Revolutionary New Moon in Aquarius: Ambika Raina, Katrina Reid, Lily Bo Shapiro
Where: ISSUE Project Room
110 Livingston St.
718-330-0313 Price: $15.00
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Saturday, February 2nd, 2019 Suzanne Fiol Curatorial Fellow Benedict Nguyen curates revolutionary new moon in aquarius (rnma), featuring Ambika Raina, Katrina Reid, and Lily Bo Shapiro. The evening is their first program in soft bodies in hard places, a series of trans-disciplinary events circling planetary events over the 2019 season.
Two days before the new moon on February 4th, rnma stages blurry collaborations among artists in a shared evening of live performance. With the sun also in Aquarius, this potent moment can galvanize a new lunar year inspired by rigorous innovation and the swirling in of new cycles. With each bringing their own unique practices for making solo works, the artists consider new ways of working alongside each other in evolving, intertwined orbits.
Astrologer Stephanie George provides dramaturgical support to the artists. She notes: “Astrology uniquely allows us to hold space for contradictions. It suggests poetic possibilities can coexist with real world-weariness.” Raina, Reid, and Shapiro draw from readings with George to consider how the themes of this new moon overlay with their practices. Writer and dancer Tara Sheena develops a piece of writing around the cultivation of “rnma” to be published on Culturebot, a publication devoted to critical thought about experimental performance.
soft bodies in hard places considers how the methodology of reading astrological charts and tracking celestial motion at multiple scales can deepen the connections that live performance can facilitate among artists, collaborators, and audiences. The platform meets the spiritual and the empirical, sourcing energetic impulses from astrology in an attempt to synchronicity with moving bodies of performers, planets, and cosmic forces eclipsing the imagination.
At ISSUE’s location specifically, Boerum Place takes it street name from Dutch colonizers occupying Canarsee and Lenape land. Within this frame, what can moving within the patterns of the stars themselves do and how can we break cycles of gentrification and displacement?Buy tickets/get more info now