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Love|Forte's "Memory Witholdings"

Love|Forte's "Memory Witholdings"


Tuesday, April 9, 2013 - 6:00am

Presented by BAX's Artists-in-Residence, Nia Love + Marjani Forte

BAX | Brooklyn Arts Exchange
is excited to announce

Memory Withholdings 
by BAX Artists-In-Residence Love|Fortè    


May 3rd-5th, 2013
Friday-Saturday @ 8:00pm | Sunday @ 6:00pm 
Tickets: 5 General | Low-Income
Tickets will be available one month before each performance.  


Love|Fortè's work is rooted in movement/culture of the African Diaspora through bodies that intentionally and habitually hold a distinct language specific to their culture as African American women. This movement is rooted in named forms such as Be-Bop and Hip Hop as well as unnamed, coded states of being which are specific to African American culture.

Memory Witholdings grew out of a year-long study that seeks to identify hidden traces of accumulated memories among African and African descendant communities who have undergone generations of suppression.  As African descendant women, they have become rooted through culture -- a culture retained notably in in the preparation of food where stories upon stories are held and passed among generations over the stove and at the Kitchen table. Love|Fortè posits that in memory there are signs that demarcate a common language. They're asking how does the captive mind look in memory, and are there stories, hopes, dreams, desires, and fears that color it's landscape, architecture, and geography?  


Featuring BAX's Artists-In-Residence (AIR), this performance culminates a shared journey through the creative process. Audience members enjoy the rare opportunity to follow a work and engage its creators from the early stages through to full productions. This journey began with the Open Studio Series in November, continued with the Works-in Progress Series in January, and culminates in these Spring performances.

Since 1991, our Artist In Residence 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 creative marriage of Nia Love and Marjani Fortè, LOVE|FORTÈ 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. They have developed work and a teaching methodology that reflects their identity as artists of successive generations, reflecting an Africanist approach to learning and evolution. LOVE|FORTÈ is 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. They embrace 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.

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.

Our programs have been featured in several NYC and national publications, celebrating our continued support of artists of all ages. 
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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