May 21, 2023: Jade Manns + Juliette Mapp + Jo McKendry & Molly Ross + video by C. Weis
Sundays on Broadway presents an evening of performance and video by Jade Manns, Juliette Mapp, Jo McKendry & Molly Ross and video by Cathy Weis.
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Forming a modern bestiary, Jade Manns’s work-in-progress explores the convergence of animal, god, and man through a flurry of gestural fragments. In it we see the cold, angelic spirit of the American modern dancer’s disciplined striving for beauty alongside the erratic and disoriented convulsions of man, the neurotic animal. The imagery erratically shifts and rearranges, creating a dense panorama of disparate images in constant counterpoint to one another. The unpredictably fluctuating movement creates a visual representation of the confusion between the natural and the artificial, the divine and the human.
Juliette Mapp will perform a short solo called Free Day. She writes, “Dancing is the experience of creating and holding a free space in my mind and around my body within which I can project and move freely. When I dance, I create a space that does not normally exist—but it can be a reinterpretation or reorganization of that which normally does exist. I believe it is through moving within this free space that a semblance of meaning can emerge for me and the audience, like wandering on a free day.”
Jo McKendry’s 15 ways to cross a paddock (working title) is a collaboration with dancer Molly Ross. “We like being in our own and each other’s bodies, the way that dance is and allows for this,” says McKendry. “It’s sacredness in this sense. We’re half or double the other’s age. Somehow this interests us both. The dance isn’t exactly about that, but how is it not?”
Cathy Weis has produced a video archive that is a unique record of dance and performance from a dynamic and eclectic period of downtown NYC art-making. Approaching her camerawork with a choreographer’s eye, she captured many rare and improvisational performances by emerging and established artists. Weis will be showing footage shot in the theaters and on the streets of NYC between 1985–1987.
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.
Jade Manns is a dancer, choreographer, and co-founder of the artist-run performance space PAGEANT in New York City. Her work has been shown at The Brooklyn Rail, Singing in Unison (NYC), New Dance Alliance Performance’s Mix Festival (Abrons Art Center, NYC), The Provincetown Dance Festival (Truro Center for the Arts, MA), PAGEANT (NYC), Greenspace (NYC), and ing.464 (NYC). Her work has been supported by the Alberta Foundation for the Arts (Individual Project Grant, 2016, 2017) and New Dance Alliance’s Satellite Residency. She is an alumni of the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance and holds a BFA in dance from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.
Juliette Mapp is a dancer, teacher, and choreographer currently living in the Catskill Mountains. Mapp’s work has been presented throughout New York City. She has received two New York Dance and Performance Awards—one for her dancing and the other for her choreography. She has danced for several wonderful choreographers, including Vicky Shick, Stephanie Skura, Deborah Hay, and John Jasperse. Mapp is currently an assistant professor at The New School in NYC, where she teaches various dance courses, and a is professor of choreography at the Stockholm University of the Arts, where she supervises students pursuing PhDs in artistic research.
Jo McKendry has danced in the works of Russell Dumas, Neil Greenberg, John Jasperse, Lucy Guerin, Sara Rudner, and other incredible artists. She writes sometimes about her experiences in and around dance, and began to choreograph (again) in 2018. Making dance, for her, is something akin to dancing under the house where she grew up, in Queensland, Australia—siblings, dirt, stray dogs and all.
Originally from Michigan, Molly Ross is based in Brooklyn, NY. She loves working with Jo McKendry, Austin Selden, and Gwendolyn Knapp in NYC. She makes her own work, and collaborates extensively with Nola Sporn Smith as MOLLY&NOLA.
Cathy Weis is a dancer, choreographer, videographer, and founder of Sundays on Broadway. She has been a soloist in the Louisville Ballet, played in a cello quartet in Europe, tap-danced on the streets of San Francisco, and did a stint as a disco queen. She moved to New York City in 1983 and has been the recipient of many honors including a Guggenheim Fellowship in dance and recipient of a Bessie Award for creativity.