Calentura, 2015, at MoMA PS1 as part of VW Sunday Sessions. © 2015 MoMA PS1, New York. Photo: Joe Bataan

Connecting multiple generations and genres rooted in New York City’s vibrant dance culture, Calentura is a celebration of heavy beats and traditional rhythms from across Latin America and around the world. Representing the new wave of experimental dance music, Calentura brings together tropical grooves and low-end booty bass for a retro-futuristic exploration of salsa twerk, nu-cumbia, equatorial trap, dembow, moombahton and more.

Broadcast live by Boiler Room New York, the program features live performances from legendary Latin soul singer Joe Bataan along with NYC’s modern hard-hitting salsa crew Los Hacheros, plus DJ sets from Global Bass pioneers Nickodemus, Que Bajo‘s Uproot Andy and Geko Jones, and Subsuelo‘s DJ Ethos and Gozar.

This celebration features delicious food inspired by the music courtesy of M. Wells Dinette.


2:00 p.m.: DJ Gozar (Calentura / Fania Records)
2:30 p.m.: Geko Jones (Que Bajo)
3:00 p.m.: Los Hacheros (Live)
3:45 p.m.: DJ Ethos (Calentura / Fania Records)
4:15 p.m.: Uproot Andy (Que Bajo)
4:45 p.m.: Joe Bataan (Live)
5:30 p.m.: Nickodemus

MoMA PS1’s acclaimed VW Sunday Sessions performance series welcomes visitors to experience and participate in live art. Since its founding in 1976, MoMA PS1 has offered audiences one of the most extensive programs of live performance in the world. VW Sunday Sessions highlights artists responding to contemporary social and political issues through a wide variety of creative and critical lenses. Encompassing performance, music, dance, conversation, and film, the series develops and presents projects by established and emerging artists, scholars, activists, and other cultural instigators. With a focus on artists that blur and break traditional genre boundaries, VW Sunday Sessions embraces the communities in New York City that create and sustain artistic practice.

Since 2012, VW Sunday Sessions has presented a commissioning program resulting in new work by Trajal Harrell, Mårten Spångberg, Anne Imhof, Tobias Madison and Matthew Lutz Kinoy, Hannah Black, and Colin Self. Additionally, the VW Dome Artist Residency offers a platform for creative development and experimentation for artists at all stages of the creative process.


Calentura is organised by Canyon Cody, Fania Records and Morgan Steiker, Boiler Room New York

Sunday Sessions is organized by Jenny Schlenzka, Associate Curator, with Mark Beasley, Guest Curator; Alex Sloane, Curatorial Assistant; and Rosey Selig-Addiss, Associate Producer.

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Sunday Sessions and the VW Dome at MoMA PS1 are made possible by a partnership with Volkswagen of America.

This performance is part of VW Sunday Sessions.