Kanene Holder is an award winning educator and performance artist focused on creating interactive street theater to encourage discussion about social issues. The premiere of her satire $earching for American Justice: The Pursuit of Happiness, which highlights the ineffective systems that benefit the 1% and continue to put #profitoverpeople, garnered coverage in The New York Times and Village Voice. She was recently accepted into the QMAD Festival and will perform 400 Years of Rrrrr.. Alpha and Omega. A tome to lynching and rebirth. She will premiere Danger/Fear/Anger, a poetic response to police brutality for NYU’s Low Lives festival. Also a writer, her blogs focusing on race, class and gender are published in Huffington Post and The Guardian.

Ms. Holder has received awards from Franklin Furnace, Puffin Foundation, and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and others. She received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities focusing on Zora Neale Hurston, Bard College’s Difference and The Colin Powell Center for Policy Study for CUNY, City College, focusing on education reform. An excerpt of her thesis “Funds of Knowledge: Urban Education and Parental Involvement” is published in an education advocacy book and her poems are published in various anthologies. Most recently she received a fellowship to attend a workshop with the Florida Humanities Council.

Ms. Holder performs and teaches her theatrical experiment Shock and Awe with a Political Aftertaste, highlighting the irony and lies of the media and the status quo. Interactive audiences and classrooms are galvanized into participants as cultural warriors. She has performed at Brooklyn Museum, La Mama ETC, Aaron Davis Hall, Symphony Space, University of Granada- Spain and elsewhere. Kanene is also member of the award winning Rev. Billy Stop Shopping Choir.

She also has been an active participant of Occupy Wall Street since late September, involved in the Public Relations, People of Color and Direct Action working groups. Numerous media appearances include BBC, NPR and Washington Watch. Kanene is currently working on the Love Thy Neighbor/Big Bank Bang to highlight fraudulent bank activity. Who does our government protect? Who does our government serve?

Kanene is a proud Brooklynite, Howard University graduate and Harlem resident.
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Interactive LiveStream Performance about Police Brutality

Sat Apr 28, 2012 05:10

DANGER/FEAR/ANGER: Blue Man is WOLF to Black Man:

Will premiere for the livestream performance festival LOWLIVES. The audience is invited to chat and tweet during the performance for a new level of dynamic expression and response. Which emotion will the audience/performers exhibit? Danger? Fear? or Anger?

D/F/A will be broadcast live from the Center for Performance Research

D/F/A is an interactive, multi-media poetic performance. D/F/A investigates the emotions, desensitization and (in)visibility of the police and victims of police brutality through monologues, mime, media and music. Blue Man is Wolf to Black Man plays with ancient Roman Playwright Platus’ theory that man is man’s only natural predator. Developed in response to the recent murder of Trayvon Martin, D/F/A is rooted in the Pedagogy and Theater of the Oppressed and styled in Ms. Holder’s genre of Shock and Awe with a Political Aftertaste, D/F/A yearns to “Extinguish the flames of hatred with a flood of dialog- Daisaku Ikeda (Buddhist philosopher).