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Live Ideas 2021: Qudus Onikeku's performance "Re:INCARNATION" and live talk

In the frame of the festival Live Ideas 2021: Altered-Worlds/Black Utopia and the Age of Acceleration, New York Live Arts presents the work of Qudus Onikeku through an online talk and a screening of his performance Re:INCARNATION on May 15 starting at 12 pm (EST)

12 pm (EST): Panel conversation exploring the Afrobeats dance movement with a network of artists featuring Qudus Onikeku and members of the QDance Company.

The discussion will be centered on the tangible and intangible value generated by Afrobeats innovation and cultural production, and the negotiation of economic and social justice when art becomes a commercial venture.

1:30 pm (EST):  Screening of Re:INCARNATION by Qudus Onikeku and QDance Company. 

Re:INCARNATION is a 2021 dance, music, fashion and visual art creation, that showcases the depth of ancient Yoruba philosophy, mixed with the current Nigerian youth culture and its pure and uncompromising joy. It is the work of a crop of Nigerian dancers marked by the rhythm and groove of Lagos. Paying tribute to this richness, the choreography is written with a highly musical structure, with intricate and carefully designed visual aesthetics. Coming from a deep Yoruba cultural understanding, at the core of this multimodal and multi-sensorial composition is the Yoruba central concept of reincarnation (birth, death, re-birth) which offers a distinct way of thinking about time in a cyclical manner.

A conversation between Qudus Onikeku and Bill T. Jones, moderated by Onye Ozuzu will follow the screening.

More information about the conversation and the screening here. Tickets starting at $25, get your tickets here

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About Qudus Onikeku 

Qudus Onikeku is a movement artist whose work is diverse. Over the decade, he has established himself as one of the preeminent multitalented artists, working today with different media: performance, research, installation, curating, and community organizing. He is the artistic director of Nigeria's preeminent creative organization, QDance Center Lagos, which operates as a creative incubator that applies artistic competence, human resources, innovation, and creativity, as capacities for human-centered content development.

About Live ideas 2021

This year, Live ideas will be held in a hybrid format, from May 11 to 15, 2021 with virtual and live in-person programming. The 2021 edition of Live Ideas, Altered-Worlds: Black Utopia and The Age of Acceleration, will explore this second wave of Afrofuturism as an alternative to the social anomie, reactionary impulses and neo-fascism of late capitalism. The five-day festival will unfold across multiple dimensions at the intersection of arts, techno-culture, sci-fi, social sciences, philosophy and the imagination. Highlights of the festival include the world premiere of The Motherboard Suite featuring Saul Williams and six choreographers and directed by Bill T. Jones, an interactive installation by Jasmine Murrell, a symposium delving into second wave Afrofuturism, an immersive Afrofuturist Cabaret, an exploration of Afrobeats and entrepreneurship through the work of Nigerian choreographer Qudus Onikeku, and more. 

The panel is presented by the Center for Arts, Migration, and Entrepreneurship (CAME) at the University of Florida | College of the Arts. 

The conversation and screening are supported by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York.