Ars Nova Announces Vision Residency Programming from JJJJJerome Ellis
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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 seventh and final slate of 2021 programming as part of the new Ars Nova Vision Residency program including four events curated by JJJJJerome Ellis. 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 Residency expands 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 Ellis, the 2020-2021 Vision Residents are Starr Busby, nicHi douglas, raja feather kelly, Jenny Koons, David Mendizábal, 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 JJJJJerome Ellis said, "I admire Joselia Rebekah Hughes, Molly Joyce and Yo-Yo Lin. Their work invites me to reimagine how the self might relate to the body, and to the world. In this reimagining I find ongoing liberation. I feel humbled and honored to have this opportunity to curate them and help share their vital art with Ars Nova's audiences."

JJJJJerome Ellis's Vision Residency programming includes four events with $10 single tickets. Subscriptions to Ars Nova Supra livestream are 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.


June 2 at 7 PM ET


An Audio/Visual Project & Conversation

Artist Molly Joyce
Curator Sandy Guttman
Project Participants Robin Lynne Marquis, David Furukawa & JJJJJerome Ellis
60 minutes; $10

Perspective is an ongoing sound, video and research project with disabled interviewees exploring access, care, interdependence and more through audio interviews, open captioning and musical underscoring. Join creator Molly Joyce, curator Sandy Guttman, and participants Robin Lynne Marquis, David Furukawa and JJJJJerome Ellis as they share excerpts of the larger work, and offer insight into the creative process.

June 7 at 7 PM ET
A Self-Documentary Performance Film
Created & Performed by Yo-Yo Lin
Written by Yo-Yo Lin & Annette An-Jen Liu
25 minutes; $10
Re:collections is a performance film remembering lost language in the body, across land and in alternate universes. Following a recent return to the artist's motherland in Taiwan during the pandemic, the performance is a first-person account of returning to a site of medical and familial trauma years later. Moving through the artist's intimate thoughts, the film explores the fallibility of time and ambiguousness of placehood in an ever-shifting disabled, immigrant body. Melding together new media performance and frameworks of traditional Chinese medicine, Taoist cosmology and quantum physics, the film interweaves the mundane with the magical, offering openings for grief, wonder and radical multiplicity.

June 9 AT 7 PM ET

Masque On

A Comedic In-valid Detour

Created, Written, Directed & Performed by Joselia Rebekah Hughes

Musical Direction & Scoring by Akeema-Zane
30 minutes; $10
Drawing inspiration from tv shows like Wonder Showzen and Sesame Street, influencer apology videos, viral tweets, shadow puppetry, memes and medical infomercials, Masque On channels them all to create an in-valid perspective of what it means to be disabled, online and laughing. Drawing on the principles of Black radical traditions and disability justice, this joyful series of comedic shorts explores all the things we hide in "ability".

June 11 at 7 PM ET


A Musical Reading

Created & Performed by Vision Resident JJJJJerome Ellis

30 minutes; $10
In WE STILL HERE, JJJJJerome Ellis reads new writing and accompanies himself with new music. In the writing, he continues to explore intersections between blackness, disabled speech, divinity and time.

About the Artists

JJJJJerome Ellis (Vision Resident, Creator/Performer WE STILL HERE) is a blk disabled animal, stutterer and artist. Through music, literature, performance and video, he explores intersections between blkness, stuttering and divinity. Prayer, water, collage silence. He researches, rehearses and reimagines the clinical, musical, poetic, political, racial and spiritual dimensions of stuttering. His work proposes that blkness and stuttering are technologies of refusal, possibility and reparation. His diverse body of work includes: contemplative soundscapes using saxophone, flute, dulcimer, electronics and vocals; scores for plays and podcasts; albums combining spoken word with ambient and jazz textures; theatrical explorations involving live music and storytelling; and music-video-poems that seek to transfigure historical archives.

Molly Joyce (Artist, Perspective) was recently deemed one of the "most versatile, prolific and intriguing composers working under the vast new-music dome" by The Washington Post. Her music has additionally been described as "serene power" (New York Times) and written to "superb effect" (The Wire). Her work is concerned with disability as a creative source. She has an impaired left hand from a previous car accident, and her primary instrument is the electric vintage toy organ, an instrument that engages her disability on a musical level. Her projects have been presented at TEDxMidAtlantic, Bang on a Can Marathon, Danspace Project, Gaudeamus Muziekweek, Classical:NEXT, National Sawdust, and featured in outlets such as Pitchfork, Red Bull Radio and WNYC's New Sounds. Molly is a graduate of Juilliard, Royal Conservatory in The Hague, Yale, alumnus of the YoungArts Foundation and currently serves on the composition faculty at New York University and Wagner College.

Joselia Rebekah Hughes (Creator, Writer, Director, Performer, Masque On) is a disabled Afro-Caribbean poet, writer and allo-practice-artist. Joselia's practice examines languages of finitude, instruments abstractions to surface conditions of disabled Blackness, and uses play reclamation as a means to examine societal perceptions and values regarding ability, chronic illness, pain and disability. She's performed and lectured at bookstores and art centers around New York City including The Strand, Bronx Art Space, Participant Inc, National Sawdust, Brooklyn Public Library, MoMA and the Poetry Project. Some of her writing has appeared in Apogee Journal, Leste Magazine, Ocean State Review and Jewish Currents.

Yo-Yo Lin (Creator, Performer, Writer, Re:collections) is a Taiwanese-American, interdisciplinary media artist who explores the possibilities of self-knowledge in the context of emerging, embodied technologies. She often uses video, animation, live performance and lush sound design to create meditative 'memoryscapes.' Her recent body of work reveals and re-values the complex realities of living with chronic illness and intergenerational trauma. She creates openings into these realities in the form of spaces, performances or tools. Her practice often facilitates sites for community-centered abundance, developing into physical and virtual media installations, workshops, accessible nightlife parties and artist collectives. She was a 2019 Artist in Residence at Eyebeam and a 2020 Open Call Recipient for The Shed. She has shown works at international multimedia art galleries (Human Resources, Lincoln Center, La Corte Contemporanea), film festivals (New York Film Festival, SXSW), performance venues (Gibney Dance) and conferences (Allied Media Conference). She dances between New York, Los Angeles and Taipei.

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 http://www.arsnovanyc.com

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