8 PM AT JACK
$10* / PERFORMANCE
Offerings from Jonathan Gonzalez, Michael Mahalchick, Lily Bo Shapiro, and Social Health Performance Club (Ivy Castellanos, Ayana Evans, Zachary Fabri, Maria Hupfield, Geraldo Mercado).
This performance will celebrate indescribable histories, outer limits, peripheries, and the party within us all. Part celebration of performance, part commemoration of the festival’s closing, and part observance of the quiet strength inside. What does it mean to watch with soft eyes, to offer support for yourself and everyone else in the room, while also being held in support? This river of energetic exchange is not fleeting. Let’s celebrate it.
Jonathan Gonzalez is a multidisciplinary artist working through performance, sound design/composition, writing and visual practices. He is a Diebold Award recipient in Choreography & Performance, Dancing While Black Fellow (2015-16), POSSE scholar, New York Live Arts Fresh Tracks artist (2015-16), and choreographer with The Possibility Project. He has worked with Ligia Lewis, Patricia Hoffbauer, Grisha Coleman, Phillip Howze, Marjani Forté, Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, Ni’Ja Whitson, Tony Thatcher, and Gwen Welliver among others. His work has been presented at Danspace Project’s Food for Thought, BAAD!, Socrates Sculpture Park, Project Reach, MaketheRoadNY, Dancewave, Loisaida Center, DanceNOW/DTW, JACK, BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Wimbledon College of Art, Trinity and Bennington College. He is an MFA graduate of Sarah Lawrence College.
Michael Mahalchick was bred in Pottsville, Pennsylvania and is now the toast of New York City. He is a multidisciplinary artist who finds many ways to train his chosen material into forms of his liking. In 2010 he received a “Bessie” for his work with luciana achugar and is currently working on something secret.
Lily Bo Shapiro has been variously image making here, the birthplace, since 1990.
Social Health Performance Club is a collective of artists actively questioning systemic values at work in performance art through themed performances, potlucks, and member collaborations. SHPC gathers as a collective of artists to produce events, exhibitions, and other public art projects which directly confront systemic social issues in the art world and beyond. The Club itself is framed as a performance, gathering together as action, understanding social relationships as artistic processes.
10 PM AT JACK
$10* / PERFORMANCE PARTY
Hosted by Becca Blackwell and BASHIR DAVIID NAIM with special guest performances in a nonlinear fashion. Guest performers include Mark Golamco: Ghostlight, Zavé Martohardjono, Cae Monae and Hye Yun Park a.k.a. Ancient Toddler the Clown.
Sometimes self-care means dance party. Let’s come together to celebrate bodies in space. Let’s take up the space we’re told is not ours to hold. Let’s celebrate each other’s selves. Let’s try to love our past selves / trust our future selves. Let’s leave space for time travel. Move through the time-space continuum at your own pace. Dance in your divine dark light. Party on.
*$10 each or $15 for both events
Becca Blackwell is a NYC based trans actor, performer and writer. Existing between genders, and preferring the pronoun “they,” Blackwell works collaboratively with playwrights and directors to expand our sense of personhood and the body through performance. Some of their collaborations have been with Young Jean Lee, Half Straddle, Jennifer Miller’s Circus Amok, Richard Maxwell, Sharon Hayes, Theater of the Two Headed Calf and Lisa D’Amour. Becca is a recipient of the Doris Duke Impact Artist Award 2015 and recently wrote a solo show, They, Themself and Schmerm, that will be sneaking in performances in winter of 2017 in a town near you.
BASHIR DAVIID NAIM IS A MOVEMENT ARTIST BASED PRIMARILY IN LOS ANGELES. THEIR FAMILY FOUNDED A DANCE AND PERFORMANCE ART COMMUNITY IN THE BERKSHIRE MOUNTAINS. BASHIR WAS EARLY ACQUAINTED WITH ARTISTS LIKE DAVID AMRAM, THE KRONOS QUARTET, PINA BAUSCH. BASHIR NAIM HAS COLLABORATED WITH PEACHES, SIA, DEVENDRA BANHART, ROSE MCGOWAN, OUR LADY J, MILLIE BROWN, RYAN HEFFINGTON, ZACKARY DRUCKER AND SOFIA MORENO. THEY CAN BE SEEN OPPOSITE ANJELICA HUSTON AND JEFFREY TAMBOR ON JILL SOLOWAY’S “TRANSPARENT”, AND IN BENJY RUSSELL’S “BATTLEFIELD OF FLOWERS”.