JUL 24 – AUG 17, 2019
Street dance and a social conscience, from masters of Flexn

About this commission

A World Premiere Shed Commission

In Maze, a powerful new production from street dance pioneer Reggie ‘Regg Roc’ Gray co-directed by Kaneza Schaal, masters of Flexn, a form of street dance with roots in Jamaican Bruk Up, perform in an architectural maze of light. Maze explores the puzzles and poetry of human coexistence, and the visible and invisible forces that guide our lives, taking on such social issues as the school-to-prison pipeline and systemic racism in the justice system. Live singing and drumming accompanies the performers, responding to their movements as they dance—at times face to face with the audience.

Creative Team

Portrait of Reggie ‘Regg Roc’ Gray
Reggie ‘Regg Roc’ Gray
Portrait of Kaneza Schaal
Photo: Christopher Myers.
Kaneza Schaal
A portrait of Lighting Designer Tobias Rylander
Photo: Izabella Englund.
Tobias G. Rylander
Reggie ‘Regg Roc’ Gray
Brooklyn native Reggie ‘Regg Roc’ Gray is a dancer, choreographer, and pioneer of the multi-genre dance form flexn. As a child, Gray became fascinated by Michael Jackson, and as a teenager, he turned to the hyper-expressive styles of dance that originated in the Jamaican street culture of Brooklyn, such as bruk up and dancehall. Flexn is a combination of various styles from the local scene, such as bone breaking, pauzing (the style Gray evolutionized), gliding, get-low, connecting, and hat tricks. Flexn was named after the regional television program Flex-N-Brooklyn, where local dance groups showcased their latest moves. Gray has traveled all over the world with his award-winning dance crew RingMasters, and in 2011, he founded a new dance company, named The D.R.E.A.M. Ring (Dance Rules Everything Around Me). In 2015, Gray produced his first major work of choreography FLEXN and followed it with FLEXN EVOLUTION in 2017. He has toured both productions around the world. Gray is a regular feature on American television, appearing in the third season of America’s Best Dance Crew, various advertisements, and in music videos for Wayne Wonder, Sean Paul, Nicki Minaj, and other artists. Currently, Gray serves as an artistic director for FlexNYC, a social justice dance residency program that partners with schools and community centers around New York City (created by The Shed and The D.R.E.A.M. Ring).
Kaneza Schaal
Kaneza Schaal is a New York City-based theater artist. Her recent work Jack & showed in BAM’s 2018 Next Wave Festival, at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, and with its co-commissioners Walker Arts Center, REDCAT, On The Boards, Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center, and Portland Institute for Contemporary Art. Schaal received a 2019 United States Artists Fellowship, 2018 Ford Foundation Art for Justice Bearing Witness Award, 2017 MAP Fund Award, 2016 Creative Capital Award, and was an Aetna New Voices Fellow at Hartford Stage. Her last project, Go Forth, premiered at Performance Space 122 and then showed at the Genocide Memorial Amphitheater in Kigali, Rwanda; Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans; Cairo International Contemporary Theater Festival in Egypt; and at her alma mater Wesleyan University. Schaal’s piece Cartography premiered at the Kennedy Center in January 2019 and was workshopped through New Victory Theater Lab and NYU Abu Dhabi. Most recently, Schaal directed Bryce Dessner’s Triptych (Eyes of One on Another), which premiered at LA Philharmonic, the Power Center in Ann Arbor, MI, and will show at BAM Opera House and Holland Festival. Her work has also been supported by Baryshnikov Arts Center, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Nathan Cummings Foundation, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Theater Communications Group, and a Princess Grace George C. Wolfe Award. Her work with the Wooster Group, Elevator Repair Service, Richard Maxwell / New York City Players, Claude Wampler, Jim Findlay, and Dean Moss has brought her to venues including Centre Pompidou, Royal Lyceum Theater Edinburgh, the Whitney Museum, and MoMA.
Tobias G. Rylander
Lighting Designer

Swedish-born, Los Angeles-based lighting designer Tobias G. Rylander began his career on the technical side of the industry for several years as a lighting technician at local lighting companies and at the Swedish Royal Opera. In 2007, he begin to design and tour with European acts such as Lykke Li, Fever Ray, and Miike Snow. Within just a few years, he gained worldwide recognition as a highly innovative, daring, and accomplished lighting and live show conceptual design, working with acts such as The xx, Mark Ronson, Phoenix, and the Strokes.

Rylander has recently branched out into the fashion world, designing runway shows and events for clients like Balenciaga and Calvin Klein. He continues to create stage and lighting designs most recently for acts such as The 1975, Robyn, FKA Twigs, London Grammar, Little Dragon, and Skepta. His most recent work is an multisensory art installation in collaboration with Karen O and Danger Mouse at the Marciano Art Foundation in Los Angeles. Rylander was awarded the prestigious Knights of Illumination 2016 award for his work with The 1975.

Andrew Lulling
Sound Designer
Experienced in a range of productions from intimate music arrangements to theater, dance, performance art, and their management, Andrew Lulling’s credits for live audio engineering include Robert Wilson’s Zinnias: The Life of Clementine Hunter, David Gordon’s Schlemiel the First, The Builders Association, The Elements of Oz, and Robert Whitman’s Passport. Maze is Lulling’s debut as sound designer, but not his first collaboration with Reggie ‘Regg Roc’ Gray or The D.R.E.A.M Ring, as he tours actively with FLEXN EVOLUTION as production manager.
Epic B
DJ / Music Producer
Born and raised in Brownsville, East New York, Epic B is a producer, DJ, vocalist, and visual artist. Initially known for his work as a hip hop producer—along with production for the likes of Vybz Kartel and Popcaan in 2009—he is now a fundamental member and pioneer of the Flex Dance Music scene. Epic is also the music director for FLEXN, a show which the New York Times called “part protest, part dance party, part collective autobiography.” Epic’s debut EP, Late Night FlexN, arrived via Manchester-based label Swing Ting in late 2017 to a positive reception. Its lead single “One Time” landed on FACT Magazine’s Top 50 Tracks of 2017, and additional coverage of the project came from Resident Advisor, Complex UK, and Mixmag.
Justin Hicks
Vocalist and Sound Mixer
Justin Hicks is a multidisciplinary artist and Drama Desk-nominated composer who investigates themes of identity and American Dream aesthetics. Hicks has worked as a writer and performer with various artists including Steffani Jemison, Abigail DeVille, Charlotte Brathwaite, Hilton Als, Meshell Ndegeocello, Cauleen Smith, Helga Davis, Lynn Nottage, and Ayesha Jordan. His work has been featured at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the Public Theater, Festival Steirischer Herbst, Western Front Society, the Whitney Museum of American Art, Nottingham Contemporary, and the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, among other institutions.
Kenita Miller Hicks
Kenita Miller Hicks is a Drama Desk Award-winning actor and vocalist who has performed in such notable Broadway productions as The Color Purple and Xanadu. She was most recently seen as Mama Euralie in the Tony Award-winning, Grammy-nominated Once on This Island. Her regional work includes an AUDELCO Award-winning portrayal of Zora Neale Hurston in Urban Stages’ Langston in Harlem. She is also a member of the band The Hawtplates. Upcoming work includes Waterboy in a Mighty World, a piece based on the work of Odetta and the story of Bass Reeves that will be in residency this summer at Bushwick Starr.
Taiko Masala Inc.
Taiko Masala, based in Brooklyn, has thrilled audiences throughout the United States with performances of taiko, Japan’s traditional drumming, combining the training and discipline of Japanese martial arts with the precision and power of complex drumming. Taiko Masala’s arsenal of instruments—all handmade by the ensemble—range from small eight-inch hand-held drums to five-foot barrel drums, and features the giant 250-pound O-daiko.
Rasaan ‘Talu’ Green
Percussionist and composer Rasaan ‘Talu’ Green’s performances include ones with Fela! on Broadway, the Brooklyn Nets, Sousatzka the Musical, and Chop and Quench, along with band collaborations with artists Patti LaBelle, Lauryn Hill, The Roots, Aloe Blacc, and Estelle. Green has performed globally in Africa, North America, Australia, and Europe. He is a resident musician with Resura Arkestra and provides musical arrangements for dance companies and master workshops throughout New York City. He holds a BFA in music from Long Island University.
Eisa Davis
Literary Contributor
Eisa Davis is a performer, composer, and writer working on stage and screen. A Herb Alpert Award recipient, Cave Canem fellow, and Obie Award winner for Sustained Excellence in Performance, Davis was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama for her play Bulrusher, and wrote and starred in the stage memoir Angela’s Mixtape. Alongside her 12 full length plays, she has served as a story editor for the Spike Lee Netflix series She’s Gotta Have It, penned the narration for Cirque du Soleil’s ice show Crystal, and released two albums of music. Performance work includes Carrie Mae Weems’s Grace Notes/Past Tense, The Looming Tower, House of Cards, The Wire, Passing Strange, and the new musical adaptation of The Secret Life of Bees.
Corey ‘Corey Ringmaster’ Batts
Style Coordinator
Corey ‘Corey Ringmaster’ Batts is a pioneer of the flexn dance style. He has taught this style for over 20 years around the world and is known for his hat tricks and unorthodox connect dance moves. He is the originator of Ringmasters. His credits include BET’s 106 & Park, MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew, and music videos for Sean Paul, Wayne Wonder, Elephant Man, Bunji Garlin, Skrillex, and Justin Timberlake.
Hazel Hernandez
Assistant Director
Hazel Hernandez is a Salvadoran immigrant based in Brooklyn, New York. Hernandez is a theater director, playwright, and performer. They have worked with DC Hip Hop Theatre Festival, Brooklyn College, the Public Theater, Access Theater, Tierra Narrative, and Sundance Institute: Theatre Program. Their main objective is to curate, create, and facilitate works that serve immigrants, women of color, and the LGBTQIA+ communities. They strive to bring underrepresented communities to the forefront of American theater.

Creating Maze has been a labyrinth of its own. From the beautiful architecture of lights and the harmonic sounds of live voices, we capture true emotion. We capture tradition with the sounds of taiko and djembe drums all while keeping the integrity of our Flex Dance Music (FDM) sounds. These amazing flexn artists embody the true meaning of finding one’s self within the maze of our own bodies. Audiences will be mesmerized by the smooth touch of a glide, heart-stopping pauses, and bodies moving across the stage on their knees as if they are on ice. These dancers paint stories of a bone crushing society as they make way for hope of a better future.

Reggie ‘Regg Roc’ Gray, Co-director

The D.R.E.A.M. Ring

Abena Floyd, Company Manager & The D.R.E.A.M. Ring’s Executive Director
Abena Floyd is the executive director and producer of The D.R.E.A.M. Ring Inc. and the program associate for The Shed’s FlexNYC. Floyd has worked as the assistant producer and company manager for the Park Avenue Armory production FLEXN, which toured in France, Germany, the Netherlands, Romania, England, and parts of the United States. She recently produced a multimedia exhibition, Beyond the Yellow Tape, alongside photographer Carol Dragon. She will produce Flex Ave, a new production with Cami Music, which will tour in 2020.
Corey ‘Corey Ringmaster’ Batts
Corey ‘Corey Ringmaster’ Batts is a pioneer of the flexn dance style. He has taught this style for over 20 years around the world and is known for his hat tricks and unorthodox connect dance moves. He is the originator of Ringmasters. His credits include BET’s 106 & Park, MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew, and music videos for Sean Paul, Wayne Wonder, Elephant Man, Bunji Garlin, Skrillex, and Justin Timberlake.
Deidra ‘Dayntee’ Braz, Rehearsal Director
Deidra ‘Dayntee’ Braz takes her stage name from a DJ she listened to on reggae CDs. Her styles are waving and grooving, with an early dancehall foundation. She is one of the first female flexers. As a teacher, she draws her energy from the people she teaches.
Rafael ‘Droid’ Burgos
Rafael ‘Droid’ Burgos, or King Droid, is a born-and-bred Brooklyn native. At only 24 years old, he has been flexn since 2010. Before he became serious about dance, he pursued artwork animation, singing, and the performing arts. A master of gliding/connecting, get low, and pausing, he takes his stage name from his animated, mechanical style.
Glendon ‘Tyme’ Charles
Glendon ‘Tyme’ Charles is a 27-year-old, East New York native. Since he started flexn, he has traveled around the world. Charles sees flexn as a way to escape personal trials and tribulations, and as an outlet to prevent self-destruction.
Quamaine ‘Virtuoso’ Daniels
Quamaine ‘Q Virtuoso’ Daniels is a Brooklyn-based master of flexn. He started flexn in 2004 after seeing a flexn battle in his school lunchroom and has danced professionally since 2015. He has toured with the production FLEXN (2015) in Australia, Italy, and Amsterdam. Virtuoso is also a teaching artist with The Shed’s FlexNYC program. He is currently working on paintings that fuse flexn and his unique drawing style as a part of The D.R.E.A.M. Ring.
James ‘Banks’ Davis
James ‘Banks Artiste’ Davis grew up in Queens and Brooklyn, surrounded by creativity, spirituality, and discipline. As a teen, he met peers and mentors in dance and began to entertain people in the streets of Brooklyn. His specialty dance style is krump. Banks played the role of the angel Gabriel in the English National Opera’s The Gospel According To Mary. Banks recently toured Europe with the Park Avenue Armory’s FLEXN.
Sean ‘Brixx’ Douglas
Sean ‘Brixx’ Douglas started flexn at 13 and has been influenced by his neighborhood and peers, many of whom were also flexn dancers. He gravitates toward flexn for its incorporation of many styles, and his personal style includes gliding and bone breaking.
Shelby ‘Shellz’ Felton
Shelby ‘Shellz’ Felton is from Brooklyn. She learned of flexn when she discovered the television show Flex-N-Brooklyn in high school. Through flexn, she found a way to remove the limits from her self-expression. She uses flexn to tell her own stories, confront her own fears, and heal from past trauma.
Aaron ‘Doc’ Frazier
Aaron ‘Doc’ Frazier is from Brooklyn. Doc started flexn when he was a teenager with a group of childhood friends. He is a part of the flexn dance team named Main EvenTT a.k.a. M90. He is also a music producer and pianist who creates in the new genre of flex dance music (FDM). In addition to his team, he tours with The D.R.E.A.M. Ring.
Calvin ‘Cal’ Hunt
Calvin ‘Cal’ Hunt has danced since the ballet and jazz lessons his mother enrolled him in as an elementary school student. He learned of flexn at 15, and his specialty styles include gliding, get low, and movement. After six years in the military following high school, Cal began to dance full time and tell his many stories through his body’s movements.
Giovanie ‘Geo Alexzander’ McCullen
For Brooklyn native Giovanie ‘Geo Alexzander’ McCullen, dancing was an outlet growing up amidst police brutality, gang violence, and broken homes. As an adolescent he was inspired by the television show Flex-N-Brooklyn. Geo Alexzander used flexn as an outlet for his pain after his mother passed away, leading him to battle in tournaments. He has participated in flexn battles in San Francisco and Atlanta and is a teaching artist for children and adults in Montreal and New York. He is the originator of the gliders technique.
Joshua ‘Sage’ Morales
Sage is a concept of movement by artist Joshua Morales that utilizes the mechanics of the flexn dance style. He merges emotion, character, sound, and imagery to create and tell stories through his motion. He has performed and taught in Southeast Asia, Norway, and France. He has appeared in movies, music videos, and ads in store fronts, including ads for Converse.
Risa ‘Risa’ Morales
Risa ‘Risa’ Morales is an artist who moved to New York from Japan. She learned the flexn dance style in Brooklyn. She blends multiple styles and inspirations to express her personality through the language of the body. Along with other techniques, Risa creates a unique form of movement for the eyes and hearts of her audience to follow.
Derick ‘Spectacular Slicc’ Murreld
As a flexn dancer, Derick ‘Spectacular Slicc’ Murreld has traveled to 11 countries, appeared in a Monster Sound headphone commercial during the Super Bowl, a Tribeca Films campaign, Rihanna’s VMA performance, and music videos including Skrillex’s “Red Lips,” David Guetta’s “Say My Name,” Davido’s “All Of You,” and others.
Andre ‘Dre Don’ Redman
Andre ‘Dre Don’ Redman is from Flatbush, Brooklyn. He has been involved with flexn for 12 years and feels connected to the style of dancing through his family’s Jamaican background. He is a member of the group MainEvenTT and has won dance tournaments, performed on well-known stages, and toured the world.

FlexNYC Dancers

Emmanuel Hernandez
Dominican and Harlem-raised, Emmanuel Hernandez expresses himself through dance and finds therapeutic qualities within the art form of flexn. Of the flexn styles, Hernandez specializes in bruk up, waving, and foundation. Beginning his senior year at Landmark High School, he has studied the flexn style over the last three years with the FlexNYC program. Hernandez’s talent was recognized by his flexn mentors Deidra Braz and Jason Cust. Hernandez finds inspiration in New York City’s annual Pride March and Brazilian artists who have taught him that good music transcends a language barrier.
Ebony Sexius
Ebony Sexius is a Bronx-born artist who has been dancing since she was a little girl. While she saw herself as a lawyer even in her first year at Landmark High School, she always imagined becoming a dance teacher, as well. Concentrating in the flexn styles of bonebreaking, foundation, and waving, Sexius considers artists Shelby Felton, Deidra Braz, and Jason Cust as mentors who have inspired her and recognized her talent. R&B recording artist Aaliyah is deeply influential to Sexius’s artistic practice.

The strongest tool of an ensemble is a culture of the group. It is a very special gift to be invited into a company and be trusted with this tool. The physical experimentation and intellectual rigor of The D.R.E.A.M. Ring company is joyful creative material. As each of us on the project considers our personal experiences with the abuse of state power infiltrating our most intimate lives, we explore individual and collective mythologies that break open cycles of limited freedom. What if Daedalus, maker of the Labyrinth, the great craftsman—what if the wings he gave his son Icarus were aided and fueled by the sun’s power? How do we construct our prayers for a next generation? Each section of Maze is a vignette, a poem, a story, an invitation to consider the interconnected nature of our collective flight and freedom.

Kaneza Schaal, Co-director

Production Credits

Ryan A. Ross, Stage Manager
Ryan A. Ross is a recent graduate from Syracuse University with a BFA in stage management. Ross has worked on The Shed’s Soundtrack of America and with The First Annual Trump Family Special, The Wrong Box, Lost in Yonkers, Tenth Man, Red Bull Theater, Broadway Cares Equity Fights AIDS, the York Theatre Company (Desperate Measures and Unexpected Joy), the Williamstown Theatre Festival, and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Lauren Cavanaugh, Assistant Stage Manager
Seth Huling, Head Audio
Maytte Martinez, Head Electrician
Stephen Sury, Lead Carpenter
4 Wall Lighting, Additional Lighting
Sound Associates, Additional Audio
Special thanks to Nike

Shed Program Team
Alex Poots, Artistic Director and CEO
Tamara McCaw, Chief Civic Program Officer
Solana Chehtman, Director of Civic Programs
María Fernanda Snellings, Assistant Producer, Civic Programs
Maggie MacTiernan, Director of Artist Services
Marc Warren, Director of Production
Neal Wilkinson, Production Manager
Isaac Katzanek, Production Manager
Pope Jackson, Production Supervisor

Location and dates

This event takes place in The Griffin Theater.
Wednesday - Friday at 7:30 pm
Saturday at 7 pm and 9:30 pm
Sunday at 2 pm


  • Running time: 65 minutes, no intermission
  • This performance includes the use of haze and fog effects, and flashing lights
  • This performance is part standing, part seated. Visitors may request seats for the full performance via our visitor experience staff
  • The Shed’s Hudson Yards Public Square entrance and coat check will be closed from July 29 through August 5; please enter through the 30th Street entrance
  • Membership does not guarantee ticket availability, so we encourage you to book early
  • All tickets sales are final; times and performers are subject to change


The Shed thanks Academy for Young Writers; ARTs East NY; August Martin High School; Betances Community Center; Bronx Lab School; BronxWorks; Brooklyn Frontier High School; CAMBA; Catherine & Count Basie Middle School 72; Child Center of New York; El Puente at Independence Towers; Elliott-Chelsea Houses; Fashion Industries High School; Fort Greene Young Minds COMPASS Program; Frederick Douglass Academy III; Fulton Houses; George Westinghouse Jr. High School of Career and Technical Education; Hammels Cornerstone Community Center; Howard Houses; Hudson Guild; Ingersoll Community Center; Landmark High School; Man Up!; Mosholu Montefiore Community Center; Ocean Bay Cornerstone Community Center; Performing Arts and Technology School; Prince Joshua Avitto Community Center; Queens Satellite High School for Opportunity; SONYC Union Settlement School of the Arts, Collaboration, and Technology; Teachers Preparatory High School; The Ralph Bunche School PS 125, Boys & Girls Club of Harlem; United Activities Unlimited, Inc., West Brighton Cornerstone Community Center; University Settlement; Urban Assembly School for Collaborative Healthcare; and Nyte Vision.

Thank you to our partners

The Wells Fargo Foundation is proud to be the leading sponsor of Maze and FlexNYC.

The creation of new work at The Shed is generously supported by The Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch Commissioning Fund and The Shed Commissioners.

Major support for live productions at The Shed is provided by the Charina Endowment Fund.