Featuring: Xan Burley & Alex Spinger, Lee Sunday Evans, and Katy Pyle more info
ACTIVE VIEWING HOUR Levi Gonzalez | more info

DO IT LIKE CHUCK CLOSE curated by Victoria Libertore | more info

MUNDANE FANTASY curated by Faye Driscoll | more info

LANTERN TEST curated by Catharine Dill | more info

Upstart Festival curated by Shannon Hummel & Marya Warshaw
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SPECIAL EVENTS Arts and Artists in Progress Awards | more info

 AIR SHOWS AIR Open Studio | more info

AIR Works in Progress | more info

Dan Fishback’s NO DIRECTION HOMO: Volume 2 | more info

MONKEY written by Matthew Paul Olmos & directed by
Morgan Gould
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THE GUIDING LIGHT by Jillian Peña | more info

SALÓN by Mariangela López | more info

HOT DUST by Catharine Dill / Exploding Moment | more info


Featuring: Xan Burley & Alex Spinger, Lee Sunday Evans, and Katy Pyle

December 2-3, 2011

The SPACE GRANT PROGRAM at BAX is designed to give Brooklyn based dance, theater and performance artists the opportunity to create new work in a setting that is conducive to working deeply and exploring new territory.

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curated by Levi Gonzalez

Friday & Saturday, December 16-17, 2011 @ 8:00 pm

featuring works by Rebecca Patek and Liz Santoro

Levi Gonzalez’s curatorial statement:

This evening presents the work of two artists who, in very different ways, address the moment of live performance as one of confrontation, dialogue and exchange with an audience. The work asks the audience to be active viewers rather than passive spectators, not necessarily in any traditional “audience participation” kind of way, but in the way that the work asks essential questions about what the role of performance is or can be. What is the power of sitting in a room together, especially now at this moment in time? Equally important, both artists also demonstrate a complete investment in the act of performance itself. Through very different means, they address being watched through vulnerability, precision and absolute commitment. Their singular approaches to making work will create an evening that demonstrates two very distinct approaches to live performance which fully engage the viewer.

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curated by Victoria Libertore


Friday & Saturday, January 13 & 14, 2012 @ 8:00 pm

featuring works by Meadow Blum, William Ryan Kipp and Lea Robinson

Victoria Libertore’s curatorial statement:


The artists that have been brought together for this performance are very diverse in their backgrounds, levels of experience in creating their own work and artistic vision. I’ve curated them in the same weekend for this very reason. It is their diversity that I believe will make each one of them pop and come together to form a beautiful painting of humanity. This makes me think of what Chuck Close’s recent work does with brilliant, individual spots of color making for a riveting portrait when you stand back.

What these artists, Meadow Blum, Ryan Kipp and Lea Robinson, have in common is they are all very engaging and approachable. These are qualities I seek in solo performers. Those that work from the heart rather than the ego, but have the chutzpa to stand out on stage alone, vulnerable, and willing to be seen on a very deep level. I’ve given them total free range to use the time how they like with what interests them at this point in their career, and I always encourage artists to take this opportunity when performing at BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange to experiment since it’s such a wonderful, supportive environment for this kind of approach.

Meadow Blum is using humor and physical comedy to explore boundaries and the people pleasing that occurs for many young women. Ryan Kipp takes his amazing faculties with technology to have a dialogue with himself sharing snippets from a racier time in his life. Lea Robinson calls on her charm and intelligence to chronicle her adventures as a genderqueer actor in New York City. All come together to paint a portrait, a snapshot, a stroke of insight into a generation that some call X, some call Y, and some call forgotten. But these artists represent a generation of 30-somethings that are thoughtful, searching, witty, compassionate and worth remembering. www.howlingvic.com

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curated by Faye Driscoll

Friday & Saturday, February 10 & 11, 2012 @ 8:00 pm

featuring works by Dages Juvelier Keates, Parted in the Middle, & Sacha Yanow

Tickets: $15 General | $8 Low-Income [Buy Tickets]

Faye Driscoll’s curatorial statement:

I was drawn to these artists because of their unique creative perspectives and how they are each in very different ways and through their various mediums illuminating the relationship between the mundane/personal and the mythical/fantastical with a smart, sincere, and queer sensibility.

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curated by Catharine Dill

Friday & Saturday, March 2 & 3, 2012 @ 8:00 pm

featuring works by Amanda Villalobos & Radiohole

Catharine Dill’s curatorial statement:

Theater company Radiohole has created an incredible body of work from a series of unpredictable vacillations between chaos and order and an uncanny mix of physical danger and technological virtuosity. Puppeteer Amanda Villalobos is known for her disarming shifts in tone, rhythm and scale and her expansive mastery of disparate materials. These artists share complex relationships with objects on stage (whether they are decorative, utilitarian, found or fabricated), a flair for dark humor and, most importantly, a distinctively transgressive aesthetic. Radiohole will be presenting excerpts from their work Frankenstein – a work they describe as “.. about flows. Flows of air and fluid. And surfaces; the thin membranes of polypropelyne (plastic bags) forming the surfaces of bodies, the wet surfaces of organs…pretty sure they will work but maybe not…” Amanda will show us parts of her toy-theater project about lesbian nuns in the 70s. Both offer the possibility of change, accident, and upturned expectations.

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Upstart Festival

Curated by Shannon Hummel and Marya Warshaw


March 23-24, 2014

Featuring work by:

Einy Åm/ EyeKnee Coordination
Robin Neveu Brown
Hannah Emerson
Kirstin Kapustik & Dancers
Brittany Schmid
niv Acosta
Megan Harrold/ Inimois Dance
Nadia Tykulsker/ Spark(edIt) Arts
Tara Aisha Willis

The Upstart Festival ushers in fresh talent with an intriguing festival of performances and roundtable discussions.

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Arts and Artists in Progress Awards

Saturday, May 5, 2012

BAX Arts & Artists in Progress Awardees have revealed and transformed our creative world. By instigating and enduring change they have deepened the definition of their field and paved the way for others.

The BAX Passing It On Awards creates a complete cycle where a panel of peers chooses the awardees and the awardees choose someone who demonstrates some of the same qualities that they, themselves, were chosen for.


Artist Award JON KINZEL (Artist/Performer/Designer)

passing it on to Mark Robison

Arts Educator Award PAT HALL (Teacher/Performer/Artist)

passing it on to Pamela Patrick

Arts Manager Award NICKY PARAISO (Director of Programming The Club at La Mama)

passing it on to Todd Richmond & Paz Tanjuaquio

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AIR Open Studios

FREE and OPEN to the public.

Featuring BAX’s Artists-In-Residence (AIR), this series allows the audience a rare glimpse into the creative process, and the opportunity to engage with the artists in an informal rehearsal studio setting.

Jillian Peña    
(dance) Sunday, November 13 @ 3:00 pm

Morgan Gould + Matthew Paul Olmos
(theater) Sunday, November 13 @ 5:00 pm

Levi Gonzalez    
(dance) Tuesday, November 15 @ 8:00 pm

Catharine Dill / Exploding Moment
(theater) Thursday, November 17 @ 8:00 pm

Mariangela Lopez
(dance) Sunday, November 20 @ 3:00 pm

luciana achugar
(dance) Sunday, November 20 @ 5:00 pm

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AIR Works in Progress

January 19-21 @ 8:00 pm | January 22 @ 6:00 pm

Featuring work by:

Jillian Peña
Catharine Dill
Morgan Gould + Matthew Paul Olmos
Mariangela Lopez
Dan Fishback

Works-in Progress Series is designed to offer both artists and audience the opportunity to exchange their impressions of the work. After the artists show their excerpts, they return to the stage for a moderated discussion that delves into their intentions and inspirations, and the audience’s perception.

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Dan Fishback’s NO DIRECTION HOMO: Volume 2
April 13th – 15th, 2012

In 2006, performance artist Dan Fishback mounted a show at P.S. 122 called NO DIRECTION HOMO, featuring all of his scattered and unrelated projects – bands, monologues, even a performance-based slumber pizza party. Six years later, he shows no sign of picking a focus. For a full weekend at BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange, NO DIRECTION HOMO: Volume 2 features three of Fishback’s major projects — a reading of his new musical, The Material World, a presentation by students from his performance workshop, Needing It, and the long-awaited release of his new full-length solo album, The Mammal Years – a record he would have finished way back in 2006 if he hadn’t gotten so busy with everything else.

The Material World (a reading) | Friday, April 13 @ 8pm

The Material World is a pop musical about a family of socialist Jews in the 1920s who live in a house with Madonna and Britney Spears.

Needing It | Saturday, April 14 @ 8pm

The culmination of Dan Fishback’s workshop, Needing It: Performance in the Queer Community Tradition, eleven students will present original performances.

The Mammal Years Album Release Party | Sunday, April 15 @ 6pm

Performance artist and singer-songwriter Dan Fishback releases The Mammal Years, his first full-length solo album in four years, featuring full-band arrangements of songs he’s developed in New York’s anti-folk scene over the past decade. He’ll be joined by singer-songwriters Joseph Keckler, Lucian Kahn (of Schmekel), Casey Holford, and Double Deuce.

Learn more about Dan Fishback on his WEBSITE, or follow his BLOG.

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a workshop production
written by Matthew Paul Olmos & directed by Morgan Gould

April 20th – 22nd, 2012

MONKEY is an absurdist comedy which concerns a privileged Caucasian woman who takes in an urban youth as a means of safekeeping after he commits an impassioned felony. The characters include the Woman From Whitesville, her white butler Winthorp, an aged cholo, Speedy, and his estranged daughter who sparks a love with the urban youth. It takes place in an imagined suburbia just outside of an every’city and is inspired by the film Trading Places. The piece came to me as always I am struck by the disconnect between those’that’have and those’that’do’not. And so, in a ridiculous world, I imagine the two meeting. To perhaps illustrate how far we all are still, and how despite our differences in zip code, lifestyle, and temperament, there is always a need and human curiosity to connect.

Learn more about Matthew Paul Olmos on his WEBSITE,

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The Guiding Light
by Jillian Peña

April 27th – 29th, 2012

The Guiding Light is a sci-fi religious ballet. It explores religiosity in the balletic body, the desire to believe in something, and the complex relationship of the individual within the group. This work was created alongside the dancers: Cassie Mey, Lea Fulton, and Alexandra Albrecht.


We want to believe.
-Jillian Peña, BAX Artist-In-Residence 2011/12

Learn more about Jillian Peña on her WEBSITE.

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by Mariangela López

May 11th – 13th, 2012

Salón investigates the personas we inhabit in a social event; the struggle and the need to interact with strangers; the urge to see and to be seen, the ways in which we include or exclude ourselves in a social experience. Salón explores the social need of dance, proposing an avenue where we can expose each other, accessing an exchange that is animistic and vital.
Salón is a bridge between a performance and a social event. During the evening, 17 performers and the audience share the same space; participating in the various emotional and physical landscapes that are conjured throughout the piece, a social transfiguration can be experienced. Salón challenges the boundaries between presenting and watching, suggesting a reciprocal process of seduction between those who decide to witness and those that perform.
When does social dancing become a ritual of the body? How can we re-discover the visceral and universal need of dancing? Salón is a place we know from our memories where, like in a dream, we can have a second chance to behave without restrictions. Here, madness is the beauty we find, a way to bring us back together.

Learn more about Mariangela Lopez on her WEBSITE.

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Hot Dust
an audience experiment and sneak preview
by Catharine Dill / Exploding Moment

June 24th, 2012

HOT DUST traverses the intersection of spiritualism, performance, hypocrisy and ecstasy personified by a single character, “Sister.” Part Spiritualist medium of the 19th century, part 1920s evangelist firebrand Aimee Semple McPherson, Sister is developed and played by Exploding Moment member Sharla Meese. HOT DUST is created by Meese and director Catharine Dill.

Learn more about Catharine Dill / Exploding Moment on her WEBSITE.

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