'I Wanna Be With You Everywhere' Gathering For Disabled Artists Comes to Performance Space New York

'I Wanna Be With You Everywhere' Gathering For Disabled Artists Comes to Performance Space New York

Performance Space New York in collaboration with Arika and the Whitney Museum of American Art presents I wanna be with you everywhere, a gathering of, by, and for disabled artists and writers and anyone who wants to join in a series of programs that refuse policies of individuation and inclusion in favor of (and in the flavor of) whatever disability aesthetics has in bodymind. Organized by Arika, Amalle Dublon, Jerron Herman, Carolyn Lazard, Park McArthur, Alice Sheppard, and Constantina Zavitsanos, the festival features performances and readings by Eli Clare, John Lee Clark, Kayla Hamilton, Johanna Hedva, Jerron Herman, Cyr e Jarelle Johnson, Camisha L. Jones, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, Jordan Lord, NEVE, Akemi Nishida and Alice Sheppard.

I wanna be with you everywhere honors disability aesthetics and disability justice while extending the theme of Performance Space New York's No Series. The festival celebrates the world-making and experimentation that comes from refusing both exclusion and inclusion. At the same time, this gathering is propelled by a refusal of the separation that ableism imposes, starting from the belief and desire that access is a shared commitment to each other.

Arika, Performance Space New York and the Whitney Museum invited artists Alice Sheppard, Amalle Dublon, Jerron Herman, Carolyn Lazard, Park McArthur, and Constantina Zavitsanos to imagine together what a festival organized by and for disability communities would look like, composed through friendship and solidarity, one that could be simultaneously social and art-based. Alice Sheppard says of the process and the program that process created, These artists are leaders in their fields and their thinking, pushing new boundaries and people you felt like you could sit and talk and share your heart with; that was critical, both to the experience we were having and for that experience to guide the festival itself.

Arika's Bryony McIntyre says, The project's been organised in 'crip time,' and through practicing access intimacy. That means making the time to attend to each other's capacities and desires by understanding them not as belonging to 'each' 'other' at all, but as something shared and moving through us together. That also means wanting to blur the lines between what might seem like the interior and exterior of the project the ways we wanted the planning to unfold generatively within this shared capacity is the same kind of feel we want to invite people attending the events to share in too.

Arika's Barry Esson said, Disabled artists are used to being expected to only talk about disability in their work. At the same time, it can often feel like their inclusion is supposed to exempt the art world of its responsibility to think about disability for itself. Together with the Steering Group we've tried to create a space that celebrates and honors the richness and generativity of art emerging from disability communities, in its breadth, nuance and complexity.

I wanna be with you everywhere organizer, interdisciplinary artist Jerron Herman, says, We emphasize flexibility in the festival's title; it's rigorous and professional while also being open and relaxed Regarding the No Series, we're saying no to rigidity, and no to what's been done before. On April 13, Herman will perform Relative, a dance party love letter to the disability community, expressing the joy of relation in the abstract and through actual physical proximity.

I wanna be with you everywhere will also feature, on April 11, Johanna Hedva, performing Black Moon Lilith in Pisces in the 4th House, a keening, droning, mourning work on guitar and voice; solo performances from poet Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, whose 2018 book Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice was both a call to activism and a call for community, a brash and bold reiteration of the biblical injunction to be our sister's and brother's keepers (Los Angeles Review of Books); and NEVE's Lover of Low Creatures, a new take on musical and dance theatre, a solo cabaret, and a spiritual ritual take on coming of age and sexual healing.

On April 12, the Whitney Museum will host an intimate, invite-only gathering that will bring together disabled and non-disabled artists, writers, curators, academics, and cultural workers for a day of conversation, community-building, and exploration of disability artistry and aesthetics. The study day will feature John Lee Clark, Akemi Nishida, Eli Clare, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, and Neve Kamilah Mazique-Bianco. The program will also include refreshments, access to the galleries, and an optional verbal description and touch tour in the exhibition Where We Are: Selections from the Whitney's Collection, 1900-1960.

On April 13, the gathering will include (alongside Herman's performance) Kayla Hamilton's Nearly Sighted/unearthing the dark, a multi-sensory experience for the audience that delves deep into questions of what it means to see and be seen as well as from whose lens we are doing the viewing; and When Good Souls Fear by Alice Sheppard a chorus of motions investigating excess and minimalism, and who or what is too much, challenging what we think we know of propriety for black women.

The final day of the festival, April 14, will feature a second performance of Black Moon Lilith in Pisces in the 4th House; a fully transcribed, described, and open-captioned screening of Jordan Lord's After After (Access), an essay film that confronts questions of accessibility through an attempt to record the filmmaker's recent open-heart surgery; and poetry readings from DeafBlind poet John Lee Clark, presentingan invitation into language's field of touch, of speaking in feeling together; Camisha L. Jones, whose writing breaks silence around unapparent disability as it grapples to make peace with one's limitations in a society that equates disability with brokenness; raw, fearless, and insightful poet Cyr e Jarelle Johnson; and Eli Clare, whose work invites us to imagine the best possible world and to feel hope for our places within it.

Performances will have ASL, Real-Time Captioning (CART), Audio Description, Assisted Listening, and/ or SUBPAC physical music wearable technology depending on the art being presented. Our websites have more details on access provision specific to each performance. An open-to-all quiet space designed around the needs of autistic people, a local travel fund for those who might not be able to attend otherwise, sliding-scale Day Passes in the service of financial access, and a dedicated Welcome Desk are also provided. The festival is also open to all access inquires. More details and how to make general access enquiries is noted after the event schedule below.

Tickets are required for entry to all events. Day Passes are sliding scale of $0-$25. Tickets can be booked online or by calling 212-352-3101 between Monday Friday, 9am-9pm or Saturday and Sunday, 10am-9pm. Performance Space New York is located on the 4th floor of the 122 Community Center building, 150 First Avenue at the corner of 9th Street, and is wheelchair accessible with step-free access from First Avenue.

Johanna Hedva
Black Moon Lilith in Pisces in the 4th House

Performance

Thursday, April 11, 7.00-7.45pm
Sunday, April 14, 5.00-5.45pm

Tickets Sliding Scale. Individually ticketed. Not part of Thursday or Sunday Passes.

A performance of guitar and voice by Johanna Hedva

A keening. Animal droning. Hag blues. Minimal metal. Moon hymns. A dirge. O Death. For my mother, who was a Pisces (March 2, 1955 April 30, 2018). This is a wake, so there will be whiskey, herbal tea and flowers. It's 45 minutes long with no intermission.

Johanna Hedva knows deep grief and the incessant joys of wild hair and soothsaying sound. They will leave you reeling and bring you to your feels as they come to their knees, guitar in hand on a stripped down stage. This performance is specifically for the faint of heart, but it will be loud AF with dropped down droned out chironic, khoratic rupture and riffs. Come ready to release and bring your dis-ease. Hedva will bring serious dark crip love that offers an aural compendium to their sick theory and sci-fi written work. Think Diamanda Galas come Frida Kahlo in bed with Keiji Haino at a wake in Ktown.

The performances are for a small audience, so if you would like to attend we advise that you book your ticket in advance.

Johanna Hedva is a Korean-American who was raised in Los Angeles by a family of witches, and now lives in LA and Berlin. They are the author of the novel, On Hell (2018, Sator Press), and their writing has been published in Triple Canopy, Black Warrior Review, and The White Review. Their performances have been shown at Wysing Arts Centre, Human Resources LA, High Desert Test Sites, the Getty's Pacific Standard Time, and the Museum of Contemporary Art on the Moon. Their EP Johnny and the Sun and Moon will be released in March. http://johannahedva.com

Event Specific Access Notes:

Earplugs for all and a handful of ear defenders will be provided. ASL and Real-Time Captioning for song lyrics. SUBPAC units will be available to use by people who might like to feel the music that's being heard. Worn like a low-profile backpack, it pulses sound through your body. There will be flowers in the space - but not lilies. Please arrive on time, as there is no late seating for this event. After the performance begins, guests are able to come and go if needed. It will be a low-light environment, but attendants will be on hand with flashlights. After the performance, our Quiet Space will be available if you want to decompress or recompose. If you have any questions, other access requests or would like to reserve a SUBPAC unit, please email boxoffice@PerformanceSpaceNewYork.org

For general festival and venue access info go here.

This performance will happen twice. Once on Thursday and once on Sunday. The performances are for a small audience, so if you would like to attend we advise that you book your ticket in advance.

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Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha
Solo Performances

Performance

Thursday, April 11, 8.15-8.30pm and 9.45-10.00pm

Tickets - Sliding Scale. Available in advance, or on the door if not sold out. This ticket allows you to attend all the events on Thursday evening from 8-10pm

Leah will perform two sets of different pieces during the evening at 8.15-8.30pm and 9.45-10.00pm

Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha's speech and poetry somehow cut straight to the bone while still taking the longgg way around a giant, baroquely beautiful elaborate loop of the sweetest salty flavor. She'll bring baby crips and seasoned born in the caul disabled for life old heads to the same cul-de-sac at least for the length of a poem---and maybe into next lifetime. Come for the crip ingenuity; stay for the smooth feels of what it is to be each other's everything. Piepzna-Samarasinha knows care in worlds beyond words and always finds just the right thing to say in serving the already ongoing end of the world as we know it.

Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha is a queer disabled femme writer, organizer, performance artist and educator of Burgher/Tamil Sri Lankan and Irish/Roma ascent. They are the Lambda Award winning author of Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice, Dirty River: A Queer Femme of Color Dreaming Her Way Home, Bodymap, Love Cake and co-editor of The Revolution Starts At Home: Confronting Intimate Violence in Activist Communities. A lead artist with Sins Invalid and the co-founder of Mangos With Chili, she is a VONA fellow and holds an MFA from Mills College. https://brownstargirl.org

Event Specific Access Notes:

ASL and Real-Time Captioning for poetry reading. If you have any questions or access requests please email boxoffice@PerformanceSpaceNewYork.org For general festival and venue access info go here.

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NEVE
Lover of Low Creatures

Performance

Thursday, April 11, 9.00-9.30pm

Tickets - Sliding Scale. Available in advance, or on the door if not sold out. This ticket allows you to attend all the events on Thursday evening from 8-10pm

NEVE flows bads so good you don't even know. This invisible theorist sings language-motion-healing as far as the Nile is close. Together, we'll get heavy to float on water older than our ancestors--who are here too. NEVE's art is an invitation to pray this sway and here, drawn open, comes a solo cabaret.

Lover of Low Creatures is a new take on musical and dance theatre, a solo cabaret, and a spiritual ritual take on coming of age and sexual healing. Snow is a mixed race (Sudanese Nubian and Scottish American), physically disabled girl growing up in a forest on a river near a town. Snow and her mother are scientists, artists, and witches in tune with each other and the natural world. But underneath the flow of their routine, is an entity, or entities, very ancient, and very much alive, following Snow, that she is afraid to face, most of all because she has reason to believe her fate is intricately tied to it, in a way her mother's is not. A dramatic lens on elementary school revelations, a darkly humorous take on sexual trauma and what magical and ancestral tools might heal it, Lover of Low Creatures is much like the Nile it references - an ocean posing as a river, a river that feels like the sea.

Neve Kamilah Mazique-Bianco, or NEVE, is a Black (specifically Sudanese, even more specifically Nubian) punk disabled queer fairy beast. A certified personal trainer and integrated dance teacher - Neve cares about the welfare and equitable access to joy, sensuality, community, self-expression, and liberation of all bodies. Especially animals. Neve received multiple film and theatre directing awards in 2017, from East Bay Express in Oakland, and from the Seattle Gender Justice League. In spring 2018, Neve joined the artistic board of directors of PlayThey Studios, a media and event production cooperative company of queer/trans/Black/disabled and otherwise marginalized artists building celebratory spaces in Seattle. Nevebebad.com.

Event Specific Access Notes:

ASL and Real-Time Captioning for all spoken and sung text. The performance will have Audio Described elements. Headsets will be available at the 4th floor welcome desk. If you have any questions or special access requests that has not been listed, please email boxoffice@PerformanceSpaceNewYork.org. For general festival and venue access info go here.

Credits

Created by and Starring: NEVE

Directed by: Sara Porkalob

Co-Produced by: Velocity Dance Center, Neve Kamilah Mazique-Bianco, and PlayThey Studios

Sponsored by: The Seattle Office of Arts and Culture

Second in the Big River, Not the Sea Trilogy by Neve Kamilah Mazique-Bianco

Full length version premiering May 9-12 at Velocity Dance Center in Seattle

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Kayla Hamilton
Nearly Sighted/unearthing the dark

Dance Performance

Saturday, April 13, 7.30-8.00pm

Tickets - Sliding Scale. Available in advance, or on the door if not sold out. This ticket allows you to attend all the events on Saturday evening.

Kayla Hamilton practices what she preaches. A fulcrum between disabled and non-disabled dance, a fiercely thoughtful artist, and a generous soul: these are those qualities that endear Kayla to the world. By enlarging and enlivening our awareness of sightedness, she offers us vastly fresh pathways to liberation in our own bodies. In her work is an undercurrent of freedom and that freedom is palpable and intoxicating as she dances. Ultimately, Kayla establishes a world where our body is celebratory. With resonant humor and precise pauses, her work cuts to our core.

This movement exploration is a multi-sensory experience for the audience that delves deep into questions of what it means to see and be seen as well as from whose lens we are doing the viewing. How does hearing and the idea of listening contrast with what is actually being heard; how is taste felt, while exploring the legacies we leave behind.

Event Specific Access Notes:

ASL and CART for all spoken text. Audio Description is part of the live narration of the piece. Headsets will be available at the 4th floor welcome desk. If you have any questions or access requests please email boxoffice@PerformanceSpaceNewYork.org. For general festival and venue access info go here.

Performed by

Azure D. Osborne-Lee (he/him, they/them) is an award-winning Black queer theatre maker from south of the Mason-Dixon Line. Azure is the founder of Roots and River Productions, and a Recipient of Parity Productions' 2018 Commission for Women and Transgender Playwrights, Winner of Downtown Urban Arts Festival's 2018 Best Play Award as well as the 2015 Mario Fratti-Fred Newman Political Play Contest. http://azureosbornelee.com

Lamin Leroy Gibba (he/him) His most recent theater credits include the solo-show LENZ by Georg B chner (Kraine Theater), Antigone (Classical Theater of Harlem) and I Want A Country (Martha Graham Studio Theater). He received his BFA from the New School for Drama. Lamin's film Fever Source was selected for The Art of Brooklyn Film Festival 2018. www.laminleroygibba.com

Nicole Y. McClam (she/her), CMA, MFA is a recent transplant from Washington, DC exploring the awesomeness of dance with her students at Queensborough Community College and as a member of B3W Performance Group. She is honored to be a part of Nearly Sighted: Unearthing the Dark. http://mccole99.wix.com/nicolemcclam

Kayla Hamilton (she/her) is member of the 2017 Bessie-award winning collective of Skeleton Architecture, the future of our world's curated by Eva Yaa Asantewaa. In addition, Kayla dances with Sydnie L. Mosley Dances Gesel Mason Performance Projects and Maria Bauman/MBDance. Her work has been supported through Angela's Pulse/Dancing While Black, Brooklyn Arts Exchange and Bronx Council on the Arts. When Kayla is not dancing, she's a special education teacher in the South Bronx who loves to watch Law and Order on Hulu while sipping on peppermint tea. www.khamiltonprojects.com

Credits

Choreography by: Kayla Hamilton in collaboration with Azure D. Osborne-Lee, Nicole Y. McClam, Lamin Leroy Gibba, Crystal U. Davis, Francine E. Ott, Christal Brown and Jaime Dzandu.

Audio Description by: Nicole Y. McClam, Azure D. Osborne-Lee and Lamin Leroy Gibba

Dramaturgy: Shawn Rene Graham

Music: Various artist with 911 call written and recorded by Denae Hannah and Autumn Scoggan.

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Alice Sheppard
Where Good Souls Fear

Dance Performance

Saturday, April 13, 8.30-9.00pm

Tickets - Sliding Scale. Available in advance, or on the door if not sold out. This ticket allows you to attend all the events on Saturday evening.

Even when performing solo Alice Sheppard arrives as an ensemble (and the ensemble comes for her too). An occasion for commotion, this piece's chorus of motions is intended to be felt as much as anything else. Sheppard is here to stage scenes in excess of joy or equilibrium so that we may follow her into a crip love so deep it doubles down on the very notion of dance. Her choreography will overtake you there on your way to Where Good Souls Fear by rotating your revolutions and then some.

Where Good Souls Fear is an investigation of excess and minimalism, provoking questions about who or what is too much. Ranging through lyrical floorwork to an explosion of furious movement, Good Souls challenges what we think we know of propriety for black women. Sheppard's choreography is a rigorous excavation of body, disability and various mobility technologies.

Alice Sheppard saw Homer Avila, a disabled dancer, perform in 2004. Avila dared her to take a dance class. She did, and she loved moving so much that she resigned her academic professorship at Pennsylvania State University in order to begin a career in dance. Alice creates movement that challenges conventional understandings of disabled and dancing bodies. Engaging with disability arts, culture, and history, she attends to the complex intersections of disability, gender, and race by exploring the societal and cultural significance of difference. Alice is the founder and artistic lead for Kinetic Light, a project which shows how mobility - literal, physical, and conceptual - is fundamental to participation in civic life.

Event Specific Access Notes:

This work includes a specifically created audio description track, incorporating various soundtrack and descriptive elements. Headsets will be available at the 4th floor welcome desk. A few SUBPAC units will be available to use by people who might like to feel the music that's being heard. Worn like a low-profile backpack, SUBPACs pulse sound through your body. These can be reserved in advance or requested on the day if units are available. If you have any questions or access requests please email boxoffice@PerformanceSpaceNewYork.org. For general festival and venue access info go here.

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Jerron Herman
Relative

Dance

Saturday, April 13, 9.30-10.00pm

Tickets - Sliding Scale. Available in advance, or on the door if not sold out. This ticket allows you to attend all the events on Saturday evening.

Jerron Herman is taking us to the accessible club of our underground dreams with his choreography that ushers in that teenage feeling and gives columns something to lean on in this performance called life. Come unprepared to join Herman's communal love letter about finesse and all the rest.

A dance party love letter to our community. Here, we'll express the joy of relation in the abstract and through actual physical proximity. Choreographing the audience into his dance floor, Jerron will reference the sociality of a club environment and explore with and without the people around him.

Jerron Herman is an interdisciplinary artist and principal member of Heidi Latsky Dance. He's been featured at Lincoln Center, ADF, the Whitney Museum, and abroad in Athens. Jerron now serves on the Board of Trustees at Dance/USA and was profiled in Great Big Story. Jerron has also shot for Tommy Adaptive and consulted for Nike. He's a Snug Harbor PASS artist and a finalist for the inaugural Apothetae/Lark Play Development Lab Fellowship in 2018. Jerron studied at Tisch School of the Arts and graduated from The King's College. The New York Times has called him, the inexhaustible Mr. Herman.

Credits

Created & Performed by Jerron Herman

Soundscape and DJ performance by Kevin Gotkin

Event Specific Access Notes: Audio Description is part of the piece. Headsets will be available at the 4th floor welcome desk. A few SUBPAC units will be available to use by people who might like to feel the music that's being heard. Worn like a low-profile backpack, SUBPACs pulse sound through your body. If you have any questions or access requests please email boxoffice@PerformanceSpaceNewYork.org. For general festival and venue access info go here.

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John Lee Clark

Sunday 14 April, 7-7.35pm

Poetry

Tickets - Sliding Scale. Available in advance, or on the door if not sold out. This ticket allows you to attend all the events on Sunday evening from 7pm.

John's poetry has a palpable, insurgent kind of feel, loosening tactile freeze and hearing-sighted visual bias. It reminds us of language's capacity to help us feel though others, for others to feel through you, for the empathetic connection of being in feeling to help us remember that distinctions like 'others' and 'you' don't really feel right. This feeling of words--a kind of skin talk, hand laugh and tactile feedback loop--reminds us that language is a contact no individual can stand. John's readings are an invitation into language's field of touch; to speak in feeling together.

John Lee Clark is a DeafBlind poet, essayist, and independent scholar from Minnesota. His chapbook of poems, Suddenly Slow, appeared in 2008. He has edited two anthologies, Deaf American Poetry (Gallaudet University Press, 2009) and Deaf Lit Extravaganza (Handtype Press, 2013). His latest book is a collection of essays called Where I Stand: On the Signing Community and My DeafBlind Experience (Handtype Press, 2014). His work is included in the anthologies Beauty Is a Verb: The New Poetry of Disability, Deaf American Prose, St. Paul Almanac, and The Nodin Anthology of Poetry.

Event Specific Access Notes:

ASL and CART for poetry reading. If you have any questions or access requests please email boxoffice@PerformanceSpaceNewYork.org. For general festival and venue access info go here.

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Jordan Lord
After After (Access)

Film with Live Reading

Sunday, April 14, 7.40-7.55pm

Tickets - Sliding Scale. Available in advance, or on the door if not sold out. This ticket allows you to attend all the events on Sunday evening from 7pm.

Jordan Lord makes expanded film that saturates and sutures every Virgo's need for precision without belying the misprision necessary to feel through and beyond image. What's promised in this live reading alongside a fully transcribed, described, and open-captioned film screening is nothing short of their actual open heart.

After After (Access) is an essay film that confronts questions of accessibility through an attempt to record the filmmaker's recent open-heart surgery. The film follows the filmmaker, as they prepare for the surgery: watching medical imaging of their body with friends, revisiting a former lover, preparing for their mother to come to New York, documenting their family's arrival, and ultimately being admitted to the hospital. Alongside this footage, the film's narration considers the relationship between showing and telling; various dimensions of access; and how access is frequently considered only after the threat of liability, in the context of both filmmaking and disability. The film prioritizes access as a precondition of the film itself; audio description and open captioning are inseparable aspects of the film.

Jordan Lord is a filmmaker, writer, and artist, working primarily in video, text, and performance. Their work addresses the relationship between framing and support, historical and emotional debts, documentary and description. Their performance and video work has been shown at venues including Artists Space: Books & Talks, Camden Arts Centre, and DOC NYC, and they have been in study with the group No Total since 2012. They are currently working on an MFA in Integrated Media Arts at Hunter College.

Event Specific Access Notes:

Live narration will be ASL interpreted. The film has both audio descriptive elements and open captions in English throughout. There is a stroboscopic effect that lasts for around 1 minute about 8 minutes into the video. If you have any questions or access requests please email boxoffice@PerformanceSpaceNewYork.org. For general festival and venue access info go here.

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Camisha L. Jones
Dispatches from the Intersection of Hurting & Joy

Poetry

Sunday 14 April, 8.30-8.50pm

Tickets - Sliding Scale. Available in advance, or on the door if not sold out. This ticket allows you to attend all the events on Sunday evening from 7pm.

Camisha writes dispatches from the intersection of hurting and joy, says poet Sarah Browning. Her poetry explores the wonder, resilience, and betrayal of the body, and, in the words of Jennifer Bartlett, reminds us that the body and mind are not static. Born from the author's experience with recurrent and escalating hearing loss and chronic pain, her writing breaks silence around unapparent disability as it grapples with what it truly means to be capable and to make peace with one's limitations in a society that equates disability with brokenness. It shows us, even in struggle, there is light to be let in.

Camisha L. Jones is the author of Flare (Finishing Line Press, 2017). Her poems which often center experiences of hearing loss, chronic pain, gender, and race are published at The New York Times, Poets.org, Button Poetry, The Deaf Poets Society, Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Typo, The Quarry, and elsewhere. Camisha is Managing Director at Split This Rock, a national non-profit in DC that cultivates, teaches, and celebrates poetry that bears witness to injustice and provokes change.

Event Specific Access Notes: ASL and Real-Time Captioning for poetry reading. If you have any questions or access requests please email boxoffice@PerformanceSpaceNewYork.org For general festival and venue access info go here.

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Cyr e Jarelle Johnson

Poetry

Sunday 14 April, 8.50-9.10pm

Tickets - Sliding Scale. Available in advance, or on the door if not sold out. This ticket allows you to attend all the events on Sunday evening from 7pm.

Cyr e Jarelle Johnson always brings raw fearless truth and the realest crip insight fully embedded in absolute lyrical lounge. This is exactly who you want on every talk show and who you wish would write, read, and touch tour your biography, your bedtime story of revolution and preservation, or your grandmother's dance party. This Jersey cyborg makes Siri seem so early aughts while reminding us all that intelligence is artificial. You ought not sleep on this poetry.

Cyr e Jarelle Johnson is a writer and librarian living in New York City. His first book of poetry SLINGSHOT will be published by Nightboat Books in 2019. He is currently an Undergraduate Creative Writing Teaching Fellow at Columbia University, where he is also a candidate for an MFA. His work has appeared recently in The New York Times and WUSSY. He has given speeches and lectures at The White House, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The University of Pennsylvania, The Philadelphia Trans Health Conference, Tufts University, and Mother Bethel AME Church, among other venues. He is a founding member of The Harriet Tubman Collective and The Deaf Poets Society.

Event Specific Access:

ASL and Real-Time Captioning for poetry reading. If you have any questions or access requests please email boxoffice@PerformanceSpaceNewYork.org. For general festival and venue access info go here.

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Eli Clare
Poetry

Sunday 14 April, 9.30-10.00pm

Tickets - Sliding Scale. Available in advance, or on the door if not sold out. This ticket allows you to attend all the events on Sunday evening from 7pm.

Eli Clare makes new worlds. Raw truths, powerful honesty and painful, transcendent beauty. Eli's unflinching personal and intellectual rigor are invitations. To self-examination, to societal critique. With delicacy and nuance. With rapier edge and with a warm embrace, Eli invites us to imagine the best possible world and to feel hope for our places within it.

"Poems are Chinook salmon swimming upstream to their spawning beds, old growth Douglas fir dappling the ground in shadow. They are mountainsides clearcut for lumber and paper, pale green of new growth already returning. They limp and stammer, tremor and drool, hallucinate and have panic attacks. Poems are cracks, crevices, faultlines. They wait in line at the welfare office; collect food stamps, Medicaid, SSI. They gossip, laugh, pass the word, 'Don't let 'em get you down.' Poems are kisses, fists, and underground rivers. For all these reasons and many more, I am a poet." Eli Clare

White, disabled, and genderqueer, Eli Clare lives near Lake Champlain in occupied Abenaki territory (currently known as Vermont) where he writes and proudly claims a penchant for rabble-rousing. He has written two books of creative non-fiction, Brilliant Imperfection: Grappling with Cure and Exile and Pride: Disability, Queerness, and Liberation, and a collection of poetry, The Marrow's Telling: Words in Motion, and has been published in many periodicals and anthologies. Eli speaks, teaches, and facilitates all over the United States and Canada at conferences, community events, and colleges about disability, queer and trans identities, and social justice. Among other pursuits, he has walked across the United States for peace, coordinated a rape prevention program, and helped organize the first ever Queerness and Disability Conference.

Event Specific Access Notes:

ASL and Real-Time Captioning for poetry reading. If you have any questions or access requests please email boxoffice@PerformanceSpaceNewYork.org. For general festival and venue access info go here.

General Access Information

Programs and events will unfold across each evening, but there's also going to be a major sense of ease. There's time in between events for hanging out both in and of itself, and in resistance to the inaccessible infrastructure that so often physically separates us. Our Travel Fund can help you get with us, if the cost of local transport is an issue.

Tickets

Tickets are required for entry to all events. Day Passes are sliding scale of $0-$25. Choose what to pay based on your circumstances. We ask that you be honest with yourself and your financial situation. You are welcome to attend for FREE if that makes most sense for you.

Tickets can be booked online or by calling 212-352-3101 between Monday Friday, 9am-9pm or Saturday and Sunday, 10am-9pm.

*A separate ticket is required for Johanna Hedva's performances on April 11 and 14.

Get in Touch

If you or a friend require a particular form of support/translation not listed here or in the event descriptions, have any access or particular seating requests or would like to reserve an ALS headset or a Subpac unit, we would love to connect. Email us at boxoffice@PerformanceSpaceNewYork.org by March 28, 2019, to give us time to respond to and accommodate your request.

Venue

Performance Space New York is on the 4th floor of the 122 Community Center building, 150 First Avenue at the corner of 9th Street, and is wheelchair accessible with step-free access from First Avenue. Service Animals welcome. Please attend scent free.

Travel Fund

We have a Travel Fund to support folks who might not be able to attend otherwise. If you'd like to make a request for assistance with your costs for local accessible transport please fill out this form and we'll get back to you.

Welcome Desk

Our 4th floor welcome desk and point people will be present for day-of access requests, including reserving you a seat based on your access needs or showing you where best to sit for ASL and/or real-time captioning.

Open - Thurs 7-11pm, Saturday 6.30-11pm, Sunday 6-11pm

Restrooms

There are ADA, gender non-segregated bathrooms. You can also watch these videos to find out how to locate our restrooms on the 4th floor and the



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