Hop, Funk, Soul and rhythms of the world have kept folks rocking for years, and now we bring him to the waterfront. DJ Oja mixes for powerful social change.

Performing at RHWAF – Calpulli

Calpulli Mexican Dance Company celebrates the regional dance traditions of Mexico’s diverse cultures, interpreted through its unique artistic vision. Their gorgeous repertoire honors Mexico’s past, keeping cherished traditions vibrantly alive for Mexican immigrant communities in the United States. Calpulli performances are like Mexico itself: rich, colorful, passionate and inviting.

Performing at RHWAF – Paradizo Dance

Paradizo Dance is the result of a dynamic collaboration between the petite powerhouse Zoe Klein and her rock solid partner Dave Paris. Their breathtaking acrobatic feats are an intriguing blend of aerial lifts, salsa, afro-cuban dance and circus skills.

Performing at RHWAF – Amayo’s FU-ARKIST-RA

Amayo’s FU-ARKIST-RA afro-beat ensemble is next to capture the stage. Their combination of traditional Chinese Lion rhythms and Nigerian Afro-beat creates a vivid and magical landscape for stories, lessons, and dances. The result is a potent blend of African spiritual beats and folklore and traditional Chinese rhythms, highlife, funk, and jazz, infused with progressive insights.

Performing at RHWAF – Jollyship the Whiz-Bang

Jollyship the Whiz-Bang is Brooklyn’s nautical rock wunderkind. One part each puppet troupe, rock band and theater company, these pirates have performed in festivals the world over, showing off their music, puppetry and comedy in elaborate spectacles.

Performing at RHWAF – Akil Dasan

Kick off the day with beat box and spoken word artist Akil Dasan, a charismatic young musician who effortlessly combines intelligent lyricism and soulful singing with virtuosic musicianship. He wanders the planet with his guitar, a beat and an arsenal of stories. Akil’s freestyle and beat boxing abilities enhance his wide repertoire of musical genres.

Amayo Performs at CASA

Students had a blast last Friday at Good Shepherd Services Creative After-School Adventures Program at P.S. 27 when Amayo’s Fu-Arkist-Ra performed.Amayo worked with the young people after the performance to create original beats and movement.
Assistant facilitators from DTE and South Brooklyn Community High School kept an eye on things.Check out Amayo at the Red Hook Fest this June!

Loud Applause at BIHS International Festival

The 11th Annual BIHS International Festival surpassed every expectation with the amount of energy, emotion and passion for art onstage.

Students showcased pieces of dance, drama and music that they have spent the year preparing.

Special thanks to everyone who helped out backstage! Pictured below: Stage Managing Dream Team Ying Sha and Jenni.

The BIHS Principal Says…

“The International Festival provides an opportunity for our students to share and celebrate their native cultures with family, peers, school staff, and other friends of BIHS.  It is another way that we recognize the importance of building a strong sense of community within our BIHS home.”

-Pamela Taranto, Principal at the Brooklyn International High School

Hollywood to Bollywood

Martha and the BIHS Performing Arts Club rehearse some Bollywood dance moves for the upcoming International Festival.