This year, we are thrilled to offer 9 Commissioned Premieres and 6 supported Creative Residencies including partnerships with Abrons Arts Center, Live Art Development Agency (London, UK), Fusebox Festival (Austin, TX), Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, Contemporary Arts Center of Cincinnati, Sophiensaele (Berlin, Germany), Temperance Hall (Melbourne, Australia), Kaufman Astoria Studios and American Realness.
In Period, Chris Schlichting’s prolific, obsessive movement generation dispenses with preciousness and patterns to hammer out a Rosetta Stone to leave behind for the next, better world. Small tectonic collisions create a dense choreographic landscape in the spareness of the Chocolate Factory, and the dancers fasten themselves to intricate, churning movement in their slide toward extinction. Period is about letting go but not before exhausting every ounce of love one has left for dance.
Screamers is a 75-minute feature film created and performed by members of the experimental dance, theater and performance communities – including dancers, choreographers, directors and performing arts curators. A kind of conceptual ghost story, Screamers was conceived during a year-long residency at a former Catholic Church owned by the artist Dan Hurlin in Stuyvesant, NY – and was subsequently filmed over the course of two weeks in September 2015, with additional filming in the Playhouse at Abrons Arts Center.
“I was in a conversation earlier this year that ended in me spitting out the question what would it look like if we lived in a world that was made for us?...said to another black woman about the daily anxieties that come attached with moving through this white man-made world as a body that is not. after I asked this question the walls I had around this physical realm, my dream realm and my desire realm began to melt and discover new possibilities around each other."
Traveling through the fractured American landscape, looming vibrations push the ground up and the cosmos down as our community-turned-cabal explores terror, tectonic shifts, psychedelic self-harm, and toxic monuments. Through the lens of a thriller our cell flows through domestic borders, mingles with the extraterrestrial and unpacks landlocked limitations through discursive research and rigorous ensemble development.