Creating Space

In our 2015-16 season BAX is announcing a set of programs, funded in large part by the Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, that will provide opportunities to support and develop artists of all races, backgrounds, cultures, sexual orientations, gender identities and aesthetic traditions.

BALLEZ
— Katy Pyle & Jules Skloot

Tuesdays
February 2 – April 12, 2016
7:30 – 9:00pm

Adult Ballez is a dance class that explores the gender-binaried, Imperialist movements of Ballet, radically re-imagining those oppressive tools within a site of liberatory queer play. Shifting the focus away from traditional virtuosity, we explore the virtuosity of genderqueer embodiment, questioning the value-systems that are physically manifest within us, while we embody them! Starting with Authentic (fantasy) Movement, we warm-up at the barre, then move to center to turn, jump and practice partnering.

$14/single class | $60 for a 5-Class Card; drop-in, no pre-registration required

Click HERE for more information.

DANCE TO THE PEOPLE
— Maira Duarte

Mondays
March 7 – April 25, 2016
6:30 – 8:30pm

BAX is providing a home for Dance To The People, an open collective of dancers looking to generate opportunities for dance training, movement research and choreography. For eight weeks Dance To The People and BAX will curate a weekly donation based class, inviting teachers who seek to develop a particular dance technique, or answer specific movement questions, and hence making the learning space a collective laboratory.
www.dancetothepeople.org/open-classes-at-bax.html

DANCE TO THE PEOPLE was originally founded by Maira Duarte and Geneva Manley, both graduates of the Master in Arts Dance Education program at NYU Steinhardt. After being awarded the CUNY Dance Initiative space grant in 2014, other dancers started to join. Michelle Applebaum and Alex Romania came to Staten Island to teach workshops on choreographic methods and improvisation, and became permanent collaborators. Pavel Machuca and Joanna Stone joined in January to be part of a choreographic process led by Maira Duarte. Presently they lead their own projects within DTTP. Other collaborators are the Italian choreographer Benedetta Capanna, and Cameron McKinney, who both collaborated in the making of a piece with Maira Duarte.

DANCING WHILE BLACK
— Paloma McGregor

BAX is the Brooklyn partner for Dancing While Black (DWB) founded by BAX Artist in Residence, Paloma McGregor, and supported by the Surdna Foundation. Dancing While Black supports the current work of Black dance artists by cultivating opportunities for dialogue, documentation, process and performance. As part of this work, BAX will be home for the DWB Fellowship program to support eight emerging artists.

SUBMERGE 2015
IT IS OUR DUTY TO SPIT: A TQPOC TAKE-OVER
Curated by J Mase III
Presented by
BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange, The Helix Queer Performance Network & awQward

Saturday November 7 at 8:00pm
& Sunday, November 8 at 6:00pm

Submerge is an annual series of the Helix Queer Performance Network, with a mission to celebrate the artistic achievements of queer and trans performing artists of color. This year at BAX, we are partnering with awQward, the world’s first QTPOC talent agency, for a weekend of collaborative performances, curated by poet and awQward founder J. Mase III. awQward is “an intentionally multi-racial, vibrant collection of artists, activists, speakers, leaders, humorists and writers from many trans & queer people of color communities. In this moment in history, we believe that it is imperative to create space for our voices to be heard and understood.”

Click HERE for the complete line-up

ACRE
(Artists Co-creating Real Equity)

Second Sunday of each month from 1:00-3:00pm

BAX is the 2015/16 home base for monthly meetings of ACRE in affiliation with the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond. ACRE is a monthly meet up (second Sunday of each month) of artists, cultural workers, and cultural advocates working to understand and undo racism in our field and in our daily lives.

For more information contact: Sarita Covington sarita_covington@yahoo.com; Nathan Trice nathantrice_rituals@yahoo.com; Maria Bauman mbdance723@gmail.com