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Leap of Faith

  • LaGuardia Performing Arts Center 31-10 Thomson Ave Long Island City, NY, 11101 United States (map)



$15/Students and Seniors
$25/At the Door


LaGuardia Performing Arts Center (LPAC) will present an interdisciplinary artistic and academic program entitled Beyond Sacred: Unthinking Muslim Identity for the entirety of its’ 2014-15 season.

Beyond Sacred’s goal is to create a cohesive cultural program that illuminates life experiences of culturally identified Muslims in 21st century, post 9/11 New York City, and results in greater understanding among Muslim and non-Muslim communities in NYC.

With a hope to change minds – effect behaviors – and alter attitudes we use the art of storytelling through music, dance, and theatre to bring individual stories to life that challenge assumptions of group identity.

The Leap of Faith Concert will consist of two new dance works commissioned by LPAC.  Indah Walsh Dance Company will premier a new work exploring Indah’s background as a global nomad and her recent, thought-provoking trip to Saudi Arabia.  By working with women and reflecting on Muslim cultures, religious laws, gender roles, and the purity in seeking connection with God or Allah,  we aim to create something that is, in itself, a spiritual practice. 

Collaborating dance artists: Jessica Mantell, Molly McSherry, Shantel Prado, Ho-Ju Wu, Kyleigh Sackandy, Julie Seal, and Lorena Delgado

Live music: Nolufefe Mtshabe

Costume Desgin: Sarita Fellows



Earlier Event: July 27
Warwick Summer Arts Festival
Later Event: December 6
American Dance Guild Festival