Curated Showcase


4:00 PM, Aratani Theater 
Sheffield Global Arts Management

Philadelphia-Based DANCE IQUAIL! will showcase “From The Director’s Point of View,” a video documentary work that captures the mission and artistry of the company in multimedia form. DI will also present “Night Falls” - described as “a Tour de force solo” performed by artistic director, Iquail Shaheed.  DI was recently awarded a NDP award from the New England Foundation for the Arts for touring in the 2020/2021. The company has also been presented by the Painted Bride Art Center,  Summer Stage, and by Nasida Dance in Australia. 

Maura Garcia

4:20 pm, Aratani Theater 
Walrus Arts Management
Exhibit #313

Powerful, illuminating and emotionally engaging contemporary Indigenous performance by artistic director Maura García (non-enrolled Cherokee/Mattamaskeet) and collaborators. Maura Garcia Dance exists to uplift Indigenous cultural values, to form connections and to explore the rhythms of the natural world. MGD will showcase an excerpt from “They Are Still Talking”, an homage to our connection to our ancestors: We are physically formed from all that our ancestors were. As we speak, the air that travels through our bodies carries their essence. They ARE still talking.

 Invertigo Dance Theatre

4:40 pm, Aratani Theatre
LA Department of Culture
Exhibit #101

Invertigo Dance Theatre harnesses the expressive nature of movement’s ability to tell stories, and is recognized as a cornerstone of the Los Angeles dance scene. FORMULAE & FAIRY TALES is set in overlapping worlds, placing the cold, high-stakes world of mathematics alongside a vivid, twisted fairy tale palette. Based on WWII code-breaker & father of artificial intelligence Alan Turing, and his connection to Snow White, the show creates evocative scenes of sensuality, mathematical precision and comedy. The movement features smooth physicality intertwined with intimacy and virtuosity.

 Nava Dance Theatre

5:00 pm, Aratani Theatre
WAA Launchpad
Exhibit #100

Nava Dance Theatre and Art by Rupy present Broken Seeds Still Grow, an intricate weaving of the rhythms and expressions of classical Indian dance and the striking visuals of traditional Indian painting. These spectacular art forms come together to tell the story of the 1947 British Indian Partition, one of the most formative events in South Asia’s recent history. The cast of 6 dancers and 5 musicians interact with calligraphy, Indian miniature painting, and spoken word to tie these contemporary narratives to their personal experiences as Americans of South Asian descent, while reflecting on what it means to belong somewhere.

 Tumbledown House

4:00 pm, Plaza Stage
Exhibit #712

Tumbledown House has gained a dedicated following over their 10 year career, performing over 900 shows in 35 states. Led by velvety vocal powerhouse Gillian Wolfe and guitarist Tyler Miller, their unique brand of modern speakeasy music is an alluring mix of story based songs rooted in New Orleans jazz and blues with eclectic themes ranging from the original story of Pinocchio written in the 1800s to an Ode to internationally acclaimed dancer and civil rights activist Josephine Baker, presented in a fun, modern context by a six piece band of multi-instrumentalists.


4:20 pm, Plaza Stage
Exhibit #411

Led by soulful Moroccan singer Lamiae Naki, Seffarine’s international blend of sounds embraces and extends her rich heritage, from Moorish Spain to the Sahara, mixing Arabic Andalusi music (dating back to Spain’s golden age when Muslims, Christians and Jews coexisted), with explosive flamenco dance, grooving bass and exotic Persian instruments. These diverse backgrounds meld to create an intoxicating blend of ancient and modern that Bass Player Magazine describes as a “gorgeous intersection of Spanish flamenco, Arabic and Andalusian music, Persian classical, and jazz.”

 Albino Mbie

4:40 pm, Plaza Stage
WAA Launchpad
Exhibit #100

Albino Mbie makes music that aims to combine disparate entities into an organic whole while retaining their unique, undiluted flavors -- the music of his native Mozambique, coupled with his experiences living in the US and traveling to many other places in the world, overlap pleasingly to treat the audience ear with an original sound of Afro-pop meets Moz-Jazz. Imbued with a worldly vibe, Mbie’s incredibly approachable music exudes sophistication, and yet simplicity.


5:00 pm, Plaza Stage
Cadence Arts Network
Exhibit #516

ADAAWE is seven diverse dynamic women of the voice and drum. Based in Los Angeles, the international members hail from Panama, Morocco, Kenya and across the U.S. Their captivating performance is a manifestation of the power of women to uplift and inspire audiences everywhere. ADAAWE’s music springs from West African roots, nourished by Gospel harmonies and American funk, creating a contemporary world-fusion. In 2018, they performed at Stevie Wonder’s wedding, were “Pick of the Fringe” in Edinburgh, and toured the East Coast with the Levitt Pavilion Foundation.


4:00 pm, The George J. Doizaki Gallery
Walrus Arts Management
Exhibit #313

Having been featured on NPR, Yahoo,, SiriusXM, TED Talks and more, DDAT has been described in the aforementioned terms for good reason. Blending national touring artist Def-i’s intelligent, poetic lyrics and hip hop style with the hard-driving instrumental fire of award-winning trumpet player Delbert Anderson, the deep funk of international touring artist and drummer Nicholas Lucero, and the intellectually explorative and expanding groove of Mike McCluhan on bass, DDAT has carved its own path with high desert-forged influences and world-class musicianship.

 August Wilson Red Door Project

4:20 pm, The George J. Doizaki Gallery

The August Wilson Red Door Project’s production of Evolve interweaves monologues from The New Black Fest’s Hands Up: 7 Playwrights, 7 Testaments, written by black playwrights from their personal experiences with racial profiling, and Cop Out: Beyond Black, White & Blue, written based on interviews with police officers. Evolve takes this charged, complex conversation to a level that generates compassion and empathy even in the face of profound disagreement. Julana Torres performs The PSA by Shepsu Aakhu and La’Tevin Alexander performs How I Feel by Dennis A Allen II.

 Timothy White Eagle

4:40 pm, The George J. Doizaki Gallery
AIP Launchpad
Exhibit #709/711

Timothy White Eagle’s ‘“The Violet Symphony” is a contemporary performance art production premiering in Seattle and NYC in 2020.   The show ties together stories of tricksters, Junkies and the sacred role of the ones that go too far.  It seeks to reframe how we hold those in who are in a place of addiction.  In its final form the story will be told by a five person cast.  Timothy will present a work in progress excerpt.

 Thea Hopkins

5:00 pm, The George J. Doizaki Gallery
Walrus Arts Management
Exhibit #313

Boston based performing songwriter, Thea Hopkins, is a member of the Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe of Martha's Vineyard. The striking nature imagery in some of her songs is a reflection of her childhood summers spent in Aquinnah. Thea first came to public notice when Peter, Paul & Mary recorded her song "Jesus Is On The Wire" in 2004 and again in 2010. Thea’s 4th album, "Love Come Down," released in 2018 was nominated for a 2019 Indigenous Music Award in the folk category. She has performed on stages across America and Great Britain.