The Project : an Update
We are 7NMS a collaborative of artists in music, dance, photography and film. We stake claim in a lineage of Black radical performance, innovative critical thinking, building culturally rooted vibrant communities. Spear-headed by choreographer Marjani Forte-Saunders and composer Everett Saunders, 7NMS is an internationally touring ensemble whose latest work (Memoirs of a …Unicorn) is a two-time recipient of the prestigious NY Dance & Performance /Bessie Award. 7NMS was recently featured in Dance Magazine (Sept. 2020) and are currently guest artists at Lehman College and the Peabody Institute at John Hopkins University.
We envision 7NMS as a tree, with 3 solid branches that feed the gearth of our work in Black radical performance, and liberation praxis. In fundraising for the tree of 7NMS we are fueling these 3 branches:
The Art (PROPHET)
The Studios (Asis Studios & Saturn)
& The Platform (Art & Power)
Our fundraising goals are to raise $150,000 over the next 3 years towards these 3 branches.
Make a tax deductible donation here: http://igfn.us/form/kllvIA
Marjani & Everett
A Note about The Collaboration of Marjani & Everett Saunders
The work centers composer Everett Saunders narratives, references, and sonic impulses as an Emcee and Sound designer to examine and exalt the lives of Hip Hop architects and Emcees. Everett is one of his names, yet as “Mental” he is also an Emcee. Marjani is serving as a choreographer and director in the project. This is an ongoing collaboration, that marks our eighth collaboration, with Everett serving as Composer and Sound Designer on all of Marjani’s choreographic works, dating back to Marjani’s first mainstage presentation of EGO, as part of Dance Theatre Workshop’s Fresh Tracks Performance Series and Artist Residency.
For Marjani’s trilogy of works examining the intersections mental illness, addiction, and systemic oppression, Everett received a New Music USA Grant to develop a 3-Dimensional aural experience for audiences during the performance. He continued this journey for a Sound Installation paired with video, at MoCADA Museum during Marjani’s Curatorial Residency and Exhibit “being Here… In Memory”. Our last work Memoirs of a… Unicorn received two NY Dance and Performance/Bessie Awards for Outstanding Production and Outstanding Visual Design. Inspired by the contemporary presence of friends and mentors, Okwui Okpokwasili and Peter Born, 7 Names is our public emergence as a collaborative team, with both artists working at the visioning helm of this project.
Bailey’s Café (www.baileyscafe.org), a Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn based non-profit is honored to serve as the fiscal sponsor for PROPHET and 7MNS. All donations to Bailey’s Café (501c3) are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.
NEW DATE FOR STUDIO OPENING
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12TH, 4 PM PST/7 PM EST