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For Nina

We exhale to remember, we perform to call in. Performing art uniquely positions a person to look for and embody freedom. Nina Simone is one of the most beautiful Freedom Seekers. Her work paved the way for Black artists and underrepresented voices to claim liberation. This piece is titled “For Nina” as a thank you letter for the work she has done and as a reflection on the lineage - old and young - of artists like Nina Simone. “For Nina” will celebrate the songs of Nina Simone through dance by Victoria Lynn Awkward, vocals by Desiré Graham, piano by Hua Ye (Jane), lighting design by Elmer Martinez, sets by Mikayla Williams and will include guest youth dancers. 


Victoria Lynn Awkward (she/her), Choreographer & Dancer

Desiré Graham (she/her), Vocalist & Music Director

Hua Ye (she/her), Pianist 



Aliza Franz (she/they), Rehearsal Director

Sasha Peterson (she/her), Dramaturg

Jolie Frazer-Madge (she/her), Stage Manager

Elmer Martinez (he/him), Lighting Designer 

Mikayla Williams (she/her), Set Designer

Theophile Victoria (he/him), Tech Support

For nina was funded thanks to

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11/30 at Hibernian Hall, $10 - $15 tickets

12/16 at Multicultural Arts Center, $35 tickets or Pay What You Can

Young Dance Artists 

Zaria Louis-Charles (Student of Urbanity Dance) 

Nora Welch


Jo-Mé Dance Arts Company II Under the Artistic Directors, May-Lisa Chandler, Joe Gonzalez: 

Aliyah German

Andrea Lopez

Leah Pires

Janiah Wimes

November 30, 2023 
Hibernian Hall 
show, 7:30PM doors open 

December 16, 2023
Multicultural Arts Center
8:00PM show,
 7:30PM doors open


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