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Friday Nights at NOMA: Opening of Bodies of Knowledge | Black Magic Dance Performance | Music by Amigos de Samba

  • 1 Collins Diboll Circle, City Park, City Park, New Orleans, 70124 | P: 5046584100
  • 1 Collins Diboll Circle, City Park, City Park, New Orleans, 70124
    P: 5046584100
  • 1 Collins Diboll Circle, City Park, City Park
    New Orleans, 70124
    P: 5046584100

Friday Nights at NOMA features an exciting lineup of programs in 2019: live music, movies, children’s activities, and more. Regular admission prices apply—NOMA members are FREE—but there is no extra charge for programs or films. All galleries, the Museum Shop, and Café NOMA remain open till 9 pm. Be among the first to explore NOMA’s major summer exhibition, Bodies of Knowledge.

Bodies of Knowledge brings together eleven international contemporary artists to reflect on the role that language plays in archiving and asserting our cultural identities. Working with materials that range from books and silent film to ink, ashes and musical scores, ten artists propose language as a living and ever-evolving document that can counter more staid and static ways of representing our collective pasts.

For Bodies of Knowledge, artistic director Edward Spots and choreographer Donna Crumb will develop a new site-specific dance performance at NOMA, titled Black Magic, that unfolds in five distinct dance movements: Black Suffering, Black Anger, Black Beauty, Black Love, and Black Joy. This work will explore varying aspects of black cultural identity through dance and the body. Investigating a range of topics from suffering, to beauty, to joy, this original work will depict joy as a form of resistance to dominant depictions of the black experience, and consider what is often forgotten and omitted from prevalent representations of black life. This work will be performed by Spots, Crump, and twelve youth dancers from Dancing Grounds, a New Orleans-based nonprofit organization that builds community through dance with programs that work at the intersection of arts, education, and social justice.

The Amigos specialize in samba traditionally played around a table with a variety of Brazilian percussion and string instruments. Their mission is to bring the “Roda de Samba,” well-known in Brazil, to New Orleans. The group is formed by a mix of Brazilian and US natives, including Ezra Spira-Cohen, Felipe Leite, Leo Oliveira, Nicolas Bell, Scott Myers, and Tedo Oliveira.

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New Orleans Museum of Art

Enjoy 5,000 years of art in one day at the New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans' oldest fine arts institution, home to more than 40,000 works and the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden.