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PS122 – “AVANT-GARDE-ARAMA” @ Abrons Arts Center – Fri/Sat, May 1st,2nd, 2015

On May 1st and 2nd Abrons Arts Center hosted the ever so popular PS122 show Avant-Garde-Arama. Curated by Salley May and featuring numerous downtown performance artist. Friday night was hosted by Erin Markey and Penny Arcade and Sat night was hosted by Erin Markey and Carmelita Tropicana. The list of performers is as follows:
Friday night: Jennifer Miller & John Jasperse, Animals, niv Acosta, Theodora Skipitares, Rebecca Patek, The Ballez by Katy Pyle, Ismael Houston-Jones.
Sat night: John Fleck, Uzi Parnes and Ela Troyano, Half Straddle, Martha Wilson, Travis Chamberlain (for Jennifer Monsoon) Holly Hughes, Jack Ferver, Yin Yue Dance and the Institute for Psychogeographic Adventure.
This video is the OPENING sequence of both nights!


 Here are some memorable images from both nights!

2015.05.01_AGA.033Salley May busts thru the “Social Reform” tissue and starts to cause havoc to society.

R2015.05.01_AGA.575Co-Hostesses Erin Markey and Penny Arcade start the show off right.

Representing ‘Movement Research’ – Jennifer Miller and John Jasperse in a dance duo.

2015.05.01_AGA.562Representing Dixon Place – ‘Animals’ performance group.

Representing PS122 – niv Acosta performed a ‘sing along’ with the audience.

2015.05.01_AGA.099Representing LaMama – Theodora Skipitares was projected on a video screen while 2 puppeteers performed on stage.

2015.05.01_AGA.147Representing BAX – The Ballez Dance duo with Katy Pyle

Representing Movement Research – Ishmael Houston-Jones dance a wonderful solo blindfolded.

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2015.05.02_AGA.2.180Carmelita Tropicana and Erin Markey hosted the Saturday night show with Salley May pitching in.

Screen Shot 2015-05-07 at 12.30.34 AMRepresenting LaMama – John Fleck performed a lovely solo with flashlight and courage.

Representing The Bushwick Starr – Emile Owens performed a solo on behalf of Half Straddle.

Screen Shot 2015-05-03 at 2.36.01 AMxxxRepresenting Franklin Furnace – Martha Wilson performed as Tipper Gore.

2015.05.02_AGA.2.015Representing The New Museum – Travis Chamberlain (for Jennifer Monson) charmed the audience into moving in the theater.

2015.05.02_AGA.2.025Representing WOW – Holly Hughes performed a monolog.

2015.05.02_AGA.2.063Representing Abrons Arts Center – Jack Ferver with Reid Bartelme performed a ‘spoken word’ dance duo.

Representing Russell Projects – Yin Yue Dance company did a beautiful piece.

Also present in the show was:

Representing The Chocolate Factory – Rebecca Patek

Representing The Performing Garage/Wooster Group – The Institute for Psychogeographic Adventure

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Video of John Fleck, Yin Yue Dance, Half Straddle, Jack Ferver and Martha Wilson to coming soon!


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BAX – Brooklyn Arts Exchange – 20th Birthday Celebration


When my son Cody was a young child my wife and I took him to BAX for classes on the weekends. We became friends with one of the terrific teachers there. Fernando Maneca. He taught many great classes including one stage combat class which Cody took. It was a great experience for my son and I will never forget it. 15 years later Fernando is the Press and Marketing Director.

I am delighted to know that BAX is still providing the community with a nurturing, year-round, performance, rehearsal and educational venue in Brooklyn that encourages artistic risk-taking and stimulates a dialogue among diverse constituencies. When I was invited to Attend their 20th Anniversary Party I had to go. Here are a few videos and pictures I took that evening.

Brooklyn Arts Exchange – BAX – 20th Anniversary Party

Thursday May 5th, 2011

Hosted by George Emilio and Christalyn Wright

Performances were by LAVA, Famous Accordion Orchestra, Mike Albo, Faye Driscoll, BAXco Youth Dance Company (performing choreography by Nami Yamamoto) and Drew Petersen.


Presented by Marya Warshaw, Founding & Executive Director of BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange

Awards were given to the following for their achievements and excellence in their fields.

GUS SOLOMONS Jr. – Choreographer and Co-Founder of PARADIGM – Passing it on to Malcolm Jason Low

TERRY GREISS – Co-Founder/Executive Director of IRONDALE ENSEMBLE PROJECT. – Passing it on to Leese Walker

LESLIE STRONGWATER – former Associate Director of Dixon Place – Passing it on to Andy Horwitz

JOSE JOAQUIN GARCIA – Leading teacher artist at Brooklyn New School(BNS) -Long standing partnership with BAX

The BAX Passing It On Awards creates a complete cycle where a panel of peers chooses the awardees and the awardees choose someone who demonstrates some of the same qualities that they, themselves, were chosen for.

Marya Warshaw toasting with everyone the 20th Anniversary of BAX

Video of Marya awarding Gus Solomons Jr. the “PASSING IT ON” Award.

Video of Marya awarding Leslie Strongwater the “PASSING IT ON” Award.

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