The 16th annual BAAD! ASS WOMEN FESTIVAL celebrates the empowerment of women through art, culture and performance. The festival includes evenings of dance, music, performance art, and cabaret.
LAURA SHAPIRO, OXANA CHI, SHIZU HOMMA
FRIDAY, MARCH 9 | 8PM
Laura Shapiro presents Last Gasp! (First Draft). With mordant humor, talking as well as movement, video projections, and colorful costumes, Last Gasp! (First Draft), considers personal end–of–life preparations within a perspective of possible planetary apocalypse and/or exhaustion.
Oxana Chi (dance) and Layla Zami (saxophone) grew up in Europe, started with classical training in their respective fields, are now based in NYC, and pursue a career full of innovation, contemporary Fusion and Afro-Futurism. On the footprints of two globe-trotters who jump across continents, experience a personal and inspirational interpretation of what it means to feel jazz!
Shizu Homma is a Brooklyn born artist who is now residing in Philadelphia. She makes dances, visual, text based, conceptual, and participatory art, and is happy to be back at BAAD! with her first dance work since 2016. This work is about transiting, moving, getting somewhere and meandering. Things change and stay the same.
WOMEN'S SAFETY SEMINAR
co-presented by Recoveries R US, LLC and BAAD!
THURSDAY, MARCH 22 | 7PM
As a survivor of rape and domestic violence Connie Pacheco created the Women’s Safety Seminar to empower women with theory and a hands on practical self-defense workshop. Connie has over 30 years experience in the field working with women and families and is armed with training and credentials in the latest statistics and information on rape and other violent crimes. This seminar focuses on providing information on the dynamics of domestic violence and personal safety tips and general awareness. Connie’s goal is for each participant to leave the seminar with a heightened awareness and a better understanding of the issues surrounding our safety as women.
This seminar is for women of all ages and identities. Individuals under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. This seminar is for trans and cisgender women only.
If you would like to host this workshop reach Connie at 917-265-8090
CHOREOGRAPHERS CONNECTING IN THE BRONX: DREAMING OUT OF LA NEGRURA/BLACKNESS
co-presented by Pepatián and BAAD!
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28 | 7PM
A documentary film (25min) about three choreographers from the Latinx diaspora - Sita Frederick, Rokafella, Marion Ramirez - who collaborated to create an experimental dance theater work with Salsa, Breaking, Afro-Caribbean and release techniques. A discussion with the artists follows the screening.
MUSIC TRIBUTE TO CHAVELA
FRIDAY, MARCH 16 | 8PM
Chavela Vargas was a Costa Rican guitarist and singer of Mexican rancheras, a masculine but emotional song about love and its mishaps sung from a man's perspective. Chavela delivered the songs in her own peculiar way slowing down the tempo for a more dramatic and nuances effect. From youth she challenged gender norms and became known for her trademark pants and red jorongo.
Check out the music of Chavela Vargas and join us for a night honoring this legend.
SATURDAY, MARCH 24 | 8PM
The BAAD! ASS Women dance concert is no-holds-barred. Eight choreographers takeover BAAD!. The choreographers from the Bronx and beyond include Clara Auguste, Giavanni Farley, Farah Figuereo, Havanna Fisher, Kailey McCrudden, Loli Santiago, Rourou Ye.
THE DISAPPEARANCE OF LESBIAN SPACES
SATURDAY, MARCH 10 | 8PM
A conversation on the erasure of the lesbian experience in modern queer, trans spaces. Moderated by Alicia Anabel Santos. Curated by Alicia Anabel Santos and Yoseli Castillo. Panelists include Maggie Craig, Amber Atiya, Ruby Fernandez Brown, Nancy La Lanne, Alicia Santos
THURSDAY, MARCH 15 | 7PM
Through its lyrical structure, Chavela takes viewers on an evocative, thought-provoking journey through the iconoclastic life of game-changing artist Chavela Vargas.
Centered around never before-seen interview footage of Chavela shot 20 years before her death in 2012, and guided by the stories in Chavela’s songs, and the myths and tales others have told about her – as well as those she spread about herself – the film weaves an arresting portrait of a woman who dared to dress, speak, sing, and dream her unique life into being.
LIVE BIG GIRL!
DIRECTED BY PEGGY ROBLES-ALVARADO
FRIDAY, MARCH 23 | 8PM
Live Big Girl is a poetic play about 3 women and their different and not so different experiences of living in a body that is not celebrated. There is root deep digging towards self-awareness, self-acceptance, and self-love. Through poetry, in movement and in stillness, offering a prescription for healing, in the taking back of their bodies from the mouths of critics. Fierceness comes when truths are shared. Live Big Girl!
MORIAH ELLA MASON, brASS, AYA LANE
SATURDAY, MARCH 17 | 8PM
Moriah Ella Mason explores how we perform eroticism and consume intimacy in a show about working as a stripper in Pittsburgh, PA. brASS: Brown RadicalASS Burlesque brings full bodied storytelling and celebration of the erotic. And Aya Lane performs a mythical resistance story of “an underwater country populated by the unborn children of African women who were thrown or jumped off slave ships.
BAAD! ASS WOMEN 2018
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