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A SOULFUL CELEBRATION OF THE GREATEST GIFT ON EARTH

Starring Robert Curry of R&B Group Day26

Creative Direction/Choreography by Jason Herbert (FELA on Broadway, Forces of Nature Dance, and Harlem School of the Arts

Get ready for a Christmas filled with music and poetry. Brimming with gospel and African dance, Langston Hughes' groundbreaking play "Black Nativity" is on stage this holiday season at Dempsey Theatre in New York. It’s a celebration of the Christmas story with gospel, blues, spiritual, and Christmas music, paired with the poetry of Langston Hughes. The play tells the story of Mary and Joseph's journey through song and dance, culminating in a rousing finale surrounding the birth of Christ. The importance of the play is that, though an expression of belief via the African-American perspective, the show appeals to all walks of life. Children and adults of all races and backgrounds will be enthralled by this high-energy, theatrical wonderment.

Families will be reminded of the true meaning of faith, love, and hope with—roof-raising, awe-inspiring singing. Traditional holiday favorites like “Come All Ye Faithful,” “This Christmas,” and “Joy to the World” are joined by gospel tunes like “Take Me to the King” and folk spirituals like “Go Tell It on the Mountain” – all in rousing, soul-stirring versions that consistently move audiences from all walks of life.

Black Nativity has been performed annually for many years in New York City and abroad. New York Black Arts has brought it outside the city this year as an opportunity to build bridges across our communities during the season of brotherhood and peace with hope the audiences for A Black Nativity come from all ethnicities, ages and backgrounds to celebrate the holidays.  We like to think of our production as a gift to greater New York, a way we can all come together!

Suitable for all ages.

Oberia Dempsey Theater, 127 West 127th Street, NYC 10027

Thursday December 20, 2018 at 10:30AM & 12:00PM

RESERVATION LINE: 1-646-351-7844

 

STARRING

Robert Curry (Black Nativity) is an American male R&B music group formed in August 2007 by Sean "Diddy" Combs in a handpicked selection at the end of MTV's Making the Band 4. The group consists of Robert Curry, Brian Angel, Willie taylor, Quanell Mosley and Michael McCluney. The moniker is a tribute to the day when Angel, McCluney, Mosely, Curry, and Taylor went from unknowns to stars. The group released their first album, Day26, on March 25, 2008, one week after their then label mates and Making the Band 3 winners Danity Kane released Welcome to the Dollhouse. The album's first single, "Got Me Going", was released on the finale of Making the Band 4. The album went on to debut at number one on the billboard charts. Subsequent seasons of Making the Band 4 featured the group on tour and making their second album Forever in a Day which also topped the Billboard charts.

 

Jason Herbert

(Creative Director/ Choreographer)

Jason began dancing at The Harlem School of the Arts and the Martha Graham school in New York City. His primary training includes scholarships to The Alvin Ailey School and The Boston Conservatory. Among others he performed works by Martha Graham, Murray Louis, and Kevin Lega Jeff. Jason was also an esteemed member of the internationally renowned company Philadanco!  Jason began to decorate his career goals with extensive television, film and theatrical credits including

work with directors Diana Paulus ‘Invisible Thread’ Off-Broadway and Tony Award winning Bill T. Jones ‘FELA!’ Jason is currently the Contemporary Rehearsal Director for the acclaimed company of ‘Forces of Nature’ Dance Theater and has consistently choreographed Black Nativity.

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