Needing it All (new solo works)

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May 20, 2014 @ 8:00 pm

This event is FREE and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Helix Queer Performance Network presents NEEDING IT ALL, a public showcase of new queer solo performance by Mieke D, Samantha Galarza, Tova Katz, Mette Loulou von Kohl, Rachel Eilerman Messer, and Angelica Rivera. The culmination of an 8 week-long research and development process led by performance artist Dan Fishback, the evening will feature transdisciplinary work ranging from character-based comedy to surrealist dance theatre (and everything in-between). NEEDING IT ALL is proud to feature voices at the cutting edge of New York City’s storied queer performance tradition, and its producers extend a special thank you to artists Peter Cramer, Jack Waters, Jenny Romaine, and Susana Cook for their support and guidance throughout the semester. NEEDING IT ALL is part of an ongoing education initiative of The Helix Queer Performance Network, a collaboration between La Mama Experimental Theatre Club, The Hemispheric Institute of Performance and 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

About the Artists

Mieke DMieke D is a Brooklyn-based performing artist, educator, and cultural worker. She currently works alongside Ping Chong & Company, the EmergeLAB at BAX, and other great collaborators to make autobiographical, documentary-based, and physical theater. Some queer things: Say My Name (NYLA); The Next Gender-Asian (La Mama); The Lily’s Revenge (HERE); Room for Cream (La Mama); and brother lovers (upcoming at the Wild Project!) fragmentsofcolor.carbonmade.com.

Samantha GalarzaSamantha Galarza is a sassy, rebellious, nerdy, sometimes bossy, sometimes quiet, usually thoughtful, always late, Puerto Rican-Brazilian-French-Spanish, queer, SAG-AFTRA screen actress/writer/singer/poet/performance artist/professional ranter. Ultimately a storyteller, her dream is to bridge the gap between mainstream media and progressive “anti-colonial” critical art. But she’d settle for a daily massage too. Hollerrr.

Tova Katz

Tova Katz is a queer witchy writer/actor/musician/creator/performer. She cares about humans and how we treat each other. She is thrilled to perform at BAX and to have shared 8 weeks with such brilliant artists! Tova was born on Broadway, her spirit animal is Liza Minnelli; imagination saves her life every day.

Mette Loulou Von Kohl

Mette Loulou von Kohl was born from the orange at the center before the new world came.  She is a performer and a wanderer. Mette Loulou is fascinated by the intersection between her personal identities as a jumping off point to reveal, dismantle and rebuild realities and dreams.

Photo by Stephen Freiheit

Rachel Messer

Rachel Eilerman Messer enjoys obsessively twirling her forehead curl, can feel five feelings at once, and is joyous-wowzies-grateful for her inspiring classmates, Dan’s guidance and the folks here tonight. She is the metaphysical niece-phew of Aunt Sharron, and the literal niece-phew of Aunt Helaine, to whom this act is dedicated.

Angelica RiveraAngelica Rivera is a faerie vagabond, playwright, theatre maker, and student at The City College of New York. She has performed works for Needing It: Performance in the Queer Community Tradition (BAX) and Squirts: New Voices in Queer Performance (La Mama E.T.C.).