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Pioneers Go East Collective Announces 2024 Out-FRONT! Festival (January 10-20, 2024)

Pioneers Go East Collective Announces 2024 Out-FRONT! Festival (January 10-20, 2024)


Pioneers Go East Collective


The LGBT Community Center + Abrons Arts Center
208 West 13th Street + 466 Grand Street
New York, NY


Wednesday, January 10, 2024 - 8:00pm
Thursday, January 11, 2024 - 7:00pm, 8:00pm daily through January 12, 2024
Saturday, January 13, 2024 - 7:00pm daily through January 14, 2024
Sunday, January 14, 2024 - 8:00pm daily through January 15, 2024
Wednesday, January 17, 2024 - 8:00pm daily through January 15, 2024
Friday, January 19, 2024 - 8:00pm daily through January 15, 2024
Thursday, January 18, 2024 - 8:00pm daily through January 15, 2024
Saturday, January 20, 2024 - 5:00pm daily through January 15, 2024
Friday, January 19, 2024 - 7:00pm daily through January 15, 2024
Saturday, January 20, 2024 - 6:00pm daily through January 15, 2024


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Pioneers Go East Collective

Pioneers Go East Collective Announces the 2024 Out-FRONT! Festival

January 10-20, 2024

Presented in partnership with The LGBT Community Center and Abrons Arts Center


New York, NY, November 7, 2023 – Pioneers Go East Collective announces the lineup for the second edition of the Out-FRONT! Festival. Centering LGBTQ and feminist voices, the festival features the work of artists exploring bold new performance modes for a lively exchange of art and culture. The 2024 festival features performances by Arthur Aviles and Collaborators, Joey Kipp with Pioneers Go East Collective, Christopher Unpezverde Núñez, Jason Anthony Rodriguez, Paz Tanjuaquio, Ogemdi Ude, and Annie MingHao Wang, as well as films by Fana Fraser, Omega X, and Tourmaline. The festival will also include two workshops: a teen voguing workshop with Jason Anthony Rodriguez, and a storytelling through dance workshop for older adults taught by Magda Kaczmarska.

"This year’s festival brings together 10 extraordinary multigenerational artists whose socially engaged practices explore issues of race, gender, disability, grief, migration, and our collective humanity in ways that continue to inspire us,” said Gian Marco Riccardo Lo Forte, Artistic Director, Pioneers Go East Collective. “We created Out-FRONT! to both celebrate artists with community-driven approaches to art- making and to offer them a platform to share their work with audiences during the Association of Performing Arts Professionals conference, an opportunity we hope provides new connections and sparks a positive dialogue about creative participation in shared spaces.”

The 2024 Out-FRONT! Festival will take place January 10-20, 2024, in partnership with The LGBT Community Center (208 West 13th Street, between 7th and Greenwich Avenues) and Abrons Arts Center as part of its @Abrons Series (466 Grand Street, corner of Pitt Street).

All festival events are free with a suggested donation of $25. Reservations are required.

Reservations for events at The LGBT Community Center can be made at https://www.eventbrite.com/o/pioneers-go-east-collective-32986072425

Reservations for events at Abrons Arts Center can be made at https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/dept/2214.


2024 Out-FRONT! Festival Schedule

Jason Anthony Rodriguez

Take a Good Look (World Premiere)

Wednesday, January 10, at 8pm, and Thursday, January 11, at 7pm

The LGBT Community Center, Theatre 301

Vogue artist and Pose star Jason Anthony Rodriguez will present a new work with music by Maya Margarita.

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Joey Kipp with Pioneers Go East Collective

Tracing Lorraine (World Premiere)

Thursday and Friday, January 11-12, at 8pm

The LGBT Community Center, Theatre 301

Joey Kipp’s Tracing Lorraine is a theatrical performance and sharing of Kipp’s connection with the Black queer playwright Lorraine Hansberry and her ghost, pulling forth the common thread of personal memory and erasure. Through a trilogy of works by Hansberry, Kipp imagines her humanistic vision for a contemporary audience. Rooted in an early pandemic video work by Kipp based on Hansberry’s play What Use Are Flowers?, Tracing Lorraine deepens his research into the author’s life and work with the addition of two more plays, The Drinking Gourd and Les Blancs. The theme of erasure to rebuilding prevails not only in the plays’ narratives, but also in Hansberry’s and Kipp’s personal histories, separated by over 60 years, in confronting the loss of their identities within normative society and their respective creative/cultural communities.

Conceived, choreographed, and performed by Joey Kipp. Co-choreographed by Symara Johnson. Dramaturgy by Chloe O. Davis. The project was developed in collaboration with Pioneers Go East Collective’s artists Gian Marco Riccardo Lo Forte (creative director), Jo Wiegandt (assistant director/producer), and Philip Treviño (production designer).


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Ogemdi Ude


Saturday and Sunday, January 13-14, at 7pm

The LGBT Community Center, Theatre 301

In Hear, choreographer Ogemdi Ude pulls from a bereft archive of video and sound bites in an attempt to materialize and present the profile of someone lost. The solo, originally a part of a trilogy, is of Ude’s ongoing practice in deriving coping rituals in the aftermath of loss. Her work is built by grieving the loss of loved ones, and preserving the language, movements, and creative actions that emerge from that grief. She opens portals to the dead to communicate with them, retell their stories, and preserve their memory. Can we connect to people who aren’t here anymore by making something out of all the bits that are? Featuring sound by slowdanger. Hear premiered in 2022.


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Christopher Unpezverde Núñez

BROOKLYN Papi (World Premiere)

Sunday and Monday, January 14-15, at 8pm

The LGBT Community Center, Theatre 301

Created by Christopher Unpezverde Núñez and performed by Núñez, Mãr Galeano, and Alfonso "Poncho" Castro, BROOKLYN Papi is an ethnography on performative masculinity or “doing gender.” It is an embodied lecture of male iconography and discursive understandings of disability, violence, and trauma. Music is by Alfonso “Poncho” Castro. Design elements by Branden Charles Wallace.


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Arthur Aviles and Collaborators

Naked Vanguard

Wednesday, January 17, and Friday, January 19, at 8pm

Abrons Arts Center Playhouse

Arthur Aviles continues his Naked Vanguard series, which reimagines several of his classic nude solo dance works. In addition to revealing the body, the works peel back the conventions of Latinx and Black cultures. The works use Aviles’s Swift/Flow dance technique and will be performed by Nikolai McKenzie Ben Rema, Hunter Sturgis, and Aviles. The program includes Morning Dance (2021), In the End, Let’s Begin (2021), Untitled #5A After Ted Shawn AKA Dansé Mexicaine & Jamaïquaine Américaine (World Premiere), and the Bessie Award-winning A Jamaican BattyBwoy in America (2021).


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Annie MingHao Wang

had my mouth (World Premiere)

Thursday, January 18, at 8pm and Saturday, January 20, at 5pm

Abrons Arts Center Playhouse

Constantly shifting between renewing dualities of being and place, had my mouth is a performance that asks: How do we use dance to speak and to build protected spaces? Derived from choreographer Annie MingHao Wang’s personal and physical inquiries into the human invocations of animal energies within Chinese culture, the work pulls specific inspiration from the lion dance and martial arts. Beyond their role as entertainment, these movement forms were historically practiced as covert training in self-defense as protection against oppressive governmental systems. had my mouth furthers this stance by referencing the diverse influences of martial arts in the US to convey the timeless search for protection through self-expression. Performed by Catherine Chen, Ching-I Chang, and Annie MingHao Wang. Music by Eldar Baruch.


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Paz Tanjuaquio / TOPAZ ARTS Dance Productions

Silweta (World Premiere)

Friday, January 19, at 7pm, and Saturday, January 20, at 6pm

Abrons Arts Center Playhouse

TOPAZ ARTS Dance Productions will premiere an evening-length dance, Silweta, choreographed and performed by Paz Tanjuaquio with a trio of guest performers, and created in collaboration with sound and visual artist Todd B. Richmond. With Silweta, based on silhouette images of traditional dance forms of the Philippines, Tanjuaquio traces a distant dance in her ongoing process of creating new movement. Behind the silhouettes, Tanjuaquio explores cultural connections, migration, and displacement. Inspired by various texts, including Dead Stars, a short story by her namesake Paz Márquez-Benítez, in which the idea that light from dead stars still shine can be a metaphor for lives lost and a presence of culture that resonates within our bodies. Silweta brings to light edges of a distant dance, tracing the outer limits of our connected lives. The work includes Petroglyph by Indigenous composer Brent Michael Davids, a digital dance of silhouettes made with Onome Ekeh will also be incorporated within the performance.


Film Screenings

Saturday, January 13, 5pm-6:30pm

The LGBT Community Center, Gallery 101

Interdisciplinary artist Fana Fraser will present a new short film, originally commissioned by TBA21-Academy (Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary) for TBA21 on st_age.

A new film by Omega X & Danni. Omega and Danni are trans and nonbinary artists and parents of two kids. As queer parents, their vision is to create visibility and possibility for people who look like them. This new work is an abstract portrait film exploring the experience of queer parenthood.

The Personal Things (2016) is an animated film by writer, filmmaker, and activist Tourmaline, whose practice highlights the experiences of Black, queer, and trans communities and their capacity to impact the world. Tourmaline writes, “You have to find your own way to strike back. Black trans elder and legendary activist Miss Major Griffin-Gracy describes how everyday personal acts fuel her political activism.”



Teen Voguing Workshop with Jason Anthony Rodriguez

Friday, January 12, 3-4pm

The LGBT Community Center, Gallery 101


Storytelling Through Dance for Older Adults with Magda Kaczmarska

Sunday, January 14, 5-6:30pm

The LGBT Community Center, Gallery 101


About Pioneers Go East Collective

Pioneers Go East Collective is a radical queer laboratory collective of performing and visual artists dedicated to dance-theater and video art to empower the LGBTQ experience. An artist-driven collective, they create works of high artistic merit to build a platform to positively impact their community. Based in New York City, the collective is led by LGBTQ-identifying, BIPOC, and immigrant artists and cultural organizers Daniel Diaz, Joey Kipp, Gian Marco Riccardo Lo Forte, and Philip Treviño. The collective portrays same-gender-loving experiences, memory, and marginalization that resonate with contemporary lives. Pioneers Go East Collective combines stories of vulnerability and courage with popular culture to facilitate communal meaning and advocate for cultural integrity. Pioneers Go East Collective’s work has been widely presented and developed in New York City with partnerships and residencies at BAM, BRIC Arts Media, Judson Church, The LGBT Community Center, Center for Performance Research, Abrons Arts Center, La MaMa, JACK, Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, Chashama Gallery (Harlem), Goethe Institute gallery, Exponential Festival, St. Ann’s Warehouse, Process Space at Governors Island/LMCC, Lumberyard (Catskill, NY), Collar Works (Troy, NY), and Buddies in Bad Times (Toronto). Current collaborators include Symara Johnson, ALEXA Grae, syd island, Vanessa Rappa, Darrin Wright, Mark Tambella, Paul Simon, Jo Wiegandt, Azmi Mert Erdem, joy burklund, Adele Overbey, Lynn Ligammari, and Bryan Baira. www.pioneersgoeast.org


About The LGBT Community Center

Established in 1983 as a result of the AIDS crisis, New York City’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center has grown and evolved over the last four decades, creating and delivering services that empower people to lead healthy, successful lives. We currently operate in-person and virtually, providing recovery and wellness programs, economic advancement initiatives, family and youth support, advocacy, arts and cultural events, and space for community organizing and connection. For more information, please visit www.gaycenter.org.


About The @Abrons Series

The @Abrons Series program is a subsidized theater rental program that provides access to its spaces as well as production services at subsidized rates. While @Abrons is not curated, priority is given to shows and events that align with Abrons’s mission and that are committed to anti-oppression. For shows, events, or artistic projects working to build community projects that are socially or civically inclusive—yet have very small budgets—there is an application for an extra-subsidized rate.

Out-FRONT! Festival is supported in part with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, The New York State Council on the Arts, The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, and the Harkness Foundation for Dance.

Follow Pioneers Go East Collective on Instagram @PioneersGoEast and Facebook at PioneersGoEast.

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