Jerron Herman & Molly Joyce: Breaking and Entering – Danspace Project
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Jerron Herman & Molly Joyce: Breaking and Entering

Jerron Herman by Mark Wickens. Molly Joyce by Sarah Midkiff.

Tuesday, November 12 at 8pm
Friday, November 15 at 8pm
Saturday, November 16 at 8pm

Breaking and Entering is a new collaborative work between disabled artists Jerron Herman and Molly Joyce, exploring congenital and acquired physical immobility through their parallel weak left sides. Cracking a constrained narrative of disability, the pair’s diametric experiences will clash, cohere, and eventually congeal to reveal a dynamic picture of intersection.

Jerron Herman is an interdisciplinary artist creating through dance, text, and visual storytelling. He has performed around the globe with Heidi Latsky Dance and is an advocate for disabled athletes and performers. He was recently nominated for the prestigious United States Artists Fellowship in Dance. An accomplished musician, Molly Joyce’s work is primarily concerned with disability as a creative source. The primary vehicle in her pursuit is an electric vintage toy organ, which allows her to engage with disability on a compositional and performative level.

Each performance will become an inclusive dance party led by a different DJ each night to underscore the joy of disability culture: Kevin Gotkin (Tuesday, November 12), Michael Hammond (Friday, November 15), and JIJI (Saturday, November 16).

An ASL interpreter will be present at each performance. Audio description will be provided for each performance as well.

Sound design by Michael Hammond.
Featured DJs are Kevin Gotkin (Tuesday), Michael Hammond (Friday), and JIJI (Saturday).
Costume design by Gerald & Cynthia Herman.

Accessibility Danspace Project’s main entrance is fully wheelchair accessible via ramp. A same-level restroom is available near Danspace Project’s main performance space in the church sanctuary.

Jerron Herman is an interdisciplinary artist who’s been featured with Heidi Latsky Dance at Lincoln Center, ADF, the Whitney Museum, and abroad in Athens. He’s been a principal member of HLD since 2011. Jerron serves on the Board of Trustees at Dance/USA and is also a part of the Executive Committee as Secretary. He has spoken on various panels and now regularly moderates discussion on the intersections of art and culture. As a model, Jerron has shot for Tommy Hilfiger Adaptive, consulted for a Nike-sponsored project, and the Jewelry Library. He’s been profiled in Buzzfeed for his dancing, The New York Post for his fashion, and was featured on Great Big Story. In 2018 he was a Snug Harbor PASS artist, a finalist for the inaugural Apothetae/Lark Play Development Lab Fellowship and was nominated for a Fellowship in Dance from United States Artists. His latest solos include Phys. Ed. and Relative – a crip dance party. Phys. Ed has also been taught as a workshop at Marlboro College. He premiered another solo at The Whitney Museum to commemorate the 29th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Jerron studied at Tisch School of the Arts and graduated from The King’s College. The New York Times has called him, “…the inexhaustible Mr. Herman.” Check out more at www.jerronherman.com

Molly Joyce’s music has been described as one of “serene power” (New York Times), written to “superb effect” (The Wire), and “impassioned” (The Washington Post). Her works have been commissioned by ensembles including the New World, New York Youth, Pittsburgh, and Milwaukee Symphony Orchestras, and New Juilliard, Decoda, and Contemporaneous ensembles. Additionally, her work has been presented at TEDxMidAtlantic, Bang on a Can Marathon, Classical:NEXT, VisionIntoArt’s FERUS Festival, and featured in Pitchfork, WNYC’s New Sounds, Q2 Music, I Care If You Listen, and The Log Journal. Also active as a performer, Molly often sings and plays with her vintage toy organ, an instrument she loves due to how it fits her impaired left hand. Her debut full-length album featuring such will be released on New Amsterdam Records in 2020. Molly has studied at The Juilliard School, Royal Conservatory in The Hague, and Yale School of Music. More information at mollyjoycemusic.com.

Breaking and Entering is supported by New Music USA. To follow the project as it unfolds, visit the project page: https://www.newmusicusa.org/projects/breaking-and-entering
Breaking & Entering is supported, in part, by a residency at Performance Space New York with support from the Jerome Foundation, and by a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant.