Events – Danspace Project
Photo: Anjola Toro
Photo: Anjola Toro

Vicky Shick and Dancers: Next to the Sink

*There is no late seating for this performance. Please arrive on time!*

After over 25 years of making dances with various collaborators and performers, Vicky Shick is committed to revealing the soul, passion, and fragility of performers. “My flat-out belief is that they are at the heart of all work. I am equally intrigued by spilling unexpected intimacies into these collaborative dances and thus sharing that sense of stray tenderness with the audience,” she writes.

With Next to the Sink, Shick examines how to uncover these essences in relationship to movement, to a space, to sound and to our fraught times. With visual artist, Seline Baumgartner, Shick accentuates possibilities for connectedness and warmth within the architecture of Danspace Project’s sacred sanctuary space through the smattering of tableaus, portraits, gently odd-ball incongruities, and highly detailed, vivid movement passages.

Writes Shick, “All I want to do is deliver our distinctive efforts at presenting our quintessential selves inside the rigor of form and curious meanderings.”

Performers: Jodi Bender, Jennifer Lafferty, Mina Nishimura, Jimena Paz, and Shick
Set Design: Seline Baumgartner
Lighting Design: Carol Mullins
Sound Design: Jon Kinzel
Costume Design: Naoko Nagata

(L): Camilo Godoy, Rehearsal documentation at the Leslie-Lohman Project Space, 2018. Courtesy of the artist. (R): Christopher Núñez by Roger Ruiz.

DraftWork: Camilo Godoy / Christopher Núñez

Curated by Ishmael Houston-Jones, the DraftWork series hosts informal Saturday afternoon performances that offer choreographers an opportunity to show their work in various stages of development.

Performances are followed by discussion and a reception with the artists.

DraftWork is free and open to the public. All are welcome!

Camilo Godoy is an artist whose practice is concerned with the construction of political meanings and histories. He was born in Bogotá, Colombia and is based in New York, United States. He is a graduate of The New School with a BFA from Parsons School of Design, 2012; and a BA from Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts, 2013. Godoy was a 2017 Artist-in-Residence, International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP); 2015-2017 Artist-in-Residence, Movement Research. His work has been presented in public space as a billboard in New York and at venues such as Recess, New York; Movement Research at the Judson Church, New York; La MaMa Galleria, New York; Donaufestival, Krems; and Mousonturm, Frankfurt, among others.

Christopher “Unpezverde” Núñez is a Costa Rican born, Brooklyn based choreographer. He holds a BFA in Science in Performing Arts from the National University of Costa Rica. He creates performative playgrounds using elements of folk art, queer culture, technology and anthropomorphism of objects.He has performed internationally in Dominican Republic, Mexico, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras, Peru, Costa Rica and New York City. Most recently, his work has been presented at Movement Research at The Judson Church, Battery Dance Festival, The Leslie Lohman Museum for Gay and Lesbian Art, BAM Fisher and The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.

Ishmael Houston-Jones (curator): choreographer, author, performer, teacher, and curator. His​ ​improvised dance and text work has been performed in New York, across the US, and in Europe,​ ​Canada, Australia, and Latin America. He and Fred Holland shared a New York Dance and​ ​Performance “Bessie” Award for Cowboys, Dreams and Ladders. He was awarded his second​ ​“Bessie” Award for the revival of THEM, his 1985/86 collaboration with writer Dennis Cooper​ ​and​ ​composer Chris Cochrane. He curated Platform 2012: Parallels and Platform 2016:Lost & Found,​ ​both at Danspace Project. He has received a 2016 Herb Alpert, a 2015 Doris Duke Impact and a​ ​2013 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Artists Awards. In 2017 he received a third “Bessie” for​ ​Variations on Themes from Lost and Found: Scenes from a Life and other Works by John Bernd.

DraftWork is presented, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

Johnnie Cruise Mercer by Torian Ugworji; Angie Pittman courtesy of the artist.

Johnnie Cruise Mercer/Angie Pittman: A Shared Evening of New Work

Thursday night’s performance will be followed by a discussion moderated by Jonathan González.

Johnnie Cruise Mercer is a maker, performer, educator, and artistic entrepreneur, and Director of TheREDprojectNYC based in NYC. Mercer’s process memoir 4: The word, the spirit, and Little Rock is an active generational collaboration/conversation that incites the practice of simultaneous deconstruction and reconstruction of gospel music, black spiritual imagery/idols, and physicalized otherhood through trance.

The process is made in creational collaboration with artists Shanice Mason, Adrianne Ansley, Thomas Tyger Moore, and Mikaila Ware, with Music direction/re-innovation by performer/recording artist, Monstah Black, and costume curation directed by multi-disciplinary artist, Trebien Pollard.

Through her work, NYC-based Bessie award-winning dance artist, dance maker, and dance educator, Angie Pittman, investigates how her body moves through ballad, groove, sparkle, spirit, spirituals, ancestry, vulnerability, and power.

“Came Up in a Lonely Castle” is created with collaborator and friend Anita Mullin. This work, performed by Pittman and Mullin, emerges from Pittman’s interest in Black quiet, Black nuance, and Black subtlety in performance as an act of resistance.

Creator & performer: Angie Pittman
Performer: Anita Mullin
Costume collaborator: Athena Kokoronis of The Domestic Performance Agency
Lighting designer: Carol Mullins 

WATCH THE TRAILER

Photo: Richard Termine

New York Theatre Ballet

Community ACCESS provides subsidized off-season rental opportunities for Danspace Project community members.

New York Theatre Ballet returns to Danspace Project for their fifth season with:

 

Richard Alston’s The Seasons, one of the Best Dance Picks of 2018 by The New York Times critics;

 

Matthew Nash’s The Elements of Stylebased on Strunk and White’s classic guide to writing;

 

Merce Cunningham’s Scramble (1967) with decor by Frank Stella, music by Toshi Ichiyanagi. NYTB’s Scramble production is part of the Merce Cunningham Centennial Celebration.

ABOUT NEW YORK THEATRE BALLET Diana Byer (Founder and Artistic Director)

With its ever-expanding repertory, New York Theatre Ballet’s cutting-edge programming brings fresh insight to classic revivals paired with the modern sensibilities of both established and up-and-coming choreographers. Going strong after 40 years, New York Theatre Ballet’s diversity in repertory explores the past while boldly taking risks on the future.

(L): Brendan Drake by Whitney Browne; (R): Marion Spencer by Whitney Browne.

DraftWork: Brendan Drake / Marion Spencer

Curated by Ishmael Houston-Jones, the DraftWork series hosts informal Saturday afternoon performances that offer choreographers an opportunity to show their work in various stages of development.

Performances are followed by discussion and a reception with the artists.

DraftWork is free and open to the public. All are welcome!

Brendan Drake is a Brooklyn based interdisciplinary artist who uses theatricality and disparate dance forms to create performance spectacles. He was a 2017/18 Fresh Tracks Artist through New York Live Arts and the recipient of a 2015 CUNY Dance Initiative Grant through Baruch College. His recent work has been presented at Brooklyn Studios for Dance,​ ​HERE, La MaMa, Gowanus Loft, the CURRENT SESSIONS, Industry City Distillery, Joe’s Pub, Museum for the Moving Image and No Theme Festival (Poughkeepsie, NY). In addition to his work for the stage, Brendan choreographed the fall 2014 “Equality = Love” campaign for Adidas Originals/Pharrell Williams and served as movement coordinator on editorial shoots for Vogue and Elle Magazines. Brendan received his BFA in Dance from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Marion Spencer is a New York- based dance artist. Her work has been presented by Gibney’s WORK UP 4.0, Triskelion Arts, Movement Research at the Judson Church, and the Domestic Performance Agency. Since moving to New York, Marion has collaborated and performed with Athena Kokoronis, Kinesis Project Dance Theatre, Stephan Koplowitz, Annie Kloppenberg, Carte Blanche Performance, Shaun Irons & Lauren Petty, Vanessa Justice, and apprenticed and performed with David Dorfman Dance. In addition to performing and making, she also teaches dance at Gibney, Dancewave, Greenwich Country Day School, and Girls Preparatory Charter Middle School. www.marion-spencer.com

Ishmael Houston-Jones (curator): choreographer, author, performer, teacher, and curator. His​ ​improvised dance and text work has been performed in New York, across the US, and in Europe,​ ​Canada, Australia, and Latin America. He and Fred Holland shared a New York Dance and​ ​Performance “Bessie” Award for Cowboys, Dreams and Ladders. He was awarded his second​ ​“Bessie” Award for the revival of THEM, his 1985/86 collaboration with writer Dennis Cooper​ ​and​ ​composer Chris Cochrane. He curated Platform 2012: Parallels and Platform 2016:​ ​Lost & Found,​ ​both at Danspace Project. He has received a 2016 Herb Alpert, a 2015 Doris Duke Impact and a​ ​2013 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Artists Awards. In 2017 he received a third “Bessie” for​ ​Variations on Themes from Lost and Found: Scenes from a Life and other Works by John Bernd.

DraftWork is presented, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

Photo: Ian Douglas.

Ni’Ja Whitson | The NWA Project: Oba Qween Baba King Baba

Co-commissioned by Danspace Project and Abrons Arts Center.

Ni’Ja Whitson’s Oba Qween Baba King Baba engages spiritual multiplicity and the role of Queerness in the Divine. The work’s title is based on the Yorùbá word “Oba,” which is a genderless term that has come to be known as a king.

This interdisciplinary work, performed by The NWA Project, is informed by personal narratives of queer and trans children of preachers and designed to be witnessed from above. Through movement, poetry, jazz, textile and video art, Oba Qween Baba King Baba uncovers architectures of the body, space, and sexuality to interrogate power and ways masculinity influences the perceived histories of religion.

An iteration of this work was presented during Dancing Platform Praying Grounds: Blackness, Churches, and Downtown Dance (Platform 2018) curated by Reggie Wilson.

Performers: The NWA Project: Kirsten Davis, Shayla-Vie Jenkins, Paloma McGregor, Annie Wang, Ni’Ja Whitson. Featuring Marvin K. White
Musician/Composer: Douglas R. Ewart
Sound Design: Jeremy Toussaint-BaptisteA.J. McClenon and Ni’Ja Whitson
Lighting Designer: Tuce Yasak
Costume Designer: Jeanne Medina and Peiyi Wong
Objects: Ni’Ja Whitson

Free preview showing, March 23, 7pm:
On Saturday, March 23 at 7pm, there will be a free preview showing of Oba Qween Baba King Baba for QTPOC (Queer and Trans People of Color) identified people. Please write to lydia@danspaceproject.orgfor more details.