INSISTENT TONGUES: QUEER WORLD VOICES
co-presented by BAAD! and PEN AMERICA
THURSDAY, MAY 4 | 7PM
Poetry, prose and performance by gay writers who speak openly about the power and challenges of creating from a queer perspective with Binyavanga Wainaina (Kenya), Saeed Jones (USA), Marlon James (Jamaica) and Ali Asgar (Bangladesh). Moderated by Charles Rice-González (USA/Puerto Rico).
JENNIFER HARRISON NEWMAN
THE GENEVA PROJECT
co-presented by BAAD! and 651 ARTS
FRIDAY & SATURDAY, APRIL 28 & 29 | 8PM
The Geneva Project is inspired by photographs that choreographer Jennifer Harrison Newman found in the Library of Congress of her great-aunt, Geneva Varner Clark, and her family on their farm in Depression-era South Carolina. The photographs, taken by New Deal era photographer Marion Post Wolcott with captions such as “negro”, “mixed race” and “Indian,” provide more than simply a visual backdrop, inspiring an emotional and visceral conjuring of the ghosts of our shared social past.
In collaboration with visionary director Charlotte Brathwaite, other-worldly composer Justin Hicks, singular installation artist Abigail DeVille, polymath projection designer Paul Lieber and lighting designer Tuce Yasak, Newman invites an inquiry into the politics of subjectivity and personhood by giving face to people marginalized by racial classifications and their economic ramifications. This dark, poetic piece questions what is revealed and what remains hidden by bringing light to that which was once buried.
FRANCESCA FALCHI AND MARTA PROIETTI ORZELLA
co-presented by BAAD! and In Scena
WEDNESDAY, MAY 10 | 8PM
The show – a sort of German cabaret – tells the stories of women living under Nazism. The “lesbian” songs of the era are intertwined with short monologues and dialogues that enhance the seriousness of the stories, tempered by the levity of pure entertainment. The show presents a series of women who embody the minorities who at the time of the advent of Nazism (as it happened in Italy during Fascism) were forced to “not exist.”
DANCING WHILE BLACK: EPIC MEMORY LAB
CONCEIVED AND LED BY NIA LOVE
SATURDAY, MAY 13 | 6PM
We will come together to share age-old traditions located in the preparations and care takings of our homes. This gathering is inspired by Nia Love’s need to reconnect and redirect her diet after age 50 (women of the yam). We will share food, recipes, stories and heirlooms.
Bring a family dish to share, if you can (those not requiring refrigeration is best). Dishes should highlight foods own natural flavors without additives (no sweeteners).
Bring the recipe - we will look at the ingredients and their geographical knowledge, mental and physical health advantages and discuss what about these dishes have been gained or lost over generations. Bring a family heirloom to show and discuss and come prepared to share a story that united/brought you closer to your ancestors. Dress in comfortable clothes you can move in. Wine and beer available for purchase.
2474 Westchester Avenue, Bronx, NY 10461 718-918-2110
Home of Arthur Aviles Typical Theatre and The Bronx Dance Coalition
COURAGEOUS CONVERSATIONS: SARA SCHULMAN & STEVEN THRASHER
TUESDAY, MAY 9 | 8PM
Courageous Conversations is a free monthly community/education forum that is a mix of topical talks and resilience workshops led by leading thinkers from the arts, media and politics, followed by a facilitated/open community forum for queer people on how to navigate and thrive as the President and his administration position the chess pieces to dismantle and reverse many hard-fought protections.
Courageous Conversations is supported by The New York Community Trust.
¡HISPANIC PANIC STRIKES BACK!: MAY THE FIERCE BE WITH YOU
FRIDAY, MAY 5 | 8PM
HISPANIC PANIC! was an experimental reading and performance series that ran from 2008 to 2011 at Nowhere in the East Village. Created by writer Charlie Vázquez as a way to network, it incubated a lively roster of LGBTQ cutting-edge talent with an emphasis on women and people-of-color. ¡HISPANIC PANIC Strikes Back! will reunite some of the founding artists that gave the series life, what is sure to be an irreverent evening of truth-telling and comedy.
Hosted by Charlie Vázquez
BLACKTINO QUEER PERFORMANCE
SATURDAY, MAY 27 | 3PM & 8PM
I JUST LOVE ANDY GIBB | READING
In “I Just Love Andy Gibb” two characters have a conversation across time – the late 1970s and today. Roy is a dark-skinned teenager in 1978 who is obsessed with teen pop idol Andy Gibb and Carlos is 40+ Papi living in current time who feels “woke” to the oppression he has navigated as a Black, Latino gay man in the Bronx. Through a hiccup in time brought on by a shared fascination with youth, men and pop culture, they traverse through a maze of race and desire.
BLACKTINO DANCE CONCERT
Dancer/Choreographers Wendell Cooper (in photo), Jonathan González, Anthony Rosado, Shantelle Courvoisier Jackson, and Nia & Ness share their moves and ruminations on what it means to be Black, Latino, Afro Latinx and queer. This evening is present in collaboration with E. Patrick Johnson and Ramon Rivera-Servera, the co-editors of Blacktino Queer Performance, an anthology sharing and explore works by queer Black and Latino artists.
BOOGIE DOWN DANCE FESTIVAL 2017
FRIDAY & SATURDAY, APRIL 21 & 22 | 7:30PM
Nearly Sighted is a solo project, performed and produced by Kayla Hamilton that gives the audience an opportunity to see through her eyes. She moves through the world with a chronic illness that has left her with sight in one eye, loss of peripheral vision, double vision, blurred vision, and difficulty seeing in low light. Integrating the voices and aesthetics of five black female choreographers; Francine E. Ott, Nia Love, Christal Brown, Crystal U. Davis and Jaimè Dzandu, the work draws attention to new stories. With interviews of each choreographer woven between dances, Nearly Sighted generates discussion around the ideas of race, gender and visibility.
DANCIN' IN THE BRONX
SATURDAY, MAY 6 | 8PM
BAAD!'s signature compilation dance concert brings together a bevy of dance styles and talents with 8 choreographers from the Bronx and beyond including Francheska Alcantara, William Briscoe, Rodney A. Brown/The Brown Dance Project, Kayla Farrish/Decent Structures Arts Collective, Alvaro Gonzalez Dupuy, tsaihsi hung, Gerard Minaya and slowdanger.
ON THE VERGE: LEHMAN COLLEGE DANCE CONCERT
MONDAY, MAY 22 | 8PM
The rising stars of the Lehman College Dance Program take over BAAD!’s stage with an evening of new works from choreographers
PHOENIX RISING: KWIKSTEP & ROKAFELLA BENIFIT
HOSTED BY APPOLONIA CRUZ
TUESDAY, MAY 2 | 7:30PM
One of NYC's legendary beloved dance couples Rokafella & Kwikstep recently suffered a horrific fire at their residence of over 20 years. They lost almost everything. This is an emergency showcase to raise fund to help them out.
There is a suggested door donation for attendees and all performers have agreed to donate their tips to Rokafella & Kwikstep.
MEET THE ARTISTS: DANCE YOUR FUTURE 2017
THURSDAY, MAY 25 | 8PM
Meet the emerging artists of Dance Your Future, a collaborative artist-in-residency project with Pepatian and BAAD! The three artists selected by a committee, Beatrice Capote, Tatiana Desardouin and Maleak Washington, will show a sample of their artistry, followed by a reception. The artists will receive free rehearsal space, a residency and performance honorarium and mentorship support to create full-evening length dance and performance works at BAAD! in Fall 2017. The residency is made possible by support from the Jerome Foundation.
A partnership project between Pepatian and BAAD!
DIME QUIÉN SOY
FRI. & SAT., MAY 19-20 | 8PM; SUN., MAY 21 | 3PM
A passionate reflection of cultural identity by Nelida Tirado who stumbles upon flamenco accidentally upon her mother's desires to keep her connected to the roots of her native Bomba and Plena. This embarks her on a triumphant and challenging journey between bomba, salsa, and flamenco "dancing between cultures" in celebration of her authentic self where music and dance transcends and blurs lines of politics, race, and identity. Featuring Eddie Torres Jr. and original music by Gonzalo Grau with Marcos Lopez and Manolo Mairena.
Nelida Tirado is the 2016-2017 Rosario Dawson BAAD! Muse Artist in Residence. Through a generous gift by Rosario Dawson BAAD! has provided rehearsal space, tech support, mentorship, and creative and performance fees.