Ars Nova Announces New Events Including First Vision Residency Programming
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 03:51 pm EST 01/13/21


Vision Resident David Mendizábal Curates Four Shows for Streaming Platform Ars Nova Supra

Ars Nova, "a company known for pop-culture-savvy experimentation, with a hipness that sets it apart" (New York Times), under the leadership of Founding Artistic Director Jason Eagan and Managing Director Renee Blinkwolt, is proud to announce its first slate of 2021 programming including four new shows curated by director David Mendizábal as part the new Ars Nova Vision Residency program. All events will take place on Ars Nova Supra, a new streaming platform from Ars Nova that showcases some of New York City's most promising emerging artists and currently serves as the online home for the majority of Ars Nova presentations.

Designed to foreground Ars Nova's values through the creation of more equitable and power-sharing curatorial practices, the Vision Residencyexpands Ars Nova's artistic vision by inviting seven artist-curators to each program one month of events on Ars Nova Supra. Programming can include their own work as well as work by artists they champion and admire, with Ars Nova providing financial and staff resources to develop each piece. In addition to Mendizábal, the 2020-2021 Vision Residents are Starr Busby, nicHi douglas, JJJJJerome Ellis, raja feather kelly, Jenny Koons, and Rona Siddiqui.

Founding Artistic Director Jason Eagan commented, "I feel so fortunate to get to share the curation of our season on Ars Nova Supra with this newly formed cohort. Bringing this incredible group of artists and thinkers into conversation about who and what will be featured on our platform this year expands our - and their - potential. The Ars Nova community has always thrived most when it is looking forward, and I am thrilled to discover where these visionaries will take us next."

Vision Resident David Mendizábal said, "The artists I've curated are all working from the intersection of art and social justice and they're exploding the notion of 'theater' in the process. They're not creating from a location in opposition to whiteness, but from their own centers, their own truths, and their own liberated realities. They are creating their own paths through resilience, resistance, joy and artistry."

Ars Nova's 2021 programming begins with a special digital edition of Showgasm, Ars Nova's own monthly variety-show-meets-party, guest hosted by cutting-edge cultural comic Chris Murphy, followed by four events curated by Mendizábal as part of his residency. They include a performance by Mayte Natalio inspired by a traditional Hora Santa at which family and friends gather to pray for the soul of a loved one who's passed; an evening of stories and rituals by Qween Jean that honors and celebrates Black Trans Legacy; a performance by STEFA* that asks, "What does it mean to be born with an extra rib?"; and a performance by Melissa DuPrey set at the brink of an apocalypse and inspired by Aunty Entity, leader of Bartertown from Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome.

Tickets for Ars Nova Supra livestream events are $5-10 per event, with subscriptions available for $15 per month. Subscribers receive access to all monthly livestreams at one low price, plus exclusive on-demand access to the Ars Nova Supra library, where they can catch any shows they may have missed.

More details follow and can be found at https://arsnovanyc.com/SUPRA.

ARS NOVA SUPRA Lineup (Jan. 14-Feb. 5)

January 14 at 7pm ET
Ars Nova Presents: Showgasm.
with Guest Host Chris Murphy
60 minutes; $5
Cutting-edge cultural comic Chris Murphy guest hosts a live-for-digital version of our untamed monthly variety-show-meets-party, introducing us to his who's-who of the weird and wonderful - from comedy to burlesque and everything (and anything) in between.

January 28 at 7pm ET
Vision Residency: La Hora Santa
Created by Mayte Natalio
Written, Choreographed and Directed by Mayte
In collaboration with Kristin Yancy & Yemen Brown
45 minutes; $10
Inspired by a traditional Hora Santa at which family and friends gather to pray for the soul of a loved one who's passed, this one-night-only ritual-meets-party gathers strangers and friends to honor what has left us, and what remains.

Note: This interactive event takes place live on Zoom and features optional audience participation. Additional details on how to opt-in to participate, or simply to view and be a witness to the Hora Santa, will be emailed to all ticket buyers in the days leading up to the event.

February 3 at 7pm ET
Vision Residency: What Do They Call Us
Created by Qween Jean
Featuring Linda La, Ava Grey & Vuyo Sotashe
45 minutes; $10
Inspired by Nina Simone's Four Women, What Do They Call Us is an evening of stories and rituals featuring musicians, poets and dancers coming together to honor & celebrate Black Trans Legacy.

February 5 at 7pm ET
Vision Residency: excerpts from my ribs (the end is sweet)
Created & Performed by STEFA*
Directed by STEFA*
40 minutes; $10
What does it mean to be born with an extra rib? When the loops and cycles we are given to work with are unable to fully contain us, how do we mourn who we were and heal our past selves? In this live, video-collage exploration, STEFA* gives us a glimpse of the trans-dimensional spiral behind their ongoing journey of self-actualization.

February 6 at 7pm ET
Vision Residency: Rise of Thunderdome
Created & Performed by Melissa DuPrey
50 minutes; $10
What does a revolutionary leader do when the people aren't ready for a revolution? Set at the brink of an apocalypse, this solo show follows the becoming of Aunty Entity, leader of Bartertown from Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome.

Concept workshopped at the Solo Playwright Workshop through The Goodman Theater Dael Orlandersmith with Dael Orlandersmith in May 2020. Developed in artistic collaboration with communities of artists of color from Chicago and NYC. Original music written by Melissa DuPrey inspired by the soundtrack to Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome.

About David Mendizábal

David Mendizábal (he/him) is a director/designer, one of the Producing Artistic Leaders of the Obie Award-winning The Movement Theatre Company and the Associate Artistic Director of The Sol Project. Select directing credits include: Don't Eat the Mangos (Magic Theatre/Sundance/Sol), On The Grounds of Belonging (Long Wharf), the bandaged place (NYSAF), Then They Forgot About The Rest (INTAR), The Maturation of an Inconvenient Negro (Cherry Lane Mentor Project), And She Would Stand Like This (w/ choreo by Kia LaBeija), Look Upon Our Lowliness, Bintou (The Movement) and Tell Hector I Miss Him (Atlantic / Drama League Nomination). He is a member of the Latinx Theatre Commons, alumnus of The Drama League Directors Project, LAByrinth Intensive Ensemble, NALAC, artEquity, and Lincoln Center Directors Lab. David was a participant in the TCG Leadership U: One-on-One program from 2017 - 2018, where he was the Artistic Associate at Atlantic Theater Company. BFA - NYU/Tisch @ PHTS. www.davidmendizabal.com

About Ars Nova

Ars Nova exists to discover, develop, and launch singular theater, music and comedy artists in the early stages of their professional careers. Our dynamic slate of programs supports outside-the-box thinking and encourages innovative, genre-bending new work. Dubbed by The New York Times as a "fertile incubator of offbeat theater," Ars Nova blurs genres and subverts the status quo. With our feverish bounty of programming, we are the stomping ground and launching pad for visionary, adventurous artists of all stripes. By providing a protective environment where risk-taking and collaboration are paramount, Ars Nova gives voice to a new generation of diverse artists and audiences, pushing the boundaries of live entertainment by nurturing creative ideas into smart, surprising new work.

Ars Nova has been honored with an Obie Award and a Special Citation from the New York Drama Critics' Circle for sustained quality and commitment to the development and production of new work. Notable past productions include: The New York Times critic's pick Dr. Ride's American Beach House by Liza Birkenmeier, directed by Katie Brook; "Outstanding Musical" Lortel Award-winner and The New York Times' "Best of 2018," Rags Parkland Sings the Songs of the Future, created by Andrew R. Butler and directed by Jordan Fein; "Outstanding Musical" Lortel Award-winner KPOP, created by Jason Kim, Max Vernon, Helen Park, and Woodshed Collective, directed by Teddy Bergman; "Best New American Theatre Work," Obie Award-winner and "one of the best new plays in the last 25 years" (The New York Times), Underground Railroad Game by Jennifer Kidwell and Scott R. Sheppard with Lightning Rod Special, directed by Taibi Magar (now on international tour); "Outstanding Musical" Lortel Award-winner FUTURITY, by César Alvarez with The Lisps, directed by Sarah Benson; The New York Times' and New York Post's "Best of 2015," Small Mouth Sounds by Bess Wohl, directed by Rachel Chavkin; Time Out New York's "Best of 2014," JACUZZI by The Debate Society, directed by Oliver Butler; the Tony Award-winning smash-hit Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 by Dave Malloy, directed by Rachel Chavkin; Jollyship the Whiz-Bang by Nick Jones and Raja Azar, directed by Sam Gold; the world premiere of the 2009 season's most-produced play boom by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb, directed by Alex Timbers; the show that put Bridget Everett on the map, At Least It's Pink by Everett, Michael Patrick King, and Kenny Mellman, directed by King; and Lin-Manuel Miranda and Thomas Kail's first New York production, Freestyle Love Supreme by Anthony Veneziale and Miranda, directed by Thomas Kail (Broadway 2019).
Link https://arsnovanyc.com/SUPRA

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