past AIR performances



Friday, April 5th, 2013 @ 8:00pm
RoseAnne Spradlin’s

studies for disappearance, an informal showing

Suggested Donation: $5 at the door | [more info]


April 12th-14th, 2013
Friday-Saturday @ 8:00pm | Sunday @ 6:00pm
Mariangela Lopez/Accidental Movement’s

El Regreso

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


April 19th-21st, 2013
Friday-Saturday @ 8:00pm | Sunday @ 6:00pm
Jess Barbagallo and Karen Davis’

Without Me I’m Something

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


April 26th-28th, 2013
Friday-Saturday @ 8:00pm | Sunday @ 6:00pm
Max Steele’s


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May 3rd-5th, 2013
Friday-Saturday @ 8:00pm | Sunday @ 6:00pm
Love | Fortè, A Collective’s

Memory Withholdings

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


Look below to view additional past AIR performances.

Jody for Jill Jill, for Jody by Jillian Peña | May 10-12, 2013
HOT DUST, by Catharine Dill / Exploding Moment | June 24th, 2012
SALÓN, by Mariangela López | May 11th-13th, 2012
THE GUIDING LIGHT, by Jillian Peña | April 27th-29th, 2012
MONKEY, written by Matthew Paul Olmos & directed by Morgan Gould | April 20th-22nd, 2012
Dan Fishback’S NO DIRECTION HOMO: Volume 2 | April 13th-15th, 2012
Sandwoman, A work-in-progress by Mina Nishimura | May 13th-15th, 2011
intimacy, A Solo Dance by Levi Gonzalez | April 29th-May 1st, 2011
, by Catharine Dill |
April 15th-17th, 2011
, A Solo Performance by Dan Fishback | April 8th-10th, 2011


Jodi for Jill, Jill for Jodi

A video by Jillian Peña with Jodi Melnick
Jodi Melnick tries on Jillian Peña, Jillian Peña tries on Jodi Melnick.

Polly Pocket

performed by Alexandra Albrecht and Andrew Champlin
A coming of age story, Polly Pocket follows Alex and Andrew as they mediate between being siblings, friends, lovers, and mirror reflections.

Jillian Peña is a dance and video artist primarily concerned with confusion and desire between self and other. Her work is in dialogue with psychoanalysis, queer theory, pop media, and spirituality. She has been presented internationally, including at The Chocolate Factory, Dance Theater Workshop and The Kitchen in New York, Akademie der Kunste Berlin, Centre for Contemporary Arts Glasgow, and the International Festival of Contemporary Art Slovenia. Jillian was a Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Scholar during which she was awarded an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she was a fellowship recipient, and a Practice-based MPhil in Fine Art at Goldsmiths College, University of London. She was a 2009 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence, a 2009 DanceWeb Fellow at Impulstanz in Vienna, a 2010 Artist-in-Residence at Archauz in Århus, Denmark, and a 2011 Artist-in-Residence at the National Dance Center of Bucharest, Romania.

Learn more about Jillian Peña 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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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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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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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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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 work-in-progress by Mina Nishimura

May 13th – 15th, 2011

Sandwoman explores nuanced, unsettled and ambiguous movement that is contrasted in lights and shadows. Allusive shapes and specific images embodied by performers punctuate the sand-like, ever-moving atmosphere. With a sense of conspiracy and sympathy, these five female performers carry out their enigmatic mission.

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A Solo Dance by Levi Gonzalez

April 29th – May 1st, 2011

In his solo, intimacy, Levi Gonzalez attempts to bring the practice of making into the moment of live performance. In constructing material for this work, he prioritizes instinct over concept, cultivating sensitivity to what resonates with him on a visceral level. By exploring the idiosyncrasies of his own interests in movement and performance, he builds a structure that exposes his own personal relationship to the form. Often framing the action with language, he establishes a directness with the spectator that resists metaphor, while still leaving space for the engagement of the imagination. Ultimately the work examines the intimacy of the relationship between performer and audience, and how we navigate this shared experience. The solo is being developed in collaboration with dramaturg Susan Mar Landau.

Levi Gonzalez spoke to the Brooklyn Eagle about what the BAX residency has meant to him.
Click HERE to see what he had to say.

Levi also took some time to talk about his new work with Eva Yaa Asantewaa. Click HERE to listen to what he had to say about intimacy on her blog, Infinite Body.

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by Catharine Dill

April 15th – 17th, 2011

YE’RE HERE, CUZIN! is a reverse-“Grapes of Wrath” road trip, navigating the cultural chasm between a suburban California enclave and an isolated Arkansas hill town. Narrated by a passionately accurate (or possibly delusional) Mrs. Byrd, YE’RE HERE, CUZIN! inhabits an immersive video and sound environment channeling the perceptions of two kids in the backseat as their parents embark on a deluded journey to the Ozarks in search of the simple life. Narrator and family confront each other over their shared, troubled history, revealing both the limitations of familial love and its stranglehold on perspective.

YE’RE HERE, CUZIN! is Exploding Moment’s fourth original, full length work, following CAN I HELP YOU?, our critically acclaimed performance at The Bushwick Starr. The project features veteran Exploding Moment team members Catharine Dill (director), Steven Boling (video), Ashley Smith (choreography), Sharla Meese and Katherine Wessling (performers), and a two new collaborators–composer Dave Steele (Music Director of Blue Man Group), and performer Dave Shelley (Associate Member, The Wooster Group).

The fictional family of YE’RE HERE, CUZIN! navigates a constantly-shifting, impressionistic world comprising multiple projected video backgrounds and a richly layered sound environment that includes bird songs, the Arkansas radio soap opera “Lum n’ Abner” and Dave Steele’s original compositions.

YE’RE HERE, CUZIN! asks audiences to piece together a family’s story, even as the family itself is falling apart. While the parents daydream, bicker and complain, their children react with confusion and rebellion. They are championed by the intervening Mrs. Byrd, a narrator who may be the children’s teacher, aunt, or imaginary friend. As they parse the characters’ impulsive, sometimes violent psychic states, audiences are compelled to sympathize with more than one unreliable narrator and to examine their own mutable perception.

Video artist and designer Steven Boling has created the immersive video environment against a music and sound landscape created by Dave Steele of Blue Man Group.

Click HERE for more information on Catharine Dill and Exploding Moment.

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A Solo Performance by Dan Fishback

April 8th – 10th, 2011

Dan Fishback’s thirtynothing is a multi-media solo performance exploring the generation gap between gay men who died during the early years of AIDS and gay men who were born during those same years. A sort of “performance zine,” the show will incorporate images of work by lost gay artists, images and drawings from Fishback’s own childhood, and stories from the lives of various gay men who lived, died, and grew up during the 80s and early 90s. Fishback underscores this monologue-based piece using small instruments like casios and ukuleles to paint an intimate, mournful and quirky portrait of gay life during and after a catastrophe. Marking both the 30th anniversary of AIDS and Fishback’s 30th birthday, thirtynothing memorializes the fallen while posing critical questions to all who survive.

Gay City News caught up with Fishback in advance of his preview performances at BAX.
Click HERE to see what Dan had to say about the performance.

Click HERE for more information on Dan Fishback.

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