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Urban Movement Arts brings back Workinonit, May 14

Tickets are on sale now for Workinonit, part of UMA SHOWS UP, May 13-15, three nights of dance performances in the Fringe Arts theater that celebrate the exceptional talent of Urban Movement Arts staff and community. Weekend passes to all three shows are available, as well as discounts for tickets purchased before April 15th.

WORKINONIT is one night only: Saturday May 14 2022 at 7 pm, hosted by Lily Kind and featuring Maddie Hopfield & the Casual Fifth Taiko Ensemble, Mallory Fabian (of Fabe Dance and Rosanna Gamson Worldwide in Los Angeles), Nickolai McKenzie ben Rama (dancer with Jumatao Poe and formerly Kun-Yang Lin) novelist Candice Iloh, and recital performances of vogue, house, capoeira, hip hop, and more from the students of Rylee Prodigy, Tyger B, Ricky “Glytch” Evans, Ron Wood, and Ragtag Empire.

Started in 2018, Workinonit is a performance series that draws from the Urban Movement Arts extended universe to curate unexpected line ups of experts and amateurs challenging themselves and audiences. Workinonit centers BIPOC and LGBQT+ artists expanding the contemporary boundaries of folkloric and diasporic dance traditions. It is the brainchild of UMA’s director Vince Johnson and local producer-choreographer Lily Kind. Since UMA first opened its doors to the public in 2017, Johnson was eager to put together performance opportunities to connect the broad range of dancers that train, teach, and practice at UMA. In a 2018 thinkingDance interview, Johnsons explains that in addition to offering classes, UMA also serves as “… a rec center for practicing hip hop dancers. There are a lot of b-boys and hip hop choreographers here frequently to just throw down… We’re trying to have some arm and investment in the artistic community in Philadelphia, and creating a bridge that doesn’t always exist between people who are working in different ways.”

Johnson invited Lily Kind to help launch UMA’s Artist in Residence programming in 2018. Kind came to Philly from Baltimore in 2015, where she was known for her scrappy, DIY, multi-disciplinary productions, predominantly as the leader of Effervescent Collective. UMA’s first residency application cycle process brought to the surface a bounty of under-represented artists; therefore Kind and Johnson devised Workinonit, initially as a works-in-progress meets recital-for-grownups held after hours in the UMA studios. Workinonit has since elevated its production value while staying loyal to this initial impulse: UMA students perform materials from class on the same bill as professional and emerging choreographers exploring new ideas. UMA hosted a few online events during the peak of the pandemic, and published an impressive library of YouTube tutorials. But the upcoming Workinonit will be a long awaited return to a full blown in person UMA production. Kind will serve as master of ceremonies, helping to weave the variety of work together.

Previous Workinonit performances have presented new short works by Camille Halsey, Sophian Mahalia, Jenna Horton, Major Curl, Amalia Colon Nava, Jip the Ruler and others. Workinonit is part of UMA’s Artists in Residence programming, designed to provide new audiences for risk taking artists and under-represented genres in Philly’s dance and theater scene. Previous artists in residence include Sanchel Brown, Angel Edwards, Lauren Auyeung, Majestique, Pilar Yvonne, Lillian Ransijn, Maddie Hopfeild, Kayla Bobalek, Queenz Collective (Sanchel Brown & Caitlin Green), and Haylee Warner. Additionally, UMA has presented premieres and works in progress by The Hood Lockers, Mark “B-Boy Metal” Wong and Johnson’s own music and dance ensemble Philly Kerplop.

Workinonit is part of UMA SHOWS UP, three nights of shows in the Fringe Arts theater including a world premiere from Great on Skates and new work from Snack Break Movement Arts. UMA SHOWS UP showcases the exceptional talent of Urban Movement Arts staff and community. Weekend passes to all three shows are available, as well as discounts for tickets purchased before April 15th. Tickets are also available to purchase in combination with a donation to I Am The Move, MoveMaker Phillys fundraising campaign for its outreach program offering dance and wellness classes to underserved youth.

Saturday May 14, 2022
7 pm
Fringe Arts | 140 N Christopher Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19106

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