Dance/NYC’s 2019 Symposium considered the role of New York dance artists and their creativity in a changing United States. It invited participants to investigate topics of transformative justice, the role of youth in activism and social change, increasing dance education for a thriving workforce, and radical practice, among others, in the context of a changing political climate and following CreateNYC, the City of New York’s first-ever cultural plan.
As the only gathering of its kind for the dance community in the New York metropolitan area, the Symposium aims to share information innovation and to stimulate awareness, interest, and ongoing engagement in dance and dance education. The 2019 Symposium was hosted campus-style and made use of Hunter College’s expanding dance facilities and performance spaces for panel discussions, case studies, interactive workshops, a networking lunch, and more.
fix yo face: Curatorial Statement by remi harris
Danspace Project Food For Thought Series May 2018
When I was approached to curate a night for Food For Thought, I knew I wanted to offer an idea to the artists. Not necessarily one to answer but to consider. So this idea of anger and how it’s approached and dealt with continues to fascinate me. I’ve worked in many kinds of spaces like arts organizations, corporate companies, schools, with the underserved and over-served communities and I’ve become good at creating versions of myself in spaces that limit how upset I can be. What I’ve realized is that we are uncomfortable with anger. Especially from women; especially from women of color.
What I hope these works by The DynamitExperience, Cnadace Tabbs, Melanie Greene and Raha Benham activates a discussion around anger and how we make space for people to experience that emotion. What I hope you’ll consider as you watch this piece is how you process your own anger and how you actively participate in creating a space for someone else (including children) to express their anger.
I want to leave you with a quote by the writer Jenna Wortham.
“We are entitled to figuring stuff out and having time to let it unfold before we start figuring out how we can recuperate from it.”
adaptable apple is an exploration of collaboration and process. The multidisciplinary series began in 2014 between multimedia artists Michelle Golden and Remi Harris. Several versions of Adaptable Apple were presented as live performance collaborations in dance studios, galleries and theatres in Brooklyn and Manhattan.
The series will now expand into a curated exploration of artists and community at Brooklyn Studios for Dance in Brooklyn, NY. The program, running June – December, 2017 highlights three artists in a gallery hang. In addition to the visual presentation there will be a workshop component that will seek to highlight and investigate the relationship between artist and process.
These workshops will invite community participants into further understanding of the artist’s practice and give them opportunities to collaborate and explore.
Abrons Art Center (March 22-April 6)
Installation Coordinator: Remi Harris
Costumes: Olek and Ileany Fields
Video projections: Remi Harris
Carpentry and Set Design: Bill Kennedy
Yes! Yes! Yes! created by Remi Harris + Mark Schmidt is inspired by a shared love of house music, composition, and club culture. Informed by our combined lived experiences in improvised social dance, it explores notions of democratic dance space, the ethic of freedom, and the club as an adult playground. The work finds a play between camp, performance and joy in movement while attempting to capture the parallel and intersecting paths of a dynamic creative process that includes going out to the club and creating in the studio. We value the ephemeral, social interactions that emerge on the dance floor and view that physical space as a site where dancing bodies re(produce) cultural knowledge and values.