To kick off the spring season of Sunday Service, curator Jess Pretty invites artists to respond to the notion of critical desire and the exploration of radical thriving as a methodology for taking up spaces we claim to reside in.
Jess Pretty states, “i’m interested in rigorously interrogating pleasure as a way of living past survival, seeking other worlds and times and spaces for art. other possibilities for our delicate bodies to be present in performance. questioning how are we constantly evaluating the stakes involved in our work-making process. the labor of being unapologetic. i desire work rooted in the fantastic that helps formulate how to queer our own possibilities and modes of migration.”
About the Curator
jess pretty is on a quest for pleasure that transcends time and the spaces she claims to reside in. on her quest for pleasure she makes dances, performs and collaborates with with other artists (larissa velez-jackson, will rawls, leslie cuyjet, dianne mcintyre, cynthia oliver, jennifer monson and niall jones) and teaches dance art based in new york city where she moved after receiving an mfa in dance and queer studies from the university of illinois at urbana champaign. her free time is filled curating methodologies for living past survival through being as unapologetically black as possible.
About the Artists
Trinity Dawn Bobo
Trinity Dawn Bobo is a New York based performer, dance maker, and visual artist. She received her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance from Columbia College Chicago in Spring 2016. She’s worked with Christina Noel and The Creature, This Is Not A Theater Company, Anna Martine Whitehead, Peter Carpenter, Darrell Jones, and Lisa Gonzales. As a creator, Trinity values the practice of improvisation and is interested in the sensually-potent nature of vulnerability in energy. As a queer person, Trinity is also interested in queering all of the spaces and elevating the voices of under-represented people. https://www.trinitybobo.com/
Taylor Crichton is a Brooklyn-based photographer, poet, and arts administrator. Her photography has appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Huffington Post, and Dance Magazine, among other publications, and her words have been featured in literary magazines, including Otto and The Mosaic. In addition to the arts, she is generally enthusiastic about climbing mountains, drinking hot toddies, and supporting the Oxford comma. taylorcrichtonphotography.com.
DJ JCLEF is a club DJ specializing in queer events. A music geek, with a background in classical and jazz theory, he takes his audience on a musical journey through time and space. He has thrown parties in Philadelphia, Boston, Albany and Burlington VT and presently works all over Manhattan and Brooklyn. As a gay trans man, his passion is uplifting his community and creating safe spaces. He works closely with many drag and burlesque performers as well as throwing parties and private events. http://www.jclef.com/
Amanda Krische has performed in such venues as the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Place des Arts, the YoungArts Foundation Backyard Ball, New York Live Arts, Danspace and the Joyce Theater. She is a graduate of LaGuardia High School for Music & Art and the Performing Arts and graduated summa cum laude from Purchase College, SUNY with a BFA in Dance. Supplementary training includes Springboard Danse Montreal, a semester abroad at Amsterdam Hoogeschool voor de Kunsten, and many workshops in Tel Aviv, Israel. While at Purchase College, SUNY she began her research of dance making under the mentorship of Doug Varone. She can be seen in the video for the Khirma x Swarovski capsule collection, as well as Xenia Ghali’s music video for “Places”. She has performed in gala productions for the organization YoungArts under the directorship of noted choreographers Bill T. Jones and Rebecca Stenn. Her choreography has been shown in such venues as LaGuardia High School, the Dance Theater Lab at Purchase College, SUNY, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Gallim Dance, the Actors Arts Fund, and Ailey Citigroup Theater. Amanda is the 2016 recipient of the prestigious Bert Terborgh Award, a 2012 YoungArts Winner, and a United States Presidential Scholar in the Arts.
Amanda is most recently dancing for Loni Landon Dance Project, Bodystories:Teresa Fellion Dance, and Nicole von Arx & Guests. Her own work revolves around the relationship between memory and agency, re-contextualizing instinct, and using the body as roadmap. https://www.aphysicalhistory.com/
Sun moon child, she/her/they/them, Evelyn Sanchez is a complicated happy child just making it up. She started activating space while playing soccer and is now creating the confidence to make and share her own work. Evelyn also likes to play with the Abby Z and the New Utility company AND Jill Sigman’s thinkdance. Evelyn shows gratitude to the lineage of Warrior (womb)yn they come from by continuing to live in laughter (a privilege few get to practice).
About Sunday Service
Taking place the first Sunday of each month, a guest curator is invited to organize a salon style evening of cross-disciplinary performances and presentations that brings together a multiplicity of views around a singular prompt, such as a question, theme, or formal structure. Sunday Service centers works in progress, interdisciplinary endeavors, and diversity in format showcased in a lo-fi environment to foster the testing of ideas and critical discourse amongst peers.
Image credit: Scott Shaw