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Experience Black Joy

Updated: Nov 2, 2021


Black Joy in the Hour of Chaos

Fri  |  Jun 17  |  7 P.M.  |  $10

Join Harlem Stage and Jooksi as they use music as a springboard for dynamic dialogue through a participant driven listening session exploring the singular and intersecting themes of blackness, joy and chaos. Listening Session participants include KimberlyNichole, Dr. Aja Burrell Wood, DJ OP! (I Love Vinyl), Ayoinmotion and Piper Anderson. Music spun by DJ Raydar Ellis and moderated by Dr. Fredara Mareva Hadley.

Drifting in Daylight: Art in Central Park, 2015. Photography by Tara Rice, Courtesy Creative Time.

Black Joy in the Hour of Chaos OUTDOOR EVENT

Sat  |  Jun 18  |  12-5 P.M.  |  FREE

Presented in Partnership with Harlem Stage, Harlem Arts Alliance and the NYS State Office of General Services

On the plaza of the Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. State Office Building 163 West 125th Street, NY, NY 10027

Black Joy in the Hour of Chaos is a cycle of musical, dance and spoken word poetry performances that evoke “black joy.” Marc Bamuthi Joseph has composed a vibrant and participatory performance that activates and engages community, congregating regularly under a parachute-turned-revival-tent for moments of intimate performance and celebration.

Black Joy in the Hour of Chaos activations are complemented by live performances by Javier Madrid Ninja of the Legendary House of Ninja, afrobeat/house/hip hop band Ayoinmotion, neo soul/jazz/fusion band Freelance, poets from Urban Word NYC, blues/funk/soul band Keith “The Captain” Gamble and Brooklyn United Marching Band with music spun by DJ Raydar Ellis including a special Prince DJ tribute!

The Studio Museum in Harlem will also provide Black Joy attendees with free admission to the museum from 2-5pm offering a mix of tours, vogue tutorials and art-making workshops.

Photo courtesy of the Artist


Black Joy in the Hour of Chaos AFTERPARTY

Sat  |  June 18  |  8 P.M.  |  $20* *$15 if Listening Session Ticket Stub is brought to Box Office  

Join us for an evening of dance with DJ Stormin’ Norman of Sundae Sermon and pop-up performances by Black Joy performers at the afterparty for Marc Bamuthi Joseph’s Black Joy in the Hour of Chaos. Dancing shoes and joy are a must!

Food and beverages will also be available for sale.

Photo by Marc Millman


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