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[In-Person] GPS Chats: Arab American Choreography Today

Nora Alami


Jadd Tank


​Leyya Mona Tawil

6:30pm – 8:00pm
April 12, 2023
MR, 122CC – Courtyard Studio

150 1st Avenue New York, NY 10009

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[In-person] GPS Chats:

Arab American Choreography Today

Featuring artists Nora Alami, Jadd Tank, and Leyya Mona Tawil

This GPS Chats is presented in partnership with the 2023 New York Arab Festival!

This is a Free event. Spaces are limited.

Reservations required.


For the HEALTH of OUR COMMUNITIES, we will continue to follow our current >>MR COVID-19 Safety Protocols<<. These protocols require all attendees to wear N95/KN95/KF94 during the entire event. Starting February 2023, showing proof of vaccination will not be required to enter Studies Projects events happening at 122 Community Center.

Event Description:

This in-person GPS Chats initiates an exciting new partnership with the 2023 New York Arab Festival, directed by Adham Hafez. This GPS Chats offers a conversation between three artists performing in the festival this year - Nora Alami & Jadd Tank and Leyya Mona Tawil. The artists will discuss their experiences as Arab contemporary dance artists living and working in the Diaspora. This public presentation surveys the practice of three pioneering Arab American Choreographers, looks at how they position and contextualize their work, and offers a peek into their upcoming projects.

New York Arab Festival:

New York City’s first Arab and Arab American art and culture festival, celebrating the song, dance, fashion, performance, ideas, and cuisine that have made Arab heritage part of American heritage, programmed yearly during National Arab American History Month. The New York Arab Festival (NYAF) fights the erasure of Arab and Arab American identities in New York City, a city that has been home for the Arab diaspora for three centuries today. NYAF programs art, talks, live performances, digital events and in-person encounters with multiple partners across New York City, and is shaped in close conversations with the Arab and Arab American artists and communities in New York, and in the US at large. Founded by Arab, Arab American and American artists, curators and cultural entrepreneurs, the festival is a showcase of contemporary creation, a window into cultural histories, and a site for radical encounters. Founded by Adham Hafez, Marwa Seoudi, Adam Kucharski and Cindy Sibilsky. Produced by HaRaKa Platform, and powered by Wizara.

[Image Description: Photo of a dancer facing away from the camera. They stand in front of an electric blue background and they wear a neon green wig and vest. The image is doubly exposed creating the illusion of the dancer having four arms.]

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Nora Alami

Nora Alami (she, her) is a Moroccan-American dance artist currently living on the unceded lands of the Lenape-Hoking and Canarsie people, known as Brooklyn. Her choreography has been presented at the Triskelion Arts, Center for Performance Resea...

Jadd Tank

Jadd Tank (he, him, his) describes his aesthetic drive as being "post-war chic". Born and raised in Saudi Arabia, Dubai and Lebanon, he draws inspiration from the likes of Jean Baudrillard, León Bakst and Dimitris Papaioannou. After studying pol...

​Leyya Mona Tawil

Leyya Mona Tawil [Lime Rickey International] (she, her, hers) is an artist working with sound, performance, and hybrid transmissions. Tawil is a Syrian, Palestinian, American engaged in the world as such. Tawil uses voice, transactive choreograp...