Social, sexual issues on display at E-Moves in Harlem

Emerging choreographer Daisuke Omiya performs “Life Sound” during E-Moves 12.

Dance artists of color gather annually at Harlem Stage to show their latest projects. The program, called “E-Moves,” provides emerging and evolving choreographers with more established mentors.

This season’s series includes nine emerging artists and a pair of more experienced participants. The Saturday bill includes a tentative, impressionistic duet by Mexican-American choreographer Miguel Anaya with Saul Ulerio (who also designed the score, a mix of natural sounds and soft music). Daisuke Omiya performed a mystifying, multipart dance; he swirled and rolled and swiveled his feet on a salted platform.

Some pieces, overshadowed by the loud lyrics of their recorded accompaniment, were less obscure but equally exasperating. Marguerite Hemmings’ “x/y/z like me,” billed as a work in progress, mobilized five women in floaty jumpsuits to music by foul-mouthed female rapper Nicki Minaj. Efeya Sampson struggled with emotional concerns while Gil Scott-Heron sang “Pieces of a Man.”

Mid-career artist Johari Mayfield mounted an ambitious historical tour of sexual display — “Venus Riff,” moderated by top-hatted Svengali Mils James — that began in the 19th century and finished with visions of young Angela Pope selling her body to satisfy her pimp (also James), and women in garish red underthings undulating to a grim song about lip gloss.
Friday’s program includes work by tap dancer Maurice Chestnut, Philadelphia hip-hop veteran Brandon “Peace” Albright, Maria Bauman, Otis Donovan Herring, Marianne Kim and Will Bond. 


Florida man charged with murdering son to play…

A Florida man annoyed that his 16-month-old crying son was preventing him from playing video games suffocated the toddler, police said on Friday.


Powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake rattles Mexico

A powerful earthquake struck Mexico Friday, shaking buildings and sending people running into the street, although there were no reports of major damage.


OMG! Exercise can make skin (and butt) look…

A moderate exercise regime can turn back time and actually reverse the skin's aging process, according to new research. The study showed that a minimum…


Jews in eastern Ukraine ordered to register, Kerry…

Secretary of State John Kerry condemned reports that Jews in eastern Ukraine had been ordered to register with the authorities "or suffer the consequences."


Whoopi Goldberg makes her debut as marijuana columnist

"It helps my head stop hurting, and with glaucoma your eyes ache, and she takes the ache out. It's wonderful," she said.

The Word

Kate Middleton made fun of Prince William's bald…

Kate Middleton and Prince William are in Sydney, Australia, right now, and it sounds like that brash Aussie sense of humor might be rubbing off.

The Word

Is Tom Cruise dating Laura Prepon?

"Mission: Impossible" star Cruise is said to be dating Laura Prepon, star of "Orange is the New Black."


'Scandal' recap: Season 3, Episode 18, 'The Price…

Sally is Jesus, Olivia caused global warming, and Mellie's still drunk. Let's recap the Scandal finale. A church full of Washington insiders is about to…


Carmelo Anthony agonizing over Knicks future as season…

There’s still the cloud hanging over the franchise’s head as to the pending free-agent status of All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony.


Jets host players with eye toward NFL Draft

The Jets hosted a number of NFL Draft hopefuls for workouts on Thursday, with an eye toward some under-the-radar players.


Chris Johnson: I wanted to go to 'a…

Now that Chris Johnson is a Jet, the team has to figure out if one of the most explosive players in the NFL over the last half decade has anything…


Rangers' speed versus Flyers' size makes interesting playoff…

Among the myriad aspects that will make this Metropolitan Division semifinal series fascinating will be the battle between the Rangers' speed and the Flyers' size,…


VIDEO: 'Vein-scanning' may become the future of paying

Designed to make transactions quicker and easier, the technology works by scanning the unique vein patterns in each person's palm.


#FollowFriday: 10 of the smartest Twitter accounts

Spending lots of time on Twitter? You might as well learn something. Here are some of the smartest accounts to follow.


Light-up nail art syncs with phone

This Japanese technology syncs light-up nail art with your phone.


Why is dance cardio taking off in NYC?

Instructors at some of the city's hottest classes explain why.