The Queer New York International Arts Festival started yesterday at the Abron Arts Center on the Lower East Side. For the third year a diverse slate of performances by artists from around the world broaden the traditional concept of “queer” in art. QNYI challenges perceptions about what queer is — and can be. During the Festival’s intense twelve days, New York audiences can experience a range of performances that challenge “heteronorms” and status quo. The 2014 edition presents U.S. premieres of Croatian theater director Branko Brezovec’s Confusions; India-born choreographer Sujata Goel’s Dancing Girl; American expat dance artists Jeremy Wade (Berlin) and Mark Tompkins’ (France) collaborative work Stardust; and Dutch choreographer Jan Marten’s The Dog Days Are Over. Curated by Zvonimir Dobrovic. All performances are FREE to the public (with a $10 – 15 suggested donation)
Branko Brezovec (Croatia)
Confusions (U.S. Premiere)
September 17 – 21
Conceived as a radical theatre experiment created collaboratively between different departments of the Academy of Dramatic Art in Zagreb. Performed in Croatian with English supertitles.
Ivo Dimchev (Bulgaria)
If healing is a choice than why not to make this choice while being in the theatre.
Queer Climate Chautauqua Community Workshops
September 20 and 21
Designed to mobilize and inspire queer participation in the March, an unprecedented mobilization to address the climate crisis.
Bruno Isaković / Ana Vnučec (Croatia)
Denuded (U.S. Premiere)
Denuded is about the body, movement and stillness, breathing and, most importantly, about a constant contact with the audience.
T.R.A.S.H. (pictured, above) (The Netherlands)
T†Bernadette (U.S. Premiere)
On the stage with a washing machine, several wigs and lots of costumes, a man and a woman live out their relationship.
Mor Shani / Paul Sixta (Israel/Netherlands)
Love-ism (U.S. Premiere)
Taking a close look at the human experience of intimacy, challenging the perception and liquidity of the agreed upon, the sublime, and the condemned.
Jan Martens (The Netherlands)
Ode to attempt + The Dog Days Are Over (U.S. Premiere)
A double-bill. Ode to attempt is a humorous deconstruction of the creative process, performed by Jan Martens. The Dog Days are over is inspired by photographer Philippe Halsman’s words: “Ask someone to jump and you’ll see their true face.”
Jeremy Wade (U.S./Berlin) / Mark Tompkins (U.S./France)
Stardust (U.S. Premiere)
September 24 and 25
With their personal passion, research in real time composition, and unidentified performative objects, the paths of Tompkins and Wade seemed bound to cross.
Bruno Isaković (Croatia)
Denuded for Two Dancers (U.S. Premiere)
September 26 and 27
Created as a solo performance, Denuded is basing its movement quality on the relationship between breath and physical tension and ways in which it permeates the body in each moment.
Sujata Goel (India/Netherlands)
Dancing Girl (U.S. Premiere)
Sujata Goel presents a fictional character version of herself, a mythical doll-like figure that reveals herself and continually morphs.
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