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    Jesca Prudencio is a theater director and designer based in New York City. As a member of The Movement Theatre Company, she has directed Black Boy & The War, and the original dance theater work Traces of Eruption, The Ritual of Being Ms. Somebody, and 4 Sustenance. Other credits include The Girl in the Park (International Fringe Festival, NYC), and A Play for an All White Stage (Old Vic Theatre, London) as a 2010 directing recipient for the TS Eliot US/UK Exchange. Jesca is the Production Associate and Education Director at Ping Chong & Company and has assisted director/choreographer Ping Chong on various projects such as The Devil You Know (La MaMa, NYC), Throne of Blood (Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Brooklyn Academy of Music), and dance theater work Angels of Swedenborg (’62 Center Williamstown, Massachusetts and La MaMa, NYC.) Jesca is the resident artist at the Philippine American Association of Pennsylvania, where she has devised original dance plays with the community for the past 5 years. She recently directed the site-specific dance piece We Walk, We Stop in Astor Place as a 2011 Lower Manhattan Cultural Council grantee for interdisciplinary art.

    Michael Mao Dance is based in Manhattan and has been presented in NYC at DTW, Joyce, Kaye, City Center DanceSpace, Riverside, Webster Hall, Bryant Park, LaMAMA, DanceNowNYC, at China Institute, TRIBECA, Chelsea Art Museum, Children's Museum, Dumbo, Madison Square Garden, Judson, and at Asian American Arts Alliance's 2011 Annual Gala. The company has also toured throughout the United States, throughout Mexico for the Festival Internaciónal Cervantino, in Paris, Oslo, and for two years in Edinburgh, UK. In China, Michael Mao Dance toured Beijing, Nanjing, Suzhou, Shanghai and Guangzhou. Michael Mao Dance is a long standing member of Asian American Arts Alliance. Its activities have been funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Council on the Arts, Fund for the City of New York, corporations including IBM, State Street Bank, as well as foundations including George Soros's Open Society Foundations. New York Times has referred to Michael Mao Dance as "splendid dancers performing with brimming exuberance," and Village Voice has pointed to the "exquisite" work they danced in. Current company members include Kristin Draucker, Kevin Fay, Antonio Fini, Osamu Inoue, Nao Yamada, Stacy Yoshioka.

    Natalia Duong, Artistic Director of Project Agent Orange, is a performance artist, choreographer, and writer, native to the San Francisco Bay Area. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Stanford University in Psychology and Dance, her interdisciplinary research focuses on Kinesthetic Empathy as a resources for conflict resolution. She has collaborated with artists to perform internationally in Edinburgh, Paris, Vietnam, and Uganda. Her work investigates the physical proliferation of war as embodied through people affected by Agent Orange in a movement-based research collective. Her goal is to create an innovative research process that integrates both her academic interests in Neuropsychology and Performance Studies with a somatic approach to researching embodied memory. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

    A.H. Dance Company is a multicultural modern dance company based in New York City and performs work that reflects the diversity of the cast and various collaborators. Founded in December 2007 by Alaine Handa, A.H. Dance Company has performed in various theaters, studios, community centers, conferences, and festivals in the United States. A.H. Dance Company's mission is to present and support independent contemporary artists and companies in New York and worldwide. Through collaborations with local dancers and artists of other mediums, A.H. Dance Company strives to share modern dance with communities that lack exposure to it. Through the work of Ms. Handa and the company members, A.H. Dance Company aims to present work that is engaging to a vast range of audiences.

    Nothing Matters When We’re Dancing

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Nothing Matters When We’re Dancing


Sunday, September 23, 2012 | 2pm

By the fountain at Washington Square Park
The southern tip of 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10003
Subways: A, B, C, D, E, F, M to W 4 St; N, R to 8 St-NYU; 4, 5, 6 to Astor Pl
Buses: M8 to W 8 St-5 Av; M1, M2, M3, M5 to E 8 St-5 Av


How sacred is your loved one to you? As we close the Festival, we invite you to find a partner and participate in a Flash Mob at Washington Square Park based on the beautiful ballad, Nothing Matters When We’re Dancing by the band The Magnetic Fields. Led by Asian American dance groups including A.H. Dance Company, Michael Mao Dance, and Project Agent Orange who have collaborated to create a special choreography for all to learn, the Flash Mob celebrates the spirit of love.

Want to be in the Flash Mob?

It’s easy! People of all ages and dance ability are welcome to participate.

Start by learning the moves on the Instructional Video:

a4 Flashmob Video

RSVP to save you and your guests’ spots in the dance here:

Be there at Washington Square Park on Sunday, September 23rd. Check-in starts at 1pm for the 2pm performance!

Learn the steps in your living room, garden or street and join us on September 23, 2012 for this collective expression of joy and sharing at one of the city’s most iconic public spaces. After months of planning, we invite you to complete the cycle and dance with us. The event lasts just four minutes, an apt metaphor for the ephemeral nature of love and life.

Want to practice the moves in person?
Join us for an optional rehearsal!
Friday, September 21, 7pm-9pm at La MaMa Studios, 47 Great Jones Street, NYC
Saturday, September 22, 12-2pm at La MaMa Studios, 47 Great Jones Street, NYC

Meet festival artists and other festival goers after the Flash Mob at our special Closing After-Party (details to be released at the Flash Mob).

A Flash what?
A Flash Mob is a group of people who assemble in a public space to perform together for a brief time for the purposes of entertainment or artistic expression and who then disperse quickly.

Presented by the Asian American Arts Alliance. Directed by Jesca Prudencio. Special thanks to The Magnetic Fields for the use of the song Nothing Matters When We’re Dancing.