Events – Danspace Project
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, Rebeca Medina, 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

Host
David Thomson

Performances*
Grisha Coleman, Simone Forti’s Huddle, Paul Hamilton, K.J. Holmes, Bebe Miller, Angie Pittman, Samita Sinha, and special guests.
*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, Gerard & Kelly, Andrea Geyer, Camilo Godoy, Insa Restaurant, Thomas J. Lax, Glenn Ligon, Carlos Motta, Jim R. Moore, Peter Moore, Okwui Okpokwasili, Porsena Restaurant, Kamau Ware, and Sacha Yanow.
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 peggy@danspaceproject.org 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 his travels to the Congo and Brazil. Tonight, David presents “Thecasementboys,” a new performance addressing the complexities of attraction, of being desired and consumed, from the point of view of the unnamed young men in Casement’s writings.

Neil Goldberg has been engaged in a near-daily practice of jotting down his most uninhibited thoughts and observations about the world around him onto index cards. Numbering in the thousands, these cards have provided Neil with the raw material for spontaneous performances, public lectures, and interactive sculptures, including tonight’s performance. Often using the cards as a jumping off point for conversation and free association, Neil’s “Inhibited Bites” index card performances are guided by simple and accessible systems that playfully cut through chatter to establish unexpected social bonds between himself and others who are present.

“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.

“Fishing with Angela” is presented tonight as part of a shared evening entitled Catch and Release, in which Kerry and Angela enter into the ambivalence of certain traditions—portraiture, Bro-downs, fishing trips, side-by-side pissing, father and son relationships, among others—actively generating interchanges of social ritual, of song, of painting, of mimesis. In the artists’ own words: “In this queer ritual we say to each other: we are here now, together and separate. Entangled and distinct, un-mired if coded by these traditions.” There may be fly fishing in the church. With special guest Caroline Wells Chandler.

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. www.neilgoldberg.com

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. www.cruzantoniodavid.com

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. www.angeladufresne.org

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. www.kerrydowney.com

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. www.queer-art.org

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
Dramaturgy: Amir Farjoun

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.

Peter Stathas Dance
Peter Stathas Dance. Photo: Scott Shaw.

Peter Stathas Dance

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

Leaving and Coming Back is a collection of works Peter Stathas has created throughout his dance career. Stathas, a former member of Jose Limon Dance Company and Marta Renzi and Dancers, left dance in May 1985 to pursue a career in physical therapy. His love of dance and passion for creating new works brought him back to dance in 2016 when he premiered his first new work in over 30 years entitled Sehnsucht. Stathas’ decision to combine old and new works on this special evening allows audiences to experience his choreography as it has evolved over the years.

Saturday Mornings tells the very personal story of the choreographer’s relationship with his grandfather who was a welterweight champion boxer. Duets features two pieces of work that he created–one entitled Five Studies for a Waiter and a Business Woman in 1985 and his 2018 premiere of Assuage. These pieces will be presented alongside Peter’s latest piece, Conundrum, which was conceived with the idea of specific spaces being used to represent others’ perceptions.

Leaving and Coming Back is performed by Joe Fransee, Michael Greenberg, Selina Hack, Leo Hishikawa, Una Ludviksen, Mary McGrath, and Lauren Twomley.

Peter Stathas began his dance training at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in the mid 70’s, and continued his training at SUNY Purchase. He moved to New York City to continue his education and studied with dance luminaries such as Maggie Black, Geri Houlihan, Lar Lubovitch, Mark Morris, Marjorie Mussman, Ernie Pagnano, Zena Rommentt, and Mel Wong. Peter is grateful to these teachers, past and present, for their knowledge and training which continues to influence his work today.

In 1979, he became a member of the Jose Limon Dance Company and soon after joined Marta Renzi and Dancers. As a part of Marta Renzi’s company, he danced many roles and toured extensively before finding his passion for choreography, which lead him to begin creating his own works.

In 1986, Peter became interested in physical therapy as a way to combine his knowledge and love of dance with the awareness of proper physical alignment, so he enrolled at University of Massachusetts Lowell School for Physical Therapy. For 26 years, he focused solely on building his physical therapy practice and business, Freedom Physical Therapy Services.

In 2016, he was inspired to return to dance and created two new pieces of work which were featured in his first live performance in 30 years. In 2018, Peter was selected for the choreographic mentorship program DOVA with Doug Varone and Dancers. His new duet, Assauge, premiered at Gibney Dance Theatre in August of 2018.