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Brooklyn Arts Exchange

Brooklyn Arts Exchange


Thursday, December 13, 2012 - 9:00am

is excited to announce the Works in Progress Series

BAX | Brooklyn Arts Exchange
is excited to announce the

featuring BAX Artists-In-Residence (AIR)


January 24-27, 2013  
Thursday-Saturday @ 8pm | Sunday @ 6pm
Thursday January 24 @ 8pm
Max Steele (theater) | Jess Barbagallo (theater)   

Friday January 25 @
Mariangela Lopez (dance) | Jillian Peña (dance) | Max Steele (theater)

Saturday January 26 @
LOVE|FORTÉ, A Collective (dance) | Jillian Peña (dance)

Sunday January 27 @ 6pm
Jess Barbagallo (theater) | Mariangela Lopez (dance)
LOVE|FORTÉ, A Collective (dance)  
Since 1991, our Artist In Residency program has served as a core for our work with artists. The AIR program provides participating artists with one to two years of uninterrupted artistic, technical, and administrative support, as well as the rehearsal space and guidance necessary to take chances, refine their craft and expand their horizons.

The Works in Progress Series continues a shared journey through the creative process by allowing these artists take their new works-in-development from the studio to the stage. This journey began with the Open Studio Series in November and culminates in the Spring performances. This is a rare opportunity to follow a work and engage its creators from the early stages through to full productions.

These evenings are designed to offer both artists and audience the opportunity to exchange their impressions of the work. After the artists show their excerpts, they return to the stage for a moderated discussion that delves into their intentions and inspirations, and the audience's perception.

Tickets: 5 General | Low-Income    
Tickets will be available one month before the performance.

These exceptional artists are provided with an artistic home base for a one to two year period, giving them a tangible sense of permanence and place. Resident artists have the use of four spaces suitable for theater, dance and performance work and are offered up to 200 hours of free rehearsal space (per year), a stipend, formal presentations of new works and works in progress, and administrative and technical support. Opportunities are also available to curate, teach in the public schools, and to work with BAX's student population.

Jess Barbagallo is a multidisciplinary theatre artist. She has performed with Big Dance Theater (The Other Here), Theatre of a Two-Headed Calf (Panic, Drum of the Waves of Horikawa, It Cannot Be Called Our Mother But Our Graves) and The Builders Association (Jet Lag, House/Divided). She is a founding member of Half Straddle (The Knock-Out Blow, Sliding Whores, Nurses in New England, In the Pony Palace/Football, Away Uniform), the Red Terror Squad (Family Bed) and the Dyke Division of 2HC (Room for Cream). Other credits include Fiabe Italiane (John Turturro), An Oresteia (Paul Lazar/Brian Kulick), MilkMilkLemonade (Josh Conkel/The Management), A Marriage: 1 (Jake Margolin, Nick Vaughan, Jessica Almasy), Little Edgar, Lamb of God (Sibyl Kempson/Eric Dyer), The Quiet Way (Casey Llewellyn), The Firebird (Katy Pyle) and Group Sex on the Living Room Floor (Amanda Davidson). She has written the plays Grey-Eyed Dogs (Dixon Place Mondo Cane Commission, 2007), I'll Meet You in Tijuana (Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, 2009/10), Saturn Nights (Incubator Arts Project, January 2011), and Men's Creative Writing Group (Playwriting Resident of the Invisible Dog Art Center, August 2011). Jess has directed and/or dramaturged projects for Laryssa Husiak, Julia May Jonas, and Eliza Bent. She has been a guest artist/teacher at Brown and New York University. Jess was named a 2011/2012 Queer Arts Mentorship Fellow to write an essay on queer/trans grieving and is the co-creator of GLBTQ film review site: www.homoflix.wordpress.com. She recently curated Why I Make Live Art (When I'm Not Making the Others), a symposium dedicated to investigating the problems of live art-making today. Video/Web: Comrades of Time (Andrea Geyer) and Gay's Anatomy: Season 2 (Karina Mangu-Ward/Bobby Hodgson). Ongoing: Without Me I'm Something or Karen Davis Does ... (Poetry Project, Dixon Place, LaMama, Youtube and other assorted guerilla venues), a performance art project that follows the stand-up hijinks of fictional comedienne Karen Davis and alter ego Joe Ranono. MFA: Brooklyn College, Himan Brown Award recipient 2008 and 2009.

Mariangela Lopez is a Brooklyn-based choreographer and performer from Caracas, Venezuela. Since 2001 her pieces have been presented in Venezuela, Mexico, France, Boston and multiple venues in New York City, including Williamsburg Art Nexus, Dixon Place, Danspace Project, Dance New Amsterdam, Movement Research at the Judson Church, P.S 122, Dance Theater Workshop, Tisch School of the Arts and MonkeyTown, AUNTS among others. Mariangela was the choreographer for the "psycho-opera" Stop the Virgens by Karen O (The yeah, yeah, yeahs) and designer-rocker KK Barrett, presented by the Creators Project and Saint Ann's Warehouse in October 2011. In May 2012 The show was presented as part of the Vivid Festival in Australia at the Sydney Opera House. 
Mariangela was a 2009-10 Movement Research Artist in Residence and is currently a Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX) Artist In Residence (2011-13). Mariangela is a Certified Movement Analyst (2001), a faculty teacher at the Laban Institute of Movement Studies in NYC, the coordinator of the Adventures in Dance Program at Ballet Hispánico School of Dance and most recently an adjunct professor for Dance Repertory at the Raritan Valley Community College, NJ. Mariangela has also taught dance classes and workshops at Dance New Amsterdam, Movement Research, The Harkness Center 92 Street Y and Tisch School of the Arts Summer Program with Gina Gibney Dance Company in NYC.

Nia Love is an established choreographer who has created over 20 works of which have been performed and produced nationally and internationally. Ms. Love is the winner of (2001-2003) United States Fulbright Fellowship for lecturer and researcher in Dance Ethnology and lived in Ghana for several years. She trained and performed in Cuba with Alicia Alonzo's Ballet Nacional De Cuba, Japan with Min Tanaka in butoh, and with King Osei Tutu of Ghana, Kumase in traditional Court Dances. Ms. Love has served as Associate Director of Bringing in Da Spirit, a seven time award winning Documentary film from Wales to Burkina Faso. She has also served as Artist consultant to Dancing Like Home, a documentary on dance and culture from Casamance, Senegal, West Africa. Ms. Love has served as an Artist-in-Residence at Dance Theatre Workshop (DTW), teaching artist at Dance New Amsterdam (DNA) and completed her third term as Director of the dance program at PS/MS 95 in the Bronx.
Marjani Fortè was a touring and teaching member of Urban Bush Women Dance Co. of 5 years, and is now an independent choreographer and co-founder of LOVE|FORTÉ A COLLECTIVE. Fortè has taught master classes and workshops across the U.S. and beyond- including Germany, England, Colombia, Brazil, and Venezuela. She has presented choreographic works for Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, New Orleans McKenna Museum, DNA Raw Material, and DanceNOW at Joe's Pub. Fortè premiered EGO at Dance Theatre Workshop as a 2010 Fresh Tracks Resident Artist while concluding a choreographic residency and lecture series at Loyola Marymount University. Fortè was recently named a Movement Research Artist-In-Residence 2011/13, premiered Here... for Danspace PLATFORMS: Parallels in March 2012, and EGO for HarlemStage's E-Moves in April 2012. She is currently faculty at Dance New Amsterdam (DNA) 2012. Her work stems from being born in and having engaged with culturally rich, vibrant, historic, and politically charged communities.
The creative marriage of Nia Love and Marjani Fortè, LOVE|FORTÉ A COLLECTIVE is a research/process, performance, and teaching geared collective, with a commitment to social and politically conscious art making that connects the human experience through generations. We have developed work and a teaching methodology that reflects our identity as artists of successive generations, reflecting an Africanist approach to learning and evolution. We're interested in re-defining the Performance Experience, through a commitment to the PROCESS of art making via choreographic and Improvisational-based Performance, and an equal valuing of Research and Embodied Memory as profound sources in the creative process. LOVE|FORTÉ embraces a spectrum of performance venues and spaces i.e. theatre, installation/gallery, and site-specific spaces. Current and recent activities include site-specific investigation as a part of our pluralistic training for young artists in dance (Dance Without Walls), WOW Café, DanceNOW at Joe's Pub performance, Judson Church, and No Longer Empty Exhibit/Site-Specific.

I am a dance and video artist based in Brooklyn. My work is primarily concerned with confusion and desire between self and other, focusing on the most complicated relationship we all have: that of the self to the self. I make dances that sometimes include people dancing, sometimes include you dancing, and sometimes hope that dance can exist without dance, by being moved by something. 
I am inspired by psychoanalysis, queer theory, pop media, and spirituality. I have been presented internationally, including at The Chocolate Factory, The Kitchen, and Dance Theater Workshop in New York, Akademie der Kunste Berlin, Centre for Contemporary Arts Glasgow, International Festival of Contemporary Art Slovenia, and the Tate London. I have an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where I was a fellowship recipient, and a BA from Hollins University. I am a Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Scholar and a Practice-based MPhil candidate in Fine Art at Goldsmiths College, University of London. My video work is distributed by Video Data Bank. I was a 2009 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence, a 2009 DanceWeb Fellow at Impulstanz in Vienna, a 2010 Artist-in-Residence at Archauz in Århus, Denmark, and a 2011 Artist-in-Residence at the National Dance Center of Bucharest, Romania. www.jillianpena.com 
Polly Pocket aka Family Romance is a secret suburban dance drama. Starring Alexandra Albrecht and Andrew Champlin, the dancers create imaginary relationships with each other which sometimes match up and sometimes don't.
Max Steele is a performer and writer living in Brooklyn. He has presented work at the New Museum, Rapture Cafe, Deitch Projects, PPOW Gallery, Envoy Enterprises, Dixon Place, and the Queens Museum of Art. He writes the psychedelic porno poetry zine Scorcher, and his writing has been featured in Dossier Journal, Spank, Philadelphia's Institute of Contemporary Art, East Village Boys, Birdsong, and Noisey. As an actor, Steele has performed in the NYC debut of Tennessee Williams' Now the Cats with the Jeweled Claws (at La MAMA), Dan Fishback's You Will Experience Silence, the LOGO TV sitcom Jeffery and Cole Casserole, and his stint as a go-go dancer for New York's only queer punk party QxBxRx earned him the moniker "go-go boy of the damned."

Founded in 1991, BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange is a is a multi-faceted community performing arts center located in Park Slope, Brooklyn offering an annual presenting season, artist services, and educational programs for youth and adults. BAX receives support from city, state and national public and private foundations. Our programs have been featured in several Brooklyn, NYC, and national publications, celebrating our continued support of artists of all ages.

The Artists-in-Residence Program is supported by The National Endowment for the Arts, The New York State Council on the Arts, the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, The New York Community Trust, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and The Jerome Foundation. 
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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