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Co-presented with BAAD! Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance
2474 Westchester Avenue
Bronx, NY 10461
The inside of BAAD! is transformed into a tangled southern wilderness, inspired by photographs dancer and choreographer Jennifer 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. In collaboration with director Charlotte Brathwaite, composer Justin Hicks, installation artist Abigail DeVille, projection designer Paul Leiber, 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, with lighting design by Tuce Yasak, The Geneva Project invites inquiry into the politics of subjectivity and personhood by giving face to people marginalized by racial classifications and their economic ramifications. What is revealed and what remains hidden by bringing light to that which was once buried?
The Geneva Project is a National Performance Network (NPN) Creation Fund Project co-commissioned by 651 ARTS in partnership with Yale Public Humanities Program and NPN. The Creation Fund is supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency). The Forth Fund is supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. For more information: www.npnweb.org.
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This performance is co-presented with BAAD! Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance.
Jennifer Harrison Newman (Choreographer/Performer) is a New York based dance and theatre artist who works extensively as a choreographer, movement-director, educator and producer. Jennifer has been an artist in residence at Yale University, Central Connecticut State University, The Field, Mabou Mines, Baryshnikov Arts Center, 651 ARTS, and Sisters Academy in Malmö, Sweden. MFA Yale School of Drama, BA UCLA.
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