Events – Danspace Project
Josiah McElheny and Jodi Melnick. Photo: Judy Hussie-Taylor.
Josiah McElheny and Jodi Melnick. Photo: Judy Hussie-Taylor.

Josiah McElheny’s Prismatic Park: Jodi Melnick

Danspace Project has been invited by artist and MacArthur Foundation Fellowship recipient, Josiah McElheny, to participate in Madison Square Park Conservancy’s thirty-fourth exhibition, Prismatic Park.

Danspace Executive Director & Chief Curator, Judy Hussie-Taylor, has invited four dance artists to “inhabit” the Park to realize new commissions throughout the exhibition.

The project features three large sculptures of painted wood and prismatic glass on view in Madison Square Park from June 13, 2017 through October 8, 2017. The resident artists will create ambitious new work that summons the potential for imagination, creativity, and performance inspired by spontaneous audiences and chance encounters.

Danspace Project’s resident artists and dates in Prismatic Park are as follows:
Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Riener: June 20-25, 2017June 27-July 2, 2017
Netta Yerushalmy: August 1-6, 2017August 8-13, 2017
Jodi Melnick: September 12-17, 2017September 19-24, 2017


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Other performances

Photo by Richard Louissaint
Photo by Richard Louissaint

André M. Zachery/Renegade Performance Group: Untamed Space

In Untamed Space, Renegade Performance Group artistic director and choreographer André M. Zachery calls upon his familial lineage in the Southern United States and Haiti and his upbringing on the south side of Chicago to construct an interdisciplinary performance about “marooning” in the 21st Century.

Historically, maroon colonies were liberated communities of Africans who escaped to hills, mountains, and forests upon their arrival to the Americas in the 17th and 18th centuries. Untamed Space considers the spiritual dimensions of maro​on colonies and, in Zachery’s own words,​ “how the creation of those impassible spaces has influenced contemporary identities of African-blooded people in the Americas.​”

This is Zachery’s latest foray under his AFROFUTURISM series, an ongoing artistic investigation exploring and reinterpreting Black signifiers and culture through technology with a contemporary perspective. Untamed Space covers the trajectory of marooning across time and space: starting in Haiti, moving to Mississippi, and, as Zachery explains, “arriving at my point of departure in Chicago, and into the Afrofuture.”

Performers: Kentoria EarleCandace Thompson, Nehemoyia Young, and André M. Zachery.
Artistic Director/Choreographer/Visual Media Designer: André M. Zachery
Composer/Sound Artist: Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste
Lighting Designer: Carol Mullins
Costume/Visual Designer: Joy Havens
Dramaturge: Rosamond S. King
Musical Contributor: King Britt

Photo by Natalie Fionl; courtesy of Jessie Young.
Photo by Natalie Fionl; courtesy of Jessie Young.

DraftWork: Jonathan Gonzalez / Jessie Young

Curated by Ishmael Houston-Jones, the DraftWork series hosts informal, free 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 and curator.

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