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BAX Announces 2014 Space Grant Recipients‏

BAX Announces 2014 Space Grant Recipients‏




BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange | 421 Fifth Avenue | Brooklyn | NY | 11215


Saturday, May 31, 2014 - 8:00pm
Monday, June 30, 2014 - 8:00pm


Photo: Todd Shalom and Niegel Smith


BAX | Brooklyn Arts Exchange is excited to announce our 2014 Summer and Fall Space Grant Recipients.
The Space Grant Program is designed to give choreographers, playwrights, and multi-disciplinary artists the opportunity to create new work in a setting that is conducive to working deeply and exploring new territory. BAX's Space Grant program is the oldest of its programs that support developing artists. It was initially created for dance artists and expanded to support theater and performance artists in the late 1990s. Space grants acknowledge that seasoned artists and newly emerging artists need uninterrupted space and time to try new ideas or to change directions.  2014 Space Grant Artists will receive between 75-100 hours of free developmental rehearsal space as well as opportunities to "Show and Tell" facilitated by Executive Director, Marya Warshaw. While summer space grantees are a research period only, Fall space grantees will showcase their work developed through the grant period in a shared program on December 5-7, 2014 in the BAX Theater. Artists were selected through a competitive panel process.

Congratulations to the following recipients for the 2014 Summer and Fall Space Grants.

Summer Space Grantees

Amanda Villalobos is a performer, designer and puppet artist based in Brooklyn. Her work has been presented at BAX, Dixon Place, and at the Great Small Works' International Toy Theater Festival. Her current project, Light Keepers, has received two Henson Grants, a residency at the Henson Carriage House, and will premiere at Five Myles in January, 2015. As a performer, Amanda has worked with theater artists Lee Breuer, Theodora Skipitares, Basil Twist, Alex Timbers and Sibyl Kempson. Credits include the Broadway production and Emmy nominated HBO special of The Pee-Wee Herman Show (Stephen Sondheim Theater), The Cat Who Went to Heaven (BAM Fisher), Mabou Mines' Peter & Wendy (The New Victory Theater), La Divina Caricatura (La MaMa), The Adventures of Charcoal Boy (HERE), Porco Morto (NYTW), Arias with a Twist (Woolly Mammoth), Basil Twist's Rite of Spring (Memorial Hall) and Sibyl Kempson's The Secret Death of Puppets (Dixon Place).

Ani Taj (Dance Cartel): Native New Yorker ANI TAJ is a choreographer, performer, music-head and founder of The Dance Cartel. Ani has choreographed contemporary musicals, plays, concerts, music videos, art parties, flash mobs and more. She is fueled by research trips to Brazil and loves to make dances inspired by Carnaval. The Dance Cartel has presented Ani's choreography for the last year in residency at Ace Hotel NY with the immersive dance event OntheFloor. Ani's choreography has also been presented at Ars Nova NYC, MAD (Museum of Art & Design), Sleep No More's Manderley Bar at the McKittrick Hotel, littlefield, Glasslands, Art in Odd Places, Espaco Xisto (Salvador da Bahia, Brazil), Summer on the Hudson, Dance on the Greenway, DanceNOW's Raw Festival. This fall, the Cartel made its West Coast debut at Edward Sharpe's Big Top and Festival Supreme (LA), and its national television debut live on Conan. Ani's work has recently been featured and in music videos for Yoko Ono, Reggie Watts, The Sway Machinery and Club Girls. Ani is a frequent choreographic consultant for theatre, notably for Love's Labour's Lost this summer at Shakespeare in the Park (Asst. Choreo), and Jesse Eisenberg's Asuncion (Rattlestick Theatre). Upcoming: premiere at FRED Wildlife Refuge; OntheFloor at Philadelphia Art Museum.
Todd Shalom
and Niegel Smith work with text, sound and image to conceive and stage interactive performances in public and private environments. Their work has been presented by Abrons Art Center, American Realness, Classical Theatre of Harlem, HERE, ISSUE Project Room, MoMA, The New Museum, PS 122, Prelude Festival, Printed Matter and The Public Theater. Todd is the director of Elastic City and a core faculty member at Pratt's MFA in Writing program. Niegel is the associate director of the Tony Award-winning musical FELA! and director of Taylor Mac's upcoming play, "Hir."

Fall Space Grantees

Kirya Traber is a nationally awarded writer, performer, and cultural worker. She hold an MFA in Acting from the New School for Drama. Traber is the recipient of the California Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts, Robert Redford's Sundance foundation award for Environmental Activism in the Arts from, an Honorable Mention in Poetry from the 2011 Astrea Lesbian Writers Fund, and Congresswoman Barbara Lee's Certificate of Recognition. She is a two time judge for the LAMDA Literary awards in LGBT Drama, and an alumnus of the 2010 VONA/Voices retreat for writers of color, and the 2012 EmergeNYC intensive at the Hemispheric Institute. Kirya has toured the United States and Canada as a poet and solo performance artist, and has featured at the Living Word Festival at Yerba Beuna Center for the arts in the SF Bay Area, San Francisco's National Queer Arts Festival, and at La Mama's Experimental Theater Club, to name a few. Her work can be found in the pages of, Other Tongues, an anthology by Inana Press, and in her 2009 chap book, black chick. She works as an arts-educator with youth and adults in schools, community-based settings, and within the juvenile justice system.

Rebecca Patek is a New York-based choreographer and performance artist creating work that synthesizes dance, theater and comedy. Patek was an Artist in Residence at Movement Research (2011 to 2013). She was also awarded a 2010-11 Residency at Dance Theater Workshop (New York Live Arts). She has attended residencies at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, and at Earthdance as part of the E/merge Artist Residency. Works commissioned in 2012-14 include "you and i of the storm" for the Museum of Arts and Design, "Real Eyes" for The Chocolate Factory Theater, and ineter(a)nal f/ear as part of Festival TBD: Emergency Glitter and American Realness at Abrons Art Center.

Shelley Senter has toured the world as an independent and collaborative performer, choreographer, teacher and advocate of dance. She has been critically recognized and awarded for her distinct approach to movement, and is committed to the fundamental idea that all dance is collaborative, improvised and site-specific. She is a teacher of the Alexander Technique, and has been exploring the application of the principles of this work to the performing body and mind for more than 20 years.  A living archive of seminal post-modern work, she is a repetiteur of the work of Trisha Brown (with whom she danced from 1986 to 1991) and Yvonne Rainer.  Senter has worked with many distinguished artists in the New York and European dance communities, and is a member of LOWER LEFT, a performance collective dedicated to the collaborative process. Her work has been presented in Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, Chile, France, Italy, England, Denmark, Sweden, Greece, New York, San Francisco, Seattle, Portland, Marfa.

Tei Blow and Sean McElroy/Royal Osiris Karaoke Ensemble is a musical priesthood that explores the metaphysics and mythologies of love, desire and courtship at the end of the 20th century. By appropriating strategies of installation art, opera, and theater, ROKE creates multimedia installation-performances with original music to create modern-day rituals out of found text and video sources.

Visit artistservices.bax.org/summer-fall-space-grant to learn more.

The Space Grant program is part of BAX's Artist Services program which receives generous funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Mertz-Gilmore Foundation, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, the Jerome Foundation, the Jerome Robbins Foundation, the Puffin Foundation, the Harkness Foundation for Dance, and the Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation.
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Founded in 1991, BAX |Brooklyn Arts Exchange, is a community based performing arts center dedicated to developing artists of all ages, from children to professionals. The organization offers community access to arts and culture, supporting the creation of new work by emerging artists, engaging diverse audiences and providing arts education to youth and families. BAX has intentionally constructed an environment where children study and professional artists create under the same roof. Students are mentored by professional directors and choreographers. The organization's distinct focus on developmental process makes it a nurturing incubator for experimental dance and theater artists and is an important advocate for under-represented voices in the New York City performing arts community.

For more information about BAX and its programs please call 718-832-0018, email press@bax.org or visit us on the web at www.bax.org.

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