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Thursday, May 25, 2023

Celebrating Juneteenth: The Flea Presents Engaging Street Performances and Symposium

 Celebrating Juneteenth: The Flea Presents Engaging Street Performances and Symposium

The Flea Theatre Company, the trailblazing theater company, has commissioned a stellar lineup of artists including Jack Fuller, Shelley, Nicole, Trebien Pollard, and Flea Artistic Director Niegel Smith for its highly anticipated third annual Juneteenth Public Performances & Symposium. From June 14 to June 19, these remarkable works will simultaneously grace the streets of New York City, inviting audiences to immerse themselves in the rich tapestry of Juneteenth.

The festivities start on June 14th at 7:00 PM where The Flea will host a symposium at its theater, featuring all the commissioned artists and moderated by the esteemed artist, curator, and producer Monique Martin. This symposium serves as a platform for the artists to delve deeper into the significance of Juneteenth and their unique creative approaches. The program emphasizes artistic and budgetary autonomy, empowering each lead artist to fully express their vision.

Artistic Director Niegel Smith shares his excitement, stating, "Juneteenth marks the beginning of our journey toward liberation, and I'm thrilled that The Flea can continue that legacy by commissioning exceptional Black artists and presenting their work in public spaces throughout our city.”

Co-Chair of The Flea's Board of Directors, Nona Hendryx, adds, "Juneteenth is a day of celebration and remembrance, a day when we embrace our freedom to be who we are. What better way to honor this occasion than by showcasing the outstanding work of these Black artists, culminating in a spectacular drag pageant.”

Space is extremely limited, so be sure to RSVP in advance to secure your spot. Reserve your free tickets at www.theflea.org.


The Worthy by Niegel Smith

Date: Sat, June 17th

Time: 11:00 AM and 4:00 PM

Location: The African Burial Ground Monument

Description: Join Niegel Smith on an afro-futuristic journey celebrating black love and queer liberation. Explore the city through this performance, accompanied by Talu Green's Djembe drumming, and culminate in a joyous celebration at The Flea.

Moving Stories of Liberation and Truth… by Trebien Pollard

Date: Fri, June 16th

Time: 5:00 PM

Location: McCarren Park (corner of Nassau Avenue and Lorimer Street)

Description: Experience captivating stories exploring life, death, and the power of language. Through dance and dialogue inspired by Audre Lorde's essays, Trebien Pollard delves into reclaiming language and igniting the soul.

Thoughts and Involuntary Mantras by Jack Fuller

Date: Sun, June 18th

Time: 3:00 PM

Location: Open Streets, 584 Vanderbilt Ave

Description: Join Jack Fuller on a mesmerizing musical journey unraveling the complexities of self-love and embracing it fully. Experience this unique music theater performance during the Open Streets NYC event.

Freedom is Free: Rest, Restoration, Remembering, and Restitution by Shelley Nicole

Date: Mon, June 19th

Time: 11:00 AM

Location: Brower Park (Brooklyn Avenue & Prospect Place Entrance)

Description: Preserve the spirit and understanding of Juneteenth through intentional breathing, gentle movement, and community engagement. Join Shelley Nicole in honoring those who fought for freedom and embrace the essence of Juneteenth.

The Flea's Juneteenth Public Performance Symposium & Conversation

Date: Wed, June 14th

Time: 7:00 PM

Location: The Flea Theater, 20 Thomas Street

Description: Engage in a thought-provoking symposium moderated by Monique Martin. Hear commissioned artists discuss their unique approaches to Juneteenth and explore the intersection of performance and public life.


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