Danspace Project presents 3 offerings from Skeleton Architecture
Danspace Project presents three offerings from the award-winning Skeleton Architecture collective.
Workshops: Thursday, December 6 & Friday, December 7
An evening of performance: Saturday, December 8
Danspace Project presents two workshops (Thursday, December 6, 6-9pm & Friday, December 7, 6-8pm) and one evening of performance (Saturday, December 8, 7pm) by the award-winning Skeleton Architecture collective.
The collective is a vessel of Black womyn and gender non-conforming artists rooted in the rigor and power of the collective in practice. They commit to engaging embodied research to support the African Diasporic experiences.
Members are: Maria Bauman, Davalois Fearon, Marjani Forté-Saunders, Melanie Greene, Kayla Hamilton, Jasmine Hearn, Marguerite Hemmings, Nia Love, Paloma McGregor, Sydnie L. Mosley, Grace Osborne, Leslie Parker, Angie Pittman, Samantha Speis, Charmaine Warren, Edisa Weeks, Marýa Wethers, and Tara Aisha Willis.
The 2017 Bessie/NY Dance & Performance Awards recipients for "Outstanding Performance," Skeleton Architecture originated through an evening entitled the skeleton architecture, or the future of our worlds curated by Eva Yaa Asantewaa during Danspace Project's Platform 2016: Lost & Found, which examined the impact of AIDS on generations of artists.
"...magic, power, grace, sorrow, strength, joy, sisterhood and unfettered, unapologetic presence(s)...exploded forth from St. Mark's Church once [the collective] got dancing," wrote Maura Donohue (Culturebot) of the evening. Sparked by Audre Lorde's essay, "Poetry Is Not a Luxury," the collective responded, in improvisation, to prompts given by Yaa Asantewaa.
Danspace is pleased to present these three offerings, which include improvisation, movement, fellowship, music, and discussion, on the culmination of the collective's year-long Danspace Project Research Residency.
"After the Skeleton Architecture's evening we heard that the group was going to continue being a collective," said Judy Hussie-Taylor, Executive Director & Chief Curator of Danspace Project. "That was exciting and we immediately offered them a residency. Together we settled on an 18-month period, a first for Danspace. It was our sense that everyone would benefit from trying a new approach to collective research, community building, and residencies."
A schedule of the culminating events is below.
Thursday, December 6
Open to Black identified folks ONLY, Skeleton Architecture will share practices that support collecting and centering in solidarity.
Admission: participants must reserve a spot online at danspaceproject.org and pay at the door - $5-$10 sliding scale. Cash only, please. Direct link to reserve: http://www.danspaceproject.org/calendar/skeleton-architecture-workshop-1/
Friday, December 7
Open to all, this workshop offers a space to share Skeleton Architecture's practices around improvisation, dance, and community.
Admission: participants must reserve a spot online at danspaceproject.org and pay at the door - $5-$10 sliding scale. Cash only, please. Direct link to reserve: http://www.danspaceproject.org/calendar/skeleton-architecture-workshop-2/
Saturday, December 8
An Evening of Performance
On this special evening, Skeleton Architecture will share a performance that emphasizes the collaborative process and highlights the power of Black womyn within community. This sharing imagines and activates a site of InterSections - a crossroads, a place of high-stakes, risks and magic - through improvisation, dance, song, text, and spirit. Open to all.
Admission for this evening is: $10 General and $5 for Danspace Project members. Tickets can be purchased at danspaceproject.org or by calling OvationTix/TheaterMania at (866) 811-4111.
Danspace Project is located inside St. Mark's Church in-the-Bowery at 131 East 10th Street(near 2nd Avenue) in Manhattan's East Village. Danspace Project's main entrance is fully accessible via ramp. Phone: (212) 674.8112. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
About Danspace Project
Danspace Project presents new work in dance, supports a diverse range of choreographers in developing their work, encourages experimentation, and connects artists to audiences. Now in its fourth decade, Danspace Project has supported a vital community of contemporary dance artists in an environment unlike any other in the United States. Located in the historic St. Mark's Church in-the-Bowery, Danspace shares its facility with the Church, The Poetry Project, and New York Theatre Ballet. Danspace Project's Commissioning Initiative has commissioned over 570 new works since its inception in 1994.
Photo: Ian Douglas
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