The Performance Project Announces New 2016/2017 Artists-in-Residence

Performance Project's 2016-2017 Artists-in-Residence | Image via The University Settlement

Performance Project’s 2016-2017 Artists-in-Residence | Image via The University Settlement

The University Settlement’s Performance Project has announced its 2016/2017 Artists-in-Residence.  Residencies last for one year and include rehearsal space and support as the artists work toward a public showing of new work. The artists work with young performers and Performance Projects staff to create projects within the diverse University Settlement cultural community. The four selected artists are Alex Bornisky,  Stephanie Batten BlandMark Nuñez/Gotham Dance TheaterJody Wood and Superhero Clubhouse. The artists’ work differ in their topics; from immigration, self-care for  social workers and community care providers, education, migration and permaculture.

In the announcement, Co-Artistic Directors Alison Fleminger & Baba Israel noted, “These artists not only bring artistic strength but also a commitment to truly connecting with our communities and exploring resonant themes such as immigration, migration, education, permaculture, and the self-care of social workers. Together these projects offer University Settlement a profound opportunity to ask,  ‘How can we more skillfully and creatively share space with one another?’ ”

“Five on the Black Hand Side/Dapline!” Tonight & Tomorrow at University Settlement

Renowned Photographers On Documenting the LES

Facing Change on the LES - photo by Alan Chin

The Performance Project at University Settlement is hosting a benefit evening to raise money for an important project, Change on the Lower East Side, that aims to document the current experiences of low income neighborhood residents.  They are teaming up with renowned photographers from Facing Change, Documenting America (FCDA) to create the intergenerational photo project with University Settlement seniors and youth.

On Saturday evening, a collective of critically acclaimed photographers and writers including co-founder Alan Chin (who grew up on the Lower East Side), Brenda Ann Kenneally, Andrew Lichtenstein and Anthony Suau will present an historical slideshow and lecture exploring 125 years of photography on the Lower East Side.  They will share their insights about past and present day photography from the area.  There will be a Q&A followed by an informal evening of cocktails. With enough support, the project will culminate in a public show and book.

The Performance Project is offering Lo-Down readers a free raffle ticket if they buy a $30 ticket to the event. Contact Alison Fleminger at or call: 212.453.4532  if you are interested.

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:

Mud/Bone’s Impossible Country at the Performance Project

Mud/Bone Collective will present Impossible Country, an original play created through workshops and interviews with the refugee community in New York City, tomorrow through Saturday, June 5th, as part of University Settlement’s Performance Project. The piece explores the diverse experiences of refugees fleeing injustice and persecution and beginning new lives in New York City.

Live Arts Collaboration at University Settlment’s Monday Night Salon

The Performance Project at University Settlement is hosting a free Monday Night Salon series throughout their spring season.  Tonight, they team up with Live Arts Collaboration to present 5 selected artists from across disciplines who will share samples of their work, illuminate their process and seek out collaboration, conversation and connection.

Multimedia Project WREST Opens at the Performance Project

University Settlement’s Performance Project will present WREST, a multimedia collaboration created by composer Jules Gimbrone, filmmaker Elliot Montague and choreographer Jules Skloot. WREST uses film, dance, and music to examine the archetypal martyrdom of Joan of Arc in the context of queer narratives and embodiments.

Carnegie Hall’s Neighborhood Concert Series: So Percussion

So Percussion - by Janette Beckman

University Settlement’s Performance Project will host a FREE concert with So Percussion tonight via Carnegie Hall’s Neighborhood Concert Series. Program notes state: Since coming together at the Yale School of Music in 1999, So Percussion has been creating music that is both raucous and touching, barbarous, and refined.