Featuring: Kim Brandt | Morgan Gould | Shaun Irons & Lauren Petty
Nadia Tykulsker and Spark(edIt) Arts | 
more infoTHE FOLKPLAY PROJECT produced by Scott Adkins, Gabe Miner, Maya Parra  | more info

UPSTART FESTIVAL curated Shannon Hummel and Marya Warshaw | more info

FROM OBAMA TO OCCUPY: Works of Outrage from 2008 – 2012
curated by Jesse Phillips-Fein | more info

UNTOLD curated by Mariangela Lopez | more info

THE NOSTALGIA OF VIGOROUS DANCING curated by Jillian Peña | more info

SPECIAL EVENTS Arts and Artists in Progress Awards | more info


AIR Works in Progress | more info

STUDIES OF DISAPPEARANCE, an informal showing
by RoseAnne Spradlin more info

El Regreso by Mariangela Lopez/Accidental Movement | more infO

Without Me I’m Something by Jess Barbagallo and Karen Davis  more info

ENCOURAGER by Max Steele | more info

Memory Withholdings by Love | Fortè, A Collective | more info


Featuring Kim Brandt | Morgan Gould | Shaun Irons & Lauren Petty | Nadia Tykulsker and Spark(edIt) Arts

November 30- December 1 @ 8:00 pm

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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The Folk Play Project
produced by Scott Adkins, Gabe Miner, Maya Parra


Sunday, October 21, 2012 | 7:00 pm

Folk music tells honest, simple stories…And folk music, by its nature, is part of a collective tradition…so theatre, a collaborative art with similar goals, seems a natural partner to the people’s music. Using the songs as jumping points, the Folk Play Project has created plays that are rooted in our American tradition and relevant to today.  Music is used not just to inspire but to inform the story and add dimension to the experience. And it has all happened in only 24 hours.

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Upstart Festival
curated by Shannon Hummel and Marya Warshaw


Friday & Saturday, December 14 & 15, 2012

Featuring work by:

Barbie Diewald/TrioDance Collective
Robert Foerster/Kyle Georgina Marsh
Amanda Hinchey
Kirsten Schnittker
Darla Stanley
Christiana Axelsen
Erin Cairns Cella
Bryn Cohn and Artists
Double Edge
Macklin Kowal

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

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FROM OBAMA TO OCCUPY: Works of Outrage from 2008 – 2012
curated by Jesse Phillips-Fein

Friday & Saturday, January 18-19, 2013 @ 8:00pm

hosted by Shanté Paradigm

featuring work by #ajmia American Justice Missing in Action, Aurin Squire, Betty T. Kao, Chris Tyler, Jesse Phillips-Fein, Matt Sheridan, Michael Milligan, Movement of the People Dance Company, santiago venegas, Sara Lyons, screaMachine, and Ted Rall

From Obama to Occupy: Works of Outrage from 2008-2012 is a sequel to the 2009 hit show, Requiem for W, Overture for O: Works of Conscience from 2000-2008. This event marked the end of the Bush era by celebrating how artists responded to the policies of the Bush Administration while encouraging continued action towards justice. The pieces move beyond simply bashing President Bush and heralding President-elect Obama. Instead, they provided reflection on how we survived, commemoration for those who didn’t, critical thought about the role of artists in activism, and information about how to become involved in local organizations that are working on issues of social justice.

Even before we knew the outcome of the 2012 election, there was a vital need to reflect on how artists had responded to Obama and the political events of the past four years. By looking at what artists have created, we gain a new frame for understanding the unique challenges for political debate and presidential critique brought on by Obama’s first term. Obama’s election highlighted racial discourse in various ways: contentious debates about a “post-racial society”, racist attacks by the Right, conflicting and ambivalent responses from the Left, and the differing emotions, expectations, achievements, and disappointments that his term has had for white people and people of color. From Obama to Occupy: Works of Outrage from 2008-2012 generates a space for art to be a powerful platform to engage deeply with the contradictions and questions that Obama’s presidency has raised.

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curated by Mariangela Lopez

Friday & Saturday, February 8-9, 2013 @ 8:00pm


featuring work by Alex Escalante, Marilyn Maywald, and Michele Torino Hower

For UNTOLD, BAX Artist-In-Residence Mariangela Lopez has chosen to curate three NYC-based choreographers that have inspired her throughout her career. Although their aesthetics are very different, they are bound together by their powerful presence as performers, their audacity, their emotional complexity and their physicality.

Lopez invited Alex Escalante, Marilyn Maywald and Michelle Torino Hower to present work that has yet to be presented in public so that both artist and audience may benefit from the post-performance exchange.

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curated by Jillian Peña

Friday & Saturday, February 22-23, 2013 @ 8:00pm

The Nostalgia of Vigorous Dancing

featuring work by Jen McGinn and Rebecca Warner

The works of choreographers Jen McGinn and Rebecca Warner speak to the physical and visual memory of dance history and dance training. They look to dance training with nostalgia, like an old family member, and desire, like a middle school crush.

Very precise and vigorous, their work finds content within a landscape of bodies. Unapologetic, their work heads towards paradise, to the fantasy of utopia, filled with caravans, sea anemones, and robots.

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Arts and Artists in Progress Awards

Saturday, March 23, 2013

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.

Arts Manager Award JANET STAPLETON  (Arts Manager)

passing it on to Sara Juli

Artist Award YOUNG JEAN LEE (Director/Playwright)

passing it on to Faye Driscoll

Arts Educator Award BARBARA MAHLER (Teacher/Performer/Choreographer)

passing it on to Donna Costello


Learn more about Arts and Artists in Progress Awards [HERE]

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 AIR Open Studio


FREE and OPEN to the public.

Featuring BAX’s Artists-In-Residence (AIR), the Open Studio Series begins a shared journey through the creative process. The audience engages with the artists as they open the doors to their rehearsal practice. This journey continues with the Works-in Progress Series in January, and culminates in the Spring performances. This is a rare opportunity to follow a work and engage its creators from the early stages through to full productions.


Jess Barbagallo
(theater) Saturday, November 17 @ 2:00 pm

LOVE | FORTÉ, A Collective
(dance) Saturday, November 17 @ 4:00 pm

Mariangela Lopez
(dance) Saturday, November 17 @ 6:00 pm

Jillian Peña
(dance) Sunday, November 18 @ 3:00 pm

Max Steele
(theater) Sunday, November 18 @ 5:00 pm

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AIR Works in Progress

Thursday-Saturday, January 24-26 @ 8:00 pm | Sunday, January 27 @ 6:00 pm

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.

Featuring work by:
Jess Barbagallo / Karen Davis
Max Steele
Mariangela Lopez
Jillian Peña
LOVE|FORTÈ, A Collective

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studies for disappearance, an informal showing
By RoseAnne Spradlin

Friday, April 5th, 2013 @ 8:00pm

Suggeted Donation: $5 at the door

Featuring BAX’s Artists-In-Residence (AIR), these performances culminate a shared journey through the creative process. Audience members enjoy the rare opportunity to follow a work and engage its creators from the early stages through to full productions. This journey began with the Open Studio Series in November, continued with the Works in Progress Series in January, and culminates in these Spring performances.

For her BAX showing in April ’13, choreographer RoseAnne Spradlin will ask audiences to track transmuting patterns of information as they gather and disperse like a threatening storm. Perceptual and proprioceptive impressions are taken from various sources: motifs from George Balanchine’s first American ballet, Serenade, from Chinese silent film, from the experience of being in water, from numerology, feng shui, and initiations of movement from ligaments of the ankles and wrists. Seven women will work with Spradlin to create these new studies; performers include: Evvie Allison, Asli Bulbul, Siobhan Burke, Lily Gold, Juri Onuki, Rebecca Warner and Rebecca Wender.

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El Regreso
By Mariangela Lopez/Accidental Movement

El Regreso

April 12th-14th, 2013
Friday-Saturday @ 8:00pm | Sunday @ 6:00pm

Tickets: $15 General | $8 Low-Income

Dramaturgy: Jaime Shearn Coan
Music: Jason Grisell

El Regreso (the return) is the going back to the self, a reflection, a necessity. After working and investigating the individual journey within a large community of performers for so many years, Mariangela López is going back to her own body as an attempt to understand her own ideas from her own physicality and inner world. She is using the power of the group as a catalytic energy that will guide her through this voyage. In this process she is transposing the relationship of the group and herself; how can they be present in the solo performer? How can she become a vehicle and a mirror of their own dreams and ultimately find the ritual that allows total exposure to achieve body/mind emancipation?

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Without Me I’m Something
By Jess Barbagallo and Karen Davis

 Karen DavisApril 19th-21st, 2013
Friday-Saturday @ 8:00pm | Sunday @ 6:00pm

Tickets: $15 General | $8 Low-Income

Karen Davis stars in a BAX Original Entertainment production of her one-woman show, Without Me I’m Something, hand-mixing re-considered jokes from her past and bare-boned foley artistry to exacerbate the tension between all varieties of depression and the necessity of the gig. In other words, stand-up for those who lay down. Directed by the ever-promising Jess Barbagallo and featuring live music from Astoria-based folk trio The Queen’s Pucks.
Tags: non-threatening cerebral types, surprise abstinence.

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By Max Steele

Max Steeleby [Adam GardinerApril 26th-28th, 2013
Friday-Saturday @ 8:00pm | Sunday @ 6:00pm

Tickets: $15 General | $8 Low-Income

ENCOURAGER is a new solo performance by Max Steele. Fictive secular spiritual guru Billy Cheer leads a Courage Workshop, leading the audience through new emotional strategies, drawing from the vernaculars of self-help books, queer and punk subcultures and radical politics, working towards personal liberation through self-destruction.


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Memory Withholdings
by Love | Fortè, A Collective


May 3-5, 2013
Friday & Saturday @ 8pm | Sunday @ 6:00pm 

Tickets: $15 General | $8 Low-Income

Memory Witholdings grew out of a year-long study that seeks to identify hidden traces of accumulated memories among African and African descendant communities who have undergone generations of suppression. As African descendant women, they have become rooted through culture — a culture retained notably in in the preparation of food where stories upon stories are held and passed among generations over the stove and at the Kitchen table.

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