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January 17, 2018

The Music of Generation NYZ

 
The first thing you notice at Undesirable Elements: Generation NYZ is the playlist greeting you as you take your seat. From the beginning, you know that this will be an entirely unique experience. Although each of the seven members of the cast has lived through incredibly different circumstances, the one thread that binds them is their love of music. Four of the performers, Monica, Edwin, Syl and Mohammad share the songs that inspire them the most. 
 

Monica Victoria Tatacoya Castañeda

Monica"Sorry Not Sorry" by Demi Lovato makes me feel unapologetic about being me. In a world where you are shunned for not conforming to what society wants from you, it’s important to be confident in yourself.

"Secreto de Amor" by Joan Sebastian has been my favorite since I was a child. I don’t even remember how old I was when I first heard it. At first, I loved it because it just sounded so nice. Now, I'm drawn to it because it brings back memories of much simpler times. It calms me down. 

"Praying" by Kesha makes me feel hopeful. There are people who come into your life who try to destroy who you are. "Praying" gives me that sense of hope that comes when you see a new sunrise in the horizon, the hope that you will come out better because of what you went through. 

Music is very important to me. There are some things that words alone can’t express or offer. Music gives me those things I need. Simple words can’t offer comfort when I need it or always express how I'm feeling. Music is that one thing that touches everyone. It speaks to each person in a unique way. 

Edwin Aguila

Edwin"Text Me, Call Me (I'll Be There For You)" by Jabir Farooq. This is my own song! It means so much to me because it shows how much I've grown. When I started recording this in 2016, I became more willing to take risks and put myself out there.

"1-800-273-8255" by Logic. This song by Logic is one that means a lot to me since I’ve dealt with depression and suicidal thoughts. I wish I had this song while I was dealing with my personal demons. 

"NY State of Mind" by Nas depicts the reality of my New York and paints a vivid picture through the lyrics.

Music is very important to me. It saved my life! It allows me to find an outlet for my feelings. It also allows me to heal and escape reality for a bit.

Syl Egerton

Syl"Claire de Lune" by Claude Debussy is a piece of classical music. It's probably the most beautiful, bittersweet and heart-wrenching pieces I've ever heard. I feel like it encapsulates the slight sadness I can always feel at the bottom of my stomach. At the same time, it's so calming, it lets you work through that tinge of sadness at you own pace. I like setting it to loop, lying down and listening to it as long as I need.

"Intro: Never Mind" by BTS is a song I listen to when I need to get motivated. It has lyrics that just make me want to run faster, work harder and be stronger in general. I play it when I need to smash out a paper, and just generally when I'm feeling bogged down and sluggish and need a kick.

"I Will Be King" by the Hoosiers is a weird one. It's simultaneously celebratory and slightly creepy. I like those types of songs and relate to the lyrics of this particular one a lot. The Hoosiers tell a lot of stories with their music and I just love the way they sound. 

Music is unbelievably important to me, I never leave the house without my headphones, otherwise I lose my mind. I have a playlist for every mood so my taste is all over the place. I love things from heavy rock to classical music to rap. Music is just something that makes me feel really good and helps reassure me that things will be okay. I get easily overwhelmed by thoughts, sometimes random or bad, and music helps me tune them out so I can focus or reach a goal. It's thanks to music and singing that I've been able to build up my confidence and speak in public or in front of an audience. 

Mohammad Murtaza

Mohammad"Love Never Felt so Good" by Michael Jackson makes me feel like dancing with someone. It's a song that puts you in a good mood at any time and makes you wanna get up on your feet. The first time I ever heard it was in middle school when my friend played it for me. He knew Michael Jackson was one of my favorite artists, and was surprised when I didn’t know the song. 

"Crayon" by G Dragon makes me wanna go crazy and hypes me up. I feel like partying every time I hear it. The first time I heard it was also in middle school, after my best friend had shown me a song that G Dragon's group Big Bang had put out called "Fantastic Baby." I was entranced by their swagger and electronic pop/hip-hop feeling. So I searched them up, found "Crayon," and instantly liked it.

"Return of Simba" by J Cole makes me feel like a G, like I’m tough and confident. I first heard it when I was a sophomore in high school. I thought his vibe was dope and that he was a good artist, so I searched him up online and found all his songs. I loved it all, but "Return of Simba" was such a good "come up" song and I really love it.

Music is very important to me. It's my first form of self expression. It's been an outlet for me, a way to find myself and a way to join a community. The feeling you get from appreciating an artist’s work and finding out someone else does too is indescribable. As an aspiring artist as well, I write a lot of music and find myself looking to my favorite and most respected artists for inspiration. 

Photos: Alexis Buatti-Ramos
 
 

 
From East New York to West Harlem and from the South Bronx to Far Rockaway, witness the jubilant victories, recent discord and distant dreams of coming of age in Undesirable Elements: Generation NYZ

 
Posted by Beth Henderson

The 2016-17 SeasonLast season, we dove 20,000 leagues under the sea, danced through the streets of Bangladesh, celebrated the holidays with acrobats from Africa and partied with a worrisome elephant, a very excited piggie and a host of other colorful characters. Companies from 11 different countries inspired New Yorkers from every borough to share a smile, gasp and giggle.

Through our education programs, students from 179 New York City schools explored each show's themes and art forms in exactly 3,000 pre- and post-show workshops with our talented Teaching Artists. 

All in all, 110,000 New Yorkers nurtured a #LoveofTheater with The New Victory, and here’s what they had to say:

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea might be the most creative show we have seen in the past 5 years. It was totally original and felt like the future of theatrical drama and storytelling. –Keith T.

I loved the performance of Chotto Desh—what an extraordinary performer and production.  The New Victory is a wonderful performance space, because it feels so intimate. The moment I walked into the theater, the staff members were welcoming. –Betty R.

In a brief close-up routine ... there's real elegance and even wit in the precision of his gestures … But Mr. Bishop's enthusiasm is for larger illusions. He can teleport his assistant, he can vaporize a dog, he can walk through a wall ... 'That's not real!' gasped the 6-year-old pal I'd brought with me. – New York Times review of Jason Bishop: Straight Up Magic

Life may hold no guarantees, but unless the roof falls in at The New Victory Theater, you're pretty much assured a swell time at Mother Africa: My Home … My gadget-addicted 13-year-old was rapt, alternately laughing and gasping at the stunts. Only when she left the theater did she pull out her cellphone—to rave about the show to her friends.  – New York Times review of Mother Africa

Oh Boy was a great production. The actor was amazing, engaging and captivating. The wonderful script was able to convey deep feelings and family dynamics through a one man show. – Miri S.

Thank you for bringing Elephant and Piggie's We Are in a Play to New York! It was an amazing experience for my daughter because she learned how to read through the Elephant and Piggie books. We enjoyed making the Piggie headband, dancing with the New Vic ushers and taking pictures with the actors. –Natasa M.

Liam was transfixed. He sat forward in his seat, exclaimed in joy and surprise and even forgot to ask incessant questions throughout the show … The show continued to amaze and astound, looking less like a juggling display than frenetic athletes setting off fireworks. –NYC Dads Group review of Water on Mars

I have the greatest confidence that all who see The Aging Magician at The New Victory Theater will be shocked by how beautiful this show is. – BroadwayWorld review of The Aging Magician

It was our first time at The New Victory Theater and it will not be our last … [We] try to expose him as much as possible to the culture that the city has to offer, taking him to see live performances is something I want to do more of. This will be the perfect place to start! –Donuts, Dresses & Dirt review of Something

 

Right now, we're working hard to get ready for the 2017-18 Season. As we look back fondly on the incredible year we spent together, what was your favorite memory? Share it with us by commenting below or connecting with us on Facebook
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