LET'S CHOREOGRAPH WHAT OUR TOGETHER WILL BE!
Wishing the best to us all as we find our special light. The other side is near and will be clear.
LET'S CHOREOGRAPH WHAT OUR TOGETHER WILL BE!
Taylor Mac, Kristin Marting, Morgan Jenness, Emily Morse, Niegel Smith, and many more join forces to create subscription-based video service to benefit artists below the poverty line amid COVID-19
NYC ARTISTS TEAM UP TO CREATE THE TRICKLE UP (A NYC ARTISTS NETWORK), COUNTERACTING THE LOSS OF INCOME IN THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC
NYC Artists Help Their Peers Living Below the Poverty Line by Sharing Videos on New Subscription-Based Site
Taylor Mac, Kristin Marting, Morgan Jenness, Emily Morse, Niegel Smith, and a group of over 50 other New York City artists—including Tony Award, Pulitzer Prize, MacArthur Fellowship and OBIE Award winners spanning numerous disciplines—have hatched a plan to help artists hurt from the COVID-19 shutdown. Inspired by the artists-on-behalf-of-artists activism of Elizabeth Swados, they have made a new grassroots subscription video platform, The Trickle Up (A NYC Artists Network). As members of the performing arts community struggle to maintain their livelihoods amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, The Trickle Up enlists New York artists in helping other New York artists living below the poverty line, who are suffering from lost income, by sharing work on the platform. The Trickle Up aims to engage 10,000 subscribers paying $10 a month—and thereby get $10,000 each to 120 different artists in need (starting ASAP, and through the year). If this goal is surpassed, more people get help. The Trickle Up, a model for how a streaming arts platform can reshape artists’ lives, seeks to continue supporting artists well beyond the fallout of COVID-19. The site launches today, Monday, March 23, with videos streaming at https://trickleup.uscreen.io/.
50 artists have already signed on to donate their time and creativity to make three videos each for the platform. They include: Penny Arcade (performance artist), Annie Baker (playwright), Sharon Bridgforth (playwright/poet), Rachel Chavkin (theatre-maker), Lisa D’Amour (playwright), Helga Davis (performer), Machine Dazzle (designer), Lear DeBessonett (theatre-maker), Ty Dafoe (actor), Andre De Shields (performer), Viva DeConcini (musician), Kristoffer Diaz (playwright), Faye Driscoll (choreographer), Anastasia Durasova (makeup designer), Bridget Everett (comedienne/singer), Greg Glassman (musician), Lucas Hnath (playwright), Marika Hughes (musician), Mia Katigbak (theatre-maker), Lisa Kron (playwright), Jeyn Levison and Joshua Waletzky (Yiddish culturalists), Bianca Leigh (actress), Dana Lyn (musician), Taylor Mac (theatre-maker), Ellen Maddow (theatre-maker) , Kristin Marting (theatre-maker), Dirty Martini (burlesque performer), Dominique Morisseau (performer/playwright), Miguel Gutierrez (choreographer), Lynn Nottage (playwright), Diana Oh (playwright/ performer), Suzan-Lori Parks (playwright/musician), Annie-B Parson (choreographer/theatre-maker), Clint Ramos (designer), Sarah Ruhl (playwright/poet), Peggy Shaw (theatre maker), Sxip Shirey (composer/musician), Niegel Smith (theatre maker), Lloyd Suh (playwright), Darrel Thorne (designer/club performer), Tigger! (actor/burlesque performer), Liesl Tommy (director), Adrienne Truscott (performance artist), Basil Twist (puppeteer), Paula Vogel (playwright), Ann Washburn (playwright), Lois Weaver (theatre-maker), Weirdos.TV (performance artist), and Paul Zimet (theatre-maker). These donating artists, and any others who join in the cause in the future, will select recipients of the $10,000 commissions.
In addition to these artists, 20 promotional partners have joined the cause: Brooklyn Arts Council, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Beth Morrison Projects, Clubbed Thumb, The Flea Theater, HERE Arts Center, HowlRound, The Lark, Ma-Yi Theater Company, MAP Fund, NAATCO, New Dramatists, New Georges, New Ohio Theatre, On the Boards, The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi, Peoplmovr, The Play Company, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, and Times Square Arts.
An openness and flair for casual invention characterizes the videos the organizers have called for, with the option for artists to use a smartphone to film anything including readings of portions cut from a play; displays of new designs; performances of new songs or dances; or of any of the presumably many things that recently got canceled amidst this crisis. Taylor Mac has recorded, in many sections, footage of judy sitting on a rock, reading judy’s recent Tony-nominated play Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus. Mac explains, “The Trickle Up is a network where you would see stuff you would never otherwise get to see. When else are you going to see the playwright read their entire play?” The artists aim to begin the project as a grassroots effort among New York artists—who themselves represent various corners of the country and world—and see if and how it might expand to artists elsewhere from there.
Mac says, “I was at a theater and overheard somebody in the lobby say that yesterday she had three jobs and today she had zero jobs. This was a person living week-to-week already, and on my way home, I thought, ‘how is she going to survive, and what can we do to help someone in this position?’ As so many of us are people who currently or historically have lived below the poverty line, we know how hard it is to do basic things like buy groceries, and also we know how much a big lump sum like $10,000 can change your life. My first grant was $7,000 from the Peter S. Reed Foundation and was thanks to another artist, Elizabeth Swados, putting my name on the list of recipients. At the time I had no money and was racing to pay basic necessities. Getting that grant changed everything. Our hope is that we can do the same for an unprecedented number of artists. Both in this time of heightened need and moving forward. Every year.”
Due to the evolving COVID-19 situation, and out of consideration for the health of our audiences, staff, and artists, DanceAfrica on May 22—25 has been canceled.
DanceAfrica is one of the most beloved programs at BAM, and we are deeply saddened to cancel this festival for the first time in its 42 years of existence. We are grateful for the hard work and contributions of Artistic Director Abdel R. Salaam and all of our program partners: the Council of Elders, the Candle Bearers, RestorationArt, Weeksville Heritage Center, DanceAfrica Bazaar vendors, and Mark Morris Dance Group. We look forward to working together again to present DanceAfrica next year, at a time when the community can come together safely.
A Message from Artistic Director Abdel R. Salaam
Peace and Blessings Family,
DanceAfrica is not just a festival or an annual event. It is a timeless, fantastic voyage of culture and creativity. It is a consciousness centered in the voices, visions, and inspiration of our ancestors, the people of Africa and the African diaspora. While its crown of expression has always been at BAM, the spirit of DanceAfrica has no boundaries, and will always find its way to the people. Today there are countless workshops and African dance and music classes being taught online by devotees. The absence of this year’s festival is simply a pause that, if seen through a different lens, will enable us as a family to move through this moment of darkness, regenerate, and rise again next year. The best is yet to come!
Health, prosperity, peace, and blessings to you and your loved ones,
Baba Abdel R. Salaam
Gibney remains committed to the Dance in Process Residency as one of our core programs. We are excited to receive applications and select our next season of residents. As we understand that recent events have put a strain on applicants, we are extending the application deadline to Friday, April 17 at 10:00 am EST.
For full transparency, we are also issuing a caveat that residency offerings or the number of residency slots may need to be slightly reduced in the FY21 season, July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021. We will continue to provide timely updates as the process unfolds.
DiP Residencies are designed to provide extensive, holistic support for mid-career New York-based dance artists who are in the middle stages of work on a new project. Resident Artists will each receive three weeks of exclusive, continuous access to a studio at one of Gibney’s locations, as well as a $7,500 stipend, a $2,000 allowance for artistic consultants, and an additional 40 hours of discounted studio space.
Before applying, take the Eligibility Quiz.
Applications for the 2020-21 EtM Choreographer + Composer Residencies in partnership with Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning.
Deadline: Monday, April 20, 2020 5:00 P.M. EST
This is primarily a choreographic residency. Choreographers may apply individually without a composer. However, composers MUST apply with a choreographer and may not apply as individuals.
For more information, application and guidelines, click here.
Gibney welcomes Alexandra Wells as Senior Director of Training and Company Advisor, effective July 1, 2020.
In this newly created position, Ms. Wells will oversee Gibney’s extensive training programs, which serve approximately 50,000 participants and dozens of community groups annually.
She will also conduct research into advanced methods and models for meeting the unique training needs of today’s contemporary dancers.
“We are thrilled to welcome Alexandra to Gibney. Her dynamic and forward-reaching approach to training and the breadth and depth of her experience will benefit our community of artists at all levels,” said Gina Gibney, Founder CEO, and Artistic Director of Gibney. ”We embrace Alexandra’s dedication to advance the technique, artistry, and physical health of our dance community.”
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I am a performer, historian, consultant and dance writer. I am a Empire State College's online program Center for Distance Learning. I am also a former faculty member at The Ailey School and the Alvin Ailey/Fordham University dance major program, Hunter College, Sarah Lawrence College (Guest), Kean University and The Joffrey Ballet School's Jazz and Contemporary Trainee Program. I write on dance for The Amsterdam News, Dance Magazine and various publications. Click below to read more about me at my home page - "About Me."