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Post-Dance Symposium

lo bil: "Another Way to Organize the Archive"  Still from video documentation by Adriana Disman from the end of "The Clearing" an 11-hour performance installation that took place on November 1, 2014 as part of the 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art. — with Lo Bil.
Thursday, November 17th 2016 to Sunday, November 20th 2016

November 17-20

Conceiving of bodilies both individuated and social as theoretical and practical resources, we collectively and individually approach ways in which culture be (re)claimed, (re)made, (re)formed, and (re)paired by humyns.

DEADLINE FOR PAPERS/SCORES/TEXTS (for simultaneous online publication: November 15, response texts/papers/scores, November 30)



7pm-11pm: Performances by Mariana Valencia, Zavé Martohardjono, Ni’Ja Whitson, Shawn Escarciga
Matters: appropriation/sampling/mash-up/remix/etc: de-identification, ritual, rights/rites, cultural tradition + queer futurism
Problems: To whom, to what, and how does this body belong? How do we depart without detaching? How are we located in time and timing locating? How are we contextually situated and situating contexts? How are we culturally “framed” and framing “our own culture?”


6pm: warm-ups and public improvisation session
8pm-11pm: Performances by Lorene Bouboushian, Alex Romania, Kaia Gilje, QUEEFCORE
Matters: disgust/abject/substances and mess/emotional expression, hardcore existentialism and disciplinary decay, aesthetics, play, and practical methods for anti-dance-y dance
Problems: What becomes between improvisation and proposition? How do we communicate without using dominant codes and languages? How are we concrete and abstract, affected and affecting, able and unable?


3pm-7pm: DESIRE
Matters: academia, institutions, and "success," alter-systems, space and species, mutualism, money and madness, desire and survival, de-materializing realities and re-modeling economies of attention
Problems: What are the pros and cons of capitulation, participation, and subjection? How are we navigating our motivations and emotions? How do we interface with and de-face power paradigms and hegemonic orders for value and survival?

3pm: panel discussion with Rebecca Ferrell, Jumatatu Poe, Andre Lepecki, Clarinda Mac Low, artists from the other days. 

7pm: warm-ups and physical shake-outs

8pm-11pm: DESIGN
Performances/Presentations by: Jessica Pretty, Charlie Maybee, Rebecca Ferrell, lo bil, Alexander D'Augostino and Noelle Tolbert
Matters: “choreography” and choreographed/choreographing bodilies, stagings and social arrangements, spectators/witnesses/audiences vs. participants vs. makers (role-playing), vessels, vehicles, and events
Problems: For whom do we make “dance” as such and why? What are the ethics of participatory modes? How do we make decisions and dare to anticipate, practice, and enforce con-sequences?


4pm: Post-dance: A Primer 
Presented by: Lindsey Drury and No Collective (You Nakai, et al.)
Matters: “post-dance”
Problems: Is the term “post” a mere prefix to indicate we are over it? What is this “it” we are supposed to be over with? If we are over dance, why do we still cling to that old name? Wouldn’t “post-it” be a better name? And even if we stick to dance, can’t we do better than resorting yet again to the facile formula of [dance + x (e.g. performance art, discourse, theory, etc)] or [dance - x (e.g. choreography, dancer, etc)]? Do we even know what we seek to leave behind? What is a body? What is movement? What if “post” was a verb or a noun? Where do we go from here, where have we been, and who is this “we” that we all talk about? 

5pm: Presentation by yon Tande

7pm-11pm: Performances and presentations by Ilona Bito, LJ Leach, Brandon Fisette, yon Tande, Amanda Hunt
Matters: objectlessness/deontology, spectacle vs. situation, mindbody, theory and authority, anthrocenticity, and auto-ethnography
Problems: How are the affects and consequences of our movements? Who are we in time and context and how do our practices create, demand, and inform change? What are the demands of this demonstration, this public assembly, this strike against daily ongoing performativity?

Organized by Leili Huzaibah, Esther Neff, Rebecca Ferrell, Lindsey Drury, and participants.


Friday, June 20th 2014


"Interdisciplinary" doesn't even begin to describe the radical re-formalization of social, personal, and technical discipline embodied by these artists, including Chicago's maven of performance art/dance/other ADAM ROSE, mother of conceptual post-dance LINDSEY DRURY, countertenor diva of critical theory and black metal/ opera M. LAMAR, NJ filmmaker and rapper THE BUTTRESS, and butoh-based dance artist, pig farmer, video maker, and more ANDREW BRADDOCK.

What they have in common is tremendous control, skill, and a strength: they are of power, the dramaturgical kind known sometimes as "character," as in, "to build it," o the horror.

$5-20 suggested donation

Beer lovingly provided by Brooklyn Brewery

ADAM ROSE is the Artistic Director of Antibody Corporation, a mission based organization specializing in mind/body integration. Adam makes work from the standpoint of a theoretical Antibody — an amorphous body that evades conceptual, genre, and formal categories. Since 2009, Antibody Corporation has presented works spanning dance, performance art, film, and music, in Chicago as well as nationally and internationally.

M LAMAR writes songs that are at once a product of his African American heritage, drawing heavily from the negro spiritual. Combined with his operatic voice and piano playing that is at once interested in western classical music and dissonant black metal Lamar’s sound makes one think that things are so catastrophic that the world might end at the conclusion of one of his tracks. Lamar’s work has been presented internationally, most recently at The Södra Teatern Stockhom Sweden, La MaMa New York, WWDIS Fest in Gothenburg and Stockholm, Joe"s Pub New York, Queer-Feminist Anti-Racist Performance Festival Stockholm Sweden, le poisson rouge new york, Performatorum Regina Canada, The International Theater Festival Donzdorf, Germany, Cathedral of St. John the Divine New York, and The African American Arts and Culture Complex San Francisco among others. M. Lamar is the 2013 recipient of a Franklin Furace Fund Grant. M. Lamar holds a B.F.A. from the San Francisco Art institute and attended the Yale School of Art in the sculpture program before dropping out to pursue music. Lamar has had many many years of classical vocal study with Ira Siff among others.

THE BUTTRESS Straight outta New Jersey, the Buttress is a female filmmaker turned rapper as of Halloween Eve 2012. Although she enjoys butt humor, the name is a reference to the architectural structure. She likes to rap angrily about a range of topics, such as the Old Testament, phenomenology & post-partum psychosis, to name a few. She is a founding member of the elusive Ghost Gang, an eclectic group of filmmakers and musicians that all share a vision for the dark, experimental, and weird. A filmmaker first and foremost, you can watch all of her music videos here:

LINDSEY DRURY Over the last three years Drury has shown work at the Kitchen, in Draftwork, Danspace’s Food for Thought, and the MR Fall Festival at St. Mark’s Church, Judson Church, the BAX Upstart Festival, Dance New Amsterdam, The Chocolate Factory’s Throw, Bushwick’s SITE Festival, Vaudeville Park, Chen Dance Center, Superfront Brooklyn, and in Panoply Lab's Performancy conferences, among others. She has also performed in works by Yvonne Meier, Ishmael Houston-Jones, Khecari Dance Theater (Chicago), Schall und Rauch Agency (Vienna), and with Guillermo Gomez-Pena at the Museum of Modern Art in Oaxaca and the Pickle Company in Salt Lake City. She writes about performance for Critical Correspondence and loveDANCEmore. Drury is also a founding member and central organizer for of The Woods Cooperative, an artist’s space-share in Queens, the creator of the term "Post-Dance," and founded the No Wave Performance Task Force through a residency at Gibney Dance in 2012.

ANDREW BRADDOCK Andrew Braddock was born and raised in Fredericksburg, Ohio. He has shown performance work most recently in Chicago, at the Chicago Cultural Center and Mana Contemporary, and in New York, at the BAM Fisher theater as part of the LEIMAY-CAVE dance company. He now lives on a pig farm in Lisle, NY and is working on a video piece conceived while in residency at the Wassaic Project this past winter.

No Wave Performance Task Force: Valentines

Thursday, February 14th 2013

Following the 3-Thursday exhibition, PPL hosts the second exhibition on FEBRUARY 14TH

The No Wave Performance Task Force is a flexible collective that enables performative social sculpture, practicing Feminist construction rather than reacting solely to existing conditions of patriarchy, gender, sexuality, and “Other” vs. “Us” dichotomies.

This event experiments with female partnership (platonic, romantic, collaborative, co-working, and otherwise), mutual respect, and authenticity of empathy between women by pairing performance-makers to create performances about and for one another. This event is open to the public, with a host of performances + drinks and snacks.

The performances will be documented on video and edited into a documentary-style "valentine" to women artists everywhere.

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