Danspace Project: Rainer, Valencia, Whitson @ BAM, Brooklyn [14 November]

Danspace Project: Rainer, Valencia, Whitson

19:00 - 20:30

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30 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11217
Tue, Nov 14 at 7pm

Wendy's Subway Reading Room
BAM Fisher
321 Ashland Pl
Brooklyn, NY 11217


Please join us for our second evening in the Wendy's Subway Reading Room, hosted by Danspace Project, and featuring readings by Yvonne Rainer, Mariana Valencia, and Ni'Ja Whitson.

Danspace Project presents new work in dance, supports a diverse range of choreographers in developing their work, encourages experimentation, and connects artists to audiences.

For 40+ years, Danspace Project has supported a vital community of contemporary dance artists in an environment unlike any other in the United States. Located in the historic St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery, Danspace shares its facility with the Church, The Poetry Project, and New York Theatre Ballet. Danspace Project’s Commissioning Initiative has commissioned over 520 new works since its inception in 1994.

Danspace Project’s Choreographic Center Without Walls (CW²) provides context for audiences and increased support for artists. Public programs (including Danspace Presents, Platforms, Food for Thought, DraftWork), Commissioning Initiative, residencies, guest artist curators, and contextualizing activities and materials are core components of CW² offering a responsive framework for artists’ works. Since 2010, Danspace Project has produced eleven Platforms, published eleven print catalogues and five e-books, launched the Conversations Without Walls discussion series, and explored models for public discourse and residencies. danspaceproject.org.


Yvonne Rainer, co-founding member of the Judson Dance Theater, is a choreographer and filmmaker. Her dances and films have been shown worldwide. A memoir – Feelings Are Facts: a Life – was published by MIT Press in 2006. A selection of her poetry was published in 2011 by Paul Chan’s Badlands Unlimited.

Mariana Valencia is a choreographer who has held residencies at Chez Bushwick, NYLA, ISSUE Project Room, and BAX. Her work has received support from the FCA Emergency Grant, CPR Andrew W Mellon AIR Program, the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, and the Jerome Travel and Study Grant. Collaborations include projects with Kim Brandt, robbinschilds, MPA, Elizabeth Orr, AK Burns, Kate Brandt, Jules Gimbrone, No Total, Crit Group, and Critical Correspondence. marianavalencia.work

Los Angeles and New York based, award-winning interdisciplinary gender queer artist, Bessie-nominated performer, and writer, Ni’Ja Whitson (MFA) has been referred to as “majestic” and “powerful” by the New York Times and noted by Brooklyn Magazine as a culture influencer. Whitson engages a nexus of postmodern and African Diasporic performance practices, intersecting gender, sexuality, race, and spirit. Recent awards include residencies and fellowships with Hedgebrook, LMCC Process Space, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, and the Bogliasco Study Center in Italy. They are an Assistant Professor at UC Riverside and is the founder/artistic director of The NWA Project.
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