PRLog (Press Release) - Oct. 28, 2013 - BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- Fiyah Productions, LLC premieres the first Dancehall theater production “FIYAH!” in New York City at the Roulette Theater on November 8 and November 9, 2013 at the Roulette Theater in Brooklyn, New York.
FIYAH! Theater is directed, produced and choreographed by Jessica Phoenix, founder and owner of Fiyah Productions, LLC in partnership with co-choreographers Blacka di Danca and Yaminah Legohn. The two-day Dancehall theater performance debut theater production embraces and tributes the origins of Dancehall culture through a dynamic showcase of Caribbean life, life challenges and fun told through reggae dance.
Each selection is designed to increase exposure to the Dancehall dance genre and to elevate its artistic platform through storytelling, raw energy, passion and innovation. In addition to Dancehall, the production is accented with a West African and Contemporary dance genres. FIYAH! is a colorful performance reflective of Dancehall’s roots, energy and authentic vibrant culture that will grab the hearts of Caribbean culture lovers, dance and theater enthusiasts alike.
"Dancehall is something that has gotten into my system a long time ago and just got stuck there. It just never let go and just grabbed a hold of my heart... I just want to see the culture grow -- I want to see more opportunity for the people who are involved in it, especially Jamaicans,” Fiyah Productions founder and lead choreographer, Jessica Phoenix shares. “Me doing this project I want to represent it in the right way and have Jamaica fully back me with this."
In an interview with Whatz Up TV, Latonya Styles of First Class Dancers and DanceJA in Jamaica stated: "Dancehall is really about performance and showcasing your talent--not just about going in the studio and teaching/learning. I think it's really fabulous for Jessica and Blacka [di Danca] to come up with the idea to bring it on a stage. We need to showcase it [Dancehall] in a theater format." 2013 International Dancehall King, Matthew Richards, of the Shady Squad, adds that the dancers have the natural vibe and positive energy of the Dancehall culture and and those are the most important elements to have in Dancehall performance. He says, "I can tell this production will be wonderful."
Original Dates: November 8 & 9, 2013
Theater: Brooklyn, New York's Roulette Theater