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NEEDING IT: Solo Performance in Queer Community

NEEDING IT: Solo Performance in Queer Community


Helix Queer Performance Network


BAX | Brooklyn Arts Exchange


Tuesday, June 21, 2016 - 8:00pm



Helix Queer Performance Network

BAX | Brooklyn Arts Exchange is proud to present a  
Helix Queer Performance Network event
NEEDING IT: Solo Performance in Queer Community
A Showcase of Works in Progress
Tuesday, June 21, 2016 @ 8:00pm
Tickets: $16 General/$10 Low Income [ BUY ]
Based on a class facilitated by Dan Fishback

STARRING (in alphabetical order)

  • m.b. 
  • Anastasia Eckerson 
  • Thomas Gibbons
  • Kalon Hayward
  • David Henninger
  • Linda La Montanez
  • Deesha Narichania
  • Teshale Nuer
  • Alexander Paris
  • Jacob Tobia  

This year marks the fifth installment of "NEEDING IT: Solo Performance in Queer Community," a two-month workshop in which students develop their own pieces while studying the history of queer performance in New York City. This class emerged directly from the very first show Dan Fishback developed at BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange, when he was an Artist in Residence in 2010-11. Fishback's solo piece, "thirtynothing," aimed to make sense of his life as a young queer person in the context of his community's history -- a history that was largely unknown to him. Through this work, Fishback began to understand that history is a human right, and that queer communities cannot be healthy unless there are structured ways to pass along stories from generation to generation.

When Fishback first offered the class in 2012, we were living in such a historical vacuum, and much of the cultural history that he shared with his students, like the work of Marsha P. Johnson (not only as an activist but as a great performing artist!), was shocking and new to them. But only a few years later, queer culture in New York City has become so much more reverent of the past, and many young people are learning about their history more naturally, which liberates us to have more nuanced conversations. The NEEDING IT class this year is brilliant and insightful, and Fishback cannot wait to share their work in the BAX theater on June 21st at 8pm.

NEEDING IT is part of an ongoing education initiative of The Helix Queer Performance Network, a collaboration between La Mama Experimental Theatre Club, The Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics and BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange seeking to empower queer performers, unite diverse communities and celebrate the legacy and lineage of queer performance in New York City. 

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