Whoop Dee Doo
Whoop Dee Doo
April 8th - May 14th
opening reception: Saturday, April 8th, Performances at 6pm & 8pm
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 8, 6-9pm. Live, FREE shows at 6pm & 8pm. Limited seating! Southside Park residents and children and adults wearing yellow or gold will be given priority entrance.
Verge Center for the Arts is pleased to present a new, large-scale collaborative project led by New York based Whoop Dee Doo. Whoop Dee Doo has spent months researching and communicating with dozens of Sacramento organizations, youth groups and performers, and they will reside at Verge for a whirlwind collaboration between three local performance groups – The BlyueRose Dance Project, The Royalty Dancers, and Ballet Folklorico de Sacramento. Working every day during their residency with students from the Met Sacramento High School, Verge’s gallery will be transformed to present an original variety show to be performed live at the opening reception. Whoop Dee Doo artists will lead the Met Sacramento students in vigorous brainstorming meetings and prop- and costume-making workshops, allowing them to take the lead on an abundance of creative decision-making. The final result will be an all-encompassing installation, paired with a live-filmed and wildly interactive variety show that is free and open to the public. Please come dressed in yellow or gold and ready to dance! The final performance will be documented and on view for the duration of the exhibition.
Whoop Dee Doo (www.whoopdeedoo.tv) is a traveling, artist-led project and non-profit organization that creates ambitious installations and live performances internationally, generally through universities, festivals, arts organizations, and museums. Each project is uniquely crafted to fit the needs of partnering organizations. Whoop Dee Doo works closely with underserved youth groups to research, conceive and create their projects. Their process emphasizes collaboration, encourages respect for diversity, and seeks to initiate a cross-generational and cross-cultural dialogue. Whoop Dee Doo has created over 30 original projects for organizations including Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (Philadelphia, PA), the San Francisco Art Institute (San Francisco, CA), the Contemporary (Baltimore, MD), and Abrons Arts Center (New York, NY), among others. Whoop Dee Doo is a 2016-2017 Franklin Furnace Award recipient (Brooklyn, NY), and was a recent artist-in-residence with The High Line (NYC).