freeskewl's first in-person show: OUTSIDE // Performance (FREE)
freeskewl's first in-person performance event featuring work by Jasmine Hearn, Em Papineau + Sofia Engelman, Anh Vo, and Jessie Young. Learn more about the artists below. This program is made possible by a New York City Artist Corps Grant.
WHEN + WHERE:
Sunday, October 17th at 4:30-6pm EDT
Prospect Park's Concert Grove Pavilion (Brooklyn, NY // Canarsie + Munsee Lenape land)
.2 miles from Prospect Park stop, an accessible station on B, Q, S
.2 miles from Lincoln/Flatbush B43 stop
1.0 miles from Grand Army Plaza stop on 2, 3, 4
1.1 miles from 15t St - Prospect Park on F and G
This event is FREE! Donations are welcome. 75% of donations will be distributed to The Lenape Center and 25% will be used to compensate freeskewl admin labor.
Masks are required at this outdoor event. Vaccination is required for everyone ages 12+. Artists will not be masked while performing but will keep at least 4 feet distance from viewers.
This event is reachable by public transportation and in close proximity to an accessible train station. There are no steps at the location. Prospect Park's Concert Grove Pavilion is on solid ground. ASL translation will be provided. There will be limited folding chairs available, as well as open space for standing, wheelchairs, and sitting on the ground. Please be in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions and/or any access needs.
The Pavilion is a covered area so this event will only be postponed in the case of extreme winds or lightning.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
Jasmine Hearn was born and raised on occupied lands now known as Houston, TX. They are an interdisciplinary artist, director, choreographer, organizer, teaching artist, and a 2021 Bessie nominated and a 2017 Bessie award winning dancer and performer. For ten years, they have developed and shared solo and ensemble dance theater performances rooted in the facilitation of creative spaces for remembering, feeling, and imagining.
Jasmine has creatively collaborated with multidisciplinary artists, Solange Knowles, Alisha B. Wormsley, Vanessa German, Ayanah Moor, Holly Bass, Kendra Portier, Kate Watson Wallace, and Li Harris, which have produced solo and collective embodied performances at the Guggenheim Museum, The Getty Center, Venice Biennale 2019, the Ford Foundation, New York Live Arts, Danspace Project, BAAD!, Kelly Strayhorn Theater, and other internationally acclaimed art spaces. They have also had the pleasure to perform premiere and repertory pieces with companies, Urban Bush Women, David Dorfman Dance, Helen Simoneau Danse, Dance Alloy Theater, and the August Wilson Dance Ensemble.
Jasmine’s creative embodied practice is rooted in a layering of dance, somatic, and vocal traditions and methodologies. As a teaching artist and choreographer, they are greatly influenced by many teachers and mentors including, Claudette Nickens Johnson, Byronné J Hearn, Marjani Forté-Saunders, Marlies Yearby, Kathryn Leary, Staycee Pearl, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, jhon r. stronks, Samantha Speis, Chanon Judson, Kendra Portier, Barbara Mahler, Pamela Pietro, Sheri van den Wijngaard, Joy KMT, Alisha B. Wormsley, Samita Sinha, and Li Harris.
Their commitment to dance is an expansive practice that includes performance, collaboration, sound conjuring, memory-keeping, and story-telling.
Sofia Engelman + Em Papineau are life partners, organizers, independent artists, and choreographic collaborators living on occupied Canarsie and Munsee Lenape land (temporarily known as Brooklyn, NY). Their current research focuses on structural transparency (in performance and institutions alike), queering, and archiving.
Sofia + Em's first collaborative project was presented at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts while they were students at Smith College. Since then, they have held choreographic residencies at The Living Room, Ponderosa, The Dance Complex, MOtiVE Brooklyn, and School for Contemporary Dance & Thought. In addition to presenting their work at these spaces, the pair have performed at festivals including FRESH Festival, EstroGenius Festival, AS220's Providence Movement Festival, Queer Spectra, Post/Future Performance Festival, and Dancing Queerly Boston; music/DIY venues such as 10 Forward and Flywheel; and other spaces they love dearly including Judson Church, Green Street Studios, and Smith College. Their work has been supported by NEFA, NYFA, and Northampton Arts Council and their individual performance credits include projects by Kathleen Hermesdorf, Tyler Rai, Michael Figueroa, and Alice Gosti. Sofia + Em are co-initiators of freeskewl, an experimental platform for pedagogy, performance, and conversation. www.engelmanpapineaudance.com
Anh Vo is a Vietnamese dancer, writer, teacher, and activist. They create dances and produce texts about pornography and queer relations, about being and form, about identity and abstraction, about history and its colonial reality. Their critical writings focus on experimental practices and socio-economic relations in contemporary dance and pornography.
Jessie Young is a Brooklyn-based performer originally from Port Angeles, Washington. She crafts choreography as a poetic provocation, viewing dance as a form that must constantly redefine itself in relation to shifting sensorial, emotional, political, and cultural circumstances. She choreographically directs conditions of exploration that render themselves as dances, collages, photographs, sound scores and pedagogical structures. The felt sense of her body in relationship to landscapes, imagery, and poetic associations drives my work forward. Her aesthetic is informed by her upbringing in the Pacific Northwest, by the foggy collisions between familial loss and magical thinking that she experienced there.
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