"Smitty, Me and NYC"
Is a solo multimedia performance piece. During the 1940's, 50's and 60's Henry J. Smith shot 16 mm footage of New York City and Harlem. During the 1960's and 70's Henry C. Smith shot 1/2 inch video and still photograhps of the same subject. In this work-in-profress, Hank Smith (Henry C.) takes his footage and that of his late father (Henry J.) and mixes images with text, tap dance and improvisatin to develop a piece about a father and son's relationship to each other and to New York.
Hank Smith is an interdisciplinary performance artist and director / choreographer who uses his skills as a dancer, mime, clown and actor to explore aspects of human relationships. The backbone of his work is rhythm, manifested in the percussive use of voice, the body and improvisational rhythm tap dancing, all of which are used to carry out the African American tradition of "stomping the blues".