Dallas Arts District Changing Perspectives Block Party 2022

April 29th, 2022  6:30PM- 10:30PM 

Dallas Arts District is hosting its annual Changing Perspectives Block Party:  A Cultural Festival, in partnership with AT&T Performing Arts Center (AT&T PAC), featuring the Brooklyn Jumbies, Afro-Caribbean stilts dancers. The Changing Perspectives Block Party will feature Dallas artists, Bandan Koro African Dance and Drummers in collaboration with the Brooklyn Jumbies, student stilts dancers from Fort Worth’s Amphibian Stage, and other artists including Dezi 5 and his dynamic band, a marimba ensemble, and more. Don’t miss the special art installation through Aurora and Downtown Dallas, Inc. Family-friendly events include bubble sculptures, a photo booth, a community art project, Artisans + Makers, with gourmet food truck fare.

6:15PM Welcome| Community Stage

6:20PM Michelle Gibson & The Second Line|  Sammons Park 

6:55PM Anita N. Martinez | Community Stage

7:15PM Confetti Eddie | Community Stage

7:35PM  Aurora Video Art Nights | Moody Performance Hall (Running Throughout The Entire Event)

7:40PM Performance by B.Moore Dance | Community Stage

8:00PM Featured Performance by the Brooklyn Jumbies with Bandan Koro African Drummers and Dancers| Sammons Park

8:25PM Performance by Kupira Marimba Ensemble | Community Stage 

8:55PM Featured Performance by the Brooklyn Jumbies with Bandan Koro African Drummers and Dancers| Sammons Park

9:30PM Performance by Dezi 5 | Community Stage


Family-friendly events include bubble sculptures, a photo booth, a community art project, Artisans + Makers, with gourmet food truck fare

The Brooklyn Jumbies Inc. is an organization whose sole purpose is to heighten the community’s cultural awareness of African and African-Caribbean culture. Brooklyn Jumbies perform stilt-dancing, which is one of the numerous cultural elements of the African and Caribbean Diaspora. The founding members of Brooklyn Jumbies Inc. are Ali Sylvester and Najja Codrington. Since 2007 the Brooklyn Jumbies Inc. have worked closely with Laura Anderson Barbata presenting collaborative and outreach projects in Mexico, Jamaica, Singapore and the US. Since 2008 they have collaborated with the Zancudos de Zaachila (traditional stilt-dancers from Oaxaca). With Barbata they have performed in various Museums, among the Modern Museum of Fort Worth, Texas; Museum of Modern Art, MoMA in New York; Centro Nacional de las Artes in Monterrey, Mexico; and Museo de la Ciudad de México. Among their most significant performances are Jumbie Camp, 2007 presented on 24th Street Chelsea, New York; Intervention: Wall Street, presented in the Financial District of New York, 2011; STRUT! Madison, Wisconsin 2015; Intervention: Indigo, 2015, presented in Brooklyn, The Macy´s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian, New York; What-Lives-Beneath, Kingston, Jamaica, 2016; Ocean Blue(s), 2017, NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore; Ocean Calling, 2017 commissioned by Thyssen-Bornemisza Contemporary Academy and  presented at the United Nations Plaza, andIntervention: Ocean Blues, 2018, commissioned and performed at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, and in DUMBO, Brooklyn as part of New York Rise for Climate, Jobs and Justice week organized by No Longer Empty.

Based in New York, Najja Codrington is a co-founder of the Brooklyn Jumbies along with Ali Sylvester, and is also Musical Director of the KowTeff School of African Dance. Najja was born into a family that is deeply rooted in both African and African-Caribbean culture. At the age of 10, under the guidance of Obara Wali Rahman, he received his first formal training of the Sabar orchestra as a member of Sabar Ak-Ru-Afrique. Najja’s studies encompass music and dance from both the Caribbean and West Africa. Najja has traveled abroad to Senegal, West Africa where he studied under the tutelage of the Drame/Diabate griot family. As a result, he was exposed to an extensive amount of lore. As Najja has studied African dance and drumming intensively for many years, several people have contributed to his learning, such as Sewaa Codrington, Aissatou Diop, Wilhemina Taylor, Gregory Ince, Karim Braithway, Kissima Diabate, and Souleyman Diop, to name just a few. Currently, Najja is involved in many cultural activities such as Cultural Youth International’s Brooklyn Jumbies, Adlib Steel Pan Orchestra KowTeff African Dance Company, Bakh Yaye and A Touch of Folklore & More. Najja firmly believes that the cultural arts are not merely an economic tool. It is an inherent part of his spirit, which is a dominant driving force. It is with this driving force that he unselfishly mentors youth, instilling discipline, direction and pride. He also gives special thanks and praise to his mother because he would not be who he is today if it were not for her. Najja brings high-spirited energy to all groups that he embraces.

About Laura Anderson Barbata 

Born in Mexico City, Laura Anderson Barbata is a transdisciplinary artist currently based in New York and Mexico City. Since 1992 she initiated long-term projects and collaborations in the Venezuelan Amazon, Trinidad and Tobago, Mexico, Norway, and the United States that address social justice and the environment. Her work often combines performance, procession, dance, music, spoken word, textile arts, costuming, papermaking, zines and protest. 

Her work is in various private and public collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; el Museo de Arte Moderno, México D.F.; and Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary TBA21-Academy. Recipient of Anonymous Was a Woman Award, grants from FONCA Mexico and Honorary Fellow, Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies LACIS, UW Madison.

AT&T Performing Arts Center

Dallas Arts Month

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Amphibian Stage

Texas Commission on The Arts

City of Dallas Office of Arts & Culture

Dallas Tourism Public Improvement District

Downtown Dallas Inc.

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