Immediately below is the NEXT upcoming performance; additional upcoming performances can be found on the right hand side. Visit The Performance Project page to learn more about the program.
The Performance Project's Fellowship Program
Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 7:00pm | Speyer Hall | 184 Eldridge St
Friday, September 29, 2017 at 6:30pm | Speyer Hall | 184 Eldridge St
Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 3:00pm | Speyer Hall | 184 Eldridge St
$5 General Admission
This year, The Performance Project at University Settlement piloted a year-long fellowship program for 8 emerging artists embedded within our community.
We are proud to present a festival of new works by:
Cesar CordovaCesar Cordova is a performer, choreographer and video artist. He was born in Texas, spent his early years in Honduras, and moved to the Lower East Side when he was 7. As kid Cesar sang in the NYCHA Youth Choir and played a lot of Basketball; towards the end of high school he discovered dance. As a member of New Youth Movement Collective (NYMC), led by Marguerite Hemmings and Zoje Azeke, Cesar began to create his own performances and dance video projects. He has collaborated and performed with Median Movement Dance Company and has been a featured performer and curator of The Performance Project's Share Series since 2013. Currently, Cesar teaches dance to middle school and high students at East Side Community School, where he founded a teen dance company, The Nameless Crew. This past summer Cesar participated in The Gibney Summer Intensive. You can find Cesar's numerous dance videos on YouTube and Facebook.
"So are you happy?" is a dance, film and spoken word piece created by Cesar Cordova exploring addiction and the tensions between family obligations and one's own agenda.
Sophia HeineckeSophia Valera Heinecke is a citizen artist. Since 2015, she has received grants and awards, for her work including a grant from the Kevin Spacey Foundation, the John Golden Award for Playwriting, and the Isaac Kwock Award for Social Justice. She is currently a young artist fellow at the Performance Project in New York City. Sophia's work has been shown at the Bowery Poetry Club, Dixon Place, The Performing Garage, and The Pratt Manhattan Gallery. For more information, please visit https://www.sophiavaleraheinecke.com.
Body Fluids is a tactile exploration of the living feminine body in a dying world. Blending traditional solo performance methods with use of "dated" technologies, Sophia Valera Heinecke examines the life cycle of both the natural and unnatural parts of being human. From birth to death, we continue to recede, develop, encounter and overcome things inside of ourselves that affect how we move in the world. Body Fluids is an invitation to explore the blood, sweat, and tears that make it all possible.
Aliyah HakimAliyah Hakim is a performer originally from Westchester now based in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. During the "What will you be when you grow up?" class exercise, Aliyah's fourth grade crush told her that she should write "performer" because she made him laugh and that's what he thought she was. Over the course of her 23 years, Aliyah has grown into an artist that impacts culture and politics with her voice, spirit and love.
[Between] began as a curiosity around what it might look like to investigate the story of living at the intersection of blackness and middle-class. It has evolved into a theatrical through-line of black identity, class complexity and generationality.
Tatyanna SantanaTatyanna Santana is a multi-talented actor that was born in Brooklyn and raised in the Lower East Side. From stage managing to house managing, and a bit of everything else in between, Tatyanna loves her life in theatre. She was a member of Roots & Branches Theater Company for three years. In 2016 she was in Tele-Violet Theater Company's Tragedy in Spades, and collaborated with Eric F. Avery on his interactive performance The Life and Death of Eric F. Avery in NYC and in Minneapolis. She has also been developing videos with Footage Foundation/ Girl talk Girl.
"Oyé!" is a monologue piece straight from the soul of a young Lower East Sider. Contemplating on what to do next in this new world, Tia reminisces about the old days and how everything seemed better. With gentrification entering her neighborhood, Tia explains how everyone is adapting to change and the pros and cons that come along with it.
The NUU KnynezThe NUU Knynez are a New York-based dance trio that formed in 2012. Tyrell "TjRocka" Jamez, Brian "HallowDreamz" Henry and David "TwiceLight" Adelaja came together to create freedom through physical movement. Together these three have experience in hip-hop, Krump, contemporary, modern, ballet and freestyle. Their many accomplishments bridge the commercial and fine art worlds. They have been 1st place winners at Apollo, curators and performers for the Puma and Jahnkoy collaboration for fashion week, and have appeared in music videos with artists such as Madonna, Wyclef Jean, Mikky Ekko, Mr. Vegas, Fatman Scoop, Sean Paul and ASAP Ferg. The NUU Knynez made their first contemporary dance debut at The Performance Project in André Zachery and Lamont Hamilton's Dapline, which was named one of the"best dances of 2015" in The New York Times. Most recently, in the Spring 2017, they performed at BAM for over 2,000 New York City High School students in Baba Israel's Word Sound Power. Ever evolving and digging deep into their roots, The NUU Knynez have an energy, commitment and chemistry that is visible and felt.
The Origin Story welcomes you back to the birth of the NUU world. Be awed by the guttural movements and epic theatrically of 3 street dance kings. Discover how astrological wisdom divined this Aries, Leo and Sagittarius to create an unbreakable ring of fire.
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