Events

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.

Current Season

(Photo © Paula Court) In the year preceding this performance, Lauren Bakst has been looking at her life as an object of study. This practice has inevitably transformed her life into a kind of fiction or theater, and it is this theater from which More Problems with Form emerges. Studying her own performances inside of pre-existing forms, in which she has at times played the roles of wife, woman, dancer, audience member, analysand, and many others, Lauren asks: when does performing, in life and on stage, make space for the unwieldy contradictions of living and desiring, and when does it hold things, like bodies, people, and ideologies, in place?
My performance practice commits to formalism as a tool for structural reclamation utilized as an organizing system and ideology to observe and hold space for wild and other’d bodies. Pattern making becomes a survival skill to locate self, others and situation within chaotic systems. Mathematical and mapped scores support bodies bleeding human truths, opening peep holes and revelations for collective performers and audiences. I source from the in-between spaces of my mixed-race body, my slippery transgender body, the in-between planes of ritual spiritual practice, and the in-between transitions of death and dying, witnessed in my practice as a new nurse.
(Photo © Ian Douglas) Bouquet examines authorship by questioning what gets carried into Valencia's work through the modes of proximity, relation and alliance. This process seeks to manipulate perceptions of life and its collaborators. Bouquet is sourced from various popular and cultural alliances and this particular ensemble of sources builds a choral surround of references.
(Photo © Paula Court) Niall Jones’ work tends to the blurred (minor) field of material and hallucinatory presences, moving toward indeterminacy, excess and dissonance produced and destroyed in temporal situations and poetic structures. Niall Jones continually works toward the minor as a study in the unsteady and persistent arrangements of self and not-self, in-betweenness, affective proximities, intangible entanglements and practices that construct an elsewhere.