Recounting the world premiere of Transformations

Wednesday Nov 9th, 2016


Blog > Recounting the world premiere of Transformations

From left to right: Kira Bursky (2014 Winner in Cinematic Arts), Nick Ramey (2016 Winner in Cinematic Arts) , Kayla Briet (2016 Winner in Cinematic Arts) , Da’Shawn Mosley (2012 Winner in Writing & U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts) , Tatev Yeghiazarya (2005 Winner in Voice), JeanCarlo Ramirez (2012 Winner in Cinematic Arts), Kate Vrijmoet (1984 Winner in Visual Arts), Carolina García Jayaram (President & CEO), Joseph Webb (1996 Winner in Dance & U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts), Thomas Carr (1982 Winner in Photography), Katy Short (2013 Winner in Dance), Isabela Dos Santos (2011 Winner in Cinematic Arts & U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts), Dan Frantz (2012 Winner in Cinematic Arts & U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts, Tyler Rabinowitz (2011 Winner in Cinematic Arts & U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts), Devyn Tyler (2009 Winner in Theater & U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts), Denzel Boyd (2014 Winner in Design Arts) 


YoungArts presented the first Outside the Box of the season with the world premiere “Transformations.” The five short films exploring the transformative power of creativity were commissioned by YoungArts to celebrate the organization’s unique and collaborative nature, its commitment to its brilliant alumni community and the organization’s 35th anniversary.
 
The films were created by 15 interdisciplinary and multi-generational alumni, who took their audience on multiple journeys from witnessing metamorphosis in present-day New Orleans, to exploring youth perspectives on the Black Lives Matter movement.

Denzel Boyd (2014 Winner in Design Arts) 
JeanCarlo Ramirez (2012 Winner in Cinematic Arts) &  Kayla Briet (2016 Winner in Cinematic Arts)




Joseph Webb (1996 Winner in Dance and U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts), Tyler Rabinowitz (2011 Winner in Cinematic Arts & U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts), & Denzel Boyd (2014 Winner in Design Arts)

The evening started at Ted’s, where the filmmakers and invited guests were welcomed by YoungArts President and CEO Carolina García Jayaram. They then joined over 200 art and film enthusiasts of all ages on the YoungArts Plaza for the film screenings and free movie-style popcorn and cotton candy.

A dance performance by Katy Short (2013 Winner in Dance), who is featured in the film “Variations on Breathing,” turned the audiences eyes to the stage and got everyone ready for the films that captivated everyone in attendance. An awe-inspiring 40 minutes later, Denzel Boyd (2014 Winner in Design Arts) took the stage to perform a spoken word piece connected to the powerful film “Hell You Talmbout,” followed by his fellow filmmaker Joseph Webb (1996 Winner in Dance and U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts), who translated the spirit and message of the final film onto the stage with a tap dance and spoken word performance.




Kira Bursky (2014 Winner in Cinematic Arts) & Tatev Yeghiazarya (2005 Winner in Voice)

Katy Short (2013 Winner in Dance)

Joseph Webb (1996 Winner in Dance & U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts)


Learn more about the Transformations film project, the films and the alumni involved here. The next Outside the Box will take place on March 18, 2017 featuring Daniel Bernard Roumain.