Our Next Event

Girl Tales Live Reading and 2nd Season Fundraiser!

Girl Tales - FINAL-M

Who? You and the kids in your life! What? A live reading of The Literate Mermaid by Christina Quintana, and a fundraiser for a second season! We’ll have a silent auction of a bunch of goodies, face painting by Maggie Allen, a coloring station and a feminist photo booth! Where? Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @ [...]

Sun. Nov 18, 2018 3:00 PM

Events

June 13, 2014

What Is Queer Performance? Tatyana Tenenbaum Workshop

Queer theory meets the queer body in these workshops. This smattering of queer artists bridges queer writing practices with queer bodybased practices. Drawing upon the varied performative interests and inspirations of the teaching artists, the workshops touch upon text, sound, witchcraft, impulse, free association, and movement.

These workshops are for folks with none to a lot of performance experience. Come see what inspirations and mini-spectacles are always-already burgeoning in your queer bodies.

Workshops are $10 each, all money goes to support the teacher and the space. Drop-in or take all of them. Space is very limited, so pre-registration strongly encouraged. Please send an email with your name and a quick tidbit about yourself to whatisqueerperformance@gmail.com. Curated by Li Cata.

 

TATYANA TENENBAUM / FRI JUNE 13TH / 11A – 1P

WISQ tatyana

My work is invested in the perceptual borders between sound and space, voice and body.    Sound touches us and we instantly reflect its volume, as we would sense another body’s muscle tone.  For the singing body, this experience is self-reflexive—from physical preparation to vibration to sound to sensing and back again.  Through an embodied practice, I am working to blur the lines between the awareness of sound production and that of movement.  As I reinforce the foundations of interdependency, I simultaneously define the parameters that destabilize them on their own terms.   I am not looking for an absolute relationship, but a fluid state of being that embodies the space in between.

 

bio

Tatyana Tenenbaum is a choreographer and composer whose practice examines the perceptual, musical and kinesthetic spaces connecting the voice and body.  Her work has been presented by The Chocolate Factory Theater, Dance Theater Workshop,  Movement Research, Cabinet Magazine, Danspace Project, The Watermill Center, Center for Performance Research, Chez Buswhick, Pieter PASD, and AUNTS, among others.  She is a co-organizer of NY-based organization CLASSCLASSCLASS and former dance curator at The Tank (2007 – 2009) where she curated and produced The Raw and the Cooked Show, a forum for interdisciplinary improvisation. She is co-curating the 2014 Movement Research Spring “fallow time” in collaboration with Elliott Maltby, Jennifer Monson and Alicia Ohs.  She has engaged in creative processes with Yoshiko Chuma, Daria Fain, Jennifer Monson, Levi Gonzalez, Michele Torino Hower and Buck Wanner, among others. She received dual degrees from Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music.

 

Start: June 13, 2014 11:00 AM
End: June 13, 2014 1:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 646 457 0859
Address:
83A Hester St., New York, NY, 10002, United States
Cost: $10

June 12, 2014

What Is Queer Performance? Jaamil Kosoko Workshop

Queer theory meets the queer body in these workshops. This smattering of queer artists bridges queer writing practices with queer bodybased practices. Drawing upon the varied performative interests and inspirations of the teaching artists, the workshops touch upon text, sound, witchcraft, impulse, free association, and movement.

These workshops are for folks with none to a lot of performance experience. Come see what inspirations and mini-spectacles are always-already burgeoning in your queer bodies.

Workshops are $10 each, all money goes to support the teacher and the space. Drop-in or take all of them. Space is very limited, so pre-registration strongly encouraged. Please send an email with your name and a quick tidbit about yourself to whatisqueerperformance@gmail.com. Curated by Li Cata.

JAAMIL KOSOKO / THURS JUNE 12TH / 7P – 9P

WISQ jaamil

Queering Structures and Other Ways to Slant the Truth: a writing (and reading) workshop

This will be a writing/reading based workshop focusing on queer writers/artists while exploring the craft and techniques they use to rearrange normality as both a politic and creative tool for fearless self exploration.

BIO

Originally from Detroit, MI, Jaamil is a Nigerian American curator, producer, poet, choreographer, and performance artist currently based in New York City. He is a 2012 Live Arts Brewery Fellow as a part of the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival, a 2011 Fellow as a part of the DeVos Institute of Art Management at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and an inaugural graduate member of the Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance (ICPP) at Wesleyan University.

His work in performance is rooted in a creative mission to push history forward through writing and socio-political art advocacy. Kosoko’s work in live performance has received support from The Pew Center for Arts and Heritage through Dance Advance, The Philadelphia Cultural Management Initiative, The Joyce Theater Foundation, and The Philadelphia Cultural Fund. His solo performance work entitled other.explicit.body. premiered at Harlem Stage in April 2012 and is currently touring nationally. As a performer, Kosoko has created original roles in the performance works of Nick Cave, Pig Iron Theatre Company, Keely Garfield Dance, Miguel Gutierrez and The Powerful People, Headlong Dance Theater among others. Kosoko’s poems have been published in The American Poetry Review, Poems Against War, The Dunes Review, and Silo, among other publications. In 2011, Kosoko published Notes on an Urban Kill-Floor: Poems for Detroit (Old City Publishing). He is a contributing correspondent for Dance Journal (PHL), the Broad Street Review (PHL), and Critical Correspondence (NYC). He has served on numerous curatorial and funding panels including the National Endowment for the Arts, MAP Fund, Movement Research at Judson Church, the Philadelphia Cultural Fund, the Baker Artists Awards, among others.

 

 

Start: June 12, 2014 7:00 PM
End: June 12, 2014 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 646 457 0859
Address:
83A Hester St., New York, NY, 10002, United States
Cost: $10

What Is Queer Performance? Mariana Valencia Workshop

Queer theory meets the queer body in these workshops. This smattering of queer artists bridges queer writing practices with queer bodybased practices. Drawing upon the varied performative interests and inspirations of the teaching artists, the workshops touch upon text, sound, witchcraft, impulse, free association, and movement.

These workshops are for folks with none to a lot of performance experience. Come see what inspirations and mini-spectacles are always-already burgeoning in your queer bodies.

Workshops are $10 each, all money goes to support the teacher and the space. Drop-in or take all of them. Space is very limited, so pre-registration strongly encouraged. Please send an email with your name and a quick tidbit about yourself to whatisqueerperformance@gmail.com. Curated by Li Cata.

MARIANA VALENCIA / THURS JUNE 12TH / 11A – 1P

Mariana Valencia

“on the floor” is an improvisation. together we will define the space we make. i will present items in a room: bodies, objects, books, images, clothes, and sound. we will shape and arrange them and arrange ourselves among them. this is an improvisation, this is what happens when we think together; playfulness is at hand, imagination is at hand . spatio-temporal movement is at hand and on the floor.

BIO
Mariana is a dance artist who makes installations, garments and a zine called Rhinoceros Event.
Mariana travels for research, she’s been to Belize, Mexico, Guatemala and Denmark. Mariana has a BA from Hampshire College in dance and ethnography, she is based in New York since 2006 and works a day job at The Co-op School in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Start: June 12, 2014 11:00 AM
End: June 12, 2014 1:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 646 457 0859
Address:
83A Hester St., New York, NY, 10002, United States
Cost: $10

June 11, 2014

What Is Queer Performance? Luke George Workshop

Queer theory meets the queer body in these workshops. This smattering of queer artists bridges queer writing practices with queer bodybased practices. Drawing upon the varied performative interests and inspirations of the teaching artists, the workshops touch upon text, sound, witchcraft, impulse, free association, and movement.

These workshops are for folks with none to a lot of performance experience. Come see what inspirations and mini-spectacles are always-already burgeoning in your queer bodies.

Workshops are $10 each, all money goes to support the teacher and the space. Drop-in or take all of them. Space is very limited, so pre-registration strongly encouraged. Please send an email with your name and a quick tidbit about yourself to whatisqueerperformance@gmail.com. Curated by Li Cata.

 

LUKE GEORGE / WEDNESDAY JUNE 11TH/ 7PM – 9PM

 

WISQ luke

For this workshop I am interested in exploring how we experience the unseen things in our bodies, in ourselves, that transmit between our body and others, and how this unfolds into a practice of performing and being seen, and then how being a performer is also being a maker, and being an audience.
We may or may not experience and explore:
mind
body
energy
sensing
touching
drawing
writing
talking
sounding
imaging
imagining
presence
presenting
‘reading’
perceiving
how we see body/s
how we are seen
experiencing our performing
performing our experiencing
the choreography of performing
the transmittance of information between bodies
firing into our intuition, imagination, criticality, receptivity and our playfully ferocious creativity
a field of enquiry that is about being a person, being a body, being a performer, being a watcher, being a maker, being queer.

 

 

 

BIO

Luke George is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts – Dance. He has been collaborating and performing on new works since 1999 by artists in Australia: Chunky Move, Stephanie Lake, Jo Lloyd, Shelley Lasica, and Phillip Adams BalletLab. Europe: Frances d’Ath (Berlin), Field Works (Brussels). Asia: ITOH Kim (Tokyo). United States: Miguel Gutierrez and the Powerful People, K.J. Holmes, luciana achugar, Melinda Ring, Neal Medlyn, and Deborah Hay (solo commissioning project).
Luke is an artist working in dance and performance. He grew up in Tasmania and is based between Melbourne and Brooklyn. Luke identifies as a queer cisgender man. Luke makes his own performance work, as well as collaborating and performing in the work of other artists. His practice as a maker and performer is occupied with the interplay between the embodied and conceptual. In his work he is exploring energy and presence in relation to how we perceive ourselves, each other and the world around us. He is interested in the act of performance as both a collective and individual experience for both performer and audience, and in how things transmit between the two. He aspires to access multiple modes of performance and embodied knowledges in daring and unorthodox ways.

 

 

 

Start: June 11, 2014 7:00 PM
End: June 11, 2014 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 646 457 0859
Address:
83A Hester St., New York, NY, 10002, United States
Cost: $10

June 7, 2014

Meet the Author: Kenneth M. Walsh / “Wasn’t Tomorrow Wonderful? A Memoir”

An evening with blogger and journalist Kenneth M. Walsh — aka Kenneth in the (212) — who will discuss his new memoir, Wasn’t Tomorrow Wonderful?, in a lively Q&A with Tim Teeman, author of In Bed With Gore Vidal.

Kenneth M. Walsh is a writer, editor, and blogger in New York City. His popular site — Kenneth in the (212)  —has been featured on the New York Post’s famed Page Six, Gawker, Romensko, BuzzFeed, New York magazine’s Daily Intel, Advocate.com, Out.com, and VH1’s Best Week Ever. In 2012 it was nominated for About.com’s Best Gay Blog Readers’ Choice award. A graduate of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Walsh has a career in media that spans two decades, with reporting and editing gigs at The New York Times, The New York Post, The Orange County Register, and The Arizona Republic. He is a contributor to The Huffington Post and The Wall Street Journal’s Speakeasy blog. Wasn’t Tomorrow Wonderful? is his first book.

 

Teeman

Tim Teeman is a journalist, author and broadcaster. For many years he worked as an editor, feature writer, and interviewer for The Times of London, most recently as their US Correspondent. In Bed with Gore Vidal is his first book. He lives in New York City.

 

 

 

 

Start: June 7, 2014 7:00 PM
End: June 7, 2014 9:00 PM
Venue: Bureau of General Services–Queer Division
Phone: 646 457 0859
Address:
83A Hester St., New York, NY, 10002, United States
Cost: Free