Artist & Director Fritzlyn Hector
Conversation Moderated by Princess Mhoon
Steel Standing by Fritzlyn Hector
Fritzlyn Hector (Director), Catalin Stelian (Director of Photography, Cinematography, Editor), Kofi Assane Opare (Cinematography), and Kweku Amantey Opare (Editor). Produced by Dance Africa 2021 and Brooklyn Academy of Music
Steel Standing won the 2021 Bessie Award for Outstanding Visual Design.
On a stark palette of grey and white warehouses and heavy machinery, come vivid splashes of red costumes, hair, and warehouse piping. The bold color is significant to the daring of the dancers and knowledge of their fierceness. Flames are sparked not only in front of the camera, but in the heart of the viewer. The superb videography captures all the heat of the work. It is impossible not to feel the burn.
Fritzlyn Hector is an educator, choreographer and dedicated, enthusiastic performing artist, seasoned with a professional multi-dimensional artistic career of over 20 years and counting. A Brooklyn native of African-Haitian descent, Fritz credits her knowledge and expertise to the notable choreographers, master dancers, and drummers from America, Haiti, western, central and southern Africa that she trained and toured with for over 20 years. Fritzlyn is the cast trainer and veteran cast member of STOMP. As a Stomper, she traveled the world extensively with both the national and international tours. Fritzlyn is the rehearsal director and one of the principal dancers of the Bessie Award winning Forces of Nature Dance Theatre Company.
Princess Mhoon is a choreographer, producer, educator, and scholar recognized in 2015 by Huffington Post as one of 26 Female Choreographers "You Should Know" and Dance Magazine's 2006 "Top 25 to Watch." In 2016, she was invited to participate in First Lady Michelle Obama’s Celebration of Black Women in Dance. With work commissioned by the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the DC Jazz Festival, Princess Mhoon has been called "a visionary of her generation." She is the Founder and Director of the Princess Mhoon Dance Institute with locations in Washington, DC and Maryland. A native of Chicago, Illinois, she began her training with Alyo Children's Dance Theatre, Joseph Holmes Dance Studio, and Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago. She has performed and toured with the world-renowned Ronald K. Brown/Evidence Dance Company, Rennie Harris Puremovement, The Chuck Davis African American Dance Ensemble, Nathan Trice Rituals, and Deeply Rooted Productions. She currently serves as the Strategic Program Manager for the Chicago Black Dance Legacy Project.
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