Marjani Fortè-Saunders being Here…/this time is a visceral, multimedia work driven by deeply physical performances and heightened by a three-dimensional audio design. Choreographer Marjani Forté-Saunders and her dancers traverse complex intersections of mental illness, addiction and systemic poverty. Students from Queensborough Community College will perform part one of this trilogy, Here, and Marjani Forté & Works will perform being Here…/this time which travels through time, space and the imagination of its creator to burrow through the real-world madness of systemic degradation.
Marjani Fortè-Saunders traveled as a performer with Urban Bush Women Dance Co. for 5 yrs. For the choreography of her own company and for her partnership with Nia Love — LOVE|FORTÉ ACOLLECTIVE, she has received grants from the Princess Grace Choreography Fellowship program, the Puffin Foundation, 651 Artists Development Initiative, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New Music USA, the Jerome Foundation, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, Yellowhouse, Foundation for Contemporary Arts and the Harkness Foundation.
“Forte-Saunders takes a brave look at the ravages of mental illness and addiction.” -Brian Seibert
Marjani Fortè-Saunders’ residency at Queensborough Community College is part of the CUNY Dance Initiative (CDI), which receives major support from The Mertz Gilmore Foundation, New York Community Trust, and the Howard Gilman Foundation. Additional support is provided by the Jerome Robbins Foundation and the Harkness Foundation for Dance. CDI is spearheaded and administered by The Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Queens College. www.cuny.edu/danceinitiative<http://www.cuny.edu/danceinitiative
General Admission: $10.00
Tickets are available at the Queensborough Performing Arts Center (QPAC) Box Office, by calling 718.631.6311 and at the door.