Gibney Presents: zavé martohardjono

Apr. 7, 2022, 8:00 pm10:00 pm EDT

$15 – $20

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zavé martohardjono in collaboration with x, Ube Halaya, Raha Behnam, Marielys Burgos Meléndez, Julia Santoli, Katherine De La Cruz, Jordan Reed, Theresee Tull, Proteo Media + Performance, supported by Maya Simone Z. and Rosza Daniel Lang/Levistsky.

TERRITORY: The Island Remembers

TERRITORY: The Island Remembers critically examines colonial history through a parable of an island, which, divided by a border, grapples with reconciliation. The co-creators of the work perform as archetypal deities who guide visitors through the island’s complex history. The work envisions a reparative future beyond climate disaster and human destruction and asks audiences to remember histories, cultures, and legacies of revolution and land stewardship.

TERRITORY: The Island Remembers will premiere as a week-long multimedia installation that will take over Gibney’s Studio Y. From April 7-9, the installation will be activated with three nights of rituals, performance, and audience-interactive actions. Prior to activations, visitors are invited to the installation at no cost on April 5-9 from 12-3pm EDT. With guided instruction, installation visitors can give offerings to altars within the space to acknowledge the land and prepare it for evening activations.

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About zavé martohardjono

zavé martohardjono is a queer, trans, Indonesian-American artist working in performance, dance, installation, video, and poetry. Dwelling in their ancestors’ mythologies and cultural practices, with dreams of a more just future, they make work that contends with the political histories our bodies carry. zavé’s performances have been presented at 92Y, BAAD!, Bronx Museum of the Arts, Center for Performance Research, El Museo del Barrio, HERE Arts, Issue Project Room, The Kennedy Center, Storm King Art Center, the Wild Project, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Boston Center for the Arts, Tufts University, and elsewhere. They are a 2021 New York Public Library Dance Research Fellow, 2020 Gibney Dance in Process (DiP) artist, 2019 Movement Research AIR, and participated in LMCC’s 2017-2018 Workspace Residency. Their work has received mention in Hyperallergic and The New York Times.

About x

x (they/themme; fae/faem/faer; ze/hir) is a TRANSdisciplinary artist-curator-community organizer working in performance, installation, and painting. x’s work has been shown in Budapest, HU; Detroit, MI; Ithaca, NY; Manhattan and Brooklyn- including Dixon Place, the Pfizer building, Satellite Art Club, Le Petit Versailles, and Judson Church. During their Fall 2019 Needing It residency at Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX), x began shifting into satirizing the multi-hyphenate/multidisciplinary artist and experimenting with a cacophony of simultaneously experienced art forms. Currently, x is a 2021-2022 Fellow with The Performance Project @ University Settlement, an Assistant Teaching Artist/Guest Choreographer at Mark Morris Dance Center, and a company member of Katharine Pettit Creative (KPC). This fall, x will make large developmental progress on their first solo show, high functioning x.0, thanks to the LiftOff space residency program with New Dance Alliance.

About Ube Halaya

Ube Halaya is a hybrid software-engineer and drag-performer-artist who loves words, pigment, and code. See portfolio at or follow @radical_ube on Instagram or Twitch.

About Raha Behnam

Raha is an Iranian-born, Canadian-raised, US-based artist working across disciplines and practices towards liberatory modes of being and doing. Her work and artistry have been shaped by the influence of many teachers and peers including Abby Crain, Stephanie Skura, Kathleen Hermesdorf, Sara Shelton Mann, Alexa Solveig Mardon, Hadar Ahuvia, Yazmany Arboleda, Lorene Bouboushian, and Miguel Gutierrez. She is driven by her love for humanity and moved by its inevitable waves of discouragement and hope.

About Marielys Burgos Meléndez

Marielys Burgos Meléndez, MA Dance Studies. AfroTaina-Arawak artistic researcher, somatic movement educator, dance audio describer, and communicator from Boriké (Puerto Rico) (un)finding home(s) in Lenapehoking (NYC). I decolonize my -ancestralpersonal- bodily histories by BeingMoving into-through oneiric realms, liminal states of being, and other cosmic realities. Manifesting mysteries and conjuring embodied liberation are spiritual creative callings. Since 2014, I have been investigating mobility/migration as survival and healing strategies. As an Artist-in-Residence at Movement Research (2021), I am exploring my ancestral indigenous somatic wisdom and experimenting with contemplative improvisational forms, embodied writing, and moving poetics. I have danced with Pramila Vasudevan, Antonio Ramos, iele paloumpis, Jill Sigman/ThinkDance, and most recently with zavé martohardjono. My independent artistic/ academic work has been shared in academic and non-academic institutions in México, Belgium, Cyprus, Greece, Scotland, Dominican Republic, and my native Boriké, among other places.

About Julia Santoli

Creating immersive and precarious environments with voice, video, feedback, electronics, psycho-acoustics, and installation, Santoli navigates presence, memory, and post-memory ruptured by dislocation. Santoli’s approach to vocalization integrates embodied practice with an attention to close listening and empathetic response in both the artist and audience, often tipping the scales between resonant clarity and extreme sonic states. She has had the honor of being a Music Resident at Pioneer Works, Asian Cultural Council grantee to Japan, and an Artist in Residence at Issue Project Room; as well as a performer and collaborator in institutional places and DIY spaces.

About Proteo Media + Performance

Bree Breeden is from Cheraw, S.C. She choreographs and performs her own work which has been presented at Vital Joint, Earl Mosley Institute of the Arts, Embodied Movement Festival and other NY based venues. Currently she performs with MICHIYAYA Dance, VON HOWARD PROJECT and Kyle Marshall Choreography. Kathleen Kelley is an Associate Professor of Dance + Technology at Montclair State University. She is a 2019 Gibney Work Up resident artist, Chez Bushwick Artist in Residence in 2018 and a 2015-2016 LEIMAY Fellow, and her choreographic work has been shown at venues such as Theaterlab, Gowanus Loft, Triskelion Arts, Center for Performance Research, Chez Bushwick, Movement Research and others. Together they direct Proteo Media + Performance, an intermedia company that produces creative experiences that engage live performers, film, projections, installations and other forms of visual/digital data to explore the rich intersections between technology and the body.


To promote everyone’s health and safety, we are requiring that all eligible audience members provide proof of a COVID-19 booster as of February 1, 2022.

Booster eligibility as defined by the CDC can be found here. If you are not yet eligible, we still require full vaccination, meaning two (2) weeks have passed since your second shot of a two-dose vaccine or your single shot of a one-dose vaccine. A recent COVID-19 infection does not exempt you from the booster requirement.

Upon arrival to Gibney Center for a performance, audience members will need their vaccination proof (including evidence of a booster, if eligible), a photo ID, and their tickets. Children under 17 will not need a photo ID, as long as they’re accompanied by an adult. Children under five will not be admitted.

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Gibney Presents is Gibney’s premier presentation series, offering a rich blend of dance and performance in fully produced, evening-length commissions.

Funding credits: The work was developed in 2019-2021 through the Movement Research AIR program, in 2021 through a Gibney Dance-in-Process residency, and researched and developed with the support of the Jerome Robbins Dance Division through a 2021 NYPL Dance Research Fellowship. The project was made possible, in part, through The Movement Research Artist-in-Residence Program, funded, in part, by the Mertz Gilmore Foundation; Dance/NYC’s New York City Dance Rehearsal Space Subsidy Program, made possible by The Andrew M. Mellon Foundation; the Harkness Foundation for Dance; the Davis/Dauray Family Fund; and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Image Description: Five deities in colorful costume, masks, and drag look into the camera lens and pose boldly. Behind them is a digital backdrop of a starry night sky.

Photos by Beaudau Banks, edited by zavé martohardjono.