The Bronze Collective Fest Overview
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The 2nd Annual Bronze Collective Fest is a week long festival of various artistic genres expressed through local Black/African Diasporic artists/producers. Patrons can expect to experience cultural fusions and originations of style in various forms of spoken word, theater, storytelling, cinematography, etc. Come experience a some of the best of Black/African Diasporic artists/producers that Rochester has to offer!!!!
Invite a friend, a neighbor, or bring your extended family to a cultural celebration of you; Rochester style.
The Bronze Collective* is an organization seeking to encourage, facilitate, and promote collaboration of projects, marketing and financing amongst Black/African Diasporic theatrical producers, producing artists, and organizations in the Greater Rochester Area. Started in 2014, as a way for theater producers to collaborate, The Bronze Collective offers the “Fest” as an outreach tool to both reach future Black/African diasporic producers, artists, volunteers, and audiences.
*An artist collective is an initiative that is the result of a group of artists working together, usually under their own management(autonomous), towards shared aims. The aims of an artist collective can include almost anything that is relevant to the needs of the artist, this can range from purchasing bulk materials, sharing equipment, space or materials, through to following shared ideologies, aesthetic and political views or even living and working together as an extended family. Sharing of ownership, risk, benefits, and status is implied, as opposed to other, more common business structures with an explicit hierarchy of ownership such as an association or a company. Source:Wikipediahttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Artist_collective
The Bronze Collective
“A theatrical collaborative promoting Black/African Diasporic Arts”
The Bronze Collective Week’s Performances
Curtain Time: 7:30 p.m. nightly, except SUNDAY 2:00 pm matinee
Tickets price each night: $15.00 advance or $20.00 at the door
Week’s Theater Package $49.95 available at Mood Makers Books only
Monday, February 22, An original play by Grace Flores – “The Waiting Room”, tells the story of people from varying walks of life, in one place. With continuous reminders of good and evil, it’s apparent, most don’t change. The theme is ,”What if God were one of us”, subtitle ” Where the first will be last and the last shall be …” . We will follow with questions and answers… and music by North East Flow, featuring singer Jamall Youngblood.
Tuesday, February 23, “For Such A Time As This” Melany Silas, MJS Productions - and “Black Coffee; the Poets’ café” Reenah Golden
“For Such A Time As This” Melany Silas- poems from the original choreopoem. Its riveting discourse captures the emotions of a people as they are challenged to not only challenge themselves but to challenge and change the status quo of our nation. It touches on the heart and inspires the soul to seek change and be the change that we want and need.
“Black Coffee; the Poets’ café” Reenah Golden- It is February 4, 1999. The place is Harlem, Black Coffee; the Poets Café a place for Black poets to convene, discuss issues and read poetry. Fans of poetry and music will enjoy the blending of words and sounds to create a cultural playground. There we will transcend time to see how history resets and repeats throughout its movements. Reenah L. Golden, Melany Silas and their engaging characters will take us back to a special time and place where people liked their poetry like their coffee – BLACK!
Wednesday, February 24, “Monologues on Clarissa Street” Karen Culley, celebrates the Third Ward of Rochester, New York circa 1930-40 as it shares some of the experiences of the Great Migration. The monologues and multimedia captures the resilience of a community determined to thrive despite the disappointments in the atmosphere and opportunities in northern cities.
Thursday, February 25, “We Rise” Robert Ricks – From the Motherland to Modern day America, through dance, song and Monologue our inner city youth tell the African American story of how out of the Huts of History’s Shame “We Rise”. Mr. Ricks has worked with inner city youth for the past 20 years. He founded the artistic development program know as M.I.B. where he cultivates and nurtures their talent while offering life skills and mentorship. The young people who will be performing, some have worked with Mr. Ricks over the last 3 years. Others are fairly new, however, all possess the talent and skill to drive this most prevalent message home.
Friday, February 26, “AKWAABA”,TheHeritage Associates presents a play chronicles the life and struggles of civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer. In the 1960’s Hamer’s efforts were key in getting voting rights.
Saturday, February 27, The Imani Theatre Ensemble presents, “25 Years of a Theatrical Journey”. A journey that will take you on a rollercoaster ride of emotions! The drama is real, the storylines are engaging! Michael Atkins Yawn as a playwright/director is skillfully gifted to breathe life into a truthful stageplay!!!
Sunday, February 28, from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Afternoon Soiree with “Rochester’s African American Film Makers” showcasing original films by two of Rochester’s premier film makers, David Taylor and Shabaka Mu Ausar.