EMERGENCY INDEX VOL. 8
My performance work, Life or Theatre?, was included in Emergency INDEX Vol. 8. This annual publication is a unique and invaluable documentation of performance work from across the world. My work was previously published in their 2016 edition.
Begun in 2011, INDEX is a lens for seeing the field of contemporary performance from the ground up.
"A bible of performance art activity" -Martha Wilson
Edited by Yelena Gluzman, Sophia Cleary, and Zoe Guttenplan
2019 JHU SOCIAL INNOVATOR
I was honored to join Johns Hopkins University’s Social Innovation Lab 2019-2020 Cohort, in support of my arts project, Le Mondo.
SIL accelerates emerging ventures and leaders that seek to change Baltimore and the world. The program works with driven, altruistic applicants: people who see a problem; are thoughtful and deliberate at developing a potential solution rooted in personal experience and/or extensive research; are willing to exert extraordinary dedication to make the potential solution a reality; and are enthusiastic about joining a learning community, sharing resources and being open-minded in their approach.
Fellows were selected based on their leadership ability and their venture’s boldness, originality, potential for impact, accomplishments to date, feasibility, and potential for sustainability.
YOUNG CULTURAL INNOVATOR
I was honored by the Salzburg Global Seminar as one of fifty talented Young Cultural Innovators making change to shape a more creative, just, and sustainable world. This took me to Salzburg, Austria where I spent a week in a palace connecting and building with bold artists and cultural producers from around the world.
LE MONDO OPENS ITS DOORS
Alongside my art practice, I founded this grassroots arts development project in 2014.
The project has grown from the seeds of an idea to the redevelopment of three derelict buildings in downtown Baltimore; transforming them into a permanent home for experimental performing arts and radical community work - a cultural hub driven by and for cultural-makers with a neighborhood bar, multiple performance venues, tons of studios, and affordable live-work apartments.
In May 2019, we opened our first bar, performance venue, and studio spaces to the public with a big party featuring music, dance, performance activations, installation art, hardhat tours, and lots of smiles!
LIFE OR THEATRE?
I wrote and directed a new full-length theater work. Life or Theatre? explodes the work and subconscious of the 20th century expressionist painter Charlotte Salomon on stage, fusing her autobiographical prose and expressionist painting with classical music, cinema, and theatre into a singular expression of her self – a demand by a young woman to exist in a world that demanded otherwise.
A daring, experimental work of visual and aural bravado
You would be a fool to miss this! This is the most engaging, provocative piece of performance art I have seen in some time. [...] Stunning and achingly beautiful, timely, relevant, poignant and poetic...
Featuring Caroline Preziosi, Surasree Das, Kerry Brady, Katherine Vary, Kevin Griffin Moreno, and Jacob Zabawa
Design Collaborators Alayna Baron, Rachel Dwiggins, James Young, Susan Maccorkle, and Reese Siedlecki.
This production debuted in 2018. Life or Theatre? is currently under further development!
Poster photography by Zachary Z Handler with April Pink
Photo Documentation by Carly J. Bales