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.

Performance Philosophy Reading Group: March

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March 18, 2020 | 6:30PM
CPR – Center for Performance Research
361 Manahattan Ave Unit 1
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This month we will discuss Pavleheidler’s ‘The Physical Consequence to Knowing: A Speculative Report’ (2020) from Performance Philosophy. Vol 5 (2), 260-292.
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This monthly reading group series, in conjunction with the international research network, Performance Philosophy (PP), will be hosted by Antonio Ramos 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.

Spring Movement Festival 2020

****In an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, Spring Movement Festival 2020 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: $10 in advance and at the door (cash only); $8.50 in advance and at the door (with valid IDNYC)
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Spring Movement 2020 Artists:
Jessica Nicoll & Laura K. Nicoll
Kalliope Piersol
MOLLY&NOLA
Oluwadamiare (Dare) Ayorinde
Sadi Mosko
Valerius Productions
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Spring Movement is part of a biannual festival presented by CPR, featuring work by local and international emerging and established choreographers. This season’s installment will highlight 6 performance makers. Artists will present works-in-progress, finished pieces, and premieres of dance, theater, or performance, as well as interdisciplinary collaborations with filmmakers, musicians, and visual artists.
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Purchase Festival tickets here
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Images: Valerius Productions by Bill Hebert, Jessica Nicoll & Laura K. Nicoll by Barry Oreck, Kalliope Piersol by Bailey Mutschler, Sadi Mosko by Eric Bandiero, Oluwdamilare (Dare) Ayorinde by David Gonsier, MOLLY&NOLA by Nat Ward.
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Performance Studio Open House: March 2020

****In an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, Performance Studio Open House: March 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 March is curated by Tatyana Tenenbaum, featuring work by rebeca medinaMor Mendel, and lisa nevada.

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).

Photo credit: rebeca medina by Levi Gershkowitz, Mor Mendel by Anabel Paran, still image of lisa nevada in ‘casa centro 16’ by Tyler Rai

Performance Philosophy Reading Group: February

February 19, 2020 | 6:30PM
CPR – Center for Performance Research
361 Manahattan Ave Unit 1
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This month we will discuss Davesh Soneji’s ‘Producing Dance in Colonial Tanjore’ of Unfinished Gestures:Devadasis, Memory, and Modernity in South India, (University of Chicago Press) pp 27-69.
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This monthly reading group series, in conjunction with the international research network, Performance Philosophy (PP), will be hosted by Parijat Desai 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.

#celebratethework the corpus is exquisite, the equinox is vernal (ceev)

****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****

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Benedict, Ogemdi, Malcolm-x, and Stephanie were scheduled for a weekend full of offerings March 27-29, entitled the corpus is exquisite, the equinox is vernal (ceev). ceev has taken on a different resonance now. Please find below some resources, materials and inspirations shared by the artists (which we will continue to update) and join us in continuing to #celebratethework

New Voices in Live Performance invites curators to shape a weekend of performances and events at CPR that highlight creative practices in dance, theater, and performance art. On March 27 –  29Benedict Nguyen will curate the corpus is exquisite, the equinox is vernal (ceev), serving as a mini weekend-long residency for movement makers Malcolm-x Betts and Ogemdi Ude, with the support of collaborator and astrologer Stephanie George, featuring public showings, workshops, and discussions showcasing vital elements of their process.

For the corpus is exquisite, the equinox is vernal, Malcolm-x and Ogemdi’s practices overlap around questions of Black intergenerational trauma and possibilities for healing and kinship. Stephanie continues to offer insight into the astrology shifting around us, movements that she articulates into language suggests ways the work can keep happening, keep growing.


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Benedict Nguyen is a dancer, writer, and curator based in the South Bronx, NY. Benedict has recently performed in works by John Jasperse, José Rivera Jr., Sally Silvers, and Monstah Black.Their writing has appeared in the Brooklyn Rail, Dance Magazine, and Shondaland, among others. As the 2019 Suzanne Fiol Curatorial Fellow at ISSUE Project Room, they developed a multidisciplinary platform “soft bodies in hard places” for new collaborations in tandem with planetary movements. They’re sometimes online @xbennyboo and compile essay-memes for their newsletter, first quarter moon slush.

 

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“This week, I returned to Jasmine Gibson’s Don’t Let Them See Me Like This. Two poems from the collection appear in ‘The Felt'” 

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Malcolm-x Betts is a Bronx based curator, visual, and dance artist who believes that art is a transformative vehicle that brings people and communities together. His artistic work is rooted in investigating embodiment for liberation, Black imagination, and directly engaging with challenges placed on the physical body. He has a community engagement practice allowing artistic freedom and making art accessible to everyone.
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Ogemdi Ude is a Nigerian-American dance artist, educator, and doula based in Harlem, New York. She creates performances that investigate how black folks’ cultural, familial, and personal histories are embedded in their bodies and influence their everyday and performative movement. She aims to incite critical engagement with embodied black history as a means to imagine black futurity.

 

 

A  few recipes I have loved to make for friends over the years. By making them in moment of isolation, I still feel the element of celebration arise. “
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Stephanie George is a stargazer and storyteller. She melds astrological interpretations with poetic possibilities. As a dramaturg and performance doula to movement and performance artists, she holds space for contradictions, particularly ones that insist the body can still feel, still remember home across temporalities, lifetimes, and bodies.
“I pull from the lush plains and jungles, deserts and snow-crested mountains and cement and barbwire of our landscape. We inhabit space with rhythm, color, and olfactory miracles. This is who we are. We are the colored people on the face of the earth. We must not let our oppression deny us the earth.”  — Wild Beauty: New and Selected Poems by Ntozake Shange

CPR Spring Benefit 2020

****In an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, CPR Spring Benefit 2020 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****

Join CPR in honoring Brooklyn Arts Council Executive Director Charlotte Cohen and artist Antonio Ramos at the annual Spring Benefit on April 14, 2020 at 7pm. There will be hors d’oeuvres, performances, and the opportunity to celebrate the wonderful contributions of the honorees to the artistic community. A reception with beats by DJ Krunk Pony will follow the performances, to be announced in March.

All funds raised will aid CPR’s mission in supporting the development of new works in contemporary dance, performance and related forms.

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Charlotte Cohen is Executive Director of Brooklyn Arts Council where she designs, implements, and furthers the strategic agenda, leadership and vision of Brooklyn’s foremost nonprofit cultural organization which has sustained and catalyzed the work of Brooklyn’s artists and arts organizations for over 50 years. A third-generation Brooklynite, Charlotte is deeply committed to promoting and expanding access to the arts and improving public spaces throughout the borough. She has served on the boards of a range of local, national, and international cultural non-profit organizations and has lectured nationally and internationally on issues surrounding contemporary and public art and arts administration. She has been a faculty member at New York University and the School of Visual Arts in New York City, and serves on the board of directors of CEC ArtsLink.


Antonio Ramos was born and raised in Puerto Rico where he trained in jazz, salsa and African dance. He later received a B.F.A. in Dance from SUNY Purchase. Ramos began his career performing with Ballet Theatre of Puerto Rico, Ballet Hispanico of New York, Ballet Concierto and Ballet Municipal (PR). His choreography has been produced at Hostos College, The Kitchen, New York Live Arts, Dance Theater Workshop, SUNY Purchase, BAAD!, Dixon Place, P.S. 122, Joe’s Pub, Danspace Project, Lexington Center for the Arts NY, DanceNow Downtown, Princeton University, Movement Research, BAX, Galapagos Art and Performance Space, Williamsburg Art Nexus, Fringe Festival 2000 at Theatre La Chappelle, The Painted Bride, Cornell University and CPR. Recently, he presented work at the American Realness Festival at the Abrons Arts Center and was commissioned to present the world premiere of his latest work, Almodovar Dystopia, at Dixon Place in Manhattan.

 

 

 


If you cannot attend, but would like to support CPR, make a tax-deductible donation here.

Photo credit: Charlotte Cohen. Antonio Ramos by Miguel Anaya.

Performance Studio Open House: February

PSOH February is curated by Deborah Conton, featuring work by Andre JCourtney Stewart, and Rourou Ye.

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).

Photo credit: Courtney Stewart by Vision Merge Productions. ‘The Tangible Hallucination of Rourou in the Day-Time [Chapter Two]’ by Rourou Ye, Photo by Hyung Seok Jeon. Andre J by Nick Idm. 

Performance Philosophy Reading Group: January

This month we will discuss Gretchen Jude’s  ‘Vocal Performance Through Electrical Flows: Making Current Kin’ (2019) from Performance Philosophy (Vol. 4, No. 2 (393-409).
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This monthly reading group series, in conjunction with the international research network, Performance Philosophy (PP), will be hosted by Lu Yim 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.

BEAUTIFUL FEELINGS

Tickets: $15 in advance or $20 at the door (cash only)

BEAUTIFUL FEELINGS is a new evening length dance piece. BEAUTIFUL FEELINGS researches the possibility of connectivity inside societal structures. How would the world be a different place if we each really knew one another? The work seeks to express how the physical language of our moving bodies can facilitate the creation of empathy and visibility. The works as well studies rage and how we negotiate the expression or suppression of complex emotions. The exploration of how society imposes the image of perfection and how its intangibility creates an apathetic regard towards self and therefore towards others. Can candid emotional expression and sensitivity bring us closer towards inner and communal peace?

Choreographed by: Aleixa Freire + Molly Kennedy

Performed by: Caylee Shimizu, Indigo Sparks, Haley Sung, Alex Schmidt, Shelby Nelson, Lindsay
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