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Aunts + Catch

Catch, “everyone’s favorite” multidisciplinary performance and video series, trade fundamentals and formats with AUNTS, a dance/performance/party event  “keeping the spirit of experimentation alive,” for two nights of performance.

February 22
CATCH→AUNTS will make dance happen with a night of performance and good old fashioned debauchery, organized by Jeff Larson, Andrew Dinwiddie and Caleb Hammons.

Featuring: Ivy Baldwin, Agnes Bolt, Faye Driscoll, Natalie Green, Kennis Hawkins, Holly Heidt, Zhenesse Staniec Heinemann, Immediate Medium, Lauren Petty and Shaun Irons, Laboratory Theater, Adriane Lee, Neal Medlyn, Ken Nintzel, Steven Reker, Alex Rodabaugh, Anna Maria Shogren, Anna Sperber, Arturo Vidich, Zoe Geltman and Marisa Wallin, Enrico Wey, and Emma Wiseman.

February 23
AUNTS→CATCH will present rough-and-ready short works by New York’s most exciting artists, curated with reckless delicacy by Laurie Berg and Liliana Dirks-Goodman.

Featuring: Talya Epstein, Salley May, James Monaco, Rebecca Patek, Rebecca Wender, Ishmael Houston-Jones & Emily Wexler, Theo Wilson with special guest host Lucy Sexton!

Founded in Brooklyn, NY in 2003 by Jenny Seastone Stern as a home for the emerging avant-garde, CATCH has become an integral part of the downtown community, presenting both short and in-progress works by Tere O’Connor, Big Dance Theater, David Neumann, Jennifer Monson, Cynthia Hopkins, Taylor Mac, Dean Moss, Young Jean Lee, Miguel Gutierrez, Christopher Williams, Karinne Keithley, Adrienne Truscott, Neal Medlyn, Faye Driscoll, Ivy Baldwin, Ann Liv Young, Kenny Mellman, Jeanine Durning, Beth Gill, John Moran, Robbinschilds, Dynasty Handbag, Sam Kim, Witness Relocation, Chris Yon, the Nature Theater of Oklahoma, the Theater of a Two-Headed Calf, the National Theater of the United States of America and dozens of terrific artists you may not have heard of … yet. Catch presents a stunning array of emerging artists, giving them an opportunity to share the stage with an expanding galaxy of downtown luminaries. This makes everyone’s work more exciting, raising the stakes for young creators and encouraging experimental freedom in our more accomplished artists. Not only does Catch have “the best short-form programming going,” it also has the liveliest and best-looking audience – beautiful, young ladies and gentlemen (and lowlifes) who come to drink, see great work and mingle with the artists after the show. Catch is a social event and a serious show, where loyal fans of the individual artists mingle with Catch allegiances to view work they know will be rough … and ready.

AUNTS is about having dance happen. The dance you’ve already seen, that pops into your head, that is known and expected and unknown and unexpected. A dance that seeps into the cracks of street lights, subway commotion, magazine myth, drunk nights at the bar, the family album, and the couch where you lay and softly glance at the afternoon light coming in through the window. AUNTS constantly tests a model of producing dance/performance/parties. A model that supports the development of current, present, and contemporary dancing. A model that expects to be adopted, adapted, replicated, and perpetuated by any person who would like to use it. Where performing can last five seconds or five hours; never a “work in progress.” Where the work of performing is backed by the “land of plenty” rather than “there is not enough.” Where the work of AUNTS defies the regulation of institution, capitalism, and consumerism. AUNTS is about being gracious in this world. An underground platform for dance, AUNTS creates events in unconventional spaces with multiple performers, overlapping performances, open dance parties, multi-disciplinary, body/non-body based, time-oriented, finished/experimental/unfinished/ process art. AUNTS has partnered with public venues such as the famous Clipper City schooner at the South Street Seaport, little field, and OfficeOps. Art organizations such as The Chocolate Factory, Dixon Place, Movement Research, TAMTAMTAM in Berlin, Germany, The American Dance Festival and Chashama, as well as many repurposed spaces including The Secret Works Loft, St. Cecilia’s Convent, The Event Center, and will work with Arts@Renaissance a part of St. Nick’s Alliance in Greenpoint, Brooklyn for a three-month residency in Summer 2013.

Dates + Time
February 22–23

CATCH→AUNTS: Free, Suggested Donation for Bar
AUNTS→CATCH: $15 at the door

The Main Gallery
51 Bergen St.

Earlier Event: February 13
The Record