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DANCE IQUAIL returns to the Kumble Theater at LIU Brooklyn May 10-12

The company kicks off its fifth anniversary season with two world premieres


Fatima Kafele,Deputy Director of Public Relations
LIU Brooklyn,
Long Island University

DANCE IQUAIL returns to the Kumble Theater at LIU Brooklyn May 10-12Brooklyn, N.Y. – DANCE IQUAIL opens its fifth anniversary season with performances at the Kumble Theater at LIU Brooklyn, May 10-12. The contemporary dance company will present two world premieres: Sweet Surrender, choreographed by Iquail Shaheed and Inward Flux, choreographed by Christopher Ralph. The program also includes Thread by Elizabeth Gillaspy and Shaheed’s The Order.

Executive Artistic Director, Iquail Shaheed, a Philadelphia native and Harlem resident, created DANCE IQUAIL to challenge cultural and ethnic barriers and provide opportunities for inspiring dancers and to empower underserved youth. Shaheed’s early life experiences directly inform the work he creates, the dancers he selects and his choice in guest choreographers.

Having faced the harsh realities of a childhood overshadowed by financial hardships, LGBT bullying and parents struggling with addiction, it is of paramount importance for him to use dance as a catalyst for change in the inner cities. The company features extraordinary dancers with deep connections to the company mission. Shaheed works tirelessly to keep the company’s roots planted solidly in both New York and Philadelphia. Throughout the year, the company will make appearances and engage in community activities in both cities.

DANCE IQUAIL will perform Friday, May 10, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, May 11, at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, May 12, at 3 p.m. Tickets are $30 for general admission and $17 for students and seniors with ID. For tickets or more information, call (718) 488-1624 or visit The Kumble Theater is located at LIU Brooklyn, on Flatbush Avenue between DeKalb Avenue and Willoughby Street.

About the Works

Inward Flux (world premiere), choreographed by Christopher Ralph, is an abstract journey through a dream-like state of mind where one has little to no control over what may happen. The piece swims through feelings of curiosity, joy, love and regret. 

In Sweet Surrender (world premiere), Iquail Shaheed explores the emotional differences that exist in intimate relations of men and women. Three couples dance to a haunting score for organ and strings. The work uses a classical sensitivity and an athletically grounded style to highlight the inherent sensuality of both sexes.

The Order (2012), set to an original score by Dylan Ezzie with costumes by Jessie Durham, will be performed by Allison Sale and choreographer Iquail Shaheed, with Morgan Anderson, Winston D. Brown, Adrianne Chu, Harumi Elders, Ryan Houston, Randall Riley and Elizabeth Washington.

Shaheed was inspired by a quote from Pablo Feirer: “For the oppressed to be able to wage the struggle for their liberation, they need to perceive the reality of oppression, not as a closed world from which there is no exit, but as a limiting situation which they can transform.”

Thread (company premiere) is set to “The Winter,” performed by six-piece instrumental group Balmorhea. Choreographer Elizabeth Gillaspy, explores the idea that often one’s journey in life moves forward only after something is unraveled and subsequently, released.

About the Company

DANCE IQUAIL (DIQ) is a repertory company committed to creating and presenting programs that confront the destructive and divisive nature of racism, sexism, violence, drug and alcohol abuse, unmet needs of the poor and the importance of family support and unity. These debilitating problems affect people regardless of ethnicity, gender, or social status. Consequently, DIQ’s ultimate priority is producing work and developing programs that reflect a commitment to equality and empowerment for all people. The company’s fifth anniversary season includes appearances at New York’s SummerStage in July and Philadelphia’s Mandell Theater in October.

About Iquail Shaheed

Iquail Shaheed began his dance training at the Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts and continued with Philadanco’s Training & Instruction Program and later as a member of Danco II. Shaheed has earned scholarships to the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, Martha Graham Center for Contemporary Dance, Paul Taylor School, The Juilliard School, Jacob’s Pillow, Pennsylvania Ballet and International Ballet Theatre School, among many others. He received a B.F.A in Ballet Performance from the University of the Arts, and a M.F.A degree from Purchase College - SUNY. Iquail has performed as a member of internationally acclaimed dance companies, such as Compagnie Thor (Brussels), The Sean Curran Company, and Ronald K. Brown’s Evidence, A Dance Company. He has also appeared in various Broadway productions, including Hot Feet, Disney’s The Lion King, and Purlie. 

As a teacher, Shaheed’s style is derived from his passion and commitment to preserving the Horton Technique. Mr. Shaheed is on the faculty of The Ailey School, Dance Theatre of Harlem School, Steps on Broadway and frequently teaches throughout Europe, Africa, North America, and the Caribbean. He has taught at Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet School, Centre Stage, the Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts and Purchase College - SUNY.

LIU Brooklyn is distinguished by…
dynamic curricula reflecting the great urban community it serves. Distinctive programs encompass the arts and media, the natural sciences, business, social policy, urban education, the health professions and pharmacy, and include the Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, the Ph.D. in Pharmaceutics, the D.P.T. in Physical Therapy and the Pharm.D. in Pharmacy. A vibrant urban oasis in downtown Brooklyn, this diverse and thriving campus offers academic excellence, personalized attention, small class size and flexible course schedules. In 2006, a $45-million Wellness, Recreation and Athletic Center was opened to serve the Campus and the surrounding community. In 2007, the Cyber Café was launched, providing a high-tech hot spot for students and faculty members to meet and eat.

Posted 05/02/2013

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