PRISM Program

PRISM

curated by KATY PYLE (2013/15 BAX Artist In Residence)

PRISM is a celebration of the multiple aesthetic and intellectual influences of performers of the Ballez company, all of whom create their own works and collaborate in the creation of the Ballez. This evening is a chance to see the multiplicity of their visions side by side, as 6 members of the company present original works of their own devising. I have always participated in collaborative creation as an artist, and am continually curious about the overlapping influences, aesthetics, working methods, and presentational choices that arise within communities of creators. My work with the Ballez has exposed me to many beautiful styles, values and belief-systems around creating, and these two evenings of work are an opportunity to celebrate my current collaborators works by having the opportunity to observe them side by side, seeing the way certain colors overlap, create contrast, and balance one another.

FRIDAY, February 20  @ 8:00pm

Good Evening, Strangers (excerpts)

Directed by Lindsay Reuter
Performed by Lindsay Reuter with Dan Reuter

mine.

By Kirstin Dahmer

Dance Nun

By Evvie Allison

Vigil

Created and Performed by Jules Skloot & Zora Tucker

This evening will be followed by a post-performance discussion with the artists

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SATURDAY, February 21 @ 8:00pm

I am trying to be alive with you (working title)

Choreographed by Jules Skloot
Performed by Jules Skloot and Lindsay Reuter

“This is the Way the World Ends” excerpt

By Ariel Federow

#impostersyndrome Part 1: my body

Performed and Created By Janet Werther

My Son is a Splendid Driver (Act 3, Scene 1)

By Will Davis

This evening will be followed by a post-performance discussion with the artists

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Curator Bio

Katy Pyle is a multimedia performance artist and the creator and Artistic Director of the Ballez. She has lived in New York City since 2002, and has continually participated in the creation of collaborative performance. Since 2010, she has served as a collaborative maker/performer in Young Jean Lee Theater Company’s “Untitled Feminist Show,” for which she has been the Rehearsal Director and Dance Captain since 2013.
She created dance collaboratives asubtout(2003-present) with Eleanor Hullihan, JERK (2007-2009) with Hullihan, Rebecca Brooks and Jillian Pena, and Dirty Power (2009-2011) with Weena Pauly and Katie Workum. These collectives have performed within and beyond the downtown experimental dance scene. She has performed in works with countless other creators including Ivy Baldwin, Faye Driscoll, John Jasperse, Xavier Le Roy, Karinne Keithley Syers, Jennifer Monson, and Katie Workum… always inserting her ideals and opinions into those creations as a very squeaky wheel. [

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The Ballez

The Ballez is a collaboratively created performance company that attempts to insert the herstories of lesbian/queer/trans peoples into the ballet canon. The Ballez was founded in 2011, and presented their first evening length work, “The Firebird, a Ballez,” over two sold-out, critically acclaimed runs at Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church in 2013. The Ballez recently presented their second critically acclaimed evening of work, “Variations on Virtuosity, a Gala with the Stars of the Ballez” at American Realness at Abrons Arts Center this January, 2015. The Ballez has also been presented by the Brooklyn Museum (Pride 2014), Movement Research Festival (Spring 2012), CATCH (Spring 2012), and is currently enjoying their second year in residence at Brooklyn Arts Exchange where they have been developing and presenting “Sleeping Beauty & The Beast.” The Ballez has also been supported by Mount Tremper Arts, the Jerome Foundation, Rockbridge Artist’s Exchange, and our beloved fans!

Artist Bios

Evvie Allison was raised in Birmingham, Alabama, and has been a member of The Ballez since 2012. She performs and, recently, makes dances. Evvie is currently a Chez Bushwick Artist in Residence.

 

Kirstin Dahmer is a Brooklyn based dancer and aerialist. Her many projects include hanging in a harness from her fire escape, spinning around a pole in her living room, spinning in public at the monthly comedy/pole show “Schtick a Pole In It”, performing and training with Fly By Night Dance Theater, collaborating on low-flying trapeze dances with Summer Baldwin, and trying not to be scared of handstands. Thanks Ballez for welcoming me into your lovely community!

 

Will Davis is a director and performer focused on physically adventurous new and devised work. Recent projects include BRIGHT NOW BEYOND for Salvage Vanguard Theater with Daniel Alexander Jones, COLOSSAL for The Olney Theatre Center and Mixed Blood Theater, and Mike Iveson Jr’s SORRY ROBOT for the COIL festival. Will is very very proud to dance with The Ballez.

 

Ariel “Speedwagon” Federow is an interdisciplinary performing artist. Venues: LaMama ETC, Dixon Place, the Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics, the Bowery Poetry Club, WoW Theater Cafe, Hey Queen!, Rebel Cupcake, In the Flesh, BAX, the Bureau of General Services: Queer Divison. Company member: the Ballez, AO Movement Collective, Butch Burlesque. Works With: Coral Short, Jenny Romaine, Susana Cook, Quito Ziegler, Rosza Daniel Lang/Levitsky. Resident weatherman, Sarah Jenny News Network. Reigning dapperQ of the year. Co-curator of Deadline, a queer works-in-progress series. 2012 Hemispheric Institute Affiliated Emerging Artist. Miss JewSA 5772. Bingo host. Clown about town. Itinerant professor and Powerpoint aficionado. Real nice guy.

 

Lindsay Reuter is a dancer and dance-maker who builds sparse, conceptually-driven performances that usually occur in proscenium settings, but don’t have to. Her work is motivated by questions about identity and agency—how we do what we can—and in a recent introspective turn, this interest has extended specifically into (dis)ability. Reuter’s work has been presented by Spoke the Hub at the Gowanus Arts Building and at New York Live Arts as part of the Fresh Tracks Residency program. An in-process version of Good Evening, Strangers was presented by Movement Research at the Judson Church in 2014. As a dancer, she collaborates with Marissa Perel and with Katy Pyle’s Ballez. Reuter is based in Brooklyn, New York.

Performer
Dan Reuter is an adult living independently in New Jersey. He is on the Autistic spectrum. He is fascinated with professional wrestling, prefers Anime, and has won three gold medals in three different sports through Special Olympics New Jersey. He’s been humbled to collaborate on a dance. He is equal parts nervous and excited to step into himself as a dancer.

 

Jules Skloot is a dancer, performance maker, and teacher based in Brooklyn, N.Y. Jules received a BA from Hampshire College and an MFA in dance from Sarah Lawrence College. In addition to collaborating with and performing in the works of Katy Pyle, Jules has performed in New York with Will Davis, Sara Rudner, Peggy Gould, niv Acosta, devynn emory, Margot Bassett, and Fritha Pengelly. Jules teaches dance at the Brooklyn Friends School, and is assistant director of an arts and social justice focused summer camp for young people in Northern Virginia.

 

Janet Werther is a performer, scholar, and educator of dance, theater, and queer performance based in New York City.  She teaches Social Issues Through Drama and Performance (aka Theatre 101) at Baruch College, and she believes in the radical humanity of live performance.  Janet is happy to be in a long term relationship with the Brooklyn Arts Exchange and is grateful to Katy and the whole Ballez crew for community and dancing.  Thanks to Jen for everything.