July 25, 2021
Sunday Brunch Improv is a monthly improvised performance series, hosted by Philip Hamilton. In Sunday Brunch Improv, Hamilton invites a trio of dancers, a creative musician and a lighting designer to create an improvised performance. The series hosts many of the dance and music scene’s most innovative talents.
Sunday, July 25th line-up:
Brandon “Peace” Albright (Artistic Director of Illstyle & Peace Productions, Scanner Boyz, Will Smith, Boyz II Men, LL Cool J, Run DMC)
Erica Bowen (Director of World Arts East Red Hook, Rennie Harris, Assokere Cuban Dance, Viver Basil, FIFA World Cup, Sergio Mendes)
Jamel Gaines (Artistic Director of Creative Outlet, Michael Jackson, Savion Glover, Max Roach, So You Think You Can Dance, Cassandra Wilson and Rick James)
Rose Mallare (De La Guarda, Fuerza Bruta, Lady Gaga)
Corrado Verini, production design, lighting design, Momix, as well as the Guggenheim Museum
If you plan on attending this event in person, please read the “audience notes” tab below. In-person attendees will have access to this performance via Video on Demand on our website after the show.
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We are excited to welcome you back into our space. Attendees must wear masks and have their temperatures checked upon arrival. We recommend purchasing tickets ahead of time, as we are currently only accepting cash at the door. Please read our Covid Safety Protocol page for a full list of guidelines.
Brandon “Peace” Albright, (Choreographer, Artistic Director) founder of Illstyle & Peace Productions, has over 20 years of experience in the various styles of hip-hop dance. He brings energy to the stage and presents a cogent voice in theater. Intrigued by the universality of hip-hop, Brandon seeks inspiration from other dance and art forms to make his blend of dance. He was an original member of the Philadelphia-based crew Scanner Boyz and has danced for major recording artists such as Schooly D, Will Smith, Tuff Crew, Boyz II Men, LL Cool J, Run DMC and the Beach Boys.
Erica Bowen is an accomplished choreographer, dancer, actress, and business owner. As a dancer and performer she has worked with Luis Fonsi/Demi Lovato “Echame La Culpa”, NBCU at Radio City Music Hall, Maria Torres’ Pasione, Roc Nation’s “Christmas Love” video, FIFA World Cup, “Rio 2 World Premiere” with Sergio Mendes and Carlinhos Brown, Viver Brasil, J.U.I.C.E. Festival at the Ford, Rennie Harris’ “Facing Mekka” (national and international tour soloist), Lincoln Center Out Doors, Earl Mosley’s Diversity of Dance (guest artist), Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids, Diavolo II, Assokere Cuban Dance, Battle of The Strands Las Vegas, Rod Rodgers’ Dance, Hunan Arts Festival, Bella Circo and more.
Erica has also been a featured international Musa for G.R.E.S. Renascer de Jacarepagua at Rio Carnival/Brazil for 2018 and 2019.
Some of Erica’s choreographic credits include being a guest choreographer for Dancespora Ballet, Gabrielle Lansner’s, “River Deep” musical(contributing choreographer), Brooklyn Philharmonic Youth series, a 2 year residency for the Tropicana show at The Cuban, “Ritmos” at The Adrienne Theater (Philadelphia) , Law and Order: SVU, Habana en Movimiento, and “Rumba Mujer!” at the Peggy Theatre.
Most recently her choreographic work, “Rumba Caliente,” has been chosen to showcase at the 2021 Women in Dance conference celebrating Katherine Dunham.
Erica has guest lectured at Hunter College, New Victory Theatre (teaching artist),Temple University, George Mason University, LA County High School for the Arts(faculty), Boricua College (faculty), Cirque School LA, Santa Monica College and Long Island University Hospital. Erica continues to share the rich cultural contributions of the Afro-Latino and Caribbean experience through her choreography as well through classes and lectures at her world arts and yoga studio, World Arts East Red Hook.
Jamel Gaines is the Founder and Artistic Director of Creative Outlet, a highly acclaimed performing arts organization with a proven record in training the next generation of professional dancers and artists.
He has had the distinction of working with such distinguished artists as Jennifer Holiday, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Savion Glover, Malik Yoba, George Fasion, Ornette Coleman, Ossie Davis, Olatunje Babatunde, Max Roach, Cassandra Wilson and Rick James.
Jamel’s more recent choreography includes the crowd pleasing presentation streamed live across the internet during Spike Lee’s Annual Tribute Concert to Michael Jackson (August 2017) and televised choreography and dramatic performance by contestants on So You Think You Can Dance. (2010).
His work has been staged by the Actors Theater Workshop, The NYC Department of Parks, Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, the Paramount Theatre and The Martha Graham School.
In addition to CO, Mr. Gaines serves as the director of St. Paul’s Eldad Medad Danced Ministry, which seeks to find a spiritual path through movement. His work at St. Paul’s includes “He Got Up”, the commemoration of the African Holocaust and the acclaimed “Black Nativity” for which he won an Obie Award.
Rose Mallare is an acoustic and electric cellist. She has toured the states as a Radio City Rockette, and flew around the world as an aerialist performing with De La Guarda, Fuerza Bruta, Lady Gaga and more. As a cellist, she was named the first electric cellist to play at the Vatican during a papal mass under the music direction of Thomas C. Kurt. Many thanks to PH for this opportunity to perform in NYC! For more info, please visit Rose’s socials on Linktr.ee/rosemallare
Corrado Verini is a Lighting and Multimedia designer, Technical Director and Production manager for theatre & dance.
Born and raised in Rome, Italy, he has toured worldwide and collaborated with a wide diversity of artists from Momix, Moses Pendleton and Peter Sellars to Peter Brook and Daniel Ezralow. His work ranges from dance performances to massive land art projects to Operettas.He is currently the lighting and AV supervisor at the Guggenheim Museum Theatre in NYC.
Philip Hamilton is recognized as a leading contemporary composer of music for dance. His music has been hailed as “powerful” and “explosive” by the New York Times. Hamilton is the recipient of the New York Dance and Performance Award (Bessie) for his Body of Work in the field of Composition for Dance. He has composed for the world’s leading choreographers and dance companies, including the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Judith Jamison, Ballet Austin, Ron Brown, Ballet Hispanico, Rennie Harris, Robert Battle, Dancing with the Star’s Mia Michaels, Complexions and Ann Reinking, the Tony award-winning choreographer of Chicago and Fosse. “Ezekiel’s Wheel”, Hamilton’s critically acclaimed work with choreographer Danny Buraczeski is hailed as “a modern masterwork” in the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
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