Dapline! | A Theatrical Premiere

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Hailed as “rich in emotional nuance and gestural beauty” and one of the best dance shows of 2015 by the New York Times, Dapline! is a choreographic collaboration between LaMont Hamilton and André M. Zachery stemming from Hamilton’s project, Five on the Black Hand Side. Both projects are long form meditations on the ritual handshake, "the DAP", a conduit for black identity and solidarity and easily interpreted as an acronym for dignity and pride. 

The has historic symbolic origins to a state of Black consciousness of the late 1960s among Black G.I.s during the Vietnam War. At a time when the Black Power Movement was burgeoning, racial unrest was prominent across American cities and draft reforms sent tens of thousands of young African Americans into combat, the dap became an important symbol of unity and survival in a racially turbulent America. Through movement, sound and visuals, Dapline! attempts to elicit that space in between, where the dap moves intergenerationally, stirring sensations of love, brotherhood and solidarity.

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LaMont Hamilton
(b. 1982) is an interdisciplinary artist based in Chicago who works primarily in photography, film and performance. Hamilton has been the recipient of several fellowships and awards including the MacDowell Colony, Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship, Artadia Award, ArtMatters Grant and the City of Chicago's IAP Award. His residencies include Visiting Artist in Residence at Duke University in conjunction with African and African American Studies and SLIPPAGE: Performance|Culture|Technology and Bemis Center for Contemporary Art.


Andre Zachery (b.1981) is Brooklyn-based interdisciplinary artist who creates performances, interactive media installations, film, and sound art. He earned a BFA from the Ailey/Fordham program in 2005, and MFA in Performance & Interactive Media Arts (PIMA) from Brooklyn College in 2014. He is a recipient of the Caroline H. Newhouse Scholarship Fund and Sono Osato Scholarship Award for Graduate Studies through Career Transitions for Dancers, and PIMA Outstanding Student Award in 2013. Zachary is currently a Jerome Foundation supported 2015 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence.


In partnership with the premiere, The Studio Museum in Harlem is presenting a custom iteration of Dapline! on February 28 at 4:00 pm! Visit studiomuseum.org for more information.



For free events, we generally overbook to ensure a full house. All registered seats are released 15 to 30 minutes before start time, so we recommend that you arrive early.

Please send all press inquiries (photo, video, interviews, audio-recording, etc) at least 24-hours before the day of the program to Adenike Olanrewaju at adenikeolanrewaju@nypl.org.

Please note that professional photography and video recordings are prohibited without expressed consent.