Saturday, December 30, 2017

InfiniteBody Honor Roll 2017

Eva Yaa Asantewaa
InfiniteBody Honor Roll 2017





@APAP presentations of Pavel Zuštiak's Bastard (The Painted Bird: Part 1) and Custodians of Beauty--the latter, part of the PS 122's COIL festival--by Pavel Zuštiak/Palissimo at La MaMa, January 4-8

@APAP presentation of Dana Michel's Mercurial George, American Realness festival at Abrons Arts Center, January 5-10

@Artists Stand with Standing Rock, presented by ACRE PISAB at Downtown Art, January 21

@The Tempest by Donmar Warehouse at St. Ann's Warehouse, January 13-February 19

@Alive & Kicking (film), directed by Susan Glatzer (Magnolia Pictures), Dance on Camera Festival, February 3-7

@Last Work by Ohad Naharin, Batsheva Dance Company at BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, February 1-4

@to make ready again by Marguerite Hemmings at JACK, February 2-3

@I Am Not Your Negro (film), directed by Raoul Peck, released February 3

@What Remains (work-in-progress showing) by Will Rawls at BRIC, February 10-11

@Works & Process Rotunda Project: Michelle Dorrance with Nicholas Van Young at Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, February 16

@This Ain’t A Eulogy: A Ritual for Re-Membering (film), directed by Taja Lindley, premiered February 16

@National Museum of African American History & Culture, visited February 24

@Loving (film; released 2016), directed by Jeff Nichols

Daniel Kuluuya and Allison Williams
in Jordan Peele's Get Out

@Get Out (film), directed by Jordan Peele, release date February 24

@Our Configurations, featuring works by AXIS Dance Company, Marc Brew, Kinetic Light and Marissa Perel, at Gibney Dance: Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center, March 4


Eiko Otake in residence at Cathedral of St. John the Divine
(photo: William Johnston)

@Remembering Fukushima: Art and Conversations in the Cathedral, conceived and directed by Eiko Otake and presented in partnership with the Asia Society and Danspace Project, March 11

Aynsley Vandenbroucke performs And
(photo: Ian Douglas)

@And by Aynsley Vandenbroucke at Abrons Arts Center, March 30-April 2

@Homecoming Queens, featuring work by The Dauphine of Bushwick, Haus of Umpteen Corpses, Kalandra Bankhead, K.James, lady bedbug, Ragamuffin and Vic Sin at Gibney Dance: Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center, April 5

@Good Mud by Lily Gold at Danspace Project, April 6-8

@Album, a work-in-progress showing by Mariana Valencia at BAX, April 7-8

@Bertha, a work-in-progress showing by Tara Aisha Willis, featuring sound design by Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste at Danspace Project, April 8

@Liveyard, a work-in-progress showing by Candace Thompson at Danspace Project, April 8

@an exercise in getting well soon, a work-in-progress showing by NIC Kay at Movement Research at the Judson Church, April 10

@Unwanted, a work-in-progress showing by Dorothée Munyanez with Holland Andrews at Baryshnikov Arts Center, April 13

@It's All True/Grandfather, a work-in-progress showing by Muna Tseng at Baryshnikov Arts Center, April 13

@Abandoned playground by Abby Z and the New Utility at Abrons Arts Center, April 13-15

@gl(host):lostatsea by Nia Love in "studies in living otherwise" at Theater for the New City, April 14-16


Renée Fleming and Elina Garanča
in Der Rosenkavalier
(photo courtesy of The Metropolitan Opera)

@Renée Fleming and Elina Garanča in Der Rosenkavalier, The Metropolitan Opera, April 17

@Poor People's TV Room by Okwui Okpokwasili at New York Live Arts, April 19-22, 26-29

@Nearly Sighted by Kayla Hamilton at BAAD!, April 21-22

@Irving Penn Centennial at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, April 24-July 30

@Arlington by Enda Walsh at St. Ann's Warehouse, May 3-28

@The Ghost Festival by Koma Otake at Danspace Project, May 11-13

@Wade Kavanaugh and Stephen B. Nguyen set design for Keen [No. 2] by Ivy Baldwin, Ivy Baldwin Dance at Abrons Arts Center, June 1-11

@SlowDancing/TrioA by David Michalek in collaboration with Yvonne Rainer at Danspace Project, June 23-July 1

@No Maps on My Taps (film, 1978) and About Tap (film, 1984) by George T. Nierenberg, first theatrical release at Quad Cinema, July 7-13

@Dearest Home by Kyle Abraham (Abraham.In.Motion) at The Kitchen as part of Lumberyand in The City festival, June 28-July 2


Will Rawls and Ishmael Houston-Jones
chief curators of the 2017 Danspace Project Platform, Lost and Found
(photo courtesy New York Dance and Performance Awards: The Bessies)

For this and everything you do, gentlemen, thanks and kudos!

Okwui Okpokwasili
in Andrew Rossi's documentary Bronx Gothic

@Bronx Gothic (film) directed by Andrew Rossi at Film Forum, released July 12

@GHOST LIGHT by Third Rail Projects at the Claire Tow Theater, Lincoln Center Theater, June 19 through August 6

@To T, or Not to T by D'Lo at the Hot! Festival, Dixon Place, July 7-22

@Citizen Reno at Hot! Festival, Dixon Place, July 6

@Shelby Shellz Suzie Q Felton in HERE ON OUT at Secret Project Robot, July 26


Left to right: Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith,
Tiffany Haddish and Regina Hall in Girls Trip

Thanks, sistergirls, for the bellylaughs!

@Girls Trip (film) directed by Malcolm D. Lee, released July 21

@Tiffany Haddish in Girls Trip, released July 21

@Japanese Bamboo Art: The Abbey Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, opened June 13

@Get Well Soon! by NIC Kay at the CURRENT SESSIONS: Volume VII: On Resistance at Wild Project, August 19

@Maria Bauman open studio for dying and dying and dying at Gibney Dance: Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center, August 24

@Dancing in the Hold: An Emergency Response to Charlottesville, convened by Mayfield Brooks for Movement Research at Abrons Arts Center, August 30




@Ten Huts by Jill Sigman, Wesleyan University Press, published in September

@Radical Bodies: Anna Halprin, Simone Forti, and Yvonne Rainer in California and New York, 1955-1972 exhibition curated by Wendy Perron, New York Public Library, Library of the Performing Arts, June 27-September 16

@Terrifying Times Call for Terrifying Jewelry by Laurie Berg at Dixon Place, September 6

@Batanaba [new work] by Faustin Linyekula, danced with Moya Michael at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, FIAF's Crossing the Line festival, September 9-10

@CAST by Yanira Castro/a canary torsi (opening night performed by devynn emory, Luke Miller, Sai Somboon and Darrin Wright) at The Chocolate Factory, September 13-23

@#PUNK by Nora Chipaumire at FIAF's Crossing the Line festival, September 14-15

@The Peculiar Patriot by Liza Jessie Peterson at National Black Theatre, September 13-October 1

@Asami Morita (lighting design) and Diego Montoya (decor design) for choreographers Elena Rose Light, Jess Pretty, and Miriam Gabriel & Antonio Villanueva in Invocation Proclamation Manifesto at Gibney Dance: Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center, September 21-23

@Unwanted by Dorothée Munyaneza with Holland Andrews at Baryshnikov Arts Center, September 21-22

@My Lai, performed by Kronos Quartet, Rinde Eckert and by Vân-Ánh Võ; music by Jonathan Berger; libretto by Harriet Scott Chessman at BAM Harvey, September 27-30

@A Letter to My Nephew by Bill T. Jones, Janet Wong, members of Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company and entire creative team at BAM Harvey, October 3-7

@Declassified Memory Fragment by Olivier Tarpaga, Baker & Tarpaga Dance Project at Harlem Stage, October 4

@Kazu Kumagai: HEAR/HERE at 92Y, October 13-14

@how to survive a plague by Brother(hood) Dance! at Danspace Project, October 19-21

@Virago-Man Dem by Cynthia Oliver at BAM Fisher, October 25-28

The sublime Leah Morrison (Trisha Brown Dance Company)
performs at the memorial service for Brown at Danspace Project.
(photo: Ian Douglas)

@Bird/Woman/Flower/Dare Devil: Trisha Brown, A Community Memorial, organized by Iréne Hultman and friends, Danspace Project, October 28

@Air This Pain and Alter It: What Can Poetry Do? at The Graduate Center, CUNY, with readings by Eduardo C. Corral, Nick Flynn, Kimiko Hahn, Bob Hicok, Jane Hirshfield, Tyehimba Jess, Gregory Pardlo and Jacqueline Woodson, November 2

Marjani Forté-Saunders in Memoirs of a... Unicorn
(photo: Maria Baranova)

@Memoirs of a... Unicorn by Marjani Forté-Saunders at The Collapsable Hole, presented by New York Live Arts, November 15-19


Disney Pixar's Coco

@Coco (film), directed by Lee Unkrich, co-directed by Adrian Molina, released November 22

@Skeleton Architecture opening Movement Research Fall Festival 2017: invisible material at Judson Church, November 27

@Haruki Murakami's Sleep by Ripe Time at BAM Fisher, part of BAM Next Wave 2017, November 29-December 2

@Race Card by Karma Mayet at JACK, December 1-16

Yinka Esi Graves
(photo: Camilla Greenwall)

@Yinka Esi Graves + Shamar Wayne Watt curated by Nora Chipaumire for DoublePlus shared evening at Gibney Dance: Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center, November 30-December 2

@Showtime NYC at George Emilio Sanchez's Bang Bang Gun Amok at Abrons Arts Center, December 8-9

@Thomas Dunn, lighting design for Darkness Odyssey Part 2: I or Hallucination by Kota Yamazaki at Baryshnikov Arts Center, December 13-15

@The Golden Section by Twyla Tharp and Shelter by Jawole Willa Jo Zollar performed by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at New York City Center, November 29-December 31

@Best books I caught up with this year: Homecoming by Yaa Gyasi; Hunger by Roxane Gay; Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi; Stay with Me by Ayobami Adebayo; Binti and Kabu-Kabu by Nnedi Okorafor; Shrill by Lindy West


Season Three cannot drop fast enough for me!

@Best Netflix or Amazon movies and tv I caught up with this year: Anthropoid, How to Get Away With Murder (Season 3), Master of None (Season 2); Stranger Things 2, Mudbound, She's Gotta Have It, The Crown, Schitt's Creek


Okay, that's my honor roll for the year! 
What's on yours?


(photo: D. Feller)

--Eva Yaa Asantewaa, InfiniteBody

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