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May 14, 2023: Malcolm-x Betts + Factress & Dance Explosion! + Iris McCloughan & Jessie Young

6:00 pm
Images from left: Factress with Dance Explosion! by Lori E Seid; Iris McCloughan & Jessie Young by Elyse Mertz; Malcolm-x Betts

Images from left: Factress with Dance Explosion! by Lori E Seid; Iris McCloughan & Jessie Young by Elyse Mertz; Malcolm-x Betts

Sundays on Broadway announces an evening of performances by Malcolm-x Betts + Factress & Dance Explosion! + Iris McCloughan & Jessie Young.

This year, to ensure that everyone has a spot to sit, we ask that you please reserve your place online. To do so, follow this link:

Malcolm-x Betts’s Nigga at Sundown will be performed as an improv solo. Come witness.

Factress and Dance Explosion! return to Sundays on Broadway. Today’s headlines mixed with yesterday’s blood, and plenty of old costumes, the show’s mix of movement and madness will delight and horrify. Lucy Sexton (Factress) is joined by Laurie Berg and Heidi Dorow (Dance Explosion!), with Lori E. Seid (Production Overlord).

Sick Sad World is a collaboration between poet and performance-maker Iris McCloughan and choreographer Jessie Young. Combining sensation-driven choreography with blurred fragments of speech, character, and plot, the work presents a world of mysterious signifying objects: a silk slip, a single high-heeled boot, a lone microphone on a spindly stand. Beginning as a pas de deux and ending as a folie à deux, Sick Sad World creates a foggy, constantly shifting landscape of movement and text.

Sundays on Broadway
6:00 p.m. - doors open at 5:45 p.m.
at WeisAcres, 537 Broadway #3
New York, NY 10012

$10 suggested donation
Vaccine card required at door.
Masks encouraged during event.

Artists' Bios:

Malcolm-x Betts is a New York-based visual and dance artist who believes that art is a transformative vehicle that brings people and communities together. His artistic work is rooted in investigating embodiment for liberation and Black imagination, and directly engaging with challenges placed on the physical body. He has a community engagement practice allowing artistic freedom and making art accessible to everyone. Betts has developed and presented work at La MaMa Umbria International in Spoleto, Italy, La MaMa NYC, Gibney Dance Center, Movement Research at Judson Church, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), the Bronx Museum, and Dixon Place. Betts showed excerpts of Midnight Glow: Kinfolk at Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX), Movement Research at Judson Church, and DraftWork at Danspace Project. Kinfolk Vol 2: Butch Queen was presented by Judson Arts in November 2021. Betts worked on the Bronx Speaks program with the Bronx Museum with undocumented immgrants. He has performed in works by luciana achugar, Jonathan Gonzalez, Snoogybox, Nile Harris, and Alex Romania. Betts was a 2018 Artist and Resident with Movement Research.

Iris McCloughan is a poet, performance maker, and dramaturg. Recent writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Tupelo Quarterly, American Poetry Review, and Prelude. They were the winner of the 2018 Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize from American Poetry Review and were named a finalist in nonfiction for Best of the Net 2020. Their performance work has been seen in NYC at The Poetry Project, Movement Research, Ars Nova, and CPR. They have collaborated with many other artists and writers, including Eiko Otake, Joan Jonas, Mike Lala, Jessie Young, Doug Lecours, and Julie Mayo.

Lucy Sexton is a Brooklyn-born choreographer, director, and performing artist who works in dance, performance, film, and public advocacy. As her Factress persona, she has had the pleasure of working with Laurie Berg and Heidi Dorow (Dance Explosion!) at random performing outlets for several years. She works with Anne Iobst creating and performing the dance performance duo DANCENOISE, which was founded in 1983, had a retrospective exhibit and performance at the Whitney Museum in 2015, and premiered a new piece at New York Live Arts in 2018. She is currently directing a new show by Eszter Balint.

Jessie Young is a Brooklyn-based choreographer, performer and teacher originally from Port Angeles, WA. In New York her work has been presented by PAGEANT, The Chocolate Factory, New York Live Arts (Fresh Tracks), Danspace (DraftWork), Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Center for Performance Research (CPR), Brooklyn Studios for Dance, AUNTS, Dixon Place, and The Floor on Atlantic. As a performer and collaborator, she has worked with Tere O’Connor, Beth Gill, Julie Mayo, Abby Z and the New Utility, and Stephanie Acosta, among others. Young is currently an artist in residence at Brooklyn Arts Exchange (2021–23) and was a 2022 Center for Performance Research Resident Artist. She received her MFA from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and her BFA from the University of Utah, and she is on faculty at the American Dance Festival.


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537 Broadway #3
New York, NY 10012


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