Dean Moss, one of BAX’s first Artists In Residence (1995-98), with assistance from acclaimed visual artist Laylah Ali, is creating the multidisciplinary performance project johnbrown. The work meditates the legacy and radical compassion of John Brown, the 19th century white abolitionist and will premiere at The Kitchen in New York City, October 2014, marking the 150th anniversary of the Thirteenth Amendment: America’s abolishment of slavery.
At BAX, Dean has worked with sixteen teenagers (ages 14-18) from throughout New York City seeking to develop the basis, for what will become the cross-generational dynamic for the project. This provided an incredible opportunity for teens to work directly with an acclaimed dance artist, to have impact on and perhaps even perform in the premiere of what is sure to be a rich and highly anticipated work. As a result of the three-day September workshop, select young people helped shape an essential element of johnbrown, and have contributed to it as performers, technical assistants, documentarians, commentators, and audience doppelgängers.
This project was made possible through generous project-specific capacity building funding from the Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation.