BAX is excited to host our second annual ARTIST SERVICES DAY
featuring an array of talks and workshops designed to support
working dance, theater, performance artists and their supporters.
Sunday, February 15, 2015 | 10:00am-6:30pm
There is a fee for the Teaching Artist Work in Practice workshop.
All other workshops are FREE.
Visit BAX’s Tumblr page [ here ] to see photos, notes and posts about the day.
Photo Credit: Iquo B. Essien
CHILDCARE IS AVAILABLE (free) by reservation one week in advance for participating adults. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Teaching Artist Work in Practice: Creating Space for Young Artists (part one of a three part series)||Facilitated by Donna Costello [more] *This workshop is Part 1 of a 3-part series and includes a fee. Advance registration is required. Please use promo code PD2015 to access a limited number of $15 tickets (Regular price is $40.)|
|BAX/2015 Artist Applications||Come learn about BAX’s three artists grants. Residency, Space Grants and Parent/Artist Space Grants. [more]|
|Words on the Move||Facilitated by veteran dance writer Eva Yaa Asantewaa [more]|
|Making Art While Parenting||Facilitated by Alexandra Beller, Karen Grenke and David Vining [more]|
|Performance as Civic Engagement||Facilitated by Daniel Carlton and George Emilio Sanchez [more]|
|The Helix Queer Performance Network||Facilitated by Dan Fishback with Greg Newton, Donnie Jochum, T.L. Cowan, Kia LaBeija, and Sasha Alexander & Olympia Perez of Black Trans Media [more]|
|Dancing While Black||Moderated by Aimee Cox with Dr. Brenda Dixon-Gottschild, Nia Austin-Edwards, Candace Feldman, and Jaamil Olawale Kosoko [more]|
|The Relationship Between Artists and Institutions||Moderated by BAX Executive Director Marya Warshaw with Levi Gonzalez, luciana achugar, and current BAX Artists In Residence. [more]|
ABOUT THE WORKSHOPS
“Creating Space for Young Artists*”
Facilitated by Donna Costello
10:00 a.m. to Noon
*This workshop is Part 1 of a 3-part series and includes a $40 fee. Advance registration is required. Learn more about all workshops [HERE]
Workshop Ticket: $40 [Purchase] — Use promo code PD2015 to access a limited number of $15 tickets.
Teaching Artists working in all disciplines and with all ages and skill levels, join Donna Costello for part one of a three part PD workshop series on creating a creative and collaborative class culture in which young artists can flourish.
Creating Space for Young Artists
Establishing an open and trusting environment is essential to a healthy and productive learning environment. It is the facilitator’s role to create and hold this space in order for collaboration and creativity to flourish. The workshop will look at ways to make this happen and the challenges that come up in the spaces we facilitate. We will look at tools for identifying who is in the room in order to lead to a collaborative community that engages in diverse perspectives and ideas. By looking at different environments and participating in activities, this workshop will find ways to make connections to the daily rituals of the class and the art making we strive to engage in with young artists.
Donna Costello (BAX Education Programs Consultant and Lead Facilitator) is a dance artist working in the field of dance, theater and performance. She is drawn to investigative processes that asks questions, allows space for new discoveries and provides opportunities to share work within and for a community. Her practice and passion for the art form continues to deepen with the exchange she has cultivated over the past 15 years as a performer, creator and educator in dance. She has had the privilege to perform with Vicky Shick, jill sigman / thinkdance, Shannon Hummel/Cora Dance (founding member), Carrie Ahern, Jimena Paz and Mollie O’Brien. Additional projects that have shaped her as an artist include works by Stephan Koplowitz, Juliette Mapp, Naomi Goldberg Haas, Pele Bauch, Kelly Bartnik, Barbara Mahler, the human company, director Jennifer Sargent and collaborating with composer Anne Hege. In 2010, she taught and performed throughout Germany with the program Dancing to Connect for Aviva Geismar’s Drastic Action alongside Battery Dance Company. Her own work has been presented in New York by Movement Research at Judson Church, Dance Conversations at the flea theater, Green Space, Wow Café, Dixon Place, DanceNow/NYC, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, SWEAT dance series and at Performatica in Mexico. She was a space grant recipient at BAX in 2011. As a teaching artist, Donna dances with young people of all ages and ability in a multitude of settings. She has been on faculty at Poly Prep Middle School , Greenwich House Music School and Queensborough Community College. She currently creates and facilitates workshops for Lincoln Center Education and the Park Avenue Armory. She has taught at BAX since 1999 and very much considers this her artistic home. In addition to being the BAX’s Programs Consultant and Led Facilitator, Donna also directs BAX’s annual YouthWorks festival and the Dance Performance Workshop Level I classes and performances.
*”Creating Space for Young Artists” is part one of a three part workshop series. You can take the workshops separately or all three. Click HERE for more information
BAX/2015 Artist Applications
Come learn about BAX’s three artists grants. Residency, Space Grants and Parent/Artist Space Grants. Guidelines and applications will be available and staff & artists on hand to answer any questions you may have.
WORDS ON THE MOVE
Led by veteran dance writer Eva Yaa Asantewaa
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What challenges and opportunities do you face when you write about yourself? Your artistic mission? Your body of work or new projects? Bring one brief sample (~250-300 words) of this writing. We will share a freewriting exercise and explore a few of your samples, building strategies for effective, satisfying expression.
Eva Yaa Asantewaa blogs on the arts at InfiniteBody (infinitebody.blogspot.com) with dance as a specialty. She graduated from Fordham University (Rose Hill) in 1974 and was first published as a freelance dance critic and feature writer in 1976, writing for Dance Magazine and The Village Voice. Her dance writing also appeared in SoHo Weekly News, Gay City News and other publications. Ms. Yaa Asantewaa has interviewed numerous dance artists and advocates as host of her own podcast, Body and Soul, and taught annual “Writing on Dance” workshop series for New York Live Arts. She served as a member of the New York Dance and Performance (Bessie) Awards committee for three years and as a consultant or panelist for numerous arts funding and awards organizations. A native New Yorker of Black Caribbean heritage, Ms. Yaa Asantewaa shares a home with her wife and cat in the East Village, still surrounded by great places to see innovative dance and theater.
MAKING ART WHILE PARENTING
Led by Alexandra Beller, David Vining, and Karen Grenke
12:00 – 1:00pm
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Conversation with dance & theater artists whose children range from tots – teens. This event dives into the mess and opportunity of Making Art while Parenting (MAWP, which is coincidentally the sound your brain makes late at night).
We will discuss some practical issues, such as:
- Can My Kids Come to Rehearsal? (answer: sometimes!)
- Teamwork (or Taking Turns)
- Parents Producing: Does Being In Charge of the Schedule Make Up For All the Extra Work?
As well as some of the more esoteric ideas such as:
- What do I learn about art-making through the act of parenting?
- What do I learn about parenting through the act of art-making?
- Where do I place myself in the larger artistic community and how does being a parent identify me within my community?
- How do I frame the compromises and opportunities of being a parent and an artist?
Like parenting, the conversation will be messy and non-mathematical, and will hopefully be fun and offer wisdom.
Alexandra Beller is the Artistic Director of Alexandra Beller/Dances, a NY based Dance Theatre company currently celebrating its 13th anniversary. As a member of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company from 1995-2001, she performed in over 50 countries and throughout the U.S. In 2004 she helped to create “The Belle Epoch,” (Martha Clarke/Charles Mee). She was a 2-year Artist in Residence at HERE Art Space, and has been an AIR at Dance New Amsterdam and DMAC. Alexandra’s choreography has been presented at/ commissioned by Dance Theater Workshop, ICA (Boston), 92nd St. Y, Aaron Davis Hall, Danspace Project at St. Mark’s, Abron’s Art Center, Joyce SoHo, P.S. 122, WAX, HERE, The Connelly Theater, SUNY Purchase College, Dance New Amsterdam, Symphony Space, and Jacob’s Pillow and has been commissioned by companies in Arizona, Michigan, Texas, Korea, Hong Kong, Oslo, Cyprus, Maine, New York City, Florida, Boston, Rhode Island, New Jersey and elsewhere. Her company has toured to the Open Look Festival in St. Petersburg, Bytom Festival in Poland and throughout the US, and received The Company Residency at The Yard in 2004. Alexandra was a visiting artist at APA, CCDC, and DanceArt in Hong Kong, D- Dance Festival in Korea, Den Nordsk Balletthoskole in Oslo, Henny Jurriens Stichting in Amsterdam, and Cyprus Summer Festival in Nicosia. Alexandra has taught nationally and internationally and regularly sets work at Universities and on companies throughout the US. She is currently enrolled in the year-long Laban Program and will receive her CMA in May 2015.
Karen Grenke is a founder of Cagey Productions. New York theatre includes performances at The Public, Women’s Project, the Ontological Theater, The Chocolate Factory, HERE, chashama, Theater for the New City, GAle GAtes et al., BAX and Aisling Arts. She is a company member of the Nerve Tank and performed in: The Attendants, bauhaus the bauhaus, LIVE/FEED, Opal, 10% Nation, The Maiden. She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College and trained extensively with The SITI Company.
David Vining has written and directed many original works for Cagey Productions including The Blue Puppies Cycle at The Chocolate Factory, Wuthering High at the 14th Street Y Theater, and The Curse of the Smart Kid at HERE Arts Center. Upcoming: Floydada by Barry Rowell for Peculiar Works Project and 74, Cagey’s new project, developed with a 2014 BAX Parent Artist grant. Also for PWP, Vining directed a protest rally turned riot and a segment of Kenneth Brown’s The Brig on the streets of Greenwich Village for The West Village Fragments and Theatre Genesis’ The Hawk for The East Village Fragments as part of their OBIE-winning OFFStage. Directed Bryn Manion’s Wake for Aisling Arts. Vining is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and holds an MSEd from Bank Street College of Education.
PERFORMANCE AS CIVIC ENGAGEMENT
With arts activists George Emilio Sanchez and Daniel Carlton
12:30 – 2:30pm
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As we find ourselves nearly halfway through the second decade of the 21st century, this workshop aims to explore the significance and meaning of contemporary experimental artists and their involvement with “civic practice”. This workshop will explore how to nurture and develop relationships and partnerships with communities and municipalities by bringing together arts and non-arts based organizations to address the needs and priorities of its residents. We will embark on a dialogue of how artistic practice dedicated to creating original performance works can extend into a collaborative process built on a foundation of dialogue, reflection and action to serve individuals, groups; communities and municipalities.
Daniel Carlton is a theater artist and educator working at the intersection of performance, research and civics. He is interested in the waysthat collaboration, improvisation and reflection can open new pathways, integrate new perspectives and shine light on hidden barriers to progresson crucial dialogues. An award-winning performer, he has appeared on professional stages in over 35 states and four countries. His work as a playwright and director has helped share real life stories about the impacts of free trade and migration on communities at home and abroad. As an educator, he has created and facilitated arts and project-based curriculum for schools and cultural institutions around the world. He is currently the TEACHING ARTIST IN RESIDENCE of the Brooklyn Arts Exchange.
George Emilio Sánchez is the Chairperson of the Department of Performing and Creative Arts at the College of Staten Island (CUNY). He teaches undergraduate courses in the Drama program and graduate courses for the Education Department. He has directed five original student productions for the PCA and continues to work with students and classes with the goal of creating original theater/performance works. He continues to work as a teaching artist outside of the college demonstrating how the arts can be utilized in education across disciplines. Most recently he was the resident teaching artist for the Bronx Museum of the Arts for their Action Lab Theater. In this capacity he worked with teachers and artists teaching them Augusto Boal’s Theater of the Oppressed techniques. As a result of his work in education he was the recipient of the Brooklyn Arts Exchange 2006 Arts Educator Award. His most recent performance work with collaborator Patricia Hoffbauer, The Architecture of Seeing-REMIX, was presented at La MaMa in 2006. In 2004 they premiered Milagro at Dance Theater Workshop. A year earlier Hoc Est Corpus/This Is A Body premiered at Symphony Space in April 2003. His third solo performance ROSA premiered at Dixon Place in 2002. His first solo performance, Chief Half-Breed in the Land of In-Between, was commissioned and premiered at Dance Theater Workshop and was also part of Mo’ Madness curated by George C. Wolfe at The Public Theater. His second solo performance piece, LATINDIO also premiered in New York City and both pieces have since been performed in over 20 states as well as in Puerto Rico and Peru. He has collaborated with Brazilian choreographer Patricia Hoffbauer on numerous pieces. Among those are A Night in La Mezcla and The Architecture of Seeing. As an artistic associate under JoAnne Akalaitis he created the Latino Lab at the New York Shakespeare Festival/Public Theater. He has garnered two New York Foundation for the Arts fellowships for Performance Art/Emergent Forms and was a Fulbright Scholar to Peru in 1994.
THE HELIX QUEER PERFORMANCE NETWORK
Led by Dan Fishback with Greg Newton, Donnie Jochum, T.L. Cowan and Kia LaBeija
1:00 – 2:00pm
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Director Dan Fishback will discuss Helix’s expansive array of programming for queer artists, writers and audiences. He’ll be joined by a variety of queer culture-makers, from people who present performance to people who make their own. All of the panelists make cultural work in a political or activist context, and our conversation will emerge from that intersection.
Dan Fishback has been writing and performing in New York City since 2003. He is the director of the Helix Queer Performance Network, a collaboration between La MaMa Experimental Theater, BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange and the Hemispheric Institute of Performance & Politics. Time Out New York called his play The Material World one of the “top ten plays of 2012.” Fishback curates and hosts the queer performance series La MaMa’s SQUIRTS. Previous performances include thirtynothing, You Will Experience Silence, and Please Let Me Love You, all at Dixon Place. Also a performing songwriter, Fishback began his music career in the East Village’s anti-folk scene; his band, Cheese On Bread, has toured Europe and North America in support of their two full-length albums, “Maybe Maybe Maybe Baby” (2004) and “The Search for Colonel Mustard” (2007). As a solo artist, Fishback has released several recordings, including his latest, “The Mammal Years” (2012). He was a member of the movement troupe Underthrust, which collaborated with songwriter Kimya Dawson on performances and videos. He has received artist residencies from the University of Pennsylvania, the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center, the Hemispheric Institute and BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange, and has received grants from the Doris Duke Charitable Trust, the Franklin Furnace Fund and the Six Points Fellowship for Emerging Jewish Artists. Fishback frequently teaches workshops on performance composition and queer performance culture in NYC and at colleges around the country, and is currently writing a book about AIDS, queer history and identity, based on his solo show thirtynothing. He blogs at thematerialworld.tumblr.com, tweets at @dangerfishback, and his regular website is www.danfishback.com.
Greg Newton & Donnie Jochum of BGSQD — The Bureau of General Services Queer Division is a queer cultural center, bookstore, and event space hosted by The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center in New York City. We aim to foster a community invested in the values of mindfulness, intellectual curiosity, justice, compassion, and playfulness. The Bureau seeks to excite and educate a self-confident, sex-positive, and supportive queer community by offering books, publications, and art and by hosting readings, performances, film screenings, book discussion groups, and workshops. We provide local and visiting queers and friends with an openand inclusive space for dialogue and socializing. The Bureau of General Services—Queer Division welcomes you.
Kia LaBeija (AKA Kia Michelle Benbow) is a multi-disciplinary artist working in photography, performance and installation. A member of the Iconic House of LaBeija, Kia’s work explores the intersections of fantasy, nightlife, community, politics and fine art. In 2014, she received the Visual AIDS Vanguard award for her work as an artist and activist, was featured in the POZ 100 list of groundbreaking public figures, won Grand Prize in Women’s Performance at the GMHC’s Latex Ball, and had her photography prominently featured in the La MaMa exhibition “Ephemera As Evidence.” As an activist and founding member of the GrenAIDS Collective, her work is focused on HIV/AIDS awareness -specifically in relation to youth- by educating and creating space for new conversations. She is frequently invited to speak and give workshops on performance, voguing and activism at various arts and academic institutions around NYC, and regularly performs in theaters, galleries and nightclubs all over the world. A native New Yorker, she is an alumni of the Juilliard School and the Ailey School, where she trained in music and dance at a young age. Currently, Kia is finishing her degree at The New School University.
T.L. Cowan (Co-Editor, Helix Critical Squad) is a writer, performer, video-maker, curator and professor based in Brooklyn, NY. Her ongoing performance and video cycles include The Twisted She Project—an intermedial collaborative collage about perversion, popularity and pathology; the GLITTERfesto: An Open Call For A Revolutionary Movement Of Activist Performance Based On The Premise That Social Justice is Fabulous; and Forgiving Medjugorje—a meditation on sex, religion, reconciliation and money. Her 2013 video and performance “I Disown You Right Back,” starring her alter-ego, Mrs. Trixie Cane, has thrilled audiences internationally. T.L. also appears on stages, screens and the streets as Aging Supermodel Experimental Poet and Revolutionary, Tammy Pamalovovich. Since getting her start in Vancouver’s raging spoken word scene in the 1990s, T.L.’s work has been featured at MIX NYC , the Opentoe Peepshow, Belladonna, Sister Spit’s Spoken Word Circus, Montreal’s Edgy Women Festival, Edmonton’s Visualeyez Festival of Performance & Time-Based Art, Loud & Queer, Performance Studies International, Toronto’s Festival of Original Theatre, the Glastonbury Festival of Music & Contemporary Art, Hair Cake and Dyke-opalypse.T.L. teaches trans- feminist and queer performance, literary and cultural studies at Eugene Lang College and in the School of Media Studies at The New School in New York City and she is a Fellow at the Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics at New York University.
Sasha Alexander is a trans-racially adopted, mixed race black/south asian, queer, trans, educator, facilitator, multi-media artist, healer, and community organizer. Sasha is the Founder of Black Trans Media, a project addressing the intersections of racism and transphobia by amplifying the narratives of black trans people, creating media for and by the black trans community. Over the last 15 years Sasha has built and collaborated with local and national youth empowerment, social justice, and media organizations working for gender, economic, and racial justice. Sasha is the new Membership Director at Sylvia Rivera Law Project. Sasha prefers the pronouns he/she/they and that you mix it up.
Olympia Perez was born in Maryland, and raised in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. She is full time student, healer, artist, poet and an educator. She is a trans warrior who currently works in the public health field working to dismantle the failed ideologies that don’t serve her Trans community. She enjoys adventures with her husband Sasha <3, she enjoys reading, writing and her time with yellow cats. She is the Content Director of Black Trans Media. Her preferred pronouns are Her-she like the chocolate bar.
Kia Labeija (AKA Kia Michelle Benbow) is a multi-disciplinary artist working in photography, performance and installation. A member of the Iconic House of LaBeija, Kia’s work explores the intersections of fantasy, nightlife, community, politics and fine art. In 2014, she received the Visual AIDS Vanguard award for her work as an artist and activist, was featured in the POZ 100 list of groundbreaking public figures, won Grand Prize in Women’s Performance at the GMHC’s Latex Ball, and had her photography prominently featured in the La MaMa exhibition “Ephemera As Evidence.” As an activist and founding member of the GrenAIDS Collective, her work is focused on HIV/AIDS awareness -specifically in relation to youth- by educating and creating space for new conversations. She is frequently invited to speak and give workshops on performance, voguing and activism at various arts and academic institutions around NYC, and regularly performs in theaters, galleries and nightclubs all over the world. A native New Yorker, she is an alumni of the Juilliard School and the Ailey School, where she trained in music and dance at a young age. Currently, Kia is finishing her degree at The New School University.
DANCING WHILE BLACK
Moderated by Aimee Cox with Dr. Brenda Dixon-Gottschild, Nia Austin-Edwards, Candace Feldman, and Jaamil Kosoko
2:30 – 4:00pm
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Dancing While Black: Cultivating Community
A roundtable discussion on building solidarity and equity within the field, featuring:
• Dr. Brenda Dixon-Gottschild, dance scholar and author of The Black Dancing Body
• Nia Austin-Edwards, founder Purpose Productions
• Candace Feldman, Associate Producer of 651 Arts
• Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, co-director of anonymous bodies || art collective, independent curator
This panel is supported by Urban Bush Women through a grant from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs. Documentation provided by NYU’s Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics.
THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN ARTISTS AND INSTITUTIONS
Moderated by BAX Executive Director Marya Warshaw with Levi Gonzalez, luciana achugar, and current BAX Artists In Residence
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Panel of BAX AIRs past and present including Levi Gonzalez and luciana achugar and discuss with BAX’s Executive Director Marya Warshaw the complicated relationship between individual artists, the cultural institutions that “house” and present them, their funders and “who speaks for who?”
luciana achugar was born in Montevideo, Uruguay and upon graduating from Cal Arts in 1995, she moved to New York City. After dancing with several influential choreographers including Jeremy Nelson, Will Swanson, Maria Hassabi, Chameckilerner and John Jasperse, and collaborating closely with Levi Gonzalez, achugar began making her work independently. Since 2002, she has created eight independent works, for which she has garnered two BESSIE Awards: the first in 2006 for her first evening-length piece Exhausting Love at Danspace Project and more recently in 2010 for PURO DESEO – a piece that was also chosen as one of TimeOUT NY’s Best of Dance for 2010. Her work has been presented by most venues showing contemporary dance in NYC including The Kitchen, Dance Theater Workshop (now New York Live Arts), Danspace Project and Abrons Arts Center as well as at the CANADA Gallery; in Cambridge, MA at the Green Street Studios; in Minneapolis, MN at the Walker Art Center and The Southern Theater; at Portland’s Institute of Contemporary Art during their Time-Based Art Festival and in numerous theaters in Uruguay. achugar was a 2010 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grantee and one of Dance Magazine’s 2011 “25 to Watch.” Her work has received support and recognition from several foundations including the New York Foundation for the Arts; the Jerome Foundation; the Multi-Arts Production Fund; The Field Dance Fund; a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council 2009 President’s Award and a Brooklyn Arts Exchange “Passing it on” Artist Award from Tere O’Connor. Her latest work FEEL…FORM premiered in May 2012 at Abrons Arts Center as a co-production with The Chocolate Factory. Most recently she became a 2013 Creative Capital Grantee, received a Guggenheim Fellowship and received a National Dance Production Grant from the New England Foundation for the Arts for OTRO TEATRO (2014), as well as nominations for the Alpert Award and the Doris Duke Impact Award. www.lachugar.org
Levi Gonzalez is a NYC based dance artist whose work has been presented and commissioned both locally and internationally since 2000. He was a 2010-12 BAX Artist in Residence, a 2003-04 Movement Research Artist in Residence, and received a NYFA Choreography Fellowship in 2006. He has collaborated extensively with friend and colleague luciana achugar, and has performed in the works of Donna Uchizono, John Jasperse, Juliette Mapp, ChameckiLerner, Daria Faïn, and Michael Laub, among others. Levi was a founding editor of Critical Correspondence, an online publication of Movement Research. He served as Artistic Advisor for New York Live Arts’ Fresh Tracks Residency program (a position he helped institute and develop from 2006-14), and currently serves as Director of Artist Programs at Movement Research, where he also teaches regularly.
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