Dream On: Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” Speech, 56th Anniversary Tribute
by REDISDANCING and 836M
Performed by Germain Zambi
836M and its current artist in residence, Redha Medjellekh, are pleased to announce the release of a new video, I HAVE A DREAM, to commemorate the 56th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech. The film celebrates the day Reverend King delivered his historic speech to the hundreds of thousands marching in Washington in 1963, and frames King’s message within a powerful, modern context.
I HAVE A DREAM begins with a dancer, Germain Zambi, lying in a bed placed somewhere on Martin Luther King Boulevard in Harlem, NYC. After waking up to the news that Reverend King had been shot in Tennessee, the dancer begins krumping down the street to the Gospel song “If I Can Help Somebody,” a song that was said to be one of Dr. King’s favorites, and one which inspired him in writing his speech.
The song is then interrupted by news of the Rodney King beating, and the dancer physically collapses in reaction to the reportage, whereupon a woman passing by comes to his aid and helps him regain his momentum. The music resumes, and the dancer continues to dance down the boulevard until he hears news broadcasting Eric Garner’s death. Nearly collapsing again, he is able to recover with help from a man.
And so the dancer continues krumping down the street until the news of the shooting of Trayvon Martin interrupts the song and dance. Yet this time it is the audience that loses control and falls to the ground, and the dancer who helps the audience up. The man gains new strength from receiving and giving help to others, and the music swells as he crosses the street. And while Trump’s words criticizing quarterback Colin Kaepernick are audible, the music and dancing continue. The dancer then kneels in tribute to the football player, and crossing the street, he finishes his dancing in front of a church, which serves as a universal monument of faith.
The video was shot in one take down MLK Boulevard, and traffic did not stop for the dancer. During the filming, Redha Medjellekh captures the dancer’s natural interactions with pedestrians in real time, including a friendly fist bump.
Director and choreographer Redha Medjellekh felt a monumental shift in the political climate when he moved to the U.S. from Paris. Yet, despite his being exposed to daily reports of violence in the US news, King’s words continually inspired Redha to go forward with this film. The importance of movement as a form of expression is crucial to Medjellekh, who sees dance as a universal language. Because of this, he specifically chose a krump dancer to physically embody the spirit of fighting against injustice.
As King’s words offer a beacon of hope to the oppressed, while painting the harsh realities of discrimination that still exist decades after his speech was made, Redha seeks to illustrate the beauty that can be found among the hardships of life, inspiring audiences to continue fighting and dancing for what matters.
What the media doesn’t show - Project imagined and directed by RED IS DANCINg
What the media doesn’t show, art expresses. 3 Muslim artists sharing their passion to connect Art with Humanity.
Project imagined and directed by our artist in residence, Redha Medjellekh (RED IS DANCING).
Many thanks to the great dancers: Amirah Sackett, Naazir Muhammad and Liana S. Afuni
Associate Producer: Yohann AnceleProduction Team : Evan Burris Trout, Julia Kupiec, Katya Martin, Jeremy Strohm, Anabel Caba.
Music: The Descent Instrumental – Sufi M.
If I were president - By red is dancing productions, jr, and casa amarela proviDÊncia
Following similar changes in other countries, Brazil’s government recently experienced a shift, turning its ruling political ideology towards repression and extremism. At the head of this change is Jair Bolsonaro, who in the past month became the new president of the World’s sixth largest economic power.
Faced with a surge of intolerance and conservatism, youth populations around the world are rising and becoming more vocal. Today, all eyes are on the Brazilian youth, whose voices are just beginning to be heard, especially, those of girls and young women in Brazil’s favelas.
These girls, who are often the first to be affected by the precarious and dangerous living conditions in the favelas, aspire to a better life.
In 2009, JR and Mauricio Horra chose the Favela Carioca Morro da Providência to set up a cultural residence for the inhabitants of the favela: the "Casa Amarela." Thanks to artist residency, the girls of the favela were able to participate in “If I were President,” a video project that gives voice to what their policies would be if they were leading their country.
These policies offer ways to move forward without hatred or violence in a time when their country stands on the brink of fascism and an unstable political climate. The policies they propose would radically change the communities and lives these girls grow up in.
Inspired by their joie de vivre, their love of dance, and a mix of musical styles dear to Brazilians, these young girls remind us that they aspire to be the presidents of tomorrow.
Now it is up to us to help them open the doors to this future.
PUERTO RICO 1 YEAR AFTER MARIA BY RED IS DANCING PRODUCTIONS
RED IS DANCING wanted to showcase the life and vitality that Puerto Rico still has 1 year after hurricane Maria devastated the island. The wills of Puerto Ricans were not broken by the hurricane; their still love dance, art, music and their home.
"Puerto Rico se levanta" reinforces the islander’s belief that this island can face any damage, war, or conflict and will still keep living. By doing so, they are fighting back.
Nature is strong. So is art.
“ARTISTS Of the TENDERLOIN” by RED IS DANCING PRODUCTIONS & SKY WATCHERS
“ARTISTS IN TENDERLOIN” is an intense and artistic short film that shows people from Tenderloin district from a new angle. People often forget that, despite the stark gap between the '“Silicon Valley world” and this district, human beings with skills and passion live in this place.
Directed by Redha Medjellekh during his artist residency at 836M, the goal of this film was to showcase the richness and complexity that every artist in this neighborhood offers.
DANCERS VS TRUMP QUOTES BY RED IS DANCING
PARIS IS KISSING: DANCING IN THE CITY OF LOVE, RED IS DANCING PRODUCTIONS & SAN FRANCISCO DANCE FILM FESTIVAL's 2015-2016 Curated Short Dance Films
Express yourself. For Redha Medjellekh, founder of Red is Dancing, dance is the most beautiful way to do this. He wholeheartedly believes that the art of dance is able to convey the strongest ideas and break down all barriers. Wearing many hats: a dancer, producer and choreographer; he always returns to dance as it has brought him meaning that he will fight for everyday. He has been traveling around the globe to discover communities through this art and nonverbal language. He created and hosted the TV show Dance Around the World, a series that revolves around dancing with different people and cultures. He produced the Dot Move YouTube and FB channel, where he can connect and reach out to a large and international audience. Now, he continues to create dance content that moves people’s minds.