TUESDAY, MAY 21 | 7PM
From director Andrew Rossi (Page One: Inside the New York Times, The First Monday in May) comes an electrifying portrait of writer and performer Okwui Okpokwasili and her acclaimed one-woman show, Bronx Gothic. Rooted in memories of her childhood, Okwui – who’s worked with conceptual artists like Ralph Lemon and Julie Taymor – fuses dance, song, drama, and comedy to create a mesmerizing space in which audiences can engage with a story about two 12-year-old black girls coming of age in the 1980s. With intimate vérité access to Okwui and her audiences off the stage, Bronx Gothic allows for unparalleled insight into her creative process as well as the complex social issues embodied in it.
FRIDAY, MAY 17 |8PM
From the Femme-identified Michiyaya Dance group to the gender expansive Mx Oops and the dynamic duo of Pittsburgh Slowdanger, a deliciously daring dance evening sweeps onto BAAD!’s stage with work that is unpredictable and engaging.
BOOGIE DOWN DANCE FESTIVAL 2019
PERFORMANCE ART FESTIVAL NYC
THURSDAY, MAY 23 | 7PM
ITINERANT, the annual Performance Art Festival of NYC, is a week of Live Action Art in different boroughs in New York City. ITINERANT at BAAD! presents a selection of performance art works by local and international artists. This year’s festival focuses on works that explore, treat, propose, and consider somatic (re)constructions and (re)presentations regarding gender, nationality, identity, and civil status. The program, organized and curated independently by interdisciplinary artist Hector Canonge, brings a mix of local and international artists. The full festival takes place Monday, May 20th to Saturday, May 25th at various venues in the city.
COUNTERING COLONIALISM: A QUEER RITUAL OF HEALING
SATURDAY, MAY 11 | 8PM
Growing up in rural Nicaragua, queer performance artist Elyla Sinvergüenza (Fredman Barahona) endured the country’s toxic and ongoing legacy of colonialism. In their visceral new performance piece Saint Peter Goose/Duck Pulling, Sinverguenza transforms a violent and hyper-masculine ritual from the country’s patriarchal tradition into an immersive experience of healing for artist and audience members alike. Join Sinverguenza and rope designer and performer Master Kinkbaku Ming for the world premiere of this participatory act of creativity, as a country’s troubled history is revisited through a cathartic and engaging ceremony.
Supported by the Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts
Co-presented with PEN America World Voices Festival and the Artists at Risk Connection (ARC)
AS WHITE AS FENNEL IN A SALAD
(BIANCA COME | FINOCCHI IN INSALATA)
TUES, APRIL 30 | 7PM
Written & Directed by Silvia Marchetti
Performed by Andrea Ramosi
Presented by Compagnia del Calzino – Region Emilia Romagna
Bianca’s life as a dull elementary school teacher is boring and frustrating until Antonino, the school’s dean, enters it. The hope of an improbable love affair illuminates a life of solitude, injustice, and denial.
TUES, APRIL 30 | 8:30PM
Written & Directed by Tiziana Troja
Performed by Michela Sale Musio
Presented by Lucidosottile
Anita’s everyday life masks a hidden 'otaku.' Marked by a difficult past, she finds refuge at home, where her contradictions coexist with her controversial sexuality.
THURSDAY, MAY 16 | 8PM
Company The Other Side of Silence (TOSOS)
Playwright by Doric Wilson
Directed by Mark Finley
Michael Lynch, Tim Abrams, Chris Andersson, Christopher Borg, Peter Boruchowitz, Eilis Cahill, Johnathan Cedano, Russell Jordan, Jeremy Lawrence, Rebecca Nyahay, Patrick Porter, Ben Strothmann
Set in Greenwich Village on June 28 1969, shortly before the first brick was thrown at the Stonewall Inn, Doric Wilson's legendary satire STREET THEATER follows the exploits of the cruisers, drag queens, undercover cops, dykes, hippies, mobsters and bystanders (innocent and otherwise) as they catapult toward the moment that changed the course of history.
DANCIN' IN THE BRONX
SATURDAY, MAY 18 | 8PM
BAAD!'s signature compilation dance concert brings together a bevy of dance styles and talents with 8 choreographers from the Bronx and beyond. Choreographers include Gio Kusanagi, John Kovach, Moriah Ella Mason, Cynthia Paniagua, Margia Shriti, and Rourou Ye.
IN THE HOUSE
CURATED BY ROKAFELLA
SATURDAY, MAY 4 | 8PM
This evening bubbles with the energy of club, house and street dance. Curated by Rokafella (Full Circle), performers include Janice Tomlinson, Samantha Reyes (Sam-I-Am), Kristine Bergasse, Hip Hop Theory and The ICONIC Legendary House Of Ninja. Followed by a dance party.
Home of Arthur Aviles Typical Theatre and The Bronx Dance Coalition
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