Events – Danspace Project
Photo: Ian Douglas

Skeleton Architecture: Workshop #1

Open to Black identified folks ONLY, Skeleton Architecture will share practices that support collecting and centering in solidarity.

The Skeleton Architecture collective, the 2017 Bessie recipients for “Outstanding Performance,” originated through Eva Yaa Asantewaa’s curated evening during Danspace Project’s Platform 2016: Lost & Found. The collective is a vessel of Black womyn and gender non-conforming artists rooted in the rigor and power of the collective in practice. They commit to engaging embodied research to support the African Diasporic experiences. Join Skeleton Architecture for the culmination of their year-long Danspace Project Research Residency. There will be three offerings that include improvisation, movement, fellowship, music, and discussion.

Skeleton Architecture members are: Maria Bauman, Davalois Fearon, Marjani Forté-Saunders, Melanie Greene, Kayla Hamilton, Jasmine Hearn, Marguerite Hemmings, Nia Love, Paloma McGregor, Sydnie L. Mosley, Grace Osborne, Leslie Parker, Angie Pittman, Samantha Speis, Charmaine Warren, Edisa Weeks, Marýa Wethers, and Tara Aisha Willis.

Reserve your spot online and pay at the door — $5-10 sliding scale. Cash only, please!

Photo: Ian Douglas

Skeleton Architecture: Workshop #2

Open to all, this workshop offers a space to share Skeleton Architecture’s practices around improvisation, dance, and community.

The Skeleton Architecture collective, the 2017 Bessie recipients for “Outstanding Performance,” originated through Eva Yaa Asantewaa’s curated evening during Danspace Project’s Platform 2016: Lost & Found. The collective is a vessel of Black womyn and gender non-conforming artists rooted in the rigor and power of the collective in practice. They commit to engaging embodied research to support the African Diasporic experiences. Join Skeleton Architecture for the culmination of their year-long Danspace Project Research Residency. There will be three offerings that include improvisation, movement, fellowship, music, and discussion.

Skeleton Architecture members are: Maria Bauman, Davalois Fearon, Marjani Forté-Saunders, Melanie Greene, Kayla Hamilton, Jasmine Hearn, Marguerite Hemmings, Nia Love, Paloma McGregor, Sydnie L. Mosley, Grace Osborne, Leslie Parker, Angie Pittman, Samantha Speis, Charmaine Warren, Edisa Weeks, Marýa Wethers, and Tara Aisha Willis.

Reserve your spot online and pay at the door — $5-10 sliding scale. Cash only, please!

Photo: Ian Douglas

Skeleton Architecture: An Evening of Performance

On this special evening, Skeleton Architecture will share a performance that emphasizes the collaborative process and highlights the power of Black womyn within community. This sharing imagines and activates a site of InterSections – a crossroads, a place of high-stakes, risks and magic — through improvisation, dance, song, text, and spirit. Open to all.

The Skeleton Architecture collective, the 2017 Bessie recipients for “Outstanding Performance,” originated through Eva Yaa Asantewaa’s curated evening during Danspace Project’s Platform 2016: Lost & Found. The collective is a vessel of Black womyn and gender non-conforming artists rooted in the rigor and power of the collective in practice. They commit to engaging embodied research to support the African Diasporic experiences. Join Skeleton Architecture for the culmination of their year-long Danspace Project Research Residency. There will be three offerings that include improvisation, movement, fellowship, music, and discussion.

Skeleton Architecture members are: Maria Bauman, Davalois Fearon, Marjani Forté-Saunders, Melanie Greene, Kayla Hamilton, Jasmine Hearn, Marguerite Hemmings, Nia Love, Paloma McGregor, Sydnie L. Mosley, Grace Osborne, Leslie Parker, Angie Pittman, Samantha Speis, Charmaine Warren, Edisa Weeks, Marýa Wethers, and Tara Aisha Willis.

Photo: Nomi H. Rave

Valerie Green/Dance Entropy: Utopia

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

What does Utopia mean to you? Is it a physical, external place—or, might it reside internally? Valerie Green/Dance Entropy, in collaboration with visual artist Keren Anavy, explores the idea of Utopia through dance and visual art in her newest evening-length work.

Green questions whether Utopia might be an internal place, investigated through personal and intimate moments and alongside the community. The notion of what it means to be safe persists inside an environment that is continually built and deconstructed. Anavy’s artwork displays on 10-foot cylindrical pillars used by the dancers throughout the piece.

Click here to watch a trailer for Utopia

Choreography by Valerie Green
Concept by Keren Anavy and Valerie Green
Visual Art by Keren Anavy
Performed by Emily Elizabeth Aiken, Daan Bootsma, Caitlyn Casson, Hana Ginsburg Tirosh, Erin Giordano, Kristin Licata, and Richard Scandola
Music by Mark Katsaounis
Additional vocals by Katie Mullins
Lighting design by Kathy Kaufmann
Costumes by Deborah Erenberg

 

Founded in 1998, Valerie Green/Dance Entropy believes in humanizing movement, both in Ms. Green’s critically acclaimed choreographic work and the company’s mission to plant creative seeds in communities across the world. Intersecting mortal and transcendent, sensual and sophisticated, visceral and self-aware, VG/DE invites the artist, the audience—the human—into a compelling, physical experience. Based out of its home studio, Green Space in Queens, NY, VG/DE combines performance and specialized outreach programs to inspire communities in cultural institutions throughout the word.

Keren Anavy is a NYC based visual artist who explores the dynamic relationships between nature, culture and site. Challenging the boundaries of painting and drawing as a form of installation, her settings examine broader social contexts through a diversity of imagery, materials and architecture. Anavy’s practice offers a platform for questioning our environments by creating immersive installations, places that often appear to be fantastic. She is interested in how cultivated landscape as well as wild nature can function as cultural agents in Eastern and Western societies. www.kerenanavy.com