Blessed Unrest’s THIS IS MODERN ART at New York Theatre Workshop’s NEXT DOOR



Photo by Maria Baranova

Who decides what art is and where it belongs, and what is the role of race, class, and pedigree? THIS IS MODERN ART, the acclaimed and controversial 2014 play by Idris Goodwin and Kevin Coval, based on the 2010 “bombing” of the Art Institute of Chicago by an underground graffiti crew, is making its New York debut. The production by Blessed Unrest, directed by Jessica Burr and performing as part of the inaugural season of Next Door at New York Theatre Workshop, was presented at NYTW June 2 – 23, 2018.


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Laura Peterson’s “FAILURE” at Judson Church


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Thursday thru Saturday,
June 29, 30, and July 1, 8pm
Judson Memorial Church
55 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012

Admission is on the “pay what you can” basis.
Suggested donation $20. Tickets available here

What is failure, and how do we deal with it – as individuals, and as communities? In the new installation/performance FAILURE, choreographer and visual artist Laura Peterson uses the language of dance and sculptural design to probe the national consciousness in the aftermath of 2016 Presidential election. Peterson zeroes in on the overwhelming pressure to compete, which is at the heart of the American way of life. Is a small defeat less devastating than a colossal mistake? What is the real outcome of the “winner takes all?”.

Conceived, directed and choreographed by Laura Peterson
Performed by Jennifer Sydor, Darrin Wright, Jo-anne Lee, and Laura Peterson
Production Design by Laura Peterson
Set created in collaboration with Jon Pope

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Christine Bonansea at JACK


Photo by Robert Flynt



A solo by Christine Bonansea

January 5-7, 2017
505 1/2 Waverly Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11238
TICKETS: $10 advance/online, $15 (cash only) at the door

OnlyHuman is the first installment in a series of four collaborative performances, aimed at creating an interdisciplinary creative environment in which Bonansea’s solo dances evolve through interaction with new musical, visual and movement material created by an international and multicultural ensemble.

Created in collaboration with the composer and performer Nicole Carroll, lighting designer Elizabeth Mak and the visual artists Robert Flynt and Yoann Trellu.

This work draws inspiration from Friedrich Nietzsche’s aphoristic volume Human, All Too Human, a work described by its author as “a handbook for the free spirits.” Bonansea is particularly interested in the stark contradiction between the human capacity for freedom and beauty and its darkest, most destructive and illogical behaviors.

OnlyHuman trailer from christine bonansea on Vimeo.

Shamel Pitts at APAP



Photo by Alex Apt.


Little Black Book of RED

January 6-7, 2017
344 East 14th Street (between 1st and 2nd Avenues)

An enigmatic performance featuring a solo by Shamel Pitts, a former company member of Israel’s iconic Batsheva Dance Company.

Buoyed by his trademark expressive movement, Pitts employs spoken word, evocative lighting, and video to construct a personal, poetic narrative about the search for identity and striving for survival amidst impermanence. Performed in a confined space in nearly pitch-black darkness, the work features recordings of Pitts’ ruminations jotted down during his travels with Batsheva. Obliquely referencing the flight data recorder, BLACK BOX transcends traditional travel journal format, becoming instead a record of a life as – in a nod to Nina Simone –  a “young, gifted and Black” artist, thriving in constant motion.

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