Join us for our fourth annual Back to School mixer: Ember Ground, an exploration of transitional spaces of self, embodiment, and the social. We take inspiration from Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick’s Touching Feeling as we join with artists to imagine new theoretical terrain in identity formation and fresh notions of blended practice. These middle grounds are explored as fickle states, where only uncertainty is certain. Already expired yet still burning, an ember may either burst into flames or slowly extinguish. Dwelling in interdisciplinary states across dance, sound, performance, and visual art, this evening includes short experimental works continuing and in development by New York City-based performance artists NIC Kay, Ita Segev, and Samita Sinha, as well as a reception and Women & Performance Reading Room.
The event is FREE! RSVP on Facebook. Order of performances to be announced.
About the Artists
NIC Kay is a trans disciplinary artist working with and through performance. Their work has been presented in Europe and the United States. NIC attended Professional Performing Artist School (2007) and NYU Hemispheric Institute EMERGENYC (2009). NIC has been a Chances Dances—Marc Aguhar Memorial Grant awardee (2015), Movement Research Van Lier Fellow (2017), and a performance artist in residence at the Museum of Art Design (2017). Their solo work lil BLK was presented in American Realness (2018). NIC is currently a Spring/Summer AIR at Pioneer Works (NY) (2018).
Ita Segev makes performance, writes, performs/acts and does advocacy & community building work, mainly around the intersection of her transfeminine and anti-Zionist Israeli identities. She is currently working on a show titled 'Knot in My Name' as a 2018/2019 BAX Artist in Residence. This show was also supported by New York Theater Workshop's Adelphi summer residency and a Women & Performance public programs grant.
Composer and vocal artist Samita Sinha combines tradition and experiment to investigate cultural inheritance and the experience of being a body in the world. In 2018 she premiered This ember state, which was commissioned by Asia Society and is being developed for further performance/exhibition, including the mixer. Past performance works include bewilderment and other queer lions (2016) commissioned by Performance Space 122 and Invisible Dog Art Center for COIL Festival, and Cipher (2014-15), a solo work that toured nationally. Sinha has taught and exhibited at the Rubin Museum of Art, Centro Nacional de las Artes (Mexico City), Swarthmore College and Womankind (formerly New York Asian Women's Center). She has composed and performed original scores for work by Dean Moss, Fiona Templeton, and Preeti Vasudevan.
This event is co-curated by Alessandra Gomez, Yarden Stern, and Christina Yang, and hosted by the Center for Performance Research.