Nightlife and Community Care: Collective Sociality on the Dance Floor
Outdoor panel, screening, and dance party led by Kavita Kulkarni

With warmup jams provided by Rimarkable
Discourse by Deborah Conton, Kimberly Knox, and Brian Polite

And a screening of Come As You Are by Amy Secada

Presented with the Trust for Governors Island

July 13, 6:00 to 8:45p
Free with ferry tickets

Nolan Park, Governors Island

What potential does a dance floor hold for fostering alternative forms of social life and kinship? This event will explore this question through music, discussion, and a screening of dancer Amy Secada's 2017 Come As You Are—a documentary short about the social and cultural impact of the legendary Loft parties in New York City in the 1970s and 80s. Dancers Deborah Conton and Brian Polie, and nightlife producer Kimberly Knox, will be present to discuss how the social ethos of spaces like the Loft has evolved in the twenty-first century. The event will take place outdoors in Nolan Park, taking advantage of the summer weather and the beautiful surroundings of Governors Island.

6 to 7:15p—Dance music played for passersby to enjoy
7:15 to 8:00p—Panel discussion on the dance floor as a space of care, moderated by Kavita Kulkarni, featuring Brian Polite of AfroMosaic Soul; Deborah Conton of New Dance Alliance, Center for Performance Research, and AfroMosaic Soul; and Kimberly Knox, producer of Ubiquita Worldwide.
8:00p—Screening of Come As You Are (43 minutes)
9p—Return ferries begin

Deborah Conton is an Atlanta-born Brooklyn resident who continues to spread healing work via dance, spirituality, and writing. Her journey has led her to create workshops with Collage Dance Collective in Memphis, performing with the CUNY Dance Initiative program, Lehman College, Movement Research artist for the Fall/Winter 2018 series, Girls Be Heard, BHGHNY (Boys Hope Girls Hope New York), BAAD!, Under The Radar Festival, Yeah! That's What She Said, New York City's SummerStage 2018, Joe's Pub, and Sisterhood Summit (an annual event which focuses healing through the arts for Women of Color). She is currently an artist-in-residence at The Center For Performance Research in Williamsburg.

Kimberly Knox is a multi-disciplinary producer, visionary, cultural curator and marketing savant with over 20 years experience in various facets of entertainment, media and marketing. She is co-founder of the heralded NYC based nightlife/ female DJ brand UBIQUITA: a lifestyle focused branding and consulting firm specializing in management, business development, and production. Leveraging her vast network of global relationships in entertainment and sustainability with her active business development ventures in coffee, luxury real estate, and cannabis, she enters into a new phase of tastemaker-driven experience and content creation that fuses the worlds of media and social responsibility.

Brian Polite was plucked from NYC’s underground club scene to dance on stage by Adia Tamar Whitaker in 2004. This led to dancing under the direction of various choreographers like Camille A. Brown and Nita Liem. He has facilitated dance workshops at Pratt Institute, Sara Lawrence College, and Oberlin College; presented lecture demonstrations on House Dance; and been a panelist at the 2018 Dance NYC Symposium and 2013 EMP Pop Conference at NYU. Polite is currently a member of Ase Dance Theatre Collective and co-founder of Afro Mosaic Soul Dance Collective.

Amy Secada is a multi-disciplinary visionary artist specializing in neo-ritual audiovisual works and performance art. Secada combines her skills as a Dancer, Songwriter, Couture Costume Designer, Filmmaker, Vocalist, and Choreographer to produce transcendental art dedicated to spread awareness of environmental issues and Indigenous cultural and social rights. Known for her cinematic tribal bass soundscapes, gravity-defying Capoeira infused dance and otherworldly avant garde costumes, Secada tours internationally performing, teaching and inspiring. Her work has been presented in over 20 countries, she has danced for Nike Women, Hershey's, Madonna, Fergie and choreographed for America's Best Dance Crew. Secada currently lives between Los Angeles and Brazil directing her dance company, Kinetic Junglist Movement, and creating art with every breath.

Kavita Kulkarni is a writer, researcher, and educator based in Brooklyn, NY. She recently graduated with her PhD from the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication at NYU, where she is completed a dissertation on spaces of participatory culture and social dance in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. She was a Critical Studies Fellow of the Whitney Independent Study Program for 2017–2018, and is a Shandaken: Governors Island resident for 2018–2019.

Pictured: Ian Friday, his mother, and a guest at the first anniversary of the Sunday Tea Party, 1995, courtesy Ian Friday

Screening and Q and A
Screening of Seed Book by Alicia Grullón

Presented with the Trust for Governors Island

Saturday, August 17

Governors Island

Current Shandaken: Governors Island resident Alicia Grullón will share a new short video entitled Seed Book, based on research and an interview with a community gardener about her story of migrating to New York City. Combining storytelling, performance, and footage shot on Governors Island, Grullón proposes that people's lived experiences are fundamental to the framing of history and our recounting of it. This screening will be followed by a short question and answer period with the artist.

Signals in the Landscape by Phoebe Berglund, with collaborators
A part of Wanderings and Wonderings

Reprise on September 7, 12 pm to 4 pm

Storm King Art Center

Free with admission

Signals in the Landscape is a movement-based performance that travels through Storm King Art Center's North Woods, interacting with Daniel Buren’s group of ten green-and-white-striped benches that function doubly as seating and as art objects. Responding to Buren's simple cubic design and site-specific approach, the dancers construct solos, duets, and trios of slow-moving, shape-shifting, temporary sculptural compositions on the benches and in the spaces between. The movement score loops in a circular pattern along the path, the bodies becoming part of the overall ecology. Viewers are welcome to drop in and out of the performance throughout the day.

See this page for details.

Screening of Salacia by Tourmaline

Presented with the Trust for Governors Island

Saturday, September 14

Governors Island

Tourmaline will share her archival research as well as screen and discuss new film works, including Salacia. In the style of Black fantasy and folktales such as Virginia Hamilton’s The People Could Fly, Salacia takes place in Seneca Village—a 19th-century free Black community in upper Manhattan that was demolished to create Central Park in 1855. Salacia follows Mary Jones (born 1803), a Black transgender New Yorker as she discovers her power in the face of heightened systemic racism and transphobia.

Photograph by Tourmaline. Salacia, 2019 (still), courtesy of the artist.

An Ear to the Storm
An Ear to the Storm by James Allister Sprang
A part of Wanderings and Wonderings

September 28 and 29, both at 2pm

Storm King Art Center

Beginning at Siah Armajani's Monument for Two Anarchists: Gabriella Antolini and Alberto Antolini

Free with admission

Using instruments he developed and coded during his 2018 residency at Shandaken: Storm King, Sprang will perform a soundscape in response to the natural and industrial sounds present on the Storm King grounds, in real time.

Photograph by E. Aaron Ross

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More programs are on the way.

Background image: Amelia Bande during her performance Walk Writing, as seen at the site-specific earthwork: Maya Lin, Storm King Wavefield, 2009, earth and grass, 240,000 square feet (11 acre site), Storm King Art Center, Mountainville, New York. © Maya Lin Studio, courtesy Pace Gallery.