Tuesday, December 31, 2019

InfiniteBody Honor Roll 2019

Eva Yaa Asantewaa
InfiniteBody Honor Roll 2019

Top: Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith in Queen & Slim
(Photo: Universal Pictures)
Bottom: Germaine Acogny in SOMEWHERE AT THE BEGINNING
(photo: Thomas Dorn)

Yes, it premiered on HBO in 2018 but, for me, My Brilliant Friend straddled those transitional days between the last gasps of December and New Year's Day when I breathlessly reached the finale of Season 1. Oh, how I love this brilliant series--as eager for Season 2 as "Lenú" is for "Lila."

Left, Gaia Gerace (as Rafaella "Lila" Cerullo)
with Margherita Mazzucco (Elena Greco),
who play the teenage leads in HBO's My Brilliant Friend
(photo courtesy of HBO)

Soon into the new year came Jane Gabriel's annual Pepatián Bronx Showcase and Conversation, this time with curation by artists Beatrice Capote and Maleek Washington. Gabriels has been producing this now for nine years. This was my second year attending, and I was even more impressed than last year. So, when the 10th anniversary comes around, you're finally going, right? Noted highlights of 2019 included works by Kayla Farrish (Decent Structures Arts), Matthew Perez and Cain A. Coleman (ColemanCollective) and Anya Clarke and Mitsuko Verdery (MICHIYAYA Dance).

I've got to acknowledge it even though I curated it: Ame-Ricana by Italy Bianca Welton at Gibney, January 10. Sorry, folx. The woman deserves the praise.

Okay, now onto the regular listings....

This Bridge Called My Ass by Miguel Gutierrez at The Chocolate Factory, January 9-19

Battle! Hip-Hop in Armor by It's Showtime NYC! at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, January 11 and other dates

Soprano Julia Bullock
(photo: Kevin Yatarola)

Perle Noire: Meditations for Joséphine by Julia Bullock at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, January 17-18

Bronxed at Food for Thought at Danspace Project, featuring works by Arthur Aviles, Alethea Pace, Matthew Perez/ColemanCollective and Richard Rivera/PHYSUAL, January 25

Amanda Seales
(photo: Lloyd Bishop/NBC/Getty Images)

Amanda Seales: I Be Knowin' (HBO), released January 26

Hair & Other Stories by Chanon Judson and Samantha Speis in collaboration with Urban Bush Women, January 31-February 9

Maleek Washington and Timothy Edwards
in Camille A. Brown's ink
(photo: Christopher Duggan)

ink by Camille A. Brown & Dancers at The Joyce Theater, February 5

Rambler, Worlds Worlds A Part by Kathy Westwater at New York Live Arts, February 14-16

Adaku's Revolt by Okwui Okpokwasili and Peter Born at Abrons Arts Center, March 14-24

United Skates (film), directed by Tina Brown and Dyana Winkler, released November 20, 2018

El Viaje by Edwaard Liang for Ballet Hispánico at The Joyce Theater, March 26-31

Entre Tú Y Yo by Soledad Barrio and Noche Flamenca at Connelly Theater, March 8-31

Sila Djiguba: The Crossroad by Les Ballet Afrik, Gibney, April 4-6

Fuck/Love: The Poetics of Adorationby Kelly Bartnik
(photo: Maria Baranova-Suzuki)

Fuck/Love: The Poetics of Adoration by Kelly Bartnik, Gibney, April 11-13

A Shared Evening of New Work by Tendayi Kuumba and Samita Sinha at Danspace Project, April 25 and April 27

Messages from Umi (work-in-progress) by Long Arms at Harlem Stage, May 2-4

EMERGE with works by Bobbi Jene Smith, Chanel DaSilva and Micaela Taylor for Gibney Dance Company at Gibney, May 2-4

Distance is Malleable, the 2018-2019 Soshitsu Sen XV Distinguished Lecture by Eiko Otake, Miller Theatre, Columbia University, May 10

Radioactive Practice (work-in-progress showing) by Abby Z and the New Utility, New York Live Arts, May 17

Surveys the Prairie of Your Room by Witness Relocation/Dan Safer at La MaMa, May 18-19

Wanda Sykes: Not Normal by Wanda Sykes, released on Netflix, May 21

Performance by Linda LaBeija in La MaMa's Squirts: Generations of Queer Performance at La MaMa, May 31-June 2

The Dances Are For Us by Hadar Ahuvia at Danspace Project, May 30-June 1

Ava DuVernay's When They See Us
(photo: Netflix)

When They See Us, directed by Ava DuVernay, released on Netflix on May 31

Pose, created by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Steven Canals, launched on FX June 3, 2018; ongoing on FX and Netflix

Significant Others: Dances for Family, Friends & Lovers by Peter DiMuro/Public Displays of Motion at Gibney, June 13-15

Dead to Me, created by Liz Feldman, on Netflix, launched on May 3; ongoing

We're Only Alive for A Short Amount of Time by David Cale at The Public Theater, June 13-July 14

Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am, directed by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, released to theaters June 21

Marc Maron: Too Real by Marc Maron (Netflix, 2017)

They Ready: Tracey Ashley, presented by Tiffany Haddish, on Netflix, launched August

Black Rock Coalition: The History of Our Future, MetLiveArts at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, September 7

The Amazing Adventures of Grace May B. Brown by Souloworks/Andrea E. Woods & Dancers, Gibney, September 12-14

Unbelievable (miniseries), created by Susannah Grant, Ayalet Waldman and Michael Chabon, Netflix, released September 13, 2019

Ayodele Casel
(photo: Michael Higgins)

Ayodele Casel + Arturo O'Farrill at The Joyce Theater, September 24-29

SOMEWHERE AT THE BEGINNING by Germaine Acogny and Mikäel Serre, La MaMa Ellen Stewart Theatre, September 26-28

(re)Source by Maria Bauman-Morales/MBDance at BAAD!, September 25-28

For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When The Rainbow Is Enuf
at The Public Theater
(photo: Joan Marcus)

For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf (choreography by Camille A. Brown) at The Public Theater, opened October 8.

Maya Beiser in THE DAY at The Joyce, October 22-27

Other Animal by Sam Kim at Danspace Project, October 31-November 2

5 St. Fifperhanway Place by Stefanie Batten Bland, performed by Gibney Dance Company at Gibney, November 14-16

Forming Out by Peter Chu, performed by Gibney Dance Company at Gibney, November 14-16

Colin Dunne in Concert
(photo: Whitney Browne)

Concert by Colin Dunne at Baryshnikov Arts Center, November 14-16

Queen & Slim, directed by Melina Matsoukas, written by Lena Waithe (Universal Pictures), released November 27

And Still You Must Swing by Dormeshia at The Joyce Theater, December 3-8

Kaalo Jol by Samita Sinha at Gibney, December 5-7

topologies by Jennifer Harrison Newman at Gibney, December 12-14

GETTING CLOSER TO CORAL by Alexander Diaz at Gibney, December 12-14

FRESH TRACKS: Anh Vo, Annie Heath, Jordan Demetrius Lloyd, Kayla Hamilton, Stuart B Meyers at New York Live Arts, December 13-14

Deep Out Agents by Hyung Seok Jeon at Gibney, December 19-21

We Wield by Lauren Atwell at Gibney, December 19-21

City of Rain (Camille A. Brown) and Busk (Aszure Barton) performed by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at New York City Center, December 20

The Great Hall Commission: Kent Monkman: mistikôsiwak: Wooden Boat People at Metropolitan Museum of Art, December 19-April 9, 2020

Little Women, directed by Greta Gerwig, released December 25

The Nutcracker Suite by Dorrance Dance at The Joyce, December 17-January 5

The Last Black Man in San Francisco, directed by Joe Talbot, released June 7

Okay, that's my honor roll for 2019! 
What's on yours?

--Eva Yaa Asantewaa, InfiniteBody


DISCLAIMER: In addition to my work on InfiniteBody, I serve as Senior Curatorial Director of Gibney. The postings on this site are my own and do not necessarily reflect the views, strategies or opinions of Gibney.


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