The Color Iz – Dance, Creative Expression and Performance

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The Color Iz at The Stone Wall
Photo credits: Christopher Jones Cindy Sibilsky
Dance is a form of expression, brings people of color, gender, age, and ethnicity together. One thing, I’ve always loved about dance is that there are no boundaries, no discrimination of any kind, it’s a forum like no other. Freeing oneself to feel the beat, hear the depth of the music and move to it. 

The New York Hustle Dance community saved me many years ago when I first came to New York City. They opened their arms, and hearts to me accepting me unconditionally. So when they come to me for a favor, I jump with pleasure!

by Abdiel Jacobsen
Kristine Bendul, Broadway veteran, and Abdiel Jacobsen, former Principal Dancer with the Martha Graham Dance Company, met through an incredible course of events in the world of Hustle dance. Although they both have extensive experience in their respective individual careers as performers – over 38 years combined – their partnership began on the social dance floor. 

It was love-at-first-dance and as dedicated members of the Hustle dance community, they decided to forge a new partnership committed to the cultural preservation and artistic evolution of Hustle.

Last year they co-founded  Trān-sēnd’Dæns, a Multi-Media Production and Talent Management Group, which produced their first production: The Color Iz conceived, directed and choreographed by Kristine and Abdiel. Premiered on August 14th, 2019 The Color Iz is a commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots that gave birth to the Gay Rights Movement while celebrating diverse and inclusive artistic communities of NYC highlighting particularly The Stonewall Inn and Hustle dance.
Save Stone Wall Inn & The Color Iz
The Color Iz
Now the Stonewall Inn is under threat to close permanently due to financial constraints from COVID-19. Unknown to the mainstream, The Stonewall Inn has a second-floor space that is also a place for artists of the LGBTQ+ community of all experiences to come together in creative expression and performance. Kristine and Abdiel wish to use their artistic voices to advocate the importance of this welcoming creative space and its preservation as a national historic landmark.
Save Stone Wall Inn & The Color Iz
Photo credits, Christopher Jones, Cindy Sibilsky
Inspired to help, they decided to offer an online virtual reimagining of The Color Iz for its year anniversary to be streamed on Friday, August 14th at 9 pm EST as a fundraising event to support The Stonewall Inn.
Save Stone Wall Inn & The Color Iz
Photo credits, Christopher Jones, Cindy Sibilsky
Our team at Downtown and all of the Dance Community ask for your help. Please support, every penny counts. Grace A. Capobianco
100% of the donations will go to the Stonewall Inn Gives Back Initiative (SIGBI).
Donate to view HERE:gf.me/u/yg6m2j

 

Once you have donated you will receive a link to view the online event on Friday, August 14th at 9 pm EST.

In addition, you will be sent a separate Zoom link to join the closing online dance party right after the performance hosted by the one and only DJ Jamal Rigault.

Save Stone Wall Inn & The Color Iz
Photo credits, Christopher Jones, Cindy Sibilsky
 
Cast:
Abdiel Jacobsen
Mihoko Ninomiya
Smitty Smith
Joana Matos
 
Social media:
Kristine and Abdiel: kristine_abdiel
Kristine Bendul: IG @kbendulny | FB Kristine Bendul
Abdiel Jacobsen: IG @abdielcedric | FB Abdiel Cedric Jacobsen
Trān-sēnd’Dæns: IG @transenddaens | Trān-sēnd’Dæns
 
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Grace Capobianco, CEO/Publisher of Downtown Media & Production was born to be a visionary. She has spent the majority of her life working, developing and marketing innovative media products that not only engage and inform but also bring entire communities together. Utilizing her personal vision as a professional guide, Grace started her first company, Tropical Publishing, when she was just 27 years old and from this moment on, she knew that entrepreneurship was her passion. On a perpetual quest to bring innovative and relevant news to communities, she also created, developed and published the first ever Chamber of Commerce magazine for the Palm Beaches, The South Florida Office Guide. Evolving within the realm of publishing, she moved on to launch Up The Coast magazine in the 1980’s, a guide to Jupiter, in north Florida, where the population aggrandized from 9,000 to more than 70,000 today, and then continued to hone in on niche markets with the launch of publications like Alternative Medicine and NewBeauty. Simultaneously, she launched ATSI, a telecommunications company, which sold Mitel and Siemens products to her publishing clients. The idea of Downtown Magazine NYC was born for Grace in the wake of the devastation of 9/11. A Lower Manhattan resident at this time, Grace saw firsthand the incredible sense of community the neighborhood had demonstrated during these trying times, as well as its immense strength and perseverance. She explored every angle of launching a magazine that would speak to this community but initially felt the timing was just too soon. It wasn’t until 2010 that Grace felt the community was ready to hear its voice and launched Downtown Magazine NYC.