Theatre, Dance & More on Tap for JACK's Winter/Spring 2016 Season

Clinton Hill cultural hub and OBIE award-winner JACK launches its winter/spring 2016 season with an a cappella opera set in Zimbabwe by composer Tanyaradzwa Tawengwa, a weekend of curated works by Modesto "Flako" Jimenez, the premiere of the dirty and bracing play Tom & Eliza, by Celine Song, the English-language premiere of Argentinian playwright Rafael Spregelburd's SPAM, The Geneva Project by Jennifer Harrison Newman, Antonio Ramos' Thirsty Mind, love and starvation sitting in a lonely tree and an exploration in minimalist/pop art performance by the No Face Performance Group. JACK also engineers the return of Walter Dundervill's ARENA (which had two sold-out runs at JACK in 2014 and 2015).


Brooklyn Gypsies: One Catches Light Festival | January 28 - 30
Hotel Harare, by Daaimah Mubashshir & Tanyaradzwa Tawengwa | February 11 - 13
Tom & Eliza, by Celine Song, directed by Knud Adams | February 18 - 27
Brooklyn College Playwrights: Bring a Weasel and a Pint of Your Own Blood Festival 2016 | March 17-19
PIONEERS!#goforth, written and directed by William Burke | March 24 - April 9
SPAM, by Rafael Spregelburd, directed by Samuel Buggeln | April 21 - 30


Walter Dundervill: ARENA | January 14 - 16
Tendayi Kuumba & Lenka Dusilová: New York Prague Effects | February 6 - 7
Stacy Grossfield Dance Projects: hot dark matter (working title) | March 9 - 13
anonymous bodies (Jaamil Olawale Kosoko & Kate Watson Wallace) | May 5 - 8
Jennifer Harrison Newman: The Geneva Project | May 19 - 21
No Face Performance Group: THE TOP | May 26 - 28
Antonio Ramos and the Gang Bangers: Thirsty Mind, love and starvation sitting in a lonely tree | June 2 - 4

Okkyung Lee Residency | January 6 - 8
Ensemble Pamplemousse: new works by Cathy Van Eck, Bryan Jacobs, Chris Bailey, Simon Loeffler and David Alan Broome | January 9
Karma Mayet Johnson: Rootwoman concerts | February 1 and March 2
Peter Evans, Aaron Burnett, Brandon Lopez, and Weasel Walter (quartet) plus Chris Pitsiokos Quartet | Feb. 21
Iktus Duo | Hristina Blagoeva (flute) & Chris Graham (percussion): work by Hiroya Miura, Erin Rogers, Seth Boustead, Elliot Cooper Cole and Philip Schuessler | March 4

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MORE INFO (in chronological order)

Okkyung Lee Residency
January 6 - 8
Three nights of concerts featuring experimental cellist Okkyung Lee, featuring fellow musicians Chris Corsano, Ches Smith, Mat Maneri, Stephan Crump as well as the dancer Michelle Boulé.

Walter Dundervill
January 14 - 16
The return of this installation dance piece by multiple Bessie-winner Walter Dundervill that played to standing-room-only houses at JACK over the last year. Over the course of each three-hour installation, Dundervill and his dancers utilize costumes, fabrics, and various everyday materials to build an interior landscape in a continual state of flux.

Brooklyn Gypsies presents
One Catches Light Festival
January 28 - 30
Brooklyn Gypsies, led by Modesto "Flako" Jimenez, brings into being this first-annual festival celebrating the new work of NYC-based solo performers. For three nights, three solo artists in the Gypsies family will share a bill -- Colie McClellan with Arethusa Speaks, Bay Bryan with Growing Into My Beard and Nick E Finn with Last Hipster in Brooklyn. Honesty, music, new love and Brooklyn from three voices catch the light each night.

Tendayi Kuumba & Lenka Dusilová | New York Prague Effects
February 6 - 7
Tendayi Kuumba, a company member of Urban Bush Women, joins forces with Lenka Dusilová, a Czech musical shaman specializing in layering voice and electronics, for this transatlantic collaboration commissioned by Czech Center NY, the first in a series of four cross-cultural world premieres taking place in NYC, Washington DC, Prague and Pilsen.

Hotel Harare
By Daaimah Mubashshir & Tanyaradzwa Tawengwa
February 11 - 13
JACK presents the premiere of an a cappella opera by Zimbabwean composer Tanyaradzwa Tawengwa with a libretto by Daaimah Mubashshir, set in the famous Hotel Harare, in the middle of the capital city of Zimbabwe. The audience lounges in the parlor of the hotel and singers surround the audience, filling the space with their voices. The opera, with a libretto in Shona (the native language of Zimbabwe), depicts the daughter of a wealthy family who suddenly forces the family into new and dangerous territory, putting everything for which they've worked at risk.

Tom & Eliza
By Celine Song
Directed by Knud Adams
February 18 - 27
Tom & Eliza is a play in one long breath - two characters use rapid-fire language to chronicle their entire relationship, mercilessly withholding nothing. A teethy battle of wills that centers on obsessions with bathing and book-burning, the play wakens both ecstasy and disgust with life - propelling the audience from an ordinary first date toward the end of civilization.

Karma Mayet Johnson
Rootwoman concerts
February 1 and March 2 at 8 pm
Singer/composer Karma Mayet Johnson offers two nights of Roots music for the 21st century, via a sound made of equal parts funk and glitter, Spanish Moss, cornbread and molasses. It's a sonic journey of her roots/routes from Mississippi to Chicago, to D.C. and Brooklyn, gathering Conjure recipes along the way. The two concerts - one month apart - will feature a different set list for each night.

Stacy Grossfield Dance Projects:
hot dark matter (working title)
March 9 - 13
Stacy Grossfield Dance Projects will present a new site-specific work for JACK, molding the performance space to create a murky surrealist, neo-noir dreamscape. This sensory environment will operate on the audience's vision, hearing, touch and sense of temperature. There will be "human animal" bodies, businessmen and other matter inhabiting this room of hot dark matter.

Brooklyn College Playwrights
Bring a Weasel and a Pint of Your Own Blood Festival 2016
March 17-19
Each year, three playwrights in Mac Wellman and Erin Courtney's Brooklyn College MFA program apply their distinct visions to the same source material, coming up with separate beautiful, bizarre, delicate, and disturbing theater pieces, performed together in one evening. This year, John Budge, Zarina Shea, and Heloise Wilson take on Gorky's Reminiscences of Tolstoy, Chekhov and Andreev. Prepare to be dazzled by these weasely writers and their deranged minds.

By William Burke
March 24 - April 9
In his now-annual pilgrimage to JACK to create a new theater piece, William Burke asks the audience to "look upward and question if we can actually experience life as a human or as a perfectly-scheduled adult while wearing jeans and attempting to hum Walt Whitman and live life with hands stretched out until we are able to grow a tie out of our mouth before the snow reaches above our noses." With set designer Carolyn Mraz inverting the space, the audience will focus upward and take and bask in beautiful, uninhibited youth and try to balance the harmonies of the outdoors and the clanging silence of the indoors. This is a youth play. With a middle finger.

by Rafael Spregelburd
Directed by Samuel Buggeln
April 21 - 30
SPAM is a new multimedia theatre piece based on a modular text by Argentine theater-maker Rafael Spregelburd and starring downtown stalwart Vin Knight of Elevator Repair Service. SPAM hops us out-of-order through thirty days in the life of a lost Italian linguistics professor who has awakened in a cheap hotel room in Malta with a bump on his head and no memories. A copy of Camus' L'Etranger in his front pocket and the spam e-mails on his laptop are all he has to regain his identity. With a light touch and a dizzying intellect, Spregelburd spins an absurd apocalyptic fantasy that incorporates James Bond and the swirling island of plastic in the Pacific Ocean, wrestling not only with our chronically overstuffed inboxes, but with one man's attempt at self-rescue in the face of the flood of consumer goods and media items generated with every more speed by our late-capitalist civilization.

anonymous bodies
Kate Watson-Wallace and Jaamil Olawale Kosoko
May 5 - 8
Kate Watson-Wallace and Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, co-directors of anonymous bodies, present a weekend of new work and practice that embody pleasure, healing, and dialogue as radical action. Blue Disco, a two-night installation, is an extension of their work in creating a de-colonized space, one that leads from pleasure, power, agency, resistance, honesty and complexity. Watson-Wallace will also show a new dance inspired by the vision of a radical queer feminist utopia, created in collaboration with singer/composer Xenia Rubinos and dancers Ann-Marie Gover and Jasmine Hearn.

Jennifer Harrison Newman
May 19 - 21
Choreographer and performer Jennifer Harrison Newman presents an inter-disciplinary dance work exploring history, blood memory, and the traces of an ancestral past. In collaboration with visionary director Charlotte Brathwaite, composer Justin Hicks, artist Abigail DeVille, and projection designer Paul Leiber, the inside of JACK is transformed into a tangled southern wilderness, inspired by photographs Newman
found in the Library of Congress of her great-aunt, Geneva Varner Clark, and her family on their farm in Depression-era South Carolina. The photographs, taken by New Deal era photographer Marion Post Wolcott with captions such as "negro", "mixed race" and "Indian," provide more than a visual backdrop, inspiring an emotional and visceral conjuring of the ghosts of our shared social past. Suggestive, terrifying, and poetic, The Geneva Project invites inquiry into the politics of subjectivity and personhood by giving face to people marginalized by racial classifications. What is revealed and what remains hidden by bringing light to that which was once buried?

No Face Performance Group
May 26 - 28
THE TOP is an investigation of the bare minimum needed to sustain a dance, a performance, an audience's attention and focus, by the Philadelphia-based No Face Performance Group (Jaime Maseda and Mark McCloughan). Interrogating the tension between stillness and motion, minimalism and dynamism, silence and pop music, the piece invites viewers into a relationship with the performers that is at once open, direct, intimate, and confrontational. It toes the delicate line between dancing for others and dancing alone with grace, humor, and style, exploring how these presences can co-exist together in public.

Antonio Ramos and the Gang Bangers:
Thirsty Mind, love and starvation sitting in a lonely tree
June 2 - 4
Choreographer Antonio Ramos fabricates a gloriously chaotic performance from shiny lies, physical hyperbole and naked flesh in an attempt to find the glitter trail to truth. With an eye towards exposing the invisible marketplace - where transactions are made in bodies and paid for in program notes - Ramos and his six Gang Bangers present exaggerated and abstracted characters created from personal neuroses dredged up through the labor of "making things." Peter Richard's video installation frames the live event with evidence of drug-induced source material, surveillance of the performers' transformations and debris from all tomorrow's parties, putting into question what truths are currently valued in the making and performing of live dance. Dancers: Luke Miller, Rebecca Wender, Darrin Wright, Alvaro Gonzalez, Adele Loux Turner, Rennie Lachlan McDougall, Antonio Ramos

ARTIST INFO (in order of appearance in season)

Okkyung Lee, a New York-based artist and South Korea native, has created a body of work blurring genre boundaries through collaborations and compositions while pushing the limitation of contemporary cello performance techniques. Her music draws from noise and extended techniques, jazz, Western classical, and Korean traditional and popular music. Since moving to New York in 2000, She has released more than 20 albums including the latest solo record Ghil produced by Lasse Marhaug on EditionsMego/Ideologic Organ, Noisy Love Songs (for George Dyer) on Tzadik. She has performed and recorded with numerous artists from wide ranges such as Laurie Anderson, David Behrman, Michelle Boulé, Mark Fell, Douglas Gordon, Jenny Hval, Vijay Iyer, Andrew Lampert, Christian Marclay, Stephen O'Malley, Evan Parker, Wadada Leo Smith, C Spencer Yeh and John Zorn to name just a few.
Okkyung was a recipient of prestigious Doris Duke Performing Artist Award in 2015 and Foundation For Contemporary Arts Grant in 2010.

WALTER DUNDERVILL (Choreographer, ARENA) is a multidisciplinary dance artist based in New York City. He creates immersive performance environments fusing choreography, visual art, costume, and sound design. His work has been presented at Dance Theater Workshop, The Chocolate Factory, Dixon Place, JACK, Participant Inc., Blakston Gallery, NADA, the Movement Research Festival, and the Solo in Azione Festival in Milan, Italy. Dundervill has received Bessie Awards for the visual design of his own choreography, Aesthetic Destiny 1: Candy Mountain (2011), the costume design for Luciana Achugar's Puro Deseo (2009), and as a dancer in RoseAnne Spradlin's under/world (2003). He has also created costume and set for Ivy Baldwin, Tere O'Connor, and RoseAnne Spradlin. Dundervill has performed for choreographers and visual artists including RoseAnne Spradlin, DD Dorvillier/Future Human Dance Corps, Keely Garfield, Yves Musard, Bruce Nauman, Lovett/Codagnone, Kembra Phaler, and David Wojnarowicz. Dundervill is a member of the Artist Advisory Council at Movement Research. He has been an artist in residence at Movement Research, the New Museum, and New York Live Arts.

BROOKLYN GYPSIES (One Catches Light Festival is an eclectic artist collective who are both native and immigrant to new york city. We present annual showcases of new work in theater, dance, poetry and film that sparks dialogue on critical issues of immigration, economics, and survival. mixing professional and new artist and giving them a platform to explore complex issues in an engaging Environment. Offering a playground to celebrate and share what is unique about Bushwick's converging arts communities.

DAAIMAH MUBASHSHIR (Libretto, Hotel Harare) has written plays that have been seen at The Fire This Time Festival, Manhattan Rep. Theatre, The Play Rise Festival and a number of theatres in Chicago. Recently: Rum for Sale as a part of Columbia Stages New Plays Now Festival and Not In This Room at the Obie-winning Fire This Time Festival. Other plays include Night of Power and Clay. Other theatre work includes Associate Curator of the Bushwick Starr Reading Series, Playwright in Residence at The New American Theatre NY, Associate Director: generations (Soho Rep) and Invisible Hand (NYTW).

TANYARADZWA TAWENGWA (Composer, Hotel Harare) is a composer, singer, and cultural ambassador born in Harare, Zimbabwe. Tanyaradzwa has released multiple studio albums and her current album Mushandira Pamwe is dedicated to the voices of the Zimbabwe Liberation Struggle. The album pays homage to The Mushandira Pamwe Hotel in Highfield, Harare - a prolific hotel built in the 1970s her grandfather, George Tawengwa. The hotel was home to revolutionary icons such as Oliver "Tuku" Mtukudzi, Thomas Mapfumo, Hugh Masekela and Miriam Makeba. Based in New York, Tanyaradzwa's work has appeared on major stages. Her original Shona-language opera, The Dawn of the Rooster was staged and produced by the Grammy award-nominated producer of the Broadway musical Sarafina!. The Dawn of the Rooster will make its African debut at the Harare International Festival of the Arts (HIFA) in 2016. Her collaborative creative work Africa My Beautiful, a two-woman show co-written and co-directed with actor Thuli Dumakude ran at The Playroom theatre and will re-open next year. Tanyaradzwa is the founder and president of Nhanha Inc., a benefit corporation providing a Shona learning language curriculum for young children facilitated through music, cartoons and illustrated children's books. The goal of Nhanha Inc. is to pioneer creative entrepreneurship and to foster cultural citizenship in Zimbabwe's global Diaspora community. Tanyaradzwa was awarded her B.A. in Music from Princeton University (cum laude).

KNUD ADAMS (Director, Tom & Eliza) is a director of experimental and new plays. After graduating from Kenyon College, he continued his training by assisting some of the nation's foremost theater artists, including André Gregory, Elizabeth LeCompte, Richard Foreman, Sam Gold, and Sarah Benson. In NYC, Knud has directed and developed plays with Ars Nova, Brooklyn College, The Bushwick Starr, Clubbed Thumb, Cloud City, Columbia University, dell'Arte Opera, Dixon Place, Juilliard, La MaMa, Manhattan School of Music, The New Ohio, New York Theatre Workshop, The Pearl, Playwrights Horizons, Playwrights Realm, PRELUDE, Rutgers University, Soho Rep, terraNOVA Collective, and Waterwell. Recently, he's worked with local playwrights Sam Alper, Will Arbery, Mallery Avidon, Eliza Bent, Emma Goidel, Carl Holder, Nick Jones, Justin Kuritzkes, Jiehae Park, Max Posner, Amelia Roper, Jenny Schwartz, Celine Song, Torrey Townsend, and Bryna Turner. He was a Drama League Directing Fellow, a member of the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, and a Playwrights Horizons Directing Resident. Before moving to the U.S. at age fifteen, Knud grew up in France, England, and Scotland.

CELINE SONG (Playwright, Tom & Eliza) is a member of Ars Nova Play Group 2014-2015, an IATI Theater's 2015 Cimientos Playwright, a 2014 resident at Yaddo, a 2014 Great Plains Theatre Conference Playlab Playwright, and a 2012 Edward F. Albee Foundation Writing Fellow. Her plays include The Feast, Four Horsemen, Family, and Tom & Eliza. They have been developed by and performed at Signature Theater, Ars Nova, Potomac Theater, The Flea Theater, MAP Theater in Seattle, New Court Theatre in LA, Shelterbelt Theater in Omaha. MFA: Columbia.

WILLIAM BURKE (Playwright and Director, PIONEERS!#goforth) Past productions Burke has written and directed include the food was terrible (The Bushwick Starr) COMFORT DOGS: Live from the Pink House and FURRY!! (JACK), I Made a Mistake, EXPLODITY!!, DAY!Night?fuck... (Target Margin and The Stahl Center at Stony Brook University). Workshops and readings include the devil want his hat back (The Bushwick Starr and Black Swan Labs at OSF), Fire Liberty (Bushwick Starr Reading Series), this might catch fire in a tragic way (Bushwick Starr reading series) and Keeners (Dixon Place). Burke has shown work at Little Theatre at Dixon Place, The Prelude Festival (CUNY Grad center) and CATCH. Upcoming: Fuck this Typewriter 2017 (The Chocolate Factory). Target Margin Associated Artist. Curator: the Starr Reading Series and Artistic Development Associate at The Bushwick Starr. Brooklyn College Playwriting MFA under Mac Wellman and Erin Courtney. BFA, Cornish College of the Arts.

SAMUEL BUGGELN (Director, SPAM) is a Canadian director and translator. He is the Artistic Director of The Cherry, a theatre company based in Brooklyn and Ithaca NY, focused on hyper-local, international, and formally innovative texts. Sam has directed over 20 productions at numerous regional theatres; in NYC he regularly develops new work at the Lark and is an Artistic Associate at the New Ohio Theatre. Works directed there (and at the old Ohio) include Cressida Among the Greeks (Drama Desk nomination); original adaptations of works by Marguerite Duras and Raymond Queneau; the world première of an award-winning play from Bulgaria; and Hater, his unconventional translation of Le Misanthrope. Hater has been produced by two universities and published in The Mercurian, as was Sam's translation of Marivaux' The School for Mothers. Buggeln recently co-translated works by Argentine playwrights Santiago Loza and Rafael Spregelburd, the former of which were developed at the Lark and the latter taught at the Chapin School and Pace University.

JAAMIL OLAWALE KOSOKO (anonymous bodies) is a Nigerian American independent performance and humanities curator, producer, cultural strategist, poet, and artist currently based between Brooklyn, New York and Philadelphia. With his creative partner Kate Watson-Wallace, he co-directs anonymous bodies, a visual performance company focusing on innovative approaches to curation, performance, and education. He is an inaugural APAP Leadership Fellow, a Co-Curator of the 2015 Movement Research Spring Festival and the 2015 Dancing While Black performance series at BAAD in the Bronx; a 2014 American Express Leadership Academy alum, a contributing correspondent for Critical Correspondence (NYC); a 2012 Live Arts Brewery Fellow as a part of the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival; a 2011 Fellow as a part of the DeVos Institute of Art Management at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; and an inaugural graduate of the Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance (ICPP) at Wesleyan University. Kosoko is a Founding Advisory Board Member of the Coalition for Diasporan Scholars Moving and was most recently elected to the Executive Committee on the Board of Trustees at Dance/USA. Kosoko's work in live performance has received support from The Pew Center for Arts and Heritage, The Philadelphia Cultural Management Initiative, The Joyce Theater Foundation, and The Philadelphia Cultural Fund. Kosoko's poems have been published in The American Poetry Review, Poems Against War, The Dunes Review, and Silo, among other publications. He has served on numerous curatorial and funding panels including the National Endowment for the Arts, MAP Fund, Movement Research at Judson Church, the Philadelphia Cultural Fund, Chicago Dancemakers Forum, the Baker Artists Awards, among others. Current curatorial appointments include projects with 651 Arts, The Watermill Center, Movement Research, and The Bushwick Starr in New York City among others. His most recent performance project, #negrophobia, will return to NYC for a continued run as part of the American Realness Festival at Abrons Art Center, January 8-11, 2016.

KATE WATSON-WALLACE (anonymous bodies) is a choreographer, director, visual artist and curator based in Brooklyn, NY. Originally from Western Massachusetts, she splits her time between Brooklyn, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia. She is of Hungarian, English and Scottish decent. Kate creates experimental performance for the stage, site-based locations, and music videos. Works include CAR, an performance for three audience members who sit inside a moving car, STORE, a performance installation inside an abandoned Rite-Aid in collaboration with set designer Steven Dufala, Everywhere, a participatory on-line dance experience, and Mash Up Body, a collaboration with electronic musicians Christopher Sean Powell and HPrizm. Her work has been funded by The Map Fund, Doris Duke Foundation through Creative Capital, Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, Independence Foundation, The Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, and PA Council on the Arts. She is a 2007 Pew Fellow in the Arts in Choreography. With her creative partner, Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, she co-directs anonymous bodies, a visual performance company focusing on innovative approaches to curation, performance and education. The company has shown work nationally and served as guest lecturers/artists at universities throughout the U.S. Kate works extensively in the music world, as an art-director and choreographer. Past music video choreography includes Black Dice's "Smiling Off" (DFA Records) and Animal Collective's "Summertime Clothes" (Domino), in collaboration with director Danny Perez. She has performed/collaborated with: Spankrock, ManMan, Need New Body, and Elvis Costello, and toured with Headlong for seven years. Recent projects include: Directing & choreographing ALT/MODE, a music show in collaboration with future beat-maker Ryat (Brainfeeder) that premiered at Summerstage Central Park in August 2015, and co-curating a music series with composer King Britt commissioned by the Fringe Arts (PHL). She is currently in the inaugural class of the Low Residency MFA in Studio Art at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In addition, she is a facilitator for Artists U, professional development program started by Andrew Simonet that focuses on individualized strategic planning for artists.

STACY GROSSFIELD (Choreographer, hot dark matter) is a choreographer and dance curator living in Brooklyn since 2003. Her most recent work, Fur & Tulle, was shown in 2015 and 2014 at the 92nd Y and at Food for Thought at Danspace Project. Her evening-length work, Red, Pink, Black, for which she received a Manhattan Community Arts Fund grant, was performed in a cavernous storefront space in West Soho in 2013. Her previous full-evening work Sugar doesn't live here was shown at the Studio in Sunset Park, Brooklyn in 2011. She has shown work through AUNTS at various venues including Arts@Renaissance, NADA Art Fair, and the New Museum. She has also shown her work at BAX, BRIC Studio, CATCH, DTW, Movement Research at the Judson Church, and Roulette. Grossfield was a 2008-2009 Fresh Tracks artist-in-residence at DTW. She has recently served on dance panels and teaches a feedback class at Brooklyn Studios for Dance called Show & Listen.

JENNIFER HARRISON NEWMAN (The Geneva Project) is a New York based dance and theatre artist who works across disciplines as an educator, choreographer, director, and producer. She has worked with Franco Dragone, Julie Taymor, Donald Byrd, David Rousseve, Ronald K. Brown, Michael Jackson, The Radio City Rockettes, and has performed on Broadway in Saturday Night Fever and Disney's The Lion King. As a director and choreographer her theatre work includes: The Geneva Project, Three Women, by Patterson, Loring, and Zainabu; The Children, by Phillip Howze; Bulrusher, by Eisa Davis; Woman Bomb, by Ivana Sajko; and October in the Chair, adapted from short stories by Neil Gaiman. Her work has been supported, presented and commissioned by The Field, The International Festival of Arts and Ideas, Yale University, Central Connecticut State University, Mabou Mines, 651 Arts, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Sisters Academy in Malmö Sweden, Seoul Station Arts Festival, and BRIC. MFA, Yale School of Drama; BA, UCLA. She is currently on faculty at Central Connecticut State University and is the producing director of Heartbeat Opera.

NO FACE PERFORMANCE GROUP (THE TOP) is the collaborative project of artists Jaime Maseda and Mark McCloughan. Working as a duo and with a revolving group of associate artists, they make performance using a wide variety of processes and sources. Since the group was founded in 2007, it has created 15 original works. Mostly recently, No Face premiered the first two installments of Abbot Adam (a performance series about desire, devotion, and deviant medieval nuns) at FringeArts in Philadelphia.

JACK is an OBIE-award winning arts center in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn led by Artistic Director Alec Duffy. Our mission is to serve as a cultural hub, presenting cutting-edge theater, music and dance performances, expanding access to the arts, bridging audiences and educating youth. JACK was co-founded in 2012 by Duffy, Mimi Lien, Steve Leffue, Godfrey L. Simmons, Jr., Nikaury Rodriguez, Prentice Onayemi, Ike Ufomadu, Amy Laird Webb, Jennifer Kidwell and Andreea Mincic.

JACK's programming is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, by the Peg Santvoord Foundation and by The Nathan Cummings Foundation.

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