LIVE IDEAS 2017: MX'D MESSAGES Curated by Mx Justin Vivian Bond
Curator's Note When I was asked to curate the 2017 Live Ideas Festival at New York Live Arts we were just at the beginning of a harrowing presidential election cycle in the United States, Brexit seemed like a long shot, and North Carolina's "bathroom bill" had not yet been signed. As history has proven time and again, for better or worse, things can change very quickly. We’re living in an extremist age. Religious extremism is tearing entire cultures apart, racism continues to divide communities in violent ways and gender fundamentalism is used as a justification to torment and bully gender non-conforming people worldwide. Now more than ever, it is imperative that we join with people from all parts of the world in reexamining our strategies in support of women’s rights, people of color, protections for LGBTQI Communities, religious tolerance, migrant populations and the environment. There is nothing we can take for granted, as misguided patriarchal tropes, xenophobia, economic disparity and populist nationalism seem to be undermining so many of our basic human needs and freedoms.
I’ve been working closely with Bill T. Jones, Janet Wong and Elizabeth Koke to create what we've decided to call Mx’d Messages, an exploration of non-binary strategies to approach some of the most vexing and wide-ranging problems our planet is now facing. We’re bringing together artists, activists, academics, educators, doulas, filmmakers, writers and performers to talk about new ways to approach old problems. If it sounds like we hope to accomplish a lot in just a few days then you're right. YES! We do. Coming of age as an activist and artist in the face of Republican rule and the AIDS epidemic, one cultural phenomenon that was truly inspiring to me was the Queercore scene I was first exposed to in San Francisco in the late 1980s. It seems obvious to me now that the queer anarchists who emerged out of the anti-assimilationist underground of the early Gay Liberation Front along with the radical AIDS activists of that era had a tremendous influence on what found it's way into academia as Queer Theory. The influence of Queercore can be seen in so many of the topics and themes we're contemplating in this festival that it seems fitting and timely to bring together some of the players from the early Queercore Movement to discuss the transformative power of punk as the festival’s keynote, and to close our festival with a punk-themed Vernal Equinox celebration. We all know that we have a lot of work to do. But it’s up to us to come together and drive the narratives of our own time, to build the future we feel safe and comfortable living in.
MX’D MESSAGES IS A CELEBRATION OF THE WORLD(S) WE CREATE WHEN WE FORM ALLIANCES WITH OTHERS WHO LIVE ON THE MARGINS
and when we develop innovative strategies for existing and thriving in the face of extremes and imposing paradigms. Besides, what else should we do in MARCH!?! Otherwise we'll just be sitting around waiting for Spring to come and that's going to happen anyway.
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Mx Justin Vivian Bond Photo by Michael Hart
LIVE IDEAS 2017: MX'D MESSAGES MAR 8–11 7:30PM
Richard Move and MoveOpolis! XXYY (World Premiere) and Martha@20 Theater, Tickets start at $15
MAR 14 5:30PM
Opening Night VIP Reception Studio, $75 includes the Keynote Conversation
MAR 14 7PM
Keynote Conversation: Queer as in F@*K You: Under the Influence of Homocore Theater, Tickets start at $15
MAR 15 1PM
Lunch Time Reading: M. Lamar Funeral Doom Spiritual Studio, Free with suggested donation
MAR 15 2:30PM
Afternoon Delight by Dirty Looks: Hardcore Home Movies Film Series Theater, Tickets start at $10
MAR 15 5:30PM
Happy Hour: Creating Black Futures Studio, Tickets start at $10
MAR 15 8:30PM
Prime Time: Trajal Harrell – The Return of La Argentina OFFSITE @ Participant, Inc, Tickets start at $15
MAR 16 1PM
Lunch Time Reading: Casey Legler-Godspeed Studio, Free with suggested donation
MAR 16 2:30PM
Afternoon Delight by Dirty Looks: Bight of the Twin Film Series Theater, Tickets start at $10
MAR 16 5:30PM
Happy Hour: Exploring Trans Theologies Studio, Tickets start at $10
MAR 16 8PM
Prime Time: THE TEAM – RoosevElvis (Re-MX’D) Theater, Tickets start at $15
Tickets can be purchased at newyorklivearts.org or by calling the box office at 212.924.0077 Hours: M onday–Friday: 5pm–9pm Saturday: 1pm–9pm, Sunday: 1pm–8pm
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SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE MAR 17 1PM
Lunch Time Reading: Vetch Poetry Journal Studio, Free with suggested donation
MAR 17 2:30PM
Afternoon Delight by Dirty Looks: Stadt Der Verlorenen Seelen (City of Lost Souls) Film Series Theater, Tickets start at $10
MAR 17 5:30PM
Happy Hour: UN Commission on the Staus of Women: Where is my Box? Studio, Tickets start at $10
MAR 17 8PM
Prime Time: Chronic/Eclipse Theater, Tickets start at $15
MAR 18 1PM
Workshop: What Would An HIV Doula Do? Studio, Free with suggested donation
MAR 18 5:30PM
Happy Hour: The Road to Trans Visibility: Roles, Trolls, and Tolls Studio, Tickets start at $10
MAR 18 8PM
Prime Time: House of Whimsy Theater, Tickets start at $15
MAR 19 2:30PM
Workshop: Open Xhoir Practice Led by Colin Self Studio, Free with suggested donation
MAR 19 6PM
Ostara Ball: Tea Dance and Closing Party Theater, Tickets start at $15
Support for New York Live Arts is provided by Con Edison, the Joseph and Joan Cullman Foundation for the Arts, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Harkness Foundation for Dance, The Harnisch Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, Metropolitan Capital Bancorp, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, the National Performance Network, the New England Foundation for the Arts, the Oâ€™Donnell- Green Music and Dance Foundation, the Jerome Robbins Foundation, The Fan Fox & Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, The Scherman Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, and The Wege Foundation. Public support for New York Live Arts is from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Live Ideas is sponsored by Passport Magazine
KEYNOTE CONVERSATION MAR 14 7PM
Queer as in F@*K You: Under the Influence of Homocore Tickets start at $15 $75 VIP Tickets include Pre-show Reception New York Live Arts Theater Moderated by Kenny Mellman of Kiki and Herb with musician, writer and performer Lynn Breedlove, the conversation will look at the transformative powers of Punk through the lens of Homocore/Queercore. "The Queercore scene grew out of a generation that bristled against what it saw as the bourgeois trappings of a mainstream gay lifestyle and the macho, hetero hardcore scene that punk -- a movement founded by women, people of color, and gays -- had become. Queercore was a call to arms and storming out of the closet.â€? Out Magazine
LUNCHTIME READINGS Free, suggested donation 3rd Floor Studios
MAR 15 1PM
M. Lamar: Funeral Doom Spiritual
MAR 16 1PM
Casey Legler: Godspeed
MAR 17 1PM
Vetch Poetry Journal
Composer, musician, performer, multimedia artist and counter tenor will share his recently released book Funeral Doom Spiritual. Published by RITA Books.
Best known for being the first woman with a contract as a male Ford Model, the artist/activist and former Olympic swimmer will share her forthcoming memoir Godspeed at this Lunchtime Reading. Publisher- Atria Books /Simon and Schuster
A selection of readings organized by the Vetch Poetry Journal, the first literary journal devoted to transgender writers.
BGSQD Pop-up Bookstore BGSQD will be setting up a bookstore offering queer literature in the Live Gallery. Books for sale will include authors featured in the festival. The Bureau of General Servicesâ€”Queer Division is an independent, all-volunteer queer cultural center, bookstore, and event space hosted by The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center in New York City.
M. Lamar Photo by Eric McNatt
AFTERNOON DELIGHT BY DIRTY LOOKS Film Series Curated by Bradford Nordeen of Dirty Looks Tickets start at $10 New York Live Arts Theater Dirty Looks, a bi-coastal platform for a queer experimental film, video and performance, will present an afternoon film program, AFTERNOON DELIGHT BY DIRTY LOOKS, curated by Bradford Nordeen. Designed to trace contemporary queer aesthetics through historical works, Dirty Looks will show quintessential LGBTQI film and video, alongside up-andcoming artists and filmmakers.
MAR 15 2:30PM
Hardcore Home Movies Dirty Looks assembles a screening of “Hardcore Home Movies,” a program of explicit, Homocore shorts from luminaries of the scene, like G.B. Jones, Bruce La Bruce, Scott Treleaven and Vaginal Davis, as well as lesser known works by artists like Jill Reiter, Jonesy (of the queercore band Fagbash) and Greta Snider. For film listings please visit newyorklivearts.org.
MAR 16 2:30PM
Bight of the Twin Directed by Hazel Hill McCarthy III Transcending assumptions of what it means to be “gendered,” Genesis Breyer P-Orridge and late wife Lady Jaye underwent a series of surgical procedures to become physically identical to one another, seeking to perfect a gender-neutral state through a process they termed Pandrogyny. In 2007, Jaye unexpectedly died of cancer. Genesis has maintained the concept of the Pandrogyne and continues to self-reference in the plural (“we”) and uses the selfprescribed gender neutral “s/he”, “h/er”. As Genesis puts it, since Lady Jaye “dropped h/er body” s/he is the half of the Pandrogyne in the immaterial world, with Genesis being the half in the material world,
MAR 17 2:30PM
Stadt Der Verlorenen Seelen (City of Lost Souls) Directed by Rosa Von Praunheim Angie Stardust has a lot on her plate, running a boarding house called Pension Stardust filled with misfit lodgers: an erotic trapeze duo, a magikal group therapist, assorted layabouts, nymphomaniacs and Lila (Jayne County), a Southern blonde who dreams of Hollywood. These tenants also staff Angie’s fast food enterprise, Burger Queen. But when Lila gets knocked up by a Communist who promises to make her a superstar on East Berlin television, the real havoc ensues. Rosa Von Praunheim directs this mostly American cast in a trans musical spectacular that has been described as “Hedwig and the Angry Inch… in reverse.”
HAPPY HOUR Tickets start at $10 3rd Floor Studios Grab a drink from the Live Gallery Cafe and settle down for Happy Hour with a series of conversations with artists, activists, academics, and innovators.
MAR 15 5:30PM
Creating Black Futures
MAR 16 5:30PM
Specter Spectrum: Exploring Trans Theologies
MAR 17 5:30PM
MAR 18 5:30PM
Artists, theorists, and activists discuss the radical potential of genre fiction and Afrofuturist art in relation to current social justice movements. Panelists include artist E Jane, activist/writer/artist Reina Gossett, and author Andre Carrington among others.
What are the possibilities when we consider how the study of beliefs, spiritual practices, and the divine are always already “trans”? Join our panelists theologian Linn Marie Tonstad, artist/activist Viva Ruiz, Wazina Zondon (Coming Out Muslim) and Rabbi Mark Sameth whose New York Times article “Is God Transgender” went viral. Moderated by Barbara Carrellas, author of Urban Tantra. UN Commission on the Status of Women: Where is my Box? Presented in conjunction with OutRight Action International and on the occasion of the 2017 United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, the panel will consider the inherent challenges and possibilities of creating a future without the binary language of gender identity and sexual orientation while also advocating for the rights of women and gender non-conforming people around the world. Panelists to include ACLU staff attorney Chase Strangio. The panel is moderated by Siri May, United Nations Program Coordinator with OutRight Action International. The Road to Trans Visibility: Roles, Trolls, and Tolls Transgender visibility in the media is at an all-time high, with film and television, fashion shoots and advertising campaigns featuring trans talent. Model Casey Legler, television and film director Silas Howard, among others, discuss the responsibilities and challenges, if any, of being a trans person in the public eye during this cultural moment. Moderated by performer/activist Kate Bornstein,
Chase Strangio Wazina Zondon
Notes on softness by E Jane Kate Bornstein Photo by Santiago Felipe
Rabbi Mark Sameth
Linn Marie Tonstad
Grown (detail) by E Jane
PRIME TIME MAR 15 8:30PM
Trajal Harrell The Return of La Argentina Tickets start at $15 OFFSITE @ Participant, Inc: 253 Houston Street, Ground Floor, NY 10002 The choreographer/dancer invites audience to a fictional archiving of Butoh co-founder Kazuo Ohno’s renowned solo Admiring La Argentina as directed by Butoh’s other founder Tatsumi Hijikata and dedicated to the famed Spanish dancer Antonia Mercé. Following the performance will be a conversation between Harrell, Mx Justin Vivian Bond and Bill T. Jones.
MAR 16 8PM
The TEAM RoosevElvis (Re-MX’D) Tickets start at $15 New York Live Arts Theater On a hallucinatory road trip from the Badlands to Graceland, the spirits of Elvis Presley and Theodore Roosevelt battle over the soul of Ann, a painfully shy meat-processing plant worker, and what kind of man or woman Ann should become. A duet performed by actresses Libby King and Kristen Sieh and set against the boundless blue skies of the Great Plains and endless American highway, RoosevElvis (Re-MX'D) is a specially re-imagined performance for Live Ideas of The TEAM's internationally acclaimed work about gender, appetite, and the multitudes we contain.
MAR 17 8PM
Brontez Purnell Dance Company/Star Amerasu CHRONIC/ECLIPSE Tickets start at $15 New York Live Arts Theater A two-part evening of performance by Bay Area artists that confronts identity and politics. Brontez Purnell Dance Company will perform the world premiere of Chronic: A Dance About Marijuana. Oakland-based trans musician, pop singer/songwriter Star Amerasu will present the musical project AH-MER-AH-SU.
MAR 18 8PM
House Of Whimsy Tickets start at $15 New York Live Arts Theater An alluring, edgy and irreverent evening of divas and deviants from the downtown performance scene—selected and introduced by Mx Justin Vivian Bond. Performances from artists Janani Balasubramanian, Kate Bornstein, Lynn Breedlove, Wo Chan, Severly Mame, Nath Ann Carrera, Taja Lindley and Dane Terry. Established favorites mingle with talented newcomers in a program of variety acts including performances by Mx Bond.
Taja Lindley Photo by Eric Lippe The TEAM Photo by Rachel Chavkin
Star Amerasu Mx Justin Vivian Bond Photo by Michael Hart
Janani Balasubramanian Photo by Elif Kucuk
Brontez Purnell Dance Company Dane Terry Photo by Kate Sweeney
Wu Chan Photo by Jacelyn Yan
NathAnn Carrera Photo by Jill Pangallo
WORKSHOPS Free, with suggested donation 3rd Floor Studios
MAR 18 1PM
What Would An HIV Doula Do? The What Would an HIV Doula Do? collective will host a participatory workshop about how to honor, support and activate transitions in personal health and the political climate through the lens of the ongoing AIDS crisis. The collective will partner with members of the 1990s group WAVE (Women's AIDS Video Enterprise): caregivers who used video, conscioussness raising, and collective action to make a positive difference early in the epidemic. Using video, writing prompts and group discussion, the two groups will explore current realities for people living with HIV, those deeply impacted, and folks who wish to be more involved. People living with HIV, and those providing related care are encouraged to attend. What Would An HIV Doula Do? is a collective of artists, activists, academics, chaplains, doulas, healthcare practitioners, nurses, filmmakers, AIDS Service Organization employees, dancers, community educators, and others both living with HIV, and those deeply impacted, joined in response to the ongoing AIDS crisis. We understand a doula as someone in community who holds space for others during a time of transition. For us, HIV is a series of moments in someoneâ€™s life that does not start with diagnosis nor end with treatment or death. Foundational to our process is asking questions. hivdoula.tumblr.com
MAR 19 2:30PM
Open XHOIR Practice Led By Colin Self Xhoir is a non-utilitarian vocal ensemble founded by Colin Self in 2014. Primarily hosted at the home residence of queer family space Casa Diva, Xhoir approaches group singing from an exploratory somatic perspective, encouraging participants to re-examine their relationship to individual and collective voice. Born out of research for Colin & Raul's 2014 opera The Fool (Elation V), Xhoir began as a vocal coven for local queer witches to explore energetic transformation through group singing. Hybridizing techniques from Sacred Harp Singing to Shape-Note, Neo-Pagan and Raga, Xhoir grants participants a porous atmosphere to examine the act of listening and singing, developing a broader perspective on how the voice can be used as an instrument of change. As an opportunity to introduce the general public to XHOIR, Colin along with several colleagues will co-author a vocal session. Participation is free and previous vocal or choral experience is not required. Following the completion of this session, all participants will be granted access to multi-channel recordings of the days recordings.
What Would An HIV Doula Do?
What Would An HIV Doula Do?
OSTARA BALL The Dauphine of Bushwick Photo by Fred Attenborough
The Homobiles Photo by Cherylynn Tsushima
MAR 14 530PM
Photo by Fred Attenborough
Opening Night VIP Reception Tickets start at $75 (Includes ticket to Keynote Conversation) 3rd Floor Studios Start the week out mingling with the artists and curators of the festival before the Keynote Conversation.
MAR 19 6PM
Ostara Ball: Tea Dance and Closing Party Tickets start at $15 New York Live Arts Theater An evening of non-binary Punk Pagan Witchery to celebrate the Vernal Equinox. A Queer Punkrock dance party with the Punk musicians Cristy Road, Lynn Breedlove and The Homobiles. Performance and DJ sets by Macy Rodman and DJ Horrorchata. Hosted by The Dauphine of Bushwick.
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Published on Feb 15, 2017
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