Mysticism, Astrology & Tarot for a New Creative Moment (Era?)

Mysticism, Astrology & Tarot for a New Creative Moment (Era?)

Guided by Deborah Conton (Dee Spark Tarot) and Stuart B Meyers

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Wednesday, October 14 | 6:30PM on zoom

Sliding Scale Tickets ($0-$20) here.

CPR Presents Mysticism, Astrology & Tarot for a New Creative Moment (Era?) is an experimental collaborative platform centered around the topics of mysticism, tarot, and astrology. Stuart B Meyers and Deborah Conton (Dee Spark Tarot) will offer insights into their connection to spirituality, astrology, dreams and imagery work, their distinct tarot methods, and how these systems inform their creative practice. This discussion will serve as an entry point for (virtual) connection and collective dialogue. All are welcome!CP R

About our Guides:

Deborah Conton (@deesparktarot) Born in Atlanta, Georgia and now a Brooklyn based resident, Dee continues to spread their guidance work via Tarot and other forms of divination. Her work also includes dancing and research in dealing with Black Social Dance via Club Culture. Dee Spark Tarot came into existence in 2018 as a way of connecting with not only her lineage, but those whi are Queer, Trans, Gender nonconforming and thiose who may feel that spiritual work is inaccessible.

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Inspired by the overlap in his queer and Jewish identities, Stuart B Meyers (@stuartbmeyers)  creates shapeshifting, time-defying performance works which crack open perspectives, awakening audiences to their bodies and spirits. Stuart’s worked alongside Robert Wilson, Colette Sadler, Nick Cave, Ann Liv Young and Tino Sehgal, and has performed internationally in venues including Martin Gropius Bau (Berlin), The Stedelijk (Amsterdam), Schaubuhne (Berlin), Southbank Centre (London), The Park Avenue Armory, The High Line, and The Shed (NYC). Currently, he is internationally touring his ritual-performance “*The Shabbos Queen*, a queer, DIY & Dreamy Shabbat Dinner Delight & Extravaganza,” teaches folks how to love themselves, and then somebody else as the character Yenta, and is rebooting his 2015 solo WITCH DANCE, a meditation on Mary Wigman’s seminal solo. Stuart’s received support from the Berlin Cultural Senate, the BK Arts Council, and the NEA, and is a 2019-2021 NYLA Fresh Tracks Artist & CPR AIR, a 2018 danceWeb Scholar, and reads Tarot as well as practices Dream Opening through Kabbalah via The School of Images.


Admission: Sliding scale of $0-$20. Participants are invited to choose what to pay based on your circumstances. We ask that you be honest about your financial situation. You are welcome to attend for FREE if that makes the most sense for you.

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ASL Interpretation available upon request and cc will be provided. Please email programs@cprnyc.org for any needs and accommodation.

CPR Presents: Sunday Virtual Pop Up

Sunday Virtual Pop Up 9.27.2020

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Sunday, September 27th | 6PM on Zoom

Donation based | Register HERE

Featuring:

Movement of the People Dance Company/Joya Powell
Cruz Control Collective
Maatworks Dance Collective
with a Live DJ set by Krunk Pony

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CPR’s Virtual Pop Up provides a collaborative platform for artists to gather, share, and discuss topics related to performance and process during these unprecedented times. Participating artists will offer an exercise, a reading, video or performance of their choice that will serve as an entrypoint for (virtual) connection and collective dialogue.P

Let’s connect, create, and share what we’ve been working on

New Moon Realness | Tools for Quebrantamiento en los Ultimos Tiempos w/ Randy Reyes and Failspace

Death. The Precipice. Justice. The High Priestess with Randy Reyes and FAILSPACE

13. 33. 666. 777.

September 16-19th, 2020
4-6 PM EST / 1-3 PM PST
Zoom link provided up on registration


In this workshop co-presented by FAILSPACE and CPR, we will slow down, bend time, and differentiate towards our agency. Even when suspended and bound, here we can also find movement: subtle, sustained, underground, pulsing through the blood. We will notice where our perception and attention is flowing as a way to ground into the present moment and manifest what we need. Emptying out in order to receive. We will engage in self-pleasure practices [alone and together] and engender a virtual space of radical vulnerability and generosity.

This workshop is for folks interested in going deep into their roots, working with New Moon magic to manifest their intentions, [working and playing with some choreographic scores that invite duration, principles of Qi Energetics, and elements of improvisation], and having real talks about what is alive and present for us in our personal and interpersonal cosmologies. There will be lots of moving, writing, reflecting alone and in pairs, and the potential to create a low-stakes performance offering at the closing of our time together to share with this specific cohort.

This event will be co-presented by CPR

Love in the Time of Corona: Solidarity Session

LOVE IN THE TIME OF CORONA: SOUL FOOD + SOLIDARITY
SATURDAY JUNE 27, 8:00PM EDT | 5:00PM PDT

Ever wonder what the difference is between Southern and Soul Food? How certain dishes ended up as standard summer BBQ fare? How Black and Native Americans have shaped U.S. cooking?

Author Adrian Miller can tell you all about it. He’s our featured guest at the final Love in the Time of Corona Virtual Dance Party of the season, “Soul Food + Solidarity.”

Dancemaker Parijat Desai begins by playing a range of Black and desi musics—some topical, some danceable. Then we offer a moment of collective silence followed by a conversation with 2 special guests:

Soul Food historian and former lawyer/policy expert Adrian Miller talks about his rich research, his new book Black Smoke, and his thoughts about the watershed moment we’re living.
We’ll also be joined by political organizer Sahana Mehta, just out of college and plugged in. She’ll share about South Asian American activism, desi/Black solidarity. and ways we all can get involved.

SOLIDARITY SESSION IN 2 PARTS
PART 1: LISTEN/MOVE
PART 2: CONVO [starts ~8:45PM Eastern | ~5:45PM Pacific]

Event is donation-based | Part of proceeds go to ActBlue Bail Funds (secure.actblue.com/donate/bailfunds)

Info + registration: www.gofundme.com/parijata-dance-company-online
Past Playlists: www.facebook.com/notes/parijata-dance-company/playlists-for-love-in-the-time-of-corona-parties/10157935050506224

This event is produced with the help of Cpr Cpr – Center for Performance Research. Parijat and Parijata Dance thanks Remi Harris of CPR for helping produce this event, and Emily Nahmanson and Trinity Dawn Bobo for their amazing technical support.

Performance Philosophy Reading Group: June

This month we will discuss a “Whiteness and the Politics of “Post-Racial” America” by  Laura Gray-Rosendale, Stephanie Capaldo, Sherri Craig and Emily Davalos from The Performance Identities of Lady Gaga: Critical Essays by Richard J. Gray II. Additional viewings for discussion: “Bad Romance” and “Telephone” by Lady Gaga.

This monthly reading group series, in conjunction with the international research network, Performance Philosophy (PP), will be hosted by CPR AiRs Cody Pickens and Felix Cruz of Cruz Control Collective. and CPR’s Executive Director, Dr. Charlotte Farrell. We will read exhilarating and thought-provoking texts from PP’s publications as a springboard into generative discussion and thought-experimentation. In this series of reading groups, we will engage with texts in whatever way seems most productive.

Registration required in advance. Email programs@cprnyc.org for more information.

Performance Philosophy Reading Group: May

This month we will discuss two films: Pocahontas Was A Mistake, and Here’s Why! by Nancy Ellis (2017). Racism and Contemporary Dance by Royona Mitra, Arabella Stanger and Simon Ellis (2019).

This monthly reading group series, in conjunction with the international research network, Performance Philosophy (PP), will be hosted by CPR Technical Resident Dean Moss and CPR’s Executive Director, Dr. Charlotte Farrell. We will read exhilarating and thought-provoking texts from PP’s publications as a springboard into generative discussion and thought-experimentation. In this series of reading groups, we will engage with texts in whatever way seems most productive.

A note from Dean: “The first is not a “dance” text but rather a brilliant essay on cultural appropriation primarily focused on Disney’s use and depiction of Indigenous Peoples in its media empire. The second is a film questioning the exclusivity of somatic practice in the UK using edited interviews/conversations from the Contemporary Dance and Whiteness research project: danceandwhiteness.coventry.ac.uk. I feel the complimentary discourse between these two documents is a useful way to open-up an intersectional dialogue. One concerning many of the identifying tensions of contemporary performance practice – power, the body, authenticity, colonialism, tropes of identity – and how we as artists both manipulate and are manipulated by these tensions in every practice we engage, and every work we make. I suggest these videos together (total running time approx. 45 min) as a question for the group.”

Registration required in advance. Email programs@cprnyc.org for more information.

Performance Studio Open House: April 2020

****In an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, Performance Studio Open House: April has been postponed. CPR – Center for Performance Research will continue to actively and closely monitor this evolving situation. Updates will be shared on this page or can be found on our website: www.cprnyc.org****

PSOH April is curated by Movement Research featuring work by:

Larissa Velez-Jackson

Kyli Kleven

Alex Romania

Sarah A.O. Rosner

Melanie Greene

Jasmine Hearn

Serving as an incubator for the creation of new work, CPR – Center for Performance Research invites the public into the artistic process through Performance Studio Open House, a monthly series of informal works-in-progress showings held regularly throughout the year. Each installment is curated by a distinct CPR staff member or affiliate, and features a diverse group of choreographers and dancers from CPR’s community of renters. The series is free to the public, who are invited to share feedback in post-show conversations.

Free admission. $5 donation encouraged at the door (cash only).

Performance Philosophy Reading Group: April

This gathering will occur virtually through Zoom. RSVP to programs@cprnyc.org for more information.

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This monthly reading group series, in conjunction with the international research network, Performance Philosophy (PP), will be hosted by Stuart B Meyers and CPR’s Executive Director, Dr. Charlotte Farrell. We will read exhilarating and thought-provoking texts from PP’s publications as a springboard into generative discussion and thought-experimentation. In this series of reading groups, we will engage with texts in whatever way seems most productive.
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Registration required in advance. Email programs@cprnyc.org for more information.

SUBDANCE

****In an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, SUBDANCE has been postponed. CPR – Center for Performance Research will continue to actively and closely monitor this evolving situation. Updates will be shared on this page or can be found on our website: www.cprnyc.org****

 

Tickets: 4pm Show: $20 General, $15 Students and Seniors | 7:30pm Show $50 Gala Ticket (Pre Show Gala 6pm), $20 General, $15 Students and Seniors

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Sidra Bell Dance New York Spring Season 2020: SUBDANCE, A New Work

An evening of work with Sidra Bell Dance New York.

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Image Credit: David Flores Productions

The Dance Union LIVE

****In an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, The Dance Union LIVE has been postponed. CPR – Center for Performance Research will continue to actively and closely monitor this evolving situation. Updates will be shared on this page or can be found on our website: www.cprnyc.org****

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April 30, 2020 | 7:30pm

Tickets: $10-$20 | Pay more if you have and less if you don’t.

The Dance Union podcast captures timely and ephemeral conversations within dance communities to insight more transparent discourse in the field. Hosts and dance artists J. Bouey and Melanie Greene invite guests to chat and kiki about their experiences in dance with explicit consideration to center the voices of people marginalized by race, gender identity, economic status, sexuality, age, physical abilities, and spiritual practices. The Dance Union Podcast celebrates equity and inclusion by cultivating space to build relationships, strategies, and sustainability practices to not only survive but thrive in the dance world.

Image: Melanie Greene and J. Bouey, courtesy of The Dance Union podcast.