Jasmine Hearn / Songs from Pleasure Memory | Sugar Vendil / Test Sites
Saturday, May 22 and Sunday, May 23 at 4pm
Outdoors at Downtown Art/Alpha Omega
Jasmine Hearn shares a short set of three new songs from their soon-to-be-released album, Pleasure Memory. Through movement, sound, and storytelling they wonder/wander how to offer space and time so their body can roam, still, andfly.
Sugar Vendil's Test Sites is an ongoing series of performance pieces that areexperiments in process. Each Test Site involves a short-term process and is anexercise in limits and creativity. Blending voice and movement, her new TestSite 7 will be a release of rage and a ritual for joy. Vendil will also performTest Site 5: Seedlings for voice, movement, and electronics, and other solo music compositions. An AAPI New Yorker, Vendil says she is making the work as "aninelegant, angry, and urgent response to the current moment." Vendil will be joined by Jasmine Chong, Yoshiko Chuma, Sophia Gutchinov, Bliss Lau, Laura Snell, Alicia Tan, and Jing Yu
La MaMa Moves! Dance Festival is supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature with additional support from the Harkness Foundation for Dance, the Howard Gilman Foundation, the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Jerome Robbins Foundation, The Sequoia Foundation, and The Shubert Foundation.
Jasmine Hearn is from the ancestral lands of the Karankawaand Atapake people, now known as Houston, Texas. An interdisciplinary artist,director, choreographer, organizer, teaching artist, and a 2017 BessieAward-winning performer with Skeleton Architecture, they have crafted andshared collaborative dance-theater performances rooted in identity, memory, andthe facilitation of creative space for feelings and fantasy. They are currentlya company member with Urban Bush Women and a 2019 Jerome Foundation Jerome HillFellow. Hearn has creatively collaborated with multidisciplinary artistsSolange Knowles, Alisha B. Wormsley, Staycee Pearl, Holly Bass, slowdanger,BANDPortier, and Jennifer Nagle Myers, who have produced performances at theGuggenheim Museum, the Getty Center, Venice Biennale 2019, New York Live Arts,and the Houston Arts Alliance. Hearn's commitment to dance is an expansivepractice that includes performance, collaboration, sound, and garmentry.
Sugar Vendil is a composer, pianist, and interdisciplinaryartist based in Lenapehoking/New York City. Her artistic practice is stronglyrooted in a rigorous discipline as a musician and has gradually expanded intoperformance that integrates music, movement, and unconventional approaches tothe piano. She is a proud second-generation Filipinx American. Vendil was recentlyawarded an ACF | Create commission to write a work for Boston-based duo Box NotFound (May 2020) and was awarded a 2020 Fellowship at the National Arts Club.Vendil was a 2019 Artist in Residence at High Concept Labs in Chicago and wasawarded a 2019 Chamber Music America commission to write a new work for herensemble, The Nouveau Classical Project, which she founded in 2008. She was a2019 resident artist at Mabou Mines and an artist in residence at Target MarginTheater. Vendil has performed at a variety of venues including BAM Fisher,Dixon Place, Knockdown Center's Ready Room, MoMA PS1, and National Sawdust,among others.
La MaMa Moves! Dance Festival
La MaMa Moves! Dance Festival continues to support La MaMa’s commitment to presenting diverse performance styles that challenge audience’s perception of dance by featuring performance/installations, experimental film screenings & public symposiums which address dance artists’ engagement with the current political climate, as well as honoring diasporic histories and legacy, ancestral inspirations and inter-generational dialogue.