SUBMERGE AT BAX: ReduX

Saturday, November 15 @ 8:00 pm

Tickets: $16 General, $10 Low-income

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In the second of a three-night SUBMERGE @ BAX series, curating artist Zavé Martohardjono presents ReduX, a night of mixed media performance bringing together three multidisciplinary artists Mieke D, DJ Tikka Masala, and Alicia Ohs. Participating artists’ works are informed by in-studio artist-to-artist conversation and collaboration hosted by Brooklyn Arts Exchange. ReduX takes thematic interest in contemporary re-imaginations and subversions of “the traditional” through performance. As curator, Martohardjono invited artists in this program whose work blurs boundaries, subverts expectations, and crosses disciplines. ReduX specifically attempts to widen space for queer artists from the Asian diaspora within the artists of color space the SUBMERGE @ BAX series provides. All the while, ReduX offers a platform to its three artists to disrupt assumptions, speak back to formal practices or inherited ancestries/legacies, and remix their cultural influences.

FEATURING

The Dance of the Pillow Queen: Hungry Ghosts

Performance

In Hungry Ghosts, part two ofThe Dance of the Pillow Queen, Mieke D draws from surrealist dance theater, interviews with her grandmother, and 1930s portrayals of Asian characters in American cinema in a solo performance that explores fragmentation and memory in the context of assimilation. What does it mean to honor ancestors whose customs have not been passed down? Do they even want to be honored? Mieke D challenges you to question assumptions about identity, authenticity, and the line between reverence and fetish / reverence and obsession.

“Live soundscape” by DJ Tikka Masala

Live audio with video projection

DJ Tikka Masala will compose a live, improvised soundscape played with video projections. Masala’s soundscape will combine looped live audio, fresh musical content generated from YouTube clips, gathered samples, beats created on a smartphone phone in transit, popular music live guitar, sampled traditional music, and layers of live sound from a harmonium and bells. Live sound composition and projections alike will collage contemporary and classical inspirations to build a relationship between improvisation and mapping of cultural terrain, ideally planting seeds for a vocabulary rooted in diverse queer diasporic sensibilities. Classical references will subtly nod to queer moments in the ancient epic, the Mahabharata, as well as DJ Tikka Masala’s musical training in Hindustani Classical Vocal Music and her family’s, the Pakrashis’, legacy of building harmoniums since 1923.

Choreography Redux, Study 1 by Alicia Ohs

Performance

Director-choreographer Alicia Ohs will live-choreograph a performance to investigate the traditions of movement making. Re-creating and subverting iconic and stereotypical images, Ohs explores the process of “taking on” identity and experience through choreographic exercise. Ohs’ performance will culminate in a dance party with music by DJ Tikka Masala.

BIOS

Zavé Martohardjono (Curator) is a multidisciplinary Brooklyn-based artist interested in mixing forms and practices. He’s made films, performances, audience-interactive installations, and curated. His work has shown at Aljira Center for Contemporary Art, Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, Center for Contemporary Arts in Glasgow, Bowery Poetry Club, La MaMa E.T.C., Leonard and Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Mills Gallery at Boston Center for the Arts, SOMArts, as well as in programs and film festivals in Amsterdam, Berlin, Jakarta, London, Philadelphia, and Zurich. www.zavemartohardjono.com

Mieke D is an artist, educator, and cultural worker whose work destabilizes rigid definitions of race, gender, and nationhood. She’s produced community-based performances with Cornerstone Theater Company, the Foundry, and Ping Chong & Company (PCC). Alongside Sara Zatz, she co-wrote and co-directed “Say My Name, Say My Name”, a performance in collaboration with PCC and New Orleans-based anti-criminalization LGBTQ youth group BreakOUT! Mieke has presented solos and duets at BAX, the Nuyorican Poets Café, Dixon Place, Dance New Amsterdam, Under St. Marks, Bushwick Open Arts, NYU, and the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics. Favorite collaborators include EmergeLAB @ BAX, A Beautiful Desperation, Zavé Martohardjono, Kyoung Park, Julia Crockett & Colin Self, La Pocha Nostra, Taylor Mac, Brooke O’Harra & the Dyke Division of the Two-Headed Calf, Target Margin, Stephen Wangh, and John Jeserun. Mieke received her BFA in Drama: Experimental Theater Wing from NYU. http://fragmentsofcolor.carbonmade.com

DJ Tikka Masala (That’s My Jam, Ms.Thang, Aardvark) is a DJ, Music Producer, and Video Specialist. Tikka Masala is known locally for parties at The Bell House, The Rubin Museum, The Brooklyn Museum’s 1st Saturday, and has played on stages in NY, Amsterdam, and Tokyo. She DJed at The White House’s annual Diwali festival in 2011 and has rocked stages and after parties with Toshi Reagon, Meshell N’Degeocello, Talib Kweli, Jean Grae, MC Lyte, Pharoahe Monch, TV on the Radio, The Gossip, Murray Hill, and more. Since 2010, she’s composed scores for Brooklyn-based LAVA dance company’s “Tracks, “Atlas”, “Encyclopedia”, and “The Rocks”. In 2003, she received a Ford Foundation New Directions fellowship for video work at Rutgers. Graduate study in Documentary Filmmaking at Tisch brought her to NYC in 2004 and she’s been DJ-ing and producing music ever since. Her sound is inspired by all the places she’s lived: India, NJ, Oakland to Brooklyn. https://soundcloud.com/dj-tikka-masala

Alicia Ohs (ayo) is a dance maker and community builder interested in what makes people laugh, cry and continue. From 2008-2011, ayo was inspired to co-produce and direct multiple works in San Francisco, including The Ms. Tang Tang Show, a talk show featuring queer Asian American artists. In New York, she has presented work at Dixon Place, Movement Research at Judson Memorial Church, CATCH and Dance New Amsterdam (as the former Dance Space Center) and curated for Movement Research’s Spring Festival 2014. She is currently dancing and collaborating in Faye Driscoll’s Thank You for Coming series and with Sally Silvers. ayo is honored to have performed with Andrea Geyer and niv Acosta, Sondra Loring, Laura Arrington and others. In addition to her dance practice, she has worked with youth for many years, collectively organized a CSA farm, taught yoga and developed health and wellness strategies with LGBTQ people of color. www.aliciaohs.com

l.n. Hafezi (Associate Producer) is an undergraduate student of performance and Critical Theories of the Body at Eugene Lang College. Most recently they have performed collaboratively with Katy Pyle and Miguel Gutierrez, and have shared their own work in radical intentional qtpoc community spaces throughout New York City. They are a community organizer as well as a student organizer on their campus with The New School Feminist Collective and Students for Justice in Palestine. Some of their performance criticism can be found at www.helixqpn.org

The Helix Queer Performance Network is a collaboration between La MaMa Experimental Theater Club, The Hemispheric Institute of Performance & Politics and BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange, seeking to empower queer performers, unite diverse communities and celebrate the legacy and lineage of queer performance in New York City. www.helixqpn.org

Photo credits: Alicia Ohs by Erin Siegal; Mieke D by Benjamin Lundberg; DJ Tikka Masala (supplied by artist).

This work was supported by an Exploration grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation to Brooklyn Arts Exchange Inc. for the Building Demand for the Performing Arts Program.

SUBMERGE AT BAX: REDUX is sponsored in part by MIX NYC.