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

Friday 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.

Music direction/re-innovation by Monstah Black, conceptual/choreographic direction by Johnnie Cruise Mercer, and costume curation directed by Trebian 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 solo, performed by Mullin, emerges from Pittman’s interest in Black quiet, Black nuance, and Black subtlety in performance as an act of resistance.

Performer: Anita Mullin
Costume collaborator: Athena Kokoronis of The Domestic Performance Agency
Lighting designer: Carol Mullins