Guest Curator Series

Directly engage the artists as they reveal their creative process.

Curated by current or former Artists In Residence this series brings the kind of diversity of thought, research, interest, and aesthetics we look forward to and celebrate. Preview works-in-progress and give your impressions in a moderated post-performance discussion.


SUBMERGE 2016: will you?
Curated by Naimonu James

Sunday | November 6 @ 6pm
Friday | November 11 @ 8pm
Saturday | November 12 @ 8pm
Sunday | November 13 | 3-5pm Library, 6pm Show

Featuring performances by Taja Lindley, marikiscrycry/Malik Nashad Sharpe, Mette LouLou von Kohl, Coda Wei, Mieke D, Katherine Marie and Salome Asega, a reading of “Permitted” by Kirya Traber, a pop-up installation and performance by the Free Black Women’s Library, and Femmepremacy — a party crafted by Shayna Janelle.

Stage Managed by Angelica Rivera

Upstart Festival: Held
Curated by Jillian Peña & Fernando Maneca

Friday | February 10, 2017 @ 8pm

Featuring performances by The Brown Dance Project, Chris DeVita, georgia•jonathan, Elena Rose Light, Brianna Taylor, Ashley R.T. Yergens

Saturday | February 11, 2017 @ 8pm

Featuring performances by TALL GIRLS DANCING, Anastasia Eckerson, Felicia Henry/Behind the Walls, Between the Lines, Manny, Church of the Millennials, Nia and Ness, Bianca Roman

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

The Blood Was On Their Shoulders

Co-curated by Ni’Ja Whitson (BAX AIR 2015-2017) and Jaamil Olawale Kosoko with Tara Aisha Willis

Friday | February 17, 2017 @ 8pm
Saturday | February 18, 2017 @ 8pm

From the seeded idea that theory can be medicinal and healing, Jaamil Olawale Kosoko and Ni’Ja Whitson co-curate a series of theoretical systems, translated into actions performed by BAX AIR Ni’Ja Whitson. The artists write and embody ongoing applications of ritual, self-care, thinking, speaking, action planning, witnessing, and sharing.

Shadow Play

Curated by Marissa Perel (2015/17 BAX Artist In Residence)

Friday | March 3, 2017 @ 8pm

Shadow Play will be an evening of interdisciplinary performances addressing the shadow aspects of identity, intimacy and community. What kinds of bodies are permitted to survive? What kinds of bodies are worth being cared for? What forces lie within the drive for power and control in the face of loss? What lies in the space between what can be healed and what we don’t know how to heal? How can we witness one another in this space?

with fists, with hands

Friday | March 31, 2017 @ 8pm

Featuring performances by Kesha McKey, Melanie Greene, Katrina Reid, Brittany Williams

Saturday | April 1, 2017 @ 8pm

Featuring performances by Kesha McKey, Jaimé Dzandu, Maritza Mercado-Narcisse, Joya Powell – Movement of the People Dance Company

Witness experiments, early constructions and visions in progress from the 2016-17 Dancing While Black Fellowship class.

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