Musical performance "Dear Papou" with digital Dance "PAPOU" by Andrew Bambridge and Melkis Jean - Jacques

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Artist:

Andrew Bambridge

 

Inspiration for the piece:

There were so many emotions and experiences that I related to in Sofiya and Sarah’s monologue and dance duet.  One phrase that stuck out for me though was when Sarah said “dehumanizes your existence”, and it was strengthened by Sofiya’s movement of covering her face.  It made me think about the moment when I learned about something my Παππού (Grandfather in Greek) said about me when I was only a couple of months old.  This was after he passed away, and so my relationship with him has been tainted by his remark ever since.

Bio:

Andrew Bambridge is an incoming junior at Mason Gross School of the Arts, part of Rutgers University, studying Musical Composition and Percussion Performance.  He is a graduate of the Juilliard School’s Pre-College Division and a winner of the Very Special Arts Foundation’s 30th Annual International Young Soloist Competition.  His composition portfolio includes solo pieces, pieces for chamber groups, a full orchestra piece, and songs with lyrics that have been based on events/hardships in his life.  His passion for writing music is rooted in its ability to transmit emotion to his audiences.  He also has a passion for film/theater.  He participated in many school and community plays growing up in New Jersey, and in 2014, he was overjoyed after landing the role “Young Eddie Plant” in the feature film Pixels premiered in July of 2015.  

 

Location: Greater New York Area

Artist:

Melchizefek (Melkis) Jean Jacques

 

Inspiration for the piece:

A dwarf is a person and should be the same to everyone in the world. It sometimes feels unfair and not good when people are quick to judge my body. I want to bust out, I want people to see me, to see my heart and my smarts. I use this music to dance my life, to talk with my body and to put the message out for everybody to know I have existed and I am not ashamed.

Bio:

Melkis hales from the beautiful country of Haiti where he studied at The School of National Arts in 2007. He is the oldest sibling and the only little person in his family. He moved to the United States in 2011 and since then has tried to pursue his career as an artist. He is known for his skills in Haitian folkloric dance. He has also done some comedy and worked on various movies. Melkis loves music, dancing, cooking, sciences and traveling. He has a deep passion for learning the history of new places and always up for a friendly conversation. 

 

Location: I'm in Maimi, FL. Originally from Haiti.

Thank you! Please enjoy some bites and come back for the reading of a new play "The Gene Lottery" 

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