The D.I.Y. Dilemma – A Monday Night Salon at the Performance Project

Jennifer Conley Darling, Managing Director of Operations for the League of Independent Theater, will be on hand at University Settlement’s Performance Project this evening to moderate a conversation for artists who are creating original performance work in NYC.  The Performance Project’s Monday Night Salon Series has teamed up with the Incubator Arts Project to offer this free forum, “The D.I.Y. Dilemma,” for independent artists to openly discuss issues related to creating work on their own in New York City.  They write: Bring a dish to pass and beverages to drink as we discuss how best we can support ourselves, other artists, and the community at large.

Bluemouth Prepares for L.E.S. Dance Marathon

bluemouth - photo credit Nancy Paiva

If you’re looking for something FUN to do this weekend, I highly recommend stopping by the University Settlement’s Performance Project.  For three nights only, bluemouth inc. is bringing their “ecstatic and intimate duration-based performance event,” Dance Marathon, to the Lower East Side.  The company has been working with volunteer dancers and some of the youth groups at The Door, in preparation for the big interactive performance, which is indeed, a three-hour-long dance marathon.

I stopped by a rehearsal yesterday and spoke with Stephen O’Connell, one of the members of the collective and the director for this show. The group was practicing some dance moves and working on music. The two core members dancing below (after the jump) are Stephen O’Connell and Lucy Simic: