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DISCOTROPIC - A Triennial Performance Invitation

DISCOTROPIC - A Triennial Performance Invitation


The New Museum


New Museum, 235 Bowery, New York, NY 10002


Friday, February 27, 2015 - 7:30pm, 8:30pm
Saturday, February 28, 2015 - 12:00pm, 4:00pm



The New Museum

Dance Performance on February 27th  at  7:30pm  &  8:30pm
Lecture/Demonstration 28th  at  12pm
New  Museum,  235  Bowery,  New  York,  NY  10002

In his new performance DISCOTROPIC (2015), niv Acosta explores the relationship between science fiction, disco, astrophysics, and the black American experience. Reflecting the artist’s interest in the role of black women in sci-fi history, DISCOTROPIC is inspired by actor Diahann Carroll, who starred in the TV movie Star Wars Holiday Special (1978). Cast by NBC at the behest of donors and audience members, who insisted that a black person appear on the show, Carroll appears only as a holographic fantasy—an illusion that distills the ways in which the black female body has been consumed in mass media: as alien, bodacious, and marginalized. Acosta’s DISCOTROPIC reconsiders past futures, like those in Star Wars, while claiming a fantastical site of possibility through a cast whose imaginative engagement with science fiction rewrites its dominant narratives. Assembled by Acosta on the basis of shared interests in queer politics and Afrofuturism, the performers include Monstah Black, Alexandro Segade, André D. Singleton (aka Brohogany Opulence), and Acosta himself.

Join us post show for a party to benefit
February 28th
4pm - 9pm
Capricious 88 
88 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002

Free with RSVP

performances by:

Niv Acosta
Justin Allen
Philip Berezney
Cecca Ochoa
Boy Georgia
Tyler Ashley (video)
André Do Brasil (video)

silent auction contributors:

Lyle Ashton Harris
Jenn Joy
A.K. Burns
Katie Hubbard
Lydia Adler-Okrent
Strauss Borque
Apogee Literary Journal

Cash Bar generously donated by Perrier and New Museum

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