ColemanCollective: Fruit Punch

ColemanCollective: Fruit Punch

March 26, 2021 @ 7:30 pm

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Repeats: March 27, 2021 @ 07:30 pm
BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center
Borough Of Manhattan Comminity College
199 Chambers St, New York, NY 10007
$30 / students, seniors $20
ColemanCollective: Fruit Punch @ BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center | New York | New York | United States

This event is postponed to a later date – TBD. ColemanCollective is a nonprofit, multidisciplinary art house, founded by Cain A. Coleman, Charisma Glasper and Matthew Perez, which aims to bring together artists of varying backgrounds through performance, education, and collaboration. This group features choreographers, dancers, actors, writers, designers, directors, musicians, and many other versatile artists. The artistic direction is suggested by Coleman and Perez, while the collaborators they bring on, inevitably bend that vision, to create something completely original and unexpected. The effort to work towards a mutual understanding and learn through collaboration is what fuels the collective.

“Fruit Punch” is a collaborative dance theater work created by the Co-Directors of ColemanCollective; Cain Coleman, Matthew Perez and Charisma Gasper. This trio of art makers tackle the complex global issue of harassment, bullying, and oppressive behavior. “Fruit Punch” explores the many ways that oppression, abuse and external judgment, can affect ones personal development, self-esteem, productivity.

The sound for this work is designed in collaboration with composer, Marc Cardellli, including live and recorded elements by performer, Natasha Williams. The 2012, Weinstein Company documentary, “Bully”, has also had a major influence on the soundscore, direction and movement vocabulary for “Fruit Punch”.

The collective hopes to build more partnerships with departments of education all over the world, to bring awareness of these issues in a creative and fresh way. As educators and leaders in our respective communities, the creators of “Fruit Punch” have spent plenty of time teaching in both public and private schools. The social culture of each space is relative, but what remains constant, is some variation of peer-to-peer harassment.

This evening length work is an abstract theatrical journey, blending childhood and adulthood, through demonstrating the comparable effects of bullying in schools and harassment in the workplace. In this evening length production, we explore the many ways that mental and physical trauma, can manifest in a lack of respect for others and self. Hurt people, hurt people.