PRESS



CONTEXT:
Preview of Mariana Valencia's (2016-18 Artist In Residence) "ALBUM" in the BAX Theater

Mariana Valencia’s ‘Album’ Moves Toward Biography


MARCH 30, 2017 | The New York Times | By SIOBHAN BURKE

"Dance is often romanticized for its ephemerality, but Ms. Valencia, shaping her own narrative, intends to leave a record."

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CONTEXT:
Interview with Marya Warshaw

My Dance Week: Marya Warshaw, Founding/Executive Director of Brooklyn Arts Exchange


October 12, 2017 | Life as a Modern Dancer

"Tonight are the Bessies. Looking forward to celebrating Mikki Shepard who has been an important person in my life, and happy that Maurine Knighton and Dianne McIntyre will be part of that, two other people in our world I like and admire so much.."

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CONTEXT:
BAX Youth Education

A Transgender Child Confronts Growing Up


July 5, 2017 | by Yasmeen Khan | WNYC News

"It’s safe to say that Q Daily, 11, is savoring childhood. He is an avid climber of trees, a dancer, and lover of Michael Jackson."

"Q is learning more about his body and physical presence in the world through theater and dance. He takes three classes at the Brooklyn Arts Exchange. His favorite is Modern."

Listen to this interview with a wonderful member of our BAX community.



CONTEXT:
BAX Youth Education

BAX Summer Arts Programs are Cultivating the Creativity of Brooklyn's Youth | BK Live


June 20, 2017 | BRIC TV

Lucia Scheckner, Education Director, and Naja Gordon, a group leader with the Summer Arts Program, stop by BRIC TV to talk about what it takes to teach bright young minds, the origins of the Summer Program, and more.


[CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE VIDEO]

PHOTO: by Alex Escalante

CONTEXT:
Performance at BAX

Just Visiting


05/26/2017 | by TARA SHEENA | CULTUREBOT

When you woke this morning
Naturally, or not
When you decided to part ways with your sheets
Naturally, or not
When you had to get up to get out the door
Naturally
Did you think of your sister, long dead
When you recall this familiarity
This familial this
This, what you’re doing,
Which is
Fun?


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PHOTO: Courtesy Brooklyn Arts Exchange

CONTEXT:
Youth Education

Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX) Gears Up for its 26th Summer Arts Program


05/09/2017 | by Trina Mannino | Dance Enthusiast

"The summer program is an intensive in that we are there for one week, every day. So, we can dig deeply (although quickly) into the body, into dance as an art form, and into our theme that is spread across the five days,” says dance teaching artist Donna Costello. “In each session we create a little movement nugget that we then put together on the final day to present in a performance for their families."

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PHOTO: promo image featuring Katrina Reid.Photo by Tia Byington-Noll

CONTEXT:
Poem in response to a performance in the Theater at BAX

After Dancing While Black: 
With Fists, With Hands (NPmo 1/30)


04/01/2017 | by TIMOTHY VEIT JONES | FACEBOOK

Dancing While Black: 
with fists, with hands
Curated by former BAX AIR Paloma McGregor
featuring work by the 2017 Dancing While Black Fellows:
Kesha McKey, Melanie Greene, Katrina Reid, Brittany Williams, Jaimé Dzandu, Maritza Mercado-Narcisse, and Joya Powell – Movement of the People Dance Company

An excavation

of experiences

of ancestry


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PHOTO: Maggie Shannon for Brooklyn Magazine


CONTEXT:
Interview with BAX AIR

Brooklyn 100 Influencer: Ni’Ja Whitson, Interdisciplinary Artist


03/13/2017 | by RACHEL MILLER | BROOKLYN MAGAZINE

"My creative projects, although not autobiographical, do always call me to excavate, heal, transform, challenge some aspect of my life in order to step into the work. My ancestral, cultural, and spiritual cosmologies are key to the research process and how I learn what a work means/offer. The personal deepening in these spaces, is profoundly fulfilling."

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PHOTO: Dixon Place


CONTEXT:
Beyond the Residency

PLAYWRIGHT KRISTINE HARUNA LEE


02/07/2017 | read by KRISTINE HARUNA LEE | NECESSARY EXPOSURE: THE FEMALE PLAYWRIGHT PROJECT

“I make a bit of horror, accrue grime and welcome the repulsive.”

Kristine Haruna Lee was born in Hong Kong, raised between Tokyo and Seattle, and now lives in Brooklyn NY. She is a founding member of harunalee theater company. Recent plays include Dog Gone Day, Suicide Forest and War Lesbian.


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PHOTO: Scott Shaw for Culturebot

CONTEXT:
Beyond the Residency


Shifting Shape in January: Day 5 Dispatch (AR Talk, Juliana May, Ni’Ja Whitson & Wendell Cooper)


01/13/2017 | by MAURA DONOHUE | CULTUREBOT MAXAMINE PERFORMANCE

"In taking on a film that took on the experiences of gay black men during the AIDS pandemic, Ni’Ja opens the door, literally, for us to walk into a more complicated examination of blackness, queerness and maleness by setting their non-gender conforming bodies as the avatars of lives lost."

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PHOTO: Emily Colucci for Art F City

CONTEXT:
Beyond the Residency


Ni’Ja Whitson’s “A Meditation On Tongues” Conjures The Dead At Abrons


01/11/2017 | by EMILY COLUCCI | ART F CITY

"What allowed A Meditation On Tongues to avoid becoming a heavy-handed reenactment was its strenuous choreography. For example, in one scene, Whitson and Flores-Davis deliver a speech about the inability to “go home” as a black gay man. Here, home not only means the family, but also the black community at large."

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CONTEXT:
Beyond the Residency

American Realness: Subversive, Crowded and Lit by Vital Sparks


01/10/2017 | by SIOBHAN BURKE | THE NEW YORK TIMES

"The scene captured some of the best and worst aspects of American Realness, the festival of contemporary performance that takes over the Abrons each January: on the one hand, irresistible dancing grounded in smart, subversive choices; on the other, a sense of complicated work too hastily assembled."

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PHOTO: Terrence Mosley for Contemporary Performance


CONTEXT:
Beyond the Residency


In Performance: Ni’ja Whitson: A Meditation on Tongues (American Realness)


01/08/2017 | by TERRENCE MOSLEY | CONTEMPORARY PERFORMANCE

"A live interdisciplinary adaptation of Marlon T. Riggs film “Tongues United”, Director/Adaptor/Performer Ni’Ja Whitson and performer Kirsten Flores-Davis examine the complexities of black gay men."

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PHOTO: Fernando Maneca

CONTEXT:
About BAX


Making Sure That One Person Will Never Speak for Everyone: 25 years of the Brooklyn Arts Exchange


11/21/2016 | by PAUL KETCHUM | CULTUREBOT

"BAX’s 25th anniversary is a timely reminder that institutions, when run by passionate, generous people, can accomplish unique things in our ever-changing communities. BAX has been a hub for Brooklyn’s performance community for 25 years and shows no signs of slipping into the always growing fetid retention pond of institutional mediocrity. Maybe it’s the vigor of its staff headed by Warshaw, or maybe it’s the effervescence of the student performers, or maybe it’s the ever surprising work produced by its space grantees and Artists-in-Residence. But it’s most likely the exchange between all of these that keeps BAX the vigorous, vibrant community that it is."

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PHOTO: Corey Tenold for The New York Times

CONTEXT:
Interview with BAX AIR

Faye Driscoll’s Tingling Force Field With the Dance Audience


11/15/2016 | by SIOBHAN BURKE | THE NEW YORK TIMES

"Ms. Driscoll, a Los Angeles native, grew up being encouraged to pursue her dream of dancing professionally. (Her parents were both performers.) She attended the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University before joining the Doug Varone Dance Company. But she found herself questioning that path (“it felt choiceless in some ways”) and took time off.

She moved to the Bay Area and got a job at a movie theater. Within a few years, though, a residency at Brooklyn Arts Exchange drew her back to New York, where she quickly established herself on the contemporary-dance scene."


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PHOTO: Jordan Rathkopf

CONTEXT:
About BAX Artist In Residence

Body language: Mother-daughter dance closes language barrier


11/15/2016 | by JULIANNE CUBA | BROOKLYN PAPER

"A Ditmas Park performer is using a new theater piece to bridge her family’s generational — and linguistic — divide. Haruna Lee, who speaks very little Japanese, and her mom, Aoi Lee, who speaks very little English, will take the stage together for “Communing with You,” which combine the traditional Japanese dance-theater style known as Butoh with contemporary moves."

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PHOTO: William Alan

CONTEXT:
About BAX

“A current gaining more wave:” 25 Years of Artist Development at Brooklyn Arts Exchange


11/1/2016 | by JESS BARBAGALLO | THE BROOKLYN RAIL

"Upon entering the bright red doors of Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX) located at 421 Fifth Avenue, it is not uncommon to see a bevy of baby strollers—the quintessential Park Slope trademark—before ascending the stairs to be greeted at the reception window."

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PHOTO: Madeline Wall

CONTEXT:
Youth Education

A+ after-school programs


August/September 2016 | by HANNAH DOOLING | TIME OUT NEW YORK KIDS

Expressive kiddos get expert instruction on various forms of dance and theater at BAX's studios in Park Slope.

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AcroBAX IMG_1654cc by Madeline Wall200x200
PHOTO: Madeline Wall

CONTEXT:
Youth Education


ART Profile: Brooklyn Arts Exchange


July/August 2016 | by JACKSON CHEN | THE HOOK MAGAZINE

The trendy Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn is forever alive with rhythmic drumming and feet thumping radiating from the corner building of 5th Avenue and 8th Street. The curious may glance up, but for the ones in the know, it's the beloved Brooklyn Arts Exchange, where different disciplines collide and form a vibrant artistic pulse.

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PHOTO: Whitney Browne

CONTEXT:
Performance at BAX

"Her Fishtrap": a reflection from Ni'Ja Whitson


06/28/2016 | by NI'JA WHITSON | INFINITE BODY

Her Fishtrap

Cold jar swings
from the ceiling.
Coating
its translucence
interior
thick
off white spill.
A residue
memory, and time.

It is another of McGregor’s portals.


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Tanisha Christie
PHOTO: JD URBAN

CONTEXT:
About BAX

Making Diversity Happen


06/23/2016 | by BRIAN McCORMICK | GAY CITY NEWS

"BAX may not share in the glory of world premieres, but its diaspora of artists is renowned. It has become a leading incubator for professional dance, theater, and performance artists to develop their work — and was recognized in February with funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. "

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Marya Warshaw, Paloma McGregor
PHOTO: Fernando Maneca

CONTEXT:
About BAX

Community Profile: Brooklyn Arts Exchange

06/17/2016
by JAIME SHEARN COAN in Conversation with MARYA WARSHAW | DANSPACE PROJECT INC

"It is not uncommon for an artist participating in one of BAX's program to return in another capacity, whether Artists-in-Residence, Space Grant Recipients, Teaching Artists, Artist Advisors..."

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Will
PHOTO: Andrew Nawrocki

CONTEXT:
Beyond the Residency

American Theater Company’s 2016–17 season: three new plays and Inge’s ‘Picnic’


05/17/2016 | by KRIS VIRE | TIME OUT: CHICAGO
Will Davis | AIR (2015- 2016)

"American Theater Company has announced its 2016–17 season, the first slate to be chosen by new artistic director Will Davis. The lineup includes two world premieres, a new play that Davis previously directed in New York, and Davis’s “loving reimagining” of the William Inge classic Picnic.”

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Ni'Ja
PHOTO: Flybird Photography

CONTEXT:
Interview with BAX AIR

Ni'Ja Whitson: The seed knew itself from the beginning


05/13/2016 | by EVA YAA ASANTEWAA | INFINITEBODY

"At one moment in your dance, I suddenly felt a powerful need to hear the sound of Kirsten Flores-Davis’s voice. That happened right before they began a physical struggle to speak what eventually emerged (from both of you) as toxic words. What are your thoughts on how you work with interior and exterior struggle throughout this piece?"

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The
PHOTO: Andrea Mohin for The New York Times

CONTEXT:
Beyond the Residency

Review: For This Spin on 'Sleeping Beauty,' Someday Her Princess Will Come


05/01/2016 | by BRIAN SIEBERT | THE NEW YORK TIMES


"Sleeping Beauty and the Beast" | Katy Pyle and Jules Skloot with the company Ballez | AIR (2013- 2015)
La MaMa Ellen Stewart Theatre | 04/29-05/08/2016

"Revision is the mission of Ballez, Ms. Pyle’s company of lesbian, gay and transgender performers, who rewrite fairy-tale story ballets to include people who self-identify the same way. Its adaptation of “Sleeping Beauty” is conceived with impressive thoroughness and many delightfully apt, even brilliant choices.”

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The
PHOTO: Theo Coté for InfiniteBody

CONTEXT:
Beyond the Residency

Ballez: La MaMa Moves presents ballet on the wild side


04/30/2016 | by EVA YAA ASANTEWAA | INFINITEBODY
"Sleeping Beauty and the Beast" | Katy Pyle and Jules Skloot with the company Ballez | AIR (2013- 2015)
La MaMa Ellen Stewart Theatre | 04/29-05/08/2016

"So big that--well, you know those old timers who regale you with stories about being there when so-and-so made her stunning debut or first danced with Nureyev and knocked their socks off in that difficult role? One day, if you're lucky, you will be that old timer, unable to shut up about how you saw Ballez premiere Sleeping Beauty & The Beast at La MaMa Moves.”

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Erin
PHOTO: Erin Markey & Becca Blackwell by Allison Michael Orenstein, Art Direction by Signe Mae Olson

CONTEXT:
Beyond the Residency

Sustaining Intimacy
With Erin Markey and Becca Blackwell


01/13/2016 | by ELIZA BENT | AMERICAN THEATRE

"A Ride on the Irish Cream" | Erin Markey | AIR (2013- 2015)
Abrons Arts Center | 01/13-01/31/2016

"The couple, costarring in ‘A Ride on the Irish Cream’ at Abrons Arts Center, realize that writing about your relationship can be a double-edged sword.”

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Erin
PHOTO: Krista Schlueter for The New York Times

CONTEXT:
Beyond the Residency

A 'Barbie From Outer Space'
Touches Down on a New Stage


01/12/2016 | by JASON ZINOMAN | THE NEW YORK TIMES
"A Ride on the Irish Cream" | Erin Markey | AIR (2013- 2015)
Abrons Arts Center | 01/13-01/31/2016

"Such incongruities come easily to Ms. Markey, who veers from scary intensity to a strange plastic prettiness that makes her seem like a character out of a lost Disney cartoon that the company decided not to release to the public. Tina Satter, the Half Straddle company’s leader, who has directed her four times, describes her stage presence as “very alien, like Barbie from outer space.”

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Anna
PHOTO: Courtesy of the Artist

CONTEXT:
Beyond the Residency

Review: Anna Sperber's Plays With Light, Movement and Architecture in 'Ruptured Horizon'


06/04/2015 | by GIA KOURLAS | THE NEW YORK TIMES
"Ruptured Horizon" | Anna Sperber | AIR (2013 - 2015)
Gibney Dance | 06/03 - 06/06 and 06/10 - 06/13/2015

"“Ruptured Horizon” isn’t the first time Anna Sperber, a Brooklyn choreographer, has shown a fascination for the light and architecture of a space and then turned it into a frame for a non-narrative dance. How does movement alter a room? How does it make a space expand and recede?"

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Katy
PHOTO: Hedia Maron for InfiniteBody

CONTEXT:
Beyond the Residency

On the APAP Trail: Half Straddle and Ballez


01/11/2015 | by EVA YAA ASANTEWAA | INFINITEBODY
"The Firebird" | Katy Pyle | AIR (2013 - 2015)
Abrons Arts Center | 01/10 - 01/11/2015

"The 45-minute program, beautifully lit by designer Carrie Wood, sampled the Ballez repertoire, including a suite from The Firebird, A Ballez; the Dying Swan excerpt from Sleeping Beauty & the Beast; and the smoking 1993 Club Suite from that last piece. With the exception of the striking Dying Swan solo--attributed to Pyle and dancer Michael Helland after the Fokine choreography for Pavlova--the other works are the handiwork of Pyle and Jules Skloot in collaboration with their ensemble."

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Jillian
PHOTO: Andrea Mohin for The New York Times

CONTEXT:
Beyond the Residency

Mirror Images Replicating in a Self-Contained Realm


10/05/2014 | by SIOBHAN BURKE | THE NEW YORK TIMES
"Polly Pocket: Expansion Pack" | Jillian Peña | AIR (2013 - 2015)
Danspace Project | 10/2 - 10/4/2014

"Much like the toy from which the piece takes its name — miniature plastic dolls in a miniature foldout house — their world is a kind of airtight pod we can peer into, sectioned off from ours by a low white wall along the front of the space and white curtains on either side. They have fuel (a water cooler), and they’ll need it. Time unfolds relentlessly here, a limitless resource, marked by a steady stream of precise steps, ballet steps especially, and the dancers’ methodical counting."

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Paloma
PHOTO: Courtesy of the Artist

CONTEXT:
Interview with BAX AIR

Critical Correspondence


08/15/2014 | by ABIGAIL LEVINE | CRITICAL CORRESPONDENCE

"While attending and dancing in Ishmael Houston-Jones’s 2012 Danspace Project platform series Parallels, artist-activist Paloma McGregor began to think about the lack of experimental forums in which Black dance artists were well-represented. How had the idea of artistic experimentation and radicality become tied to White culture? And untied from Black culture? Were critics and presenters coming to Black experimental work with an understanding of its context and concerns? Were the notions of political commitments and aesthetic experimentation being read as incompatible by dominant cultural forces in this country?"

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Erin
PHOTO: from "A Ride on the Irish Cream" promotional postcard

CONTEXT:
Interview with BAX AIR

The Helix Interview: Erin Markey


05/09/2014 | by DAN FISHBACK| THE HELIX QUEER PERFORMANCE NETWORK

"I’ve heard Becca talk about what kinds of roles they would like to play,
and we tried to actively incorporate some of that into this role, because people are good at the things they want to do. It’s called hunger. It’s called being alive. And that is something I like to watch and be a part of. I’m like, let’s see that pontoon boat act a little more like Stanley Kowalski would. And hot damn if that pontoon boat isn’t Marlon Brando, you know?"


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PHOTO: Iquo Issien


CONTEXT:
Interview with BAX AIR

""I'll be around...": Love and Forté transform BAX"


4/26/2014 | by EVA YAA ASANTEWAA | InfiniteBody

"These two women--we first see each one creeping, sprawling or sliding over surfaces from wall to wall--are immensely free and forceful in physicality and voice. Uncontained and uncontainable, they spring from deep time and deep places parallel to our own. I think of their work here as both shamanic and clowning (in the shamanic sense). There is no separation of the heart between Love and nature, and none between Forté--who thinks nothing of dancing large with hefty kitchen knife in hand--and pure emotion. Illumined and illuminating beings, they frighten and they thrill."

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Love|Forte's

PHOTO: Iquo Issien


CONTEXT:
Interview with BAX AIR

"Nia Love and Marjani Fortè begins tonight!"


04/24/2014 | by CHARMAINE WARREN

"Memory Witholdings "...examines memory residing in the bodies and practices of African descendant communities in North America. [Love and Fortè looks at what they call]...a sea of ambiguity around race and inequity, [where] what seems clear, is the value of culture as a humanizing element that informs conversations seeking to dismantle inequity."

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Max
PHOTO: Adam Gardiner

CONTEXT:
Interview with BAX AIR

"MAX STEELE’S MAPPLETHORPE:
The ginger performer talks about his latest show at BAX"


04/24/2014 | by JAMES MCDONALD | GAYLETTER

"Max Steele is a 29-½ year old Brooklyn-based artist, and a modern-day renaissance man if ever there was one. Writer of the psychedelic porno poetry zine Scorcher, member of queercore goth rap duo B0DYH1GH, actor who’s graced La MaMa and LOGO TV, performance artist, and “go-go boy of the damned” at New York’s queer punk party QxBxRx, his is the boundless talent that inspires and sort of intimidates. His effortless charm, obvious intelligence and humor, however, make him refreshingly approachable – his cheeky smile practically jumps out from his words."

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Max
PHOTO: Maansi Jain for Gayletter

CONTEXT:
Interview with BAX AIR


Max Steele Wants to Help You Seduce Yourself


04/22/2014 | by PARKER BRUCE | GAYLETTER

"We met Max Steele, the day after 4/20, at BAX in Park Slope where he’s performing his show ‘Encourager‘ this Friday April 26 and Saturday April 27 at 8pm, and this Sunday April 28 at 6pm. We played a round of “Kill, Marry, Fuck,” discussed his current favorite Spice Girl songs, and talked about how self-help might be the new porn (or how self-help and porn might not be that disparate at the end of the day)."

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PHOTO: Ashley Lopez

CONTEXT:
Interview with BAX AIRs


The Dance Enthusiast Hits the Streets to Ask About Memory


04/21/2014 | by ASHLEY LOPEZ | THE DANCE ENTHUSIAST

Memory is wide open because it’s not tangible. It’s kind of ethereal. It’s also nostalgic and can be full of pain and pleasure. I think the translation of memory on the body opens itself into all different kinds of gestures that are really predicated on emotion and depend on what the memory was and what it held.

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Luciana
PHOTO: Courtesy of the Artist

CONTEXT:
Interview with BAX AIR


Q&A: Luciana Achugar talks about her new dance OTRO TEATRO


03/20/2014 | by GIA KOULAS | TIME OUT NEW YORK

"Choreographer Luciana Achugar wants to change people's experiences of the theater—not make them to think differently, but to feel something new. Her new work OTRO TEATRO, which runs Apr 2–5 at New York Live Arts, translates to "another theater" or "other theater;" like her recent works PURO DESEO, FEEL...FORM and her River-to-River Festival foray, it reimagines the space and time of a performance."

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PHOTO: Bitch Magazine

CONTEXT:
Beyond the Residency

Dance Dance Revolution: The Queer New World of Ballez


03/10/2014 | by ELYSSA GOODMAN | BITCH MAGAZINE

"Swan Lake. Sleeping Beauty. Cinderella. Traditional ballets where
Helpless Princess is saved by Handsome Prince
She is slim and delicate, he is handsome and muscular.
They’re tales told to us from childhood. But what about the lives
and bodies missing from these stories? Katy Pyle noticed this absence,
and created a new form of nongendered movement that is at once
dance company, technique, and witty pun: Ballez. But the name isn’t the only thing queering ballet.
With Ballez, Pyle has created a safe space for people to dance as themselves­­, not as swans or princes,
and not framing their bodies in the context of the typical gendered performance of ballet at all."


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Parent/Artist
PHOTO: Margaret Sunghe Paek by Ian Douglas

CONTEXT:
About BAX

Park Slope Nonprofit Gives Artists Raising Young Children a Helping Hand


02/05/2014 | by LESLIE ALBRECHT | DNAinfo

"It was really productive, not only in terms of reporting on the grant but in figuring out how to sustain working in the arts while being a parent," Westwood said. "It taught me that the way you figure it out is that you just have to do it."

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PHOTO: Iquo Essien

CONTEXT:
Performance at BAX

LOVE | FORTE: A Collective's Memory Witholdings


05/05/2013 | by A. NIA AUSTIN-EDWARDS | THE DANCE ENTHUSIAST

"LOVE|FORTÉ, A Collective's Memory Withholdings opens with Marjani Forté, face powdered white, curled under a table. The work goes on to engage the audience in a journey of memories -- a woman with no name, garlic and onions, Mississippi River flooding, vegetable picking, cooking, and more. In the process they fill the space, the Theater at BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange, and create a series of worlds within.

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Katy
PHOTO: courtesy of Brooklyn Arts Exchange

CONTEXT:
Interview with BAX AIR

An Afternoon with the Ballez


05/01/2013 | by I.N. HAFEZI | THE HELIX QUEER PERFORMANCE NETWORK

"The Ballez Company performed its premiere work, The Firebird: A Ballez in May 2013 for Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church in the Bowery. The company, made up of a rotating cast of queer- and trans-identified (and politicized) cast members hailing from a variety of performance (and non-performance) backgrounds, followed up the three night, sold-out run that October with The Firebird: A Ballez, Reprisal."

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Max
PHOTO: Daniel Rampulla for Gay City News

CONTEXT:
Interview with BAX AIR


Being Max Steele


04/10/2013 | by BRIAN MCCORMICK | GAY CITY NEWS

"I feel like the word failure has kind of gotten a bad rap through overuse. The forces that feed my imagination are things like failure, fear, exhaustion, anger, resentment, doubt. These are understood as negative feelings, so we intuitively seek to avoid them. But, of course, they’re unavoidable, so I’ve been working to incorporate them into my art and find a way to feel free and excited and sexy while also feeling like a fuck-up."

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PHOTO: Illustration by Devin Wallace for GAYLETTER

CONTEXT:
Interview with BAX AIR

MAX STEELE’S MAPPLETHORPE


04/2013 | by JAMES MCDONALD | GAYLETTER

"Your character’s chosen name, Mapplethorpe, is consciously disconnected from photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, but I’m assuming he’s had an influence on you personally? He’s influenced me insofar as he’s an icon. The show isn’t about him at all because no one could do a show about his legacy and do justice to it. It’s an impossible position, which is interesting to me. I wouldn’t say he’s an influence, but his status as an often-claimed yet untouchable icon influenced me."

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Jillian
PHOTO: Credit Ian Douglas for The New York Times

CONTEXT:
Beyond the Residency

Complex Geometry and Sinuous Moves


12/09/2012 | by BRIAN SEIBERT | THE NEW YORK TIMES
"Guiding Light" | Jillian Peña | AIR (2013 - 2015)
The Chocolate Factory | 12/05 - 12/08/2012

"As you walk into the Chocolate Factory, where the hourlong dance had its premiere on Wednesday, Cassie Mey, Lea Fulton and Alexandra Albrecht invitingly offer you wine. Then, in gold unitards embellished with lace shirt fronts and cuffs (smartly designed by Reid Bartelme), they do ballet exercises."

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PHOTO: Chrissy Passagno. Courtesy the Chocolate Factory.

CONTEXT:
Beyond the Residency


Closer, Please


06/04/2012 | by SIOBHAN BURKE | THE BROOKLYN RAIL

"There was plenty to think about, plenty of theorizing to be done about the members of this cultish clan and the place they inhabited. But the more physical they got, the more cerebral my experience became. The more they lost themselves, the wider the gap between my world and theirs. Is this what unbound, free-wheeling form feels like?"

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PHOTO: Ian Douglas for The New York Times

CONTEXT:
Beyond the Residency

Peekaboo With a Curtain and Cascading Hair


05/22/2012 | by BRIAN SEIBERT | THE NEW YORK TIMES

"Beyond the commentary on hair and bodies and theatricality, Ms. Achugar seems to be after some cathartic ritual experience. At several points, when the women turn inward to one another and point their feet, they resemble a grouping on a Grecian urn — initiates into a cult. "

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Eva
PHOTO: Susan Kraft for the NYPL

CONTEXT:
About BAX

The Dance Oral History Channel:
Marya Warshaw Interview, Excerpt


03/19/2012 | by EVA YAA ASANTEWAA | NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY

"In this opening segment of the interview (approximately 48 mins.), Marya Warshaw describes her parents and family background as well as important early teachers and mentors in her life including June Finch. She remembers studying at the New Dance Group studio and working with Charles Weidman. Warshaw describes the social and cultural climate of her childhood and her appreciation of the diverse creative education she received.

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Katy
PHOTO: Courtesy of the Artist

CONTEXT:
Interview with BAX AIR

"Queering the Point(e): Katy Pyle in Conversation with Marissa Perel"


02/29/2012 | by MARISSA PEREL | CRITICAL CORRESPONDENCE

"There is ballet in it, yeah. I feel like, because it’s this kind of new thing, I get to define what I want it to be. So, I am just taking all the things that I really liked about ballet, mainly these characters that are really magical and bright and fantastical, and movement that is fun to do and kind of exciting. It’s contained, but it’s not too contained. I have a “corps de Ballez” which are eight really hot, queer persons. And, that’s what’s similar about them: they are all hot and queer and have short hair. Other than that, they are really different. Their bodies are different and they’re not the same height versus a traditional corps de ballet, where everyone’s really encouraged to look exactly the same. We are playing with that sort of known form, having this group of people that are representing sameness, and just fucking with it."

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Levi
PHOTO: Paula Court for Dance Beat

CONTEXT:
Beyond the Residency

Take Them Disappearing


02/15/2012 | by DEBORAH JOWITT | DANCEBEAT
"Counterfeit Scenario" | Levi Gonzalez | AIR (2010 - 2012)
The Kitchen | 02/09 - 02/11/2012

"Gonzalez and Green walk along, mirror each other, and dance in understated side-by side unison, as if they’re having a nice, easy-going time. And we’re left to applaud the very theatrical anti-theatricality of the piece, and to head home contemplating what’s counterfeit and what’s real, and how much of the “realness” might be an illusion and the presumed spontaneity planned. Even when you believe you have the answers, you know Gonzalez has counted on your asking the questions."

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PHOTO: Julieta Cervantes for The New York Times

CONTEXT:
Beyond the Residency


High Winds, a Rock Star Moment and a Touch of the Velvet Underground


02/10/2012 | by CLAUDIA LA ROCCO | THE NEW YORK TIMES

"Amanda Loulaki and Levi Gonzalez deserve to have their own evenings of work, so that their quietly loaded dances have the time and space to resonate with their audiences. But if they are to be presented on a shared bill, they might as well be with each other"

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YouthWorks
PHOTO: YouthWorks rehearsal by Fernando Maneca

CONTEXT:
Youth Education

YouthWorks Celebrates 20 Years


05/2011 | by HANNAH MARIA HAYES
Lifetime Learners (Dance Magazine & Dance Teacher)

The coaches help guide the creative process. They’re not teaching in a traditional sense or imposing personal aesthetics on the work, says Donna Costello, YouthWorks coordinator and director of BAX’s Dance Performance Workshop. “Supporting a young person’s imagination is incredible. Anyone can have an idea but to have it realized is an incredible, important thing to learn,” she says. “With Youthworks, adults are supporting that. In that beautiful naïve way, the young artists realize that they can do anything they want.”

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PHOTO: Ryutaro Mishima

CONTEXT:
Interview with BAX AIR

10 MINUTES WITH LEVI GONZALEZ


04/29/2011 | by MAURA DONOHUE | CULTUREBOT

"The meditation that I’m doing is partially out of personal need. I’ve been very interested in Buddhism in the past year. It’s been a rough couple years in personal and artistic ways. I had one foot in dance and one foot out. I’ve been reconnecting to enjoying dance as a way of life. So, it’s been a hard couple years and meditation has been what has helped me."

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Levi
PHOTO: Ryutaro Mishima

CONTEXT:
Interview with BAX AIR

Conversation With Levi Gonzalez, Artist in Residence at Brooklyn Arts Exchange


04/27/2011 | by CARRIE STERN | BROOKLYN DAILY EAGLE

"Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX) is mid-way through its 20th season. The Artists in Residence (AIR) program began in its second year, providing “artists of a certain stature, with long-term residencies allowing them to spend many weeks exploring,” says Artistic Director Marya Warshaw. A few weeks ago Levi Gonzalez, a 2010-11 AIR, spoke about what the residency has meant to him."

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PHOTO: Alex Escalante

CONTEXT:
PERFORMANCE AT BAX

AUDIO PREVIEWS: Marya Warshaw and Levi Gonzalez


04/16/2011 | by EVA YAA ASANTEWAA | INFINITEBODY
"AUDIO PREVIEWS" | Marya Warshaw and Levi Gonzalez | AIR (2010 - 2012)
Brooklyn Arts Exchange | 04/29/2011 - 05/01/2011

"Ultimately the work examines the intimacy of the relationship between performer and audience, and how we navigate this shared experience."

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Dan
PHOTO: from the 'thirtynothing' promotional postcard

CONTEXT:
Interview with BAX AIR


Important and Intimate: Dan Fishback's 'thirtynothing' at BAX


04/11/2011 | by MARIBETH THEROUX | EXAMINER

"Upon entering Brooklyn Arts Exchange’s (BAX) clean, welcoming space, there is the vague sense that important things happen here. Photographs of artists-in-residence taken during rehearsals and collaborative meetings line a hallway, seeming to reveal that BAX is devoted as much to the process of creating theater, dance, and art, as they are to sharing it."

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Shannon
PHOTO: courtesy of the Brooklyn Arts Exchange

CONTEXT:
About BAX

BAX Upstart Festival Curators Discuss Standout Choreography


03/03/2011 | by CARRIE STERN | BROOKLYN DAILY EAGLE

"So you moved to New York last spring. You just graduated from college; maybe you have an MFA in dance in your pocket. You managed to find a room, probably in Brooklyn, unless you live with your parents, and a job to pay the rent. But you want to make dances. That’s why you came here, to be a choreographer. But how to start?"

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Luciana
PHOTO: Angela Jimenez for The Brooklyn Rail

CONTEXT:
Beyond the Residency


Creeping in a Castle in the Dark


04/30/2010 | by GIA KOULAS | THE NEW YORK TIMES
"Puro Deseo" | luciana achugar | AIR (2009 - 2011)
The Kitchen | 04/29 - 05/02/2010

"The work, her most sophisticated to date, is at once stripped down and, for the first half at least, amplified by an uncanny theatricality that fluctuates between gothic horror and the primal, moving body. While she has frequently choreographed for women, conjuring a communal atmosphere of feminine mystique, “Puro Deseo” signifies a departure, frankly welcome: Ms. Achugar performs with Michael Mahalchick, her longtime collaborator and dramaturge. They are equals."

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PHOTO: Natalie Behring for The New York Times


CONTEXT:
Youth Education


Going the Distance to Get a Child to a Magnet School


09/07/2009 | By SUSAN DOMINUS | THE NEW YORK TIMES

"She loves partnerships, and has already forged some for her school with the Brooklyn Arts Exchange and the Brooklyn Historical Society. Taking advantage of the chancellor’s move to entrust principals with their own budgets means, for Ms. Taylor, buying 75 new violins, and toughing it out without a secretary."

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Sam
PHOTO: Rachel Roberts for Backstage

CONTEXT:
Beyond the Residency

Darling


06/25/2009 | by JASON FITZGERALD | BACKSTAGE
"Darling" | Sam Kim | AIR (2007 - 2009)
Performance Space 122 | 06/24 - 06/28/2009

"The most memorable moments in Darling, the new dance-theatre piece by choreographer Sam Kim, are the many entrances and exits of its four dancers. One emerges like a vampire at dusk from below the wide black staircase that dominates the stage. Another falls out of a window above the top step, and we watch her legs floating in space for many minutes. Later she reappears behind a door that opens in a long, eerie silence."

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Sam
PHOTO: Courtesy of the Artist

CONTEXT:
Interview with BAX AIR

Darling Benefits From BAX Artist-in-Residence Program


04/29/2009 | by CARRIE STERN | BROOKLYN DAILY EAGLE

"Arts and artists in progress.” BAX (Brooklyn Arts Exchange), in keeping with it’s motto, has established itself as a nurturer of artists in all phases of their career. Each year four artists are chosen as Artist-in-Residence. Many have gone on to contribute important new work and approaches to movement."

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PHOTO: Sara Krulwich for the New York Times

CONTEXT:
Beyond the Residency


An Evening in Black and White From a Playwright Who Is Neither


01/27/2009 | by PATRICK HEALY | THE NEW YORK TIMES

""Audiences have been laughing more enthusiastically since the positive reviews have been published, and it’s so painful sometimes," she said. “I know that’s unfair of me because I wrote it to be funny, and the performers are funny, but I feel there is so much in there that people should not laugh at. Part of me would rather have them sit there in silent uneasiness.""

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Young
PHOTO: Sara Krulwich for The New York Times

CONTEXT:
Beyond the Residency

Off-Center Refractions of African-American Worlds


01/12/2009 | by CHARLES ISHERWOOD | THE NEW YORK TIMES
"The Shipment" | Young Jean Lee | AIR (2006 - 2008)
The Kitchen | 01/08 - 01/31/2009

"But both the play’s surface realism and the lurid incidents Ms. Lee sprinkles across it are really just diversionary tactics meant to keep us guessing about the larger game she’s playing. To say much more would be to spoil the sucker punch line, but as she does in the best of the material in “The Shipment,” Ms. Lee sets you thinking about how we unconsciously process experience — at the theater, or in life — through the filter of racial perspective, and how hard it can be to see the world truly in something other than black and white."

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PHOTO: Credit Richard Finkelstein


CONTEXT:
Performance at BAX

Cora Dance's "Prey"


12/12/2008 | by CARRIE STERN | BROOKLYN DAILY EAGLE

"Entering bent, this finally tuned trio clutch, turn, and contract like creatures in pain. Woven throughout, a chorus of dancers runs in, out, around, slamming doors, heightening the energy. Squatting and crawling around the edge of the room, they nearly touch the audience—so close to them do they dance. Silently manipulated by leaders and dancers who gesture and surround the audience, the lines are gently pushed into place to watch the weird rite."

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Nami
PHOTO: courtesy of the Brooklyn Arts Exchange

CONTEXT:
Performance at BAX

Nami Yamamoto


11/17/2008 | by JIM DOWLING | DANCE MAGAZINE

"Nami Yamamoto’s the last word was PAPIREPOSE defies attempted explanations. The stark, uncompromising product of a two-year BAX residency takes form as a procession of scenes with evocative names like “a visitor in my window” and “a pair of steep eyes.”"

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Andrew
PHOTO: Rachel Papo for The New York Times

CONTEXT:
Beyond the Residency

Rejected Bits and Pieces of Dance, Recycled


09/04/2008 | by ALASTAIR MACAULAY | THE NEW YORK TIMES
"Accursed Items" | Andrew Dinwiddie | AIR (2007 - 2008)
Ontological Theater at St. Mark's Church | 09/03 - 09/06/2008

"“I have but gathered a nosegay of strange flowers, and have put nothing of mine unto it but the thread to bind them,” Montaigne wrote. From that, Lord Wavell took “Other Men’s Flowers” as the title for his own fine poetry anthology."

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Andrew
PHOTO: Agnes Bolt for The New York Times

CONTEXT:
Beyond the Residency

Say, Just Whose Choreography Is This?


08/22/2008 | by CLAUDIA LA ROCCO | THE NEW YORK TIMES
"Accursed Items" | Andrew Dinwiddie | AIR (2007 - 2008)
Ontological Theater at St. Mark's Church | 09/03 - 09/06/2008

"Mr. Dinwiddie is among a number of choreographers whose recent work raises questions of authorship and originality. Rather than creating a unique movement language, à la Martha Graham or Merce Cunningham, and maintaining a company of dancers to hone those techniques, they are focusing on conceptual issues, drawing on collaborators who shift from project to project and employing new strategies to share information. In short, these artists are playing with the very definition of choreography."

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Young
PHOTO: Ryan Jensen for the New York Times

CONTEXT:
Beyond the Residency

Confronting Questions of Faith With a Few New Responses


05/09/2007 | by JASON ZINOMAN | THE NEW YORK TIMES

"Her slyly subversive drama ambushes its audience with an earnest and surprisingly moving Christian church service that might be the most unlikely provocation produced in years.
With a cast of speakers, Ms. Lee, described in the press materials as a nonbelieving daughter of Korean-American evangelicals, portrays the kind of Christians secular downtown hipsters may find hard to dismiss: open-minded, liberal, tolerant."


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Victoria
PHOTO: courtesy of Brooklyn Arts Exchange

CONTEXT:
Interview with BAX AIR


To Bare or Not to Bare?


07/10/2006 | by CARLEY PETESCH | THE BROOKLYN RAIL

"But my idea of burlesque was short-sighted and oversimplified. I pictured women in extravagant costumes finding dramatic ways to be naked, shake their asses and titillate audiences in low-lit, overcrowded clubs where a view of the action was difficult. I had no idea who these performers were or what the point was—until I took Victoria Libertore’s (aka Howling Vic.) four-week Burlesque class at the Brooklyn Arts Exchange with eleven other amazing women."

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Allison
PHOTO: Richard Termine for The New York Times

CONTEXT:
Performance at BAX

Fantasy All Tangled Up in Allison Farrow's 'Tiny Open Sky'


04/24/2006 | by CLAUDIA LA ROCCO | THE NEW YORK TIMES

"So the philosopher Paul Virilio, the speedster Craig Breedlove and the film star Marlene Dietrich walk into a bar.
O.K., not a bar — a studio, where they spend the next two years getting scrambled through Allison Farrow's imagination, along with some film, åç movement and lots of mystifying monologues. What comes out is "Tiny Open Sky," performed by Arturo Vidich and Ms. Farrow on Saturday at the Brooklyn Arts Exchange in Park Slope, where Ms. Farrow is coming to the end of a two-year artistic residency."


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Melissa
PHOTO: Courtesy of the Artist

CONTEXT:
Beyond the Residency

A Choreographer Takes a Page From Four Books


11/02/2005 | by ROSLYN SULCAS | THE NEW YORK TIMES
"Book Dances" | Melissa Briggs | AIR (2003 - 2005)
First Unitarian Church | 11/04 - 11/06/2005

"Melissa Briggs's "Book Dances" is intriguingly conceived. Four scenes from four famous works of fiction are staged in different parts of the First Unitarian Church in Brooklyn Heights and presented in turn to four circulating groups from the audience. Happily, on Saturday night, the effect was as interesting as the premise."

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PHOTO: Chris Goldstein

CONTEXT:
Beyond the Residency


The American Living Room


7/27/2005 | by MARTIN DENTON | nytheatre.com
"Drinking the Kool-Aid" | Fernando Maneca | AIR (2004 - 2006)
HERE Arts Center | 7/25 - 7/26/2005

"One of the smartest things he does is to make us rethink our initial reaction to the two films: we start off laughing at them, because they're so darned hokey and quaint; and then we realize, as the rest of the ideas and images in the show enter our consciousness, that the notions presented in them are much too vitally important for us to mock or take for granted. Especially in America in 2005."

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Faye

PHOTO: Courtesy of the Artist

CONTEXT:
Interview with BAX AIR

Faye Driscoll: Wow Mom Wow


06/09/2005 | by CELINA | FEMINISTING

"Faye Driscoll is a daring and thought-provoking choreographer who is currently an artist in residence at the Brooklyn Arts Exchange in NY. She has toured internationally as a dancer and has taken her choreographed shows on the road across the U.S."

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CONTEXT:
Marya Warshaw is quoted on the dance field's migration to Brooklyn.

Dance's Vanguard Stakes Out Brooklyn


4/01/2005 | By ERIKA KINETZ | THE NEW YORK TIMES

"A lot of younger people live in the outer boroughs, particularly in Brooklyn," said Marya Warshaw, 53, the director of the Brooklyn Arts Exchange, who has been presenting dance in the borough since 1991. "They are interested in going out to see things where they live, and there's less stigma attached to traveling to Brooklyn than when I was younger."

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Melissa Briggs Dance and Nami Yamamoto
PHOTO: Angela Jimenez for The Brooklyn Rail

CONTEXT:
Performance at BAX

Emerging Choreographers: Melissa Briggs Dance and Nami Yamamoto


04/01/2004 | by LAURA BARCELLA | THE BROOKLYN RAIL

"Melissa Briggs has a thing for trains. While the Brooklyn-based choreographer, who is currently an artist-in-residence at the Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX) in Park Slope, doesn’t state this explicitly in conversation, it’s implicit in her work, where trains play a significant role both in her CityStory (2002) and in her latest work The Book Project. Here, trains link three very different, but equally fascinating pairs of classic literary characters. “Trains have a really interesting part; they’re a symbol of industrialization,” says Briggs. “As these scenes move [chronologically] through time, it’s what ties them together.”"

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PHOTO: Ted Maki for the Brooklyn Rail


CONTEXT:
Mentions BAX


Dancing in the Real World


10/01/2003 | by SHANTI CRAWFORD | THE BROOKLYN RAIL

"Like an increasing number of site-specific performances in Brooklyn, these works explore the idea that location can be a dynamic element of performance; it can shape the creation process, contribute to a work’s meaning, and, in some cases, take “center stage,” so to speak."

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PHOTO: Tim Trumble

CONTEXT:
Beyond the Residency

DANCE; Casting a Critical Eye on Dances, Including His Own


10/27/2002 | By GIA KOURLAS | THE NEW YORK TIMES

"He recalled his response when Marya Warshaw, director of the Brooklyn Arts Exchange, where he was an artist in residence, once asked him what he wanted people to think about his work: ''I said, 'I just want them to think I'm intelligent.' Because I've made so many stupid mistakes.''"

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Melissa
PHOTO: Courtesy of the Artist

CONTEXT:
Performance at BAX

Women at Risk


04/30/2002 | by DEBORAH JOWITT | THE VILLAGE VOICE

"The hardy Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX) has a history of presenting bold new work. Melissa Briggs's in-progress Citystory certainly deserves both adjectives. Her dancers (Kelly Bartnik, Donna Costello, Toni Melaas, and Mindy Nelson) have the look of apprentices in a society they're just beginning to understand. Their eyes are blackened, and each has a black line running from under her chin to the neckline of her maroon outfit. Their dancing is loose, but strong and clear."

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PHOTO: Courtesy of Brooklyn Arts Exchange

CONTEXT:
Performance at BAX

She Is She Is She Is


02/22/2002 | by LAUREL GRAEBER | THE NEW YORK TIMES

"The 40-minute production follows Rose in her quest to take a lawn chair to the top of a mountain. Her best friend, Willie, who has a pet lion named Billie, is also involved, as well as an otter, an owl and a pair of dogs: Pepe, a neighbor's pooch, and Rose's pet, Love, who likes asparagus."

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Marya
PHOTO: Jay Muhlin for The Village Voice

CONTEXT:
About BAX

Incubator Space


04/24/2001 | by MARYA WARSHAW | THE VILLAGE VOICE

"Since 1991 BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange has awarded 10 artist-in-residence grants and 56 space grants totaling more than 6000 hours of space to create dance. When the recipient artists, all of whom also had opportunities to present their work during their residencies, are asked what is most important to them, they name space, time, support, and a safe place to take risks."

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PHOTO: Courtesy of BAX

CONTEXT:
About BAX

NEIGHBORHOOD REPORT: PARK SLOPE; An Exhibit's Novel Theme: The Artists Own Hard Hats


05/20/2001 | by TARA BAHRAMPOUR | THE NEW YORK TIMES

"Over the years he'd noticed that many house painters, carpenters and others he met on jobs were artists on the side -- or the other way around. 'There are a lot of people who are artists and do this kind of stuff in order to survive.'"

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PHOTO: Courtesy of BAX

CONTEXT:
Beyond the Residency

Starting Off With a Birthday, Then Seeking the Holy Spirit


09/39/2000 | by JACK ANDERSON | THE NEW YORK TIMES

"It's not often that choreographers serve audiences cake. But Reggie Wilson did that on Wednesday night when his Reggie Wilson/Fist and Heel Performance Group appeared at Dance Theater Workshop. The occasion was his 33rd birthday."

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PHOTO: Courtesy of BAX

CONTEXT:
Beyond the Residency

Shadowy Half-Lives Cavort With the Ghosts of Swing


03/19/1999 | by JENNIFER DUNNING | THE NEW YORK TIMES

"Ghosts from several worlds and times inhabit Dean Moss's new ''Spooky Action at a Distance,'' performed on Wednesday night at the Kitchen. Most immediate are the ghosts embodied by Mr. Moss and his dancers, Kacie Chang and Marcelo Coutinho."

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PHOTO: Courtesy of BAX

CONTEXT:
About BAX

NEIGHBORHOOD REPORT: PARK SLOPE; Community Arts Protect the Arts from Extinction in Schools


02/18/1996 | by SOMINI SENGUPTA | THE NEW YORK TIMES | Jose Garcia

"Professionals like Mr. Garcia, and arts groups like the Gowanus Arts Exchange, are rays of light in city schools where fiscal belt-tightening has all but eclipsed arts instruction."

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PHOTO: Courtesy of BAX

CONTEXT:
Beyond the Residency

In Performance; DANCE


02/14/1995 | by JENNIFER DUNNING | THE NEW YORK TIMES |

"Music and dance spilled out over the stage in "A Black Burlesque," a full-evening theater and dance piece created by Reggie Wilson and performed by his Fist and Heel Performance Group on Saturday night.."

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A
PHOTO: Andrea Mohin for The New York Times

CONTEXT:
About BAX

DANCE; A Plie Grows in Brooklyn


1/23/1994 | by JENNIFER DUNNING | THE NEW YORK TIMES

"During the day, the studios may be filled with performers rehearsing for a show or children learning how to dance. In the office, a space partitioned off the small lobby, a woman is likely to be working on a newsletter or meeting with dancers, musicians or producers. At night, the larger of the two studios becomes a little theater, simple but well equipped, for programs of dance, music and theater by artists from the neighborhood, the city and beyond. One night, a dancer and a violinist may be found winding around each other in a dreamlike collaborative duet; another night, a comedian may be found portraying a dithering fund-raiser gone amok."

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PHOTO: Fernando Maneca

CONTEXT:
About BAX

Two Not-So-August Outposts for Modern Dance


03/23/1990 | by JENNIFER DUNNING | THE NEW YORK TIMES

"Both BACA and the Exchange present fully produced dance series that offer not only a stage, but also publicity and technical assistance to modern-dance choreographers without home bases and stable companies - a group that has increased exponentially with the spiraling costs of living, training and creating in Manhattan."

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