2014-15 Performance Season

Welcome to the 2014-15 Performance Season

BAX’s presenting season encompasses over 55 evenings of cutting edge performance, and has always been an integral part of our core work developing emerging artists. BAX views presenting and performance as part of the artist’s developmental process, and many of our performance series include artists’ commentary about their work.

BAX’s performance season features showings from our Artists In Residence and Space Grant artists and curated weekends of performance. BAX typically engages current and former artists-in-residence as curators, extending artists aesthetic investigations, creating links among artists, and building additional employment options for artists.

Stay in touch to learn about upcoming events and announcements.



EmergeLAB @ BAX

Friday, October 17 @ 8:00 pm
Saturday, October 18 @ 8:00 pm

BAX is delighted to host The EmergeLAB@BAX which is comprised of alum of the EmergeNYC program at the Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics. The goal of the LAB is to provide a non-curated, non-hierarchical space for artistic development, where the artists determine their own frameworks and processes for experimentation and growth.

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curated by ERIN MARKEY (2013/15 BAX Artist In Residence)

Friday October 24 @ 8:00 pm
Saturday, October 25 @ 8:00 pm

Memory Foam is a collection of pieces made by performer and designer pairs where the body’s look is deeply considered. It’s about making a you-shaped imprint to sleep inside of.  And by sleep, I mean be the star of a million self-authored dreams you won’t know how to remember when you wake up.




curated by MELANIE JONES (2013/15 BAX Artist In Residence)
featuring Cagey Productions, Theatre Conspiracy, and Danielle Marleau

Friday, October 31 @ 8:00 pm
Saturday, November 1 @ 8:00 pm

Are Canadians really polite? Is the Great White North truly a socialist utopia? You don’t care, you’re American.

CANADIANS ARE MEAN confronts the (in)visibility of Canadian artists in NYC. We walk among you undetected. We pass as American, but we are Other all the same. We confuse and complicate stereotypes of agreeable, boring Canucks with performance that is dark, frustrated, filled with longing. Join us, won’t you, for an evening of good old-fashioned immigrant angst, alienation and small country syndrome?




A celebration of the artistic voices of queer and trans people of color, SUBMERGE is an ongoing series of The Helix Queer Performance Network which seeks to shift contemporary paradigms of “queer performance” by uplifting the artists and artistic production most often marginalized within or erased from the legacy and lineage of queer arts in New York City.  This November, BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange, as a Helix partner organization, has invited artists Maria Bauman, Zachary Frater & Zavé Martohardjono to each curate a SUBMERGE evening of their own.

These work are 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 WEEK 01: “Voices Up!”

curated by  Maria Bauman

Saturday, November 8 @ 8:00 pm

Featuring work by Ganessa JamesAshley Phillips, Monica McIntyre, and Christine King

As Audre Lorde said “…for it is not difference which immobilizes us, but silence. And there are so many silences to be broken.” The exciting artists that are part of the November Submerge! performances are breaking silences with their work, indeed. On November 8, Ashley Phillips, Ganessa James, Monica McIntyre, and Christine King lift their voices as artists, as healers, as Black women, as queer people piercing through silence with clarity and panache. This show brings the storytelling of the four songwriters in a round robin which offers spontaneous collaboration and a way to weave four very distinct voices together with the common thread of love, spirituality and community.



curated by Zavé Martohardjono 

Saturday, November 15 @ 8:00 pm

Featuring work by Mieke D, DJ Tikka Masala, and Alicia Ohs

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 present three brand-new works, each informed by in-studio conversation and collaboration between artists and curator hosted by Brooklyn Arts Exchange. ReduX takes interest in contemporary re-imaginations of “the traditional” within the queer Asian diaspora. The curatorial theme makes space for participating artists to speak back to formal practices, subvert inherited ancestries/legacies, and remix their cultural influences.


SUBMERGE WEEK 03: The Miss Krayola Newcomer Pageant

curated by Zachary Frater

Saturday, November 22 @ 8:00 pm

The Inaugural Miss Krayola Pageant gathers together four figures who have little to no experience in the drag arts, but who have long awaited to legitimately, in the words of Marlon Riggs, “unleash the Queen.” Trust–each of these young monarchs has dreamt vividly and incessantly of adoration.




Featuring work by 2014/15 Artist in Residence

Saturday, November 22

1:30 | Aurin Squire

3:30 | Melanie Jones

5:30 | Paloma McGregor

Sunday, November 23

1:30 | Anna Sperber

3:00 | Erin Markey

4:30 | Katy Pyle

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.




Featuring work by the Fall 2014 Space Grant Recipients

Friday, December 5 @ 8:00 pm  | Rebecca Patek, Kirya Traber, Royal Osiris Karaoke Ensemble
Saturday, December 6 @ 8:00 pm | Royal Osiris Karaoke Ensemble, Shelley Senter, Kirya Traber
Sunday, December 7 @ 6:00 pm| Shelley Senter, Rebecca Patek

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.




Saturday, December 13
Sunday, December 14

The BAX student concerts are informal showings during which each of our approximately 40 classes shares what they have been working on over the past semester with their families, friends and colleagues.

[Learn more about youth performances and events HERE]



Featuring work by 2014/15 Artist in Residence
Melanie Jones, Erin Markey, Katy Pyle/The Ballez, Anna Sperber, and Aurin Squire

Thursday, January 22 @ 8:00 pm | Melanie Jones and Anna Sperber
Friday, January 23 @ 8:00 pm | Melanie Jones and Anna Sperber
Saturday, January 24 @ 8:00 pm | Katy Pyle and Aurin Squire
Sunday, January 25 @ 6:00 pm | Katy Pyle and Aurin Squire




Saturday January 31 @ 7:00 pm
Sunday, February 1 @ 5:00 pm

YouthWorks provides young creators, ages 7-18, with the opportunity to get hands-on experience developing and presenting their own original work in dance, theater, poetry, music, and performance. BAX provides each participant special coaching by volunteer professionals in the performance field to aid in their creative process.

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Curated by Marya Warshaw & Jillian Pena

Friday, February 6 @ 8:00 pm
Saturday, February 7 @ 8:00 pm
Sunday, February 8
@ 6:00 pm

The Upstart Festival ushers in fresh talent with an intriguing festival of performances and roundtable discussions. We seek dance, theater and performance works by artists who have no more than three years of experience showing their work in New York City. Artists MUST BE New York City based. Work will be produced as part of a three-day showcase in the BAX theater, Friday , Saturday & Sunday February 6-9 2015, and curated by dance/video artist and former BAX Artist In Residence Jillian Peña and Founding and Executive Director, Marya Warshaw.

Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.



Sunday, February 15 | 10:00 am to 6:30 pm

BAX is excited to host our second annual ARTIST SERVICES DAY featuring an array of talks and workshops designed to support working dance, theater, performance artists and their supporters.

FREE* and open to the public. Register now. Visit artistservices.bax.org/artist-services-day for more information.
* Suggested contribution $5.00
* NOTE: There is a $40 fee for the “Teaching Artist Work in Practice: Creating Space for Young Artists Creating the Space for Community” workshop. Pre-registration for this workshop is mandatory.

Artist Services Day workshops are sponsored through the underwriting and generous contributions of The Scott Klein Team at Douglas Elliman Real Estate.



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

Friday, February 20 @ 8:00 pm
Saturday, February 21 @ 8:00 pm

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 visions side by side.

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Saturday, February 28

BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange’s TALL (Teen Artists, Learners and Leaders) Council is curating a unique opportunity for visual artists, dancers/choreographers, and dramatists to share works-in-progress, receive audience feedback, and network with fellow artists and art appreciators.

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Saturday, March 7

For over 15 years, Brooklyn Arts Exchange’s Teen Arts Conference (TAC) has provided teen performing artists (ages 13-18) across New York City and beyond an opportunity to come together as part of a wider cultural community of learners and practitioners. The free, day-long conference offers a range of theater, dance, and movement workshops; panel discussions with professional artists, companies, and leaders in the field; and culminates with a Performance Gala in the BAX Theater, where the teen groups perform their work for each other and a public audience.

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Saturday, March 28 7:30 pm

Join us in congratulating this year’s recipients!

Yvonne Meier | Performing Artist Award
Passing it on to Ishmael Houston-Jones

Fabian “Farbeon” Saucedo | Arts Educator Award
Passing it on to Hip Hop Re-Education Project Youth Board

Gina Gibney | Arts Manager Award
Passing it on to Amy Miller

Mac Wellman | Honorary Award

These awards, now in their fourteenth year, have been designed to honor individuals in the arts who 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.

More info [HERE]


Sleeping Beauty & The Beast

Choreographed by Katy Pyle (2013/2015 BAX Artist in Residence) with Jules Skloot and The Ballez
Directed by Katy Pyle | Assistant Director Jules Skloot 

Friday, April 10 @ 7:30 pm (talkback session to follow the show)
Saturday, April 11 @ 7:30 pm

Sleeping Beauty & The Beast is a two-act, two-theater “Ballez” (a queered form of ballet developed by Pyle that prioritizes the lineage and histories of lesbian, queer and transgendered peoples), united by a participatory, time-shifting, street protest march across the Lower East Side, that canonizes the work of lesbian activists: the striking Lower East Side garment workers of 1893, and the AIDS activist dykes of 1993. Featuring the Queer Urban Orchestra’s live performance of Tchaikovsky’s “Sleeping Beauty,” this new work upholds the Ballez’s mission to insert the histories of lesbian activists into the ballet canon.

More info [HERE]


(Artist in Residence Year-End Show)

Written by Melanie Jones (2013/2015 BAX Artist in Residence) 
Performed by Tanya Marquardt, Melanie Jones, Doug Chapman, Karen Grenke, and Jessica Ranville

Friday, April 17 @ 8:00 pm
Saturday, April 18 @ 8:00 pm
Sunday, April 19 @ 6:00 pm

CANADIANS ARE MEAN is a performance installation, written and produced by Melanie Jones, set in a dystopian near-future in the wilderness of the largely undefended Canada-U.S. border. Casting the audience as American refugees, the work explores immigration, stereotype and the problematic  relationship between two colonial siblings.

More info [HERE]



Saturday, April 25 @ 8:00 pm
Sunday, April 26 @ 4:00 pm

This culminating performance features student and director choreography from BAX’s AcroBAX class and Tumbling Performance Workshop, both of which draw on contemporary circus traditions and theatrical techniques in a way that combines tumbling, modern dance, partner acrobatics, performance, and choreography skills for motivated young people.

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BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange Presents A Helix Queer Performance Network Event

(A Showcase of Works in Progress)

Monday, April 27, 2015 @ 8:00pm
Tickets: $16 General/$8 Low Income

Based on a class facilitated by Dan Fishback
Stage Managed by Naimonu James

Starring (in alphabetical order): Emma Alabaster, Christian Hansen Appel, Doug Keeler, Bxk Kwan, Anthony Laws, Alex Lopez, Jordan Martin, Yaya McKoy, Mariel Reyes, Torrey Tremayne

In this unique workshop, students develop their own material while studying the history of queer performance in NYC, and meeting the great queer artists of our day (like Penny Arcade, Susana Cook, Miguel Gutierrez, Erin Markey, Reno, Peggy Shaw, Carmelita Tropicana, Jack Waters, John Kelly and Pamela Sneed).



The Gospel According to F#ggots

Written by Aurin Squire (2014/2015 BAX Artist in Residence)

Friday, May 1 @ 8:00 pm
Saturday, May 2 @ 8:00 pm
Sunday, May 3 @ 6:00 pm

“The Gospel According to F#ggots” is a multimedia queer translation of Biblical text through video, verse, and vogue. The choreopoem sweeps across over 2,500 years of spiritual evolution and juxtaposes the current problems with the hope for salvation.

Tickets will go on sale one month prior to opening night.

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Friday, May 15 @ 8:00 pm
Saturday, May 16 @ 8:00 pm

This culminating performance features student and director choreography with special guest performances by BAXco Youth Dance Company. These Performance Workshops are designed for motivated young people who want to engage in a comprehensive discipline study with an emphasis on technical, performance, and improvisational skills.

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Friday, May 29 @ 8:00 pm
Saturday, May 30 @ 8:00 pm

This culminating performance features student and director choreography. These Performance Workshops are designed for motivated young people who want to engage in a comprehensive discipline study with an emphasis on technical, performance, and improvisational skills.

[more info]



Saturday, June 6 | All Day
Sunday, June 7 | All Day

The BAX student concerts are informal showings during which each of our approximately 40 classes shares what they have been working on over the past semester with their families, friends and colleagues.

[more info]


 A SEAT AT THE TABLE | a guided tour through the struggle for inclusion

Facilitated by Daniel Carlton (2014/16 Teaching Artist in Residence)

Saturday, June 13 @ 8:00 pm
Sunday, June 14 @ 4:00 pm

Created in collaboration with professional organizers, researchers and journalists working deeply in the fields of racial, gender, economic, and restorative justice, “A Seat at the Table” is a guided tour through the causes, impacts and roles we each play in the daily drama of race, identity and the struggle for inclusion in the American Story.

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 Choreographed and Performed by Paloma McGregor

Sunday, June 21 @ 6:00 pm
Free | Open to the public

Building a Better Fishtrap/Part 2 explores this ongoing project’s core themes – what do we take with us, leave behind and return to reclaim? – through installation-based performance.

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