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Queer New York International Arts Festival 2013

Queer New York International Arts Festival 2013

Company:

Various

Location:

Various

Dates:

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 - 8:30pm
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 - 8:30pm, 9:30pm
Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 9:30pm

Tickets:

www.abronsartscenter.org

Company:
Various

Queer New York International Arts Festival 2013

October 23–November 3, 2013

 

Updated: October 14, 2013 – The second edition of the Queer New York International Arts Festival—a festival of contemporary performance and visual art that explores and broadens the concept of “queer” (in) art—will take place from Wednesday, October 23 through Sunday, November 3, at multiple venues throughout New York City. The 2013 festival features a diverse slate of performances by more than 20 international artists, many presenting their work in New York for the first time. QNYIA 2013 is produced and curated by Zvonimir DobroviA‡ and the late André von Ah.

The Queer New York International Arts Festival (QNYIA) was created to expand the parameters of reading all that queer performance can be and mean. The concept proposes a reinvented definition of queer that can serve as a wider platform for excellence in the arts, one that is capable of tracking, discovering, and interpreting new trends. In addition to challenging societal norms and artistic practices, the festival repositions queerness by presenting artists whose work deals not only with gender and identity (i.e., expected queer issues), but with a wider range of personal, social, and aesthetic phenomena inside this new container for otherness.

The first week of the festival features works by Bulgarian performance artist Ivo Dimchev, Italian-based artist collective Sineglossa, New York performance and nightlife stars Shane Shane and Heather Litteer, UAE and New York-based visual-performance artist CHOKRA, American playwright Dan Fishback, German choreographer Antonia Baehr, Poland-based artist collective SUKA OFF, Brazilian performance and visual artist Gabriela Mureb, visual and performance artist Antoni Karwowski from Poland, and choreographer-performer Raimund Hoghe from Germany. The second week features performances by dance artist Bruno IsakoviA‡ from Croatia, Portland-based visual artist and writer Daniel Duford, Croatian experimental circus duo Room 100, artist Bojana RaduloviA‡ from Montenegro, choreographer-dancer Eisa Jocson from the Philippines, Colombia-based installation/performance artist Guillermo Riveros, and choreographer Ângelo Madureira from Brazil. The festival also includes the Queer New Music Series, with performances by M Lamar, Max Steele, Enid Ellen, and Nath Ann Carrara; a film screening and talkback with David Weissman; and a series of discussions and other public programs.

QNYIA 2013 is presented in partnership with the Abrons Arts Centera€•the festival’s hub—with additional performances and events at Grace Exhibition Space & Gallery, The Invisible Dog Art Center, Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater, La MaMa, ETC., Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, The New School, New York Live Arts, and Participant INC.

QNYIA 2013 is presented with major support from the Alphawood Foundation. Additional support is provided by Abrons Arts Center, Amat-Associazione Marchigiana Attivita Teatrali, Art Matters, Croatian Ministry of Culture, City of Zagreb, Montenegrin Ministry of Culture, Nationales Performance Netz, Oregon Arts Commission, Petrobras, and Zagreb Tourist Board.

The 2013 festival is dedicated to the memory of André von Ah (March 20, 1987-September 11, 2013), co-founder and curator of QNYIA. A research and development grant supporting queer art has been established in his name.

A performance tribute to Andre von Ah created by Raimund Hoghe will be presented on October 25 at New York Live Arts.

A schedule of performances and events follows. For updates, visit www.queerny.org.

 

DANCE EVENTS:

 

Raimund Hoghe

An Evening with Judy (U.S. premiere)

Dance/Performance

Saturday, October 26, at 8:00pm

Abrons Arts Center Playhouse

60 minutes / $10 suggested donation / abronsartscenter.org

An Evening with Judy is a new solo performance by Raimund Hoghe, with guest appearances by Takashi Ueno and Luca Giacomo Schulte. This work completes Hoghe's series of portraits dedicated to atypical singers. Combining movement and music, An evening with Judy pays homage to the actress and singer Judy Garland, and follows Hoghe’s acclaimed works based on the tenor Joseph Schmidt and diva Maria Callas.

Raimund Hoghe, formerly a writer and journalist, spent his early career working for the German newspaper Die Zeit writing portraits on individuals ranging from those on the fringes of society to popular culture celebrities. These were later compiled into several books. In 1979, Hoghe wrote a piece on the late choreographer Pina Bausch for a theater periodical. This ignited a ten year collaboration, with Hoghe working as dramaturg for Bausch’s renowned Tanztheater Wuppertal from 1980 to 1990. Two more books on the subject followed.

 

Bruno IsakoviA‡

Denuded (U.S. premiere)

Dance

Sunday, October 27, at 8:00pm / Abrons Arts Center Playhouse

35 minutes / $10 suggested donation / abronsartscenter.org

Bruno IsakoviA‡’s Denuded emerges out of his 2012 performance Invoke, which explores the otherworldly and demon-like with the stage as an exteriorization of interior self. In Denuded, IsakoviA‡ examines the physicality of this subject, separate from the source of its meaning, in a solo transformation ritual. Here the visible becomes a site for investigating the invisible and the potential relationships among those who are different. Inspired by the imagined frames of its progenitor Invoke, Denuded examines the transformation of physicality upon release from its own source, reflecting upon being-in-the-world through the medium of ritual atmosphere. Artist and academic Pavle Heidler serves as consultant.

 

Ângelo Madureira 

Delírio (U.S. premiere)

Dance

Monday, October 28, at 8:30pm

Abrons Arts Center Playhouse

60 minutes / $10 suggested donation / abronsartscenter.org

Delírio, described by Ângelo Madureira as “a convergence of factors, styles and experiences,” is a form of expression derived from his life-long education in Brazilian folk dances and his ever-evolving intentions in contemporary dance. In this work, Madureira expresses the adventures and delusions of his character, “the dreamer”, who wakes up in his own dream and then embodies other characters from his imagination. Throughout, he touches on subjects of loneliness, ingenuity and creativity in the face of adverse social situations. The performance also touches on the fragility of being a foreigner in a strange land, of living in the world of another.

Ângelo Madureira began his dance training at the age of three in his artistic family and with artists of the Arte Popular. He was a soloist with the Balé Popular do Recife for seven years and toured through Brazil, the U.S., France, Holland, Belgium, Canada, as well as many other countries. He assumed the position of director and choreographer of the Balé Popular do Recife in 1995. In 1998, Madureira received the Rede Stagium research grant with which he produced his first solo piece Delírio.

 

Room 100

C8H11NO2 (U.S. premiere)

Performance/Dance

Tuesday–Wednesday, October 29–30, at 8:30pm

Abrons Arts Center Playhouse

60 minutes / $10 suggested donation / abronsartscenter.org

C8H11NO2, the first show by Room 100, is the result of a unique creative process by self-taught artists Jakov LabroviA‡ and Antonia KuzmaniA‡. The work is a mixture of contortion, dislocation, butoh, and break dancea€•a kind of experimental circusa€•performed to dark ambient music played live by Davor Gazde on analogue oscillators. It deals with issues of power, psychosis and the loss of reality, and balancing the brain’s chemicals for happiness. C8H11NO2 premiered in Paris in 2011 following jury recognition at the Jeunes Talents Cirque Europe 2009–2010. It has been performed at performing arts, contemporary dance, and contemporary circus festivals across Europe.

Room 100 is from Split, Croatia. Formed in 2010, the company is already a recognized name on the international scene due to its innovative and contemporary approach to circus expression. Prior to the formation of Room 100, the duo had careers as street performers across Europe. In 2008, they reformed Positive Force (a breakdance crew) into a circus company and performed in F 20.0, a contemporary circus show. Individually, they have won many awards and performed in several break dance crews.

 

Eisa Jocson

Macho Dancer (U.S. premiere)

Dance

Wednesday–Thursday, October 30–31, at 9:30pm

Abrons Arts Center Experimental

35 minutes / $10 suggested donation / abronsartscenter.org

Eisa Jocson’s creative practice comprises the merging of her visual arts background with the politics of pole dancing. In her work Macho Dancer, she explores and deconstructs macho dancing. A unique phenomenon in the Philippines, macho dancing is performed by young men in nightclubs for male as well as female clients. It is an economically motivated language of seduction that employs masculinity as body capital. Macho Dancer is a solo work in which a woman performs macho dance. By embodying the macho dancer, she challenges our perception of sexuality and questions gender as a tool for social mobility. Macho Dancer is touring Europe in performance festivals such as ImPulsTanz in Vienna, Nooderzon in Groningen, Tanz im August in Berlin, and Theater Spektakel in Zurich.

Eisa Jocson started her dance training in Manila, minored in ballet at the Philippine High School for the Arts, and graduated in fine arts from the University of the Philippines, Diliman. She discovered pole dancing under Ed Aniel in 2007, and trained in the art of exotic dancing at Exotic Dance Central Inc. in New York from 2008 to 2009. During her artist residency at FoAM in Brussels, she worked with ex-P.A.R.T.S dancer/choreographer Rasa Alksnyte to deconstruct her methods and develop hybrid pole dance performances. At present, Jocson is the associate director and a senior instructor of Pole Academy, Philippines. After Macho Dancer, Jocson is set to form the Japayuki Project, a research project on Filipina hostesses in Japanese night bars.

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