2016 Fall Space Grant Showcase

Featuring work by
Ashley Brockington, Kristopher K.Q. Pourzal, and Brittany Williams

Friday | December 2 @ 8pm
Saturday | December 3 @ 8pm

Tickets: $16 General, $10 Low-Income [BUY]

This showcase presents works by Fall Space Grant recipients. The Fall Space Grant program gives Brooklyn and Queens based dance, theater and performance artists the opportunity to create new work or build upon existing work in a setting that is conducive to working deeply and exploring new territory.

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About the Work

Ashley Brockington | “I am working on a new piece that explores the neuroses of being a black girl in america during this particular time. Typically I complain about mommy not coming to the talent show and my hurt little girl feelings when I realized that I would never have hair like them. But, damn it, I’m a Woman now. A grown ass black woman well past her first Saturn Return. I know who the fuck I am. But do I really? Am I still Black Girl Ugly or is it time to move on? On to what? Why?”

Kristopher K.Q. Pourzal | Kristopher K.Q. Pourzal is using his Fall Space Grant to do embodied research towards a new project about opera, castrati, and queer sacrifice. He is interested in looking to opera’s complex history as a source for considering issues of bodies in relationship to labor, pleasure, and artifice.

Brittany Williams

Menace Cyclone: Blood. Water. Salt
In process/progress -part fugitive, and part reality.

Explores possibilities for visceral dialogue around risk taking, art making, and preparedness for freedom. Heavily inspired by South Florida’s  Saltwater Railroad, where fugitive, free and indigenous persons lived together in maroon societies. The Saltwater railroad extended beyond the shore of the radical swampland into the Caribbean where fugitives sought freedom across the Atlantic to places like Bermuda, Bahamas, Liberia, Haiti, and Jamaica.

Williams’s native of Miami’s fugitive culture  is inspired by the Saltwater Railroad and its ability to create and support political unity, direct action and resistance. How can we reimagine solidarity across the diaspora in order to give shape to a revolt- non binary Atlantic? What ancestral and collective genetic and embodied knowledge do I carry from this culture, what does it mean to be an ancestral enemy of the state? How do we reimagine maroonship in modern society? What are the physical ways that we prepare, as anti-racism sentiments, to become the driving force for political unity, direct action and resistance in society?

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To learn more about the artists and BAX’s Space Grant Program visit: artistservices.bax.org/residencies/space-grants.

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