Events – Danspace Project
Photo: Lindsey Dietz Marchant

Ursula Eagly: Our Epithelium

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

Ursula Eagly’s Our Epithelium is choreography for psychosocial motor systems. Highly composed and barely performative, this piece is made by secretion, absorption, and interaction. It is a piece for a large cast and a small audience, with two performances per evening at 8pm & 9pm. Writes Eagly, “It is architectural, reciprocal, interpersonal, intersubjective, and we can’t do it without you.”

Our Epithelium features: Madeline Best, Peggy Cheng, André Daughtry, Rebecca Davis, Blaze Ferrer, Katherine Howard, Elena Rose Light, Julie Mayo, Kay Ottinger, Londs (Lindsay) Reuter, and Tara Sheena, with lighting by Kathy Kaufmann

The creation of Ursula Eagly’s Our Epithelium was made possible, in part, by the Danspace Project 2018-2019 Commissioning Initiative, supported by the Jerome Foundation, as well as with a production residency supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Ursula Eagly researched, developed and honed Our Epithelium with financial, administrative, and residency support from Dance in Process at Gibney. This project is supported by Movement Research Exchange/Korea with funding support from the Asian Cultural Council and the Seoul Foundation for Arts and Culture. This project is supported by the GPS/Global Practice Sharing program of Movement Research with funding from the Trust for Mutual Understanding.

Ursula Eagly makes dances characterized by a “rabbit-hole logic” (NY Times) that consider the potential of porosity, an interrupted physicality, and you. Her work has been commissioned and presented in New York by The Chocolate Factory, Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace Project, and Mount Tremper Arts, among others, and internationally in Albania, Denmark, Italy, Japan, Macedonia, Manipur, and Mexico. Her work has been sustained by grants from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation/USArtists International, The Suitcase Fund, FCA/Emergency Grant, Japan Foundation/Performing Arts JAPAN, the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, and the Queens Council on the Arts, and through residencies including Movement Research AIR, Explore the Metropolis Choreographer + Composer, Gibney DiP & boo koo, Dance New Amsterdam AIR, DTW Studio Series, DTW Fresh Tracks, Topaz Arts’ Solo Flight, and Ur (NYC), Kaatsbaan International Dance Center (Tivoli, NY), IIAC (Earthdance), Stara Elektrarna (Ljubljana), STATION (Belgrade), and Seoul Dance Center (Korea). Other projects include writing for magazines from Artforum to ARTnews and editing 53rd State Press Dance Pamphlet (inaugural edition), Movement Research Performance Journal (#41 & 42), Critical Correspondence (2010-2011), and Danspace Project catalogues (PLATFORM 2010 & 2011). Ursula was Artistic Advisor for NYLA’s Fresh Tracks program (2014-2017) and currently serves on the Explore the Metropolis Advisory Board.

Tendayi Kuumba by Angie Vasquez, Samita Sinha by Aram Jibilian

A Shared Evening of Work by Tendayi Kuumba & Samita Sinha

Part of collective terrain/s — a collective research process organized by Lydia Bell, Jasmine Hearn & Tatyana Tenenbaum. More info on collective terrain/s

Dancer, acclaimed jazz singer, songwriter, and company member of Urban Bush Women, Tendayi Kuumba works with visual, creative sound, and spoken word artist Greg Purnell to present U.F.O.: (Unidentified Fly Objects), an exploration of sound meeting the body.

Explains Kuumba, “When I think of “collective terrain”, I think of [a] telescope, a kaleidoscope… the literal galaxy and the internal galaxy that is our DNA.” Partners in love and in life, Kuumba and Purnell imagine this duet as “a micro-journey through one’s inner-verse, an otherworldly deja vu, a reminder of what we once were.”

Composer, performer, and educator Samita Sinha combines tradition and experiment to make vocal performance works that investigate cultural inheritance and the experience of being a body in the world.

Infinity Folds is a dance in sound—a process of coming together to make formations of vibration, inside and outside. The work is composed and instigated by Sinha and created by Regina BainRina Espiritu, Fana Fraser, Yingjia Lemon Guo, Chaesong Kim, Risha Lee, Okwui Okpokwasili, lily bo shapiro, Sheena Sood, and Helen Yung, who work with fragments of Baul music, a radically embodied folk tradition from Bengal, to open possibilities for voice and body.

Jasmine Hearn, Tendayi Kuumba, Samita Sinha, Tatyana Tenenbaum.
Jasmine Hearn, Tendayi Kuumba, Samita Sinha, Tatyana Tenenbaum. Photo: Megan Stahl.

collective terrain/s Workshop

Part of collective terrain/s — a collective research process organized by Lydia Bell, Jasmine Hearn & Tatyana Tenenbaum. More info on collective terrain/s

Jasmine Hearn, Tendayi Kuumba, Samita Sinha, and Tatyana Tenenbaum will collectively lead participants in a workshop on sounding in the body. Each artist will share a part of their process or approach with participants.

Come as you are; no prior dance or vocal experience necessary!

Lydia Bell, Jasmine Hearn, Tendayi Kuumba, Samita Sinha, Tatyana Tenenbaum, Denise Shu Mei
Lydia Bell, Jasmine Hearn, Tendayi Kuumba, Samita Sinha, Tatyana Tenenbaum, Denise Shu Mei. Photo: Megan Stahl.

collective terrain/s Publication Launch Party

Part of collective terrain/s — a collective research process organized by Lydia Bell, Jasmine Hearn & Tatyana Tenenbaum. More info on collective terrain/s

Celebrate the launch of the collective terrain/s publication, designed by collective please/denise shu mei, with contributions from Lydia Bell, Marisa Clementi, Yingjia Lemon Guo, Jasmine Hearn, Tendayi Kuumba, Pareena Lim, Rebeca Medina, Denise Shu Mei, Amber Jamilla Musser, Greg Purnell, lily bo shapiro, Samita Sinha, Jules Skloot, Tatyana Tenenbaum, Nicole Wallace, Cyrah Ward, and Rochelle Jamila Wilbun.

This event will feature readings by Amber Jamilla Musser, Nicole Wallace, Cyrah Ward, and Rochelle Jamila Wilbun.

Refreshments will be served!

Click here to buy your copy of the collective terrain/s publication today!

Jasmine Hearn by Ian Douglas, Tatyana Tenenbaum by Megan Stahl.

A shared evening of work by Jasmine Hearn & Tatyana Tenenbaum

Part of collective terrain/s — a collective research process organized by Lydia Bell, Jasmine Hearn & Tatyana Tenenbaum. More info on collective terrain/s

Thursday’s performance will be followed by a discussion with Charmaine Warren
Friday’s performance will be followed by a discussion with Okwui Okpokwasili

Bessie Award-winning performer and choreographer Jasmine Hearn uses dance and sound as materials to make, teach, and perform around the world. you think you fancy is a performance project using sound and movement from family, community, and elders. It is a mash-up of the pedestrian, the virtuosic, and the practical, with a focus on tension and vulnerability.

Paired with a sound-scape, this is a dance score for black femmes to follow their pleasure and to connect using languages that bring them most comfort. Writes Hearn, “using dance, poetry, song, text, and sound, we are grieving. And we are celebrating…It’s about them and her and my sister and our moving bodies with the ever-changing horizon.”

Performers include Maria Bauman, Solana Hoffman Carter, Aye Eckerson, Dominica Greene, Jasmine Hearn, Kadie Henderson, Catherine Kirk, Jennifer Payan, Angie Pittman, Jo Stewart, and Rochelle Jamila Wilbun with costumes designed by Athena Kokoronis of Domestic Performance Agency and lighting design by Kathy Kaufmann.

Choreographer and composer Tatyana Tenenbaum’s work explores the phenomenal space of the singing body and its capacity to hold and shape American narratives. Tenenbaum and co-performers/co-creators Marisa Clementi, Pareena Lim, Emily Moore, Jules Skloot, and Saúl Ulerio have been putting into action a relational practice that grows from conversation, trust, togetherness, disagreement, and dissent – a practice of being together through body and voice.

Tidal is a collision of our future bodies with song. “I have written music that traces points in my lineage, some recent and some distant or barely imagined. These are the bones that hold our landscape together, crooning, clamoring polyphony, swelling and disintegrating all at once,” writes Tenenbaum.

Music and Direction: Tatyana Tenenbaum, Cartography: Rebeca Medina, Lighting Design: Kathy Kaufmann

Images: Simone Forti, “Sleep Walkers” (1968/2010). Performance at Artist’s Residence, Los Angeles. Image courtesy of the artist and The Box, LA. Photo: Jason Underhill. Okwui Okpokwasili, “Bronx Gothic” (2015). Performance at Danspace Project. Photo: Ian Douglas.

Gala 2019: Rebel Angels: Honoring Simone Forti & Okwui Okpokwasili

Tuesday, May 7 at 6pm

Danspace’s 2019 Gala honors visionary artists Simone Forti and Okwui Okpokwasili, whose embodied grace and radical generosity inspire across generations.

Wine Reception, Dinner, and Performances

Introductory Remarks
Hilton Als
Yvonne Rainer

David Thomson

Grisha Coleman, Simone Forti’s Huddle, Paul Hamilton, K.J. Holmes, Bebe Miller, Angie Pittman, Samita Sinha, and others to be announced.
*Doors open for performances at 8:15pm. Performance-only tickets are available!

Silent Art Auction (April 30-May 14)
Featuring artwork and exclusive experiences by Jonathan Allen, Daniel Bejar, Damien Davis, Brendan Fernandes, Andrea Geyer, Camilo Godoy, Thomas J. Lax, Glenn Ligon, Carlos Motta, Jim R. Moore, Peter Moore, Okwui Okpokwasili, Porsena Restaurant, Kamau Ware, Sacha Yanow, and others to be announced.
Hosted by Paddle8. The auction opens April 30 and runs until May 14. Preview the auction here.

at Danspace Project
St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery
Second Avenue & East Tenth Street, New York City

Festive Dress

Questions? Contact: Peggy Cheng at or (212) 674-3838

Simone Forti, Yvonne Rainer, and Steve Paxton.
Simone Forti, Yvonne Rainer, and Steve Paxton. Photo: Ian Douglas.

Forti, Paxton, Rainer Read Their Writings

*Tickets are limited — buy yours now!*

In fall 2017, almost six decades after attending Robert Dunn’s workshop together at the Merce Cunningham studio, esteemed artists Simone Forti, Steve Paxton, and Yvonne Rainer came together at Danspace Project for Tea for Three, an evening of improvisation and interaction – their first New York collaboration as a trio.

In the spirit of experimentation, and in celebration of new publications from Forti and Paxton, the trio reconvenes for two evenings of performative readings.

mayfield brooks and Malcolm-x Betts
mayfield brooks by David Gonsier; Malcolm-x Betts by Nicolas James Harris

DraftWork: mayfield brooks / Malcolm-x Betts

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.

mayfield brooks improvises while black and is based in brooklyn, new york. mayfield also works as an artist scholar, farmer & movement-based performance artist, is a 2017 artist in residence at Movement Research in New York City, participated in Gathering Place: Black Queer Land(ing) 2018 at Gibney,  and was a 2018 Works on Water Artist in Residence at Governor’s Island.

Malcolm-x Betts is a Bronx based curator, visual, and dance artist who believes that art is a transformative vehicle that brings people and communities together. The frame of his artistic work is around using embodiment for finding liberation, Black imagination, and directly engaging with challenges placed on the physical body. Betts recently developed and presented excerpts of Black Bodies Gone Down: A Depiction of Black Masculinity at La MaMa Umbria International in Spoleto, Italy. La Mama NYC, Gibney Dance Center, Movement Research at Judson Church, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), The Bronx Museum and Dixon Place. Betts has a community engagement practice allowing artistic freedom and making art accessible to everyone. Betts is currently a 2018 Artist and Resident with Movement Research.Performed in works in collaboration with luciana achuga, Jonathan Gonzalez and Mersiha Mesihovic.


Neil Goldberg, courtesy the artist
Kerry Downey, courtesy the artist
David Antonio Cruz, courtesy the artist

Food for Thought: After Mentorship curated by Queer|Art

Danspace Project’s Food for Thought series presents two unique evenings of performance selected by a different guest artist curator each night. Admission each night is just $5 + 2 cans of food or $10. Canned goods are donated to the Momentum Project, which provides support to any person in need in NYC, especially those living with HIV/AIDS or other chronic illness.

Queer|Art, NYC’s home for the creative and professional development of LGBTQ+ artists, presents two evenings of performances and performance-for-camera by two pairs of artists who have worked together previously as part of the organization’s celebrated Queer|Art|Mentorship program.

Each evening is organized to highlight the unique relationships—creative, professional, personal, and otherwise—that have developed between Neil Goldberg & David Antonio Cruz (May 23) and Angela Dufresne & Kerry Downey (May 24) through their participation in the program, with a short conversation to explore the value and potential of mentorship within LGBTQ+ creative communities.

Thursday, May 23 at 8pm
After Mentorship with Neil Goldberg & David Antonio Cruz

Neil Goldberg mentored David Antonio Cruz during the 2017-2018 Queer|Art|Mentorship cycle. With Neil’s support, David expanded a drawing series and an operatic performance based on the ethnographic photographs and ‘Black Diaries’ of British consul and Irish Nationalist Roger Casement, in which Casement wrote of his affairs with young men of color during hist travels to the Congo and Brazil. “Queer|Art|Mentorship provided the one on one mentoring that I was seeking,” David writes of his time in the program. “I held back at the beginning. I believe Neil saw that and created a safe environment for me to open up and be honest about my artistic insecurities to help guide me.”

Friday, May 24 at 8pm
After Mentorship with Angela Dufresne & Kerry Downey

Angela Dufresne mentored Kerry Downey during the 2012-2013 Queer|Art|Mentorship cycle. They have continued to collaborate and show work together ever since. In spring 2015, Angela took Kerry on a fishing trip upstate. Kerry’s subsequent project, Fishing with Angela, both a video and performance recreated for tonight’s program, uses an overhead projector to mimetically recreate their mentor’s gestures. This work explores the relationship between fishing and painting, mentor and mentee, wetness and flow.

Neil Goldberg makes video, photo, mixed media, and performance work about embodiment, sensing, mortality, and the everyday. This work has been exhibited at venues including The Museum of Modern Art (permanent collection), The New Museum of Contemporary Art, The Museum of the City of New York, The Kitchen, The Hammer Museum, The Pacific Film Archive, NGBK Kunsthalle Berlin, and El Centro de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, among others.

David Antonio Cruz is a multidisciplinary artist and a Professor of the Practice in Painting and Drawing at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University. Cruz fuses painting and performance to explore the visibility and intersectionality of brown, black, and queer bodies.

Angela Dufresne is a painter based in Brooklyn. Her work articulates non-paranoid, porous ways of being in a world fraught by fear, power, and possession. Through painting, drawing and performative works, she wields heterotopic narratives that are both non hierarchical and perverse.

Kerry Downey is an interdisciplinary artist and educator based in New York City. Downey’s work explores relationality through the multitude of ways we inhabit our bodies and access forms of power. Downey works primarily in video with a practice that includes printmaking, drawing, writing, and performance.

Queer|Art is New York City’s home for the creative and professional development of LGBT+ artists. Queer|Art|Mentorship, the organization’s core program, was established in 2011 to establish an intergenerational and interdisciplinary network of support for LGBTQ+ artists. Now going into its eight year, the program has nurtured more than 130 creative and professional relationships, producing a diverse and vibrant community of filmmakers, authors, performers, visual artists, and curators. Working against a natural segregation between generations and disciplines, the program supports exchange between artists working in and across various fields of creative practice and at all levels of their careers. Past Mentors and Fellows include Hilton Als, Jess Barbagallo, Justin Vivian Bond, Yve Laris Cohen, Avram Finkelstein, Chitra Ganesh, Tourmaline, Thomas Allen Harris, Silas Howard, Carlos Motta, Jacolby Satterwhite, Justin Sayre, Sarah Schulman, and Tommy Pico.

Photo: Cory Antiel

Hadar Ahuvia: The Dances are for Us

The Dances are for Us continues choreographer, performer, and educator Hadar Ahuvia’s examination into the construction of Israeli folk dance. Working with a group of dancers with various relationships to Zionism, Israeli folk dance, and other classical and folk traditions, The Dances are for Us investigates the instrumentalization of dance in the birth of nation-states.

“Through the work, we strive to model accountability to our own heritage, histories, and to each other,” writes Ahuvia.

Created with the performers: Hadar Ahuvia, Oren Barnoy, Raha Behnam, Autumn Leonard, rosza daniel lang/levitsky, Mor Mendel, Jules Skloot, Zavé Martohardjono
Projection: Gil Sperling
Lighting Design: Carol Mullins
Sound Design: Avi Amon
Project Midwifery: rosza daniel lang/levitsky
Project Doula: Franny Silverman
Directorial Support: Jules Skloot

Hadar Ahuvia lives in Brooklyn where she teaches and organizes with a progressive Jewish community and brings her diasporic Israeli identity to the forefront of her contemporary dance performances.  Her work reimagines secular Israeli folk and Jewish liturgical material to envision and embody a just future for Israel/Palestine, and as such is an homage and break from a lineage of Zionist cultural workers. Ahuvia is grateful to have worked with artists Sara Rudner, Jill Sigman, Donna Uchizono, Molly Poerstel, Anna Sperber, Jon Kinzel, Stuart Shugg, Tatyana Tenenbaum, and Kathy Westwater. She currently performs with Reggie Wilson/ Fist and Heel Performance Group. Her work has been presented at Eastport Art Center, and SPACE Gallery, Maine, Judson, Dixon Place, CPR, BkSD, Danspace DraftWork, Movement Research Fall Festival, AUNTS, Catch, Roulette, DTW/NYLA, and the 14th St Y, and Art Station Foundations in Poznan, Poland. Ahuvia’s work has been supported by grants from the Brooklyn Arts Council, and residencies at DTW/NYLA (2012 Fresh Tracks Artist) Movement Research ( 2015 AIR), the 14th St. Y (2016 LABA Fellow), Art Stations Foundation through MR’s GPS program, CUNY Dance Initiative at the College of Staten Island (2017), EtM Choreographer + Composer Residency at Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning (JCAL), and Yaddo. Ahuvia organizes with Jews for Racial and Economic Justice and was a 2018 Bessie nominee for Outstanding “Breakout” Choreographer.