West Orange Arts Council

West Orange Arts Council - 551 Valley Road, West Orange, NJ

West Orange Arts Council - 551 Valley Road, West Orange, NJ

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Edison High School Dance Ensemble Responds to the Artwork and Poetry of WOAC’s Black Lives Matter Exhibit

Inspired by the artwork and poetry in “Black Lives Matter: For Justice, For Equality, For Liberty!” the Edison High School Dance Ensemble presents their interpretation of the poem “I Can’t Dance If I Can’t Breathe” by Frank Niccoletti.  LINK TO PERFORMANCE

Choreographed by WOAC member Vicki Jenkins with an original score by Jay T. it is an intertwining of dance and visual arts that challenges the viewer to question and think differently.

“I’m deeply honored for your inclusion of my name in your visionary multi-media adventure,” said WOAC member and poet Frank Niccoletti. “I’m delighted to contribute to this powerful and significant undertaking.”

“The students jumped at the chance and were equally as excited!” states WOAC member Vicki Jenkins, professional dancer and Edison High School dance instructor. “It’s been a tough year for kids so all we can do to foster their creativity is a blessing.”

“This thoughtful choreography in homage of BLM exhibit is great,” said Maria Estrela, co-curator of Black Lives Matter exhibit at West Orange Arts Center.  “It makes me happy to know this exhibit has inspired others to create and working together for a better future.”

Gallery attendees will be able to view the piece on a large screen during the Juneteenth reception at the West Orange Arts Center and going forward online at www.woarts.org said WOAC Chair Patricia Mitrano. “Thank you to the students and to Vicki Jenkins for your work on this project.”

“Black Lives Matter: For Justice, For Equality, For Liberty!”    June 5 – July 31, 2021
Saturdays 4-6pm & Sundays 1-3pm
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