2016 Summer + Fall Space Grants

BAX’s SPACE GRANT PROGRAM is designed to give Brooklyn and Queens based dance, theater and performance artists the opportunity to create new work in a setting that is conducive to working deeply and exploring new territory.

The 2016 Summer Space Grant Recipients are:

Radical Evolution | Abigail Levine | Alex Romania

The 2016 Fall Space Grant recipients are:

Ashley Brockington | Kris Pourzal | Brittany Williams

Radical Evolution

RADICAL EVOLUTION is a multiethnic producing collective committed to creating artistic events that seek to understand the complexities of the mixed-identity existence in the 21st Century. We believe that visibility and representation for the fastest growing demographic in our nation is crucial to live performance.  We incorporate people from a variety of backgrounds into our aesthetically rigorous, ensemble-based process, with a focus on people of color. Through our work, we hope to seed the field of experimental and collaboratively created theatre with practitioners that celebrate the intersectionality of perspectives and aesthetics of the city around us. We work constantly to assert a vision for cultural and social equity in our field, city and nation. www.radicalevolution.org, @radevolution

Photo credit: Beto O’Byrne

Abigail Levine

Abigail Levine is a New York-based choreographer and performer. Her work has been presented at venues including Movement Research Festival, Mount Tremper Arts Festival, Danspace Project, Center for Performance Research, Gibney Dance, Roulette, The Knockdown Center, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Movement Research at the Judson Church, SESC São Paulo, Prisma Forum (Mexico), Hemispheric Institute Encuentro (Montreal), Días de la Danza (Havana), Benaki Museum (Athens), and Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival (Cairo). Abigail was a reperformer in Marina Abramovic’s retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art and has also performed recently in the work of Clarinda Mac Low, Carolee Schneemann, Larissa Velez-Jackson, Will Rawls, and Mark Dendy. In 2014, she learned Yvonne Rainer’s iconic 1965 workTrio A, coached by Pat Catterson. She holds a Masters in Dance and Performance Studies from NYU and was the 2013-15 editor of Movement Research’s digital performance journal Critical Correspondence. Levine is currently visiting faculty in dance at Wesleyan University. abigaillevine.com

Alex Romania

Alex Romania is a multidisciplinary artist / performance-maker, organizer, and teacher based in NYC who has taught and shown work nationally and internationally. Most recently Alex has shown work at Human Resources (LA), TAC: Temescal Art Center (Oakland), LACUNA (Portland), Encuentro (Lima), UV Estudios (Buenos Aires), the Pillsbury House (Minneapolis), FringeArts (Philadelphia),Gibney Dance (NYC), Movement Research at the Judson Church (NYC), and has taught at el Museo del Arte Contemporáneo (Lima). Alex enjoys organizing events with dance and performance artists in NYC, facilitating teens in the creation of devised performance and stop motion videos, video-documenting live performance, and practicing Thai Yoga. Alex currently dances for Kathy Westwater, has performed in works by Catherine Galasso, Andy de Grout, Eddie Peake, Jacob Slominski, Ishmael Houston-Jones, DeFacto Dance, Simone Forti, Steve Paxton, and has collaborated with a handful of performance art collectives, amongst other artists. cargocollective.com/alexromania

Photo credit: Mitchell Murdock

Ashley Brockington

Ashley Brockington has been trolling around the downtown theater scene since 2001.  She has toured the parks of New York City with Circus Amok for over a decade.  Circus Amok is a politically-minded queer circus that provides free art to the people every (other) summer.

In 2006, Ashley joined the women and transgendered artists of the WOW café theater collective.  A theater run collectively by the artists, WOW was Ashley’s creative home for  a demi-decade.  She produced Rivers of Honey, a monthly cabaret for and by queer women of color.  She created an annual performance project called Black Girl Ugly that investigates Black girlhood and self-esteem.

Ashley recently acquired a BA in Theater from Brooklyn College with her sights set on getting a PhD in something Black and Artsy.  But first she’s planning on settling into her new life as a New York Neo-Futurist. The New York Neo-Futurists are a collective of artists that present a weekly show called Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind, an ever-changing attempt to perform 30 plays in 60 minutes. www.nynf.org.

Twitter & Instagram & Tumblr:  nappysnatch | www.blackgirlugly.com

Kris Pourzal

Kristopher K.Q. Pourzal is a Brooklyn-based performing artist. He makes (solo) performances about performing. His work has been presented at such venues as Roulette, Movement Research at the Judson Church, and Dixon Place. Kristopher is a 2016 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence. Additionally, he has recently worked for Catherine Galasso, K.J. Holmes, and Will Rawls. He holds an MFA in Dance from Arizona State University.

 

Photo Credit: Tim Trumble

Brittany Williams

Brittany Williams originally from “Exit 1,” Florida City, Florida -southernly located on the outskirts of Miami, is 2016 Jacob’s Pillow Scholarship recipient for the Program, Dance & Improv Traditions. Williams has worked with Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, Yon Tande, Makeda Thomas, Chris Walker and more. She recently co-choreographed Womb Truth, with her sistar-friend, Jamié Dzandu that premiered in New Orleans 2016. She is a principal dancer with Olujimi Dance, the founder of Dancing for Justice and Obika Dance Projects. She danced with Forces of Nature, InSPIRIT Dance Company, ” Lost in Language and Sound,” with choreographer Dyane McIntyre. She is currently working with Slippage| Culture | Technology at Duke University, founder Thomas DeFrantz. She is honored to be a BAX Fall Space Grantee!