In Stillbirth, mythic dreams of ovarian teratomas and the vagina dentata collide with Caribbean Carnival practices. Remaining in this wake is an intimate portrait, a glimpse into the crevices of a body steeped in rebellion. With reverence for the almighty uterus, Stillbirth examines loss, the absurd, and making space anew.
A series of physical micro-worlds emerge and dissolve in Graczyk’s solo, Beast. Humorous, absurd, and as unstable as a live wire, Graczyk guides us with peculiar and detailed logic through a seemingly empty room. Human interactions and objects become necessary partners in bringing forth the unseen as we follow Graczyk’s journey of revelation, rejection, and carnal need, vividly etched through the labor of her imagination. Beast is the inaugural solo for Graczyk’s larger body of work, Desire Motor, which embodies the dissonances arising between internal wants and external realities.
Your world is digitally generated, politically extremist, resource-depleted, selfie-obsessed, twerk-a-licious, and pushing at the margins of community sanity. Some might even say we no longer await the apocalypse. Welcome to GENERAL DYNAMICS… a “safe space” for somatic survival in the era of information overload. Join your host and a cast of characters to work out your deepest socio-political anxieties and get the latest wellness tips. Our regimen is sure to help you survive xenophobia, gentrification, global warming, and other fatigue-inducing Amerikkkan phenomena.
About the Artists
Born and raised in Trinidad & Tobago, Fana Fraser is a performer living in New York City. She is a Movement Research 2017 Artist-in-Residence Van Lier Fellow. She was a 2016 artist-in-residence at the Dance & Performance Institute in Trinidad & Tobago and a resident artist for Open Call 2016 – a project partnership between BAAD! and Pepatián. Her work has been presented at BAAD!, WestFest, the CURRENT SESSIONS, Trinidad Theatre Workshop, and Movement Research at the Judson Church. She has performed with Camille A. Brown, Ailey II, Ryan McNamara and others. Fana is also currently the Rehearsal Director for Ailey II.
Beth Graczyk is a choreographer, a performer and a published scientist. For the past 17 years, Graczyk has performed throughout the United States and internationally in Japan, Ecuador, France and India. Concurrently, she has contributed to 9 science publications in the field of cancer research. Graczyk co-directed the Seattle-based performance company Salt Horse (2008-2016) with Corrie Befort and Angelina Baldoz, and has also worked extensively with Danish director Torben Ulrich, and palliative care doctor/composer Hope Wechkin. A recent transplant to the east coast (2014), Graczyk’s work has been produced by CPR, Triskelion Arts, and Harrisburg Dance Festival.
Zavé Martohardjono is an interdisciplinary artist interested in geopolitics, social justice, queer glam, embodied risk-taking, and healing. They have presented their performances, videos, and installations globally including at Aljira Center for Contemporary Art, BAAD!, Boston Center for the Arts, Bronx River Art Center Gallery, Center for Contemporary Arts in Glasgow, Center for Performance Research, Dixon Place, Entzaubert, Issue Project Room, Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Movement Research at Judson Church, Recess, SOMArts, Winslow Garage, and xart splitta. Zavé has had residencies at the Shandaken Project at Storm King, La MaMa, and Chez Bushwick, and was a Lambda Literary Fellow. zavemartohardjono.com