CATSKILL — Shuttered by the pandemic in March of 2020 and unable to present live performances, Hudson Valley’s Bridge Street Theatre announces a four-month dance residency program utilizing the theater’s resources to nourish performing artists and develop new works during the current health crisis. Residency artists will have exclusive access to the 12,000 sq foot refurbished industrial building in the village of Catskill, NY. Facilities include an 84-seat black box theater, a flexible cabaret performance space, a large-scale gallery, and on-site artist housing. The residency will provide a safe harbor for dancemakers, supporting them with the precious resource of stage time, access to production equipment, housing, and stipends to support their creative process.
“Bridge Street Theatre is proud to join with peer Hudson Valley cultural institutions including Catskill Mountain Foundation, Kaatsbaan Cultural Park, Modern Accord Depot, Mount Tremper Arts, Petronio Residency Center, PS21, and other organizations to support dancemakers at a time when they, and so many other Arts groups, are facing such uncertainty and vulnerability,” says John Sowle, Artistic & Managing Director of Bridge Street Theatre.
Underwritten by local community members (and Bridge Street Theatre supporters) Duke Dang and Charles Rosen, the initiative is in memory of their friend and mentor Anh-Tuyet “AT” Nguyen. A native of Vietnam, Nguyen championed dance and served on the boards of Dance to Unite, Dorrance Dance, and the Joyce Theater. Residency artists were selected to honor Anh-Tuyet “AT” Nguyen, supporting Vietnamese dancemakers and Dorrance Dance and Joyce Theater alum.
“Our dear friend AT loved dance and devoted herself to mentoring and supporting many Vietnamese creatives in particular,” say project underwriters Duke Dang and Charles Rosen. “We hope this initiative continues her spirit.”
At the end of each two-week residency a video sample of the work-in-process will be available on Bridge Street Theatre’s web site (BridgeStreetTheatre.org), Facebook page, and YouTube channel.
Bridge Street Theatre is supported in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and by Public Funds from the Greene County Legislature through the Cultural Fund administered in Greene County by the Greene County Council on the Arts (dba CREATE).
For more information visit BridgeStreetTheatre.org.
BABYLIFT by Anh Vo
Jabu Graybeal work in process
SWITCH by the LayeRhythm Experiment, with Mai Lê Hô
Thang Dao work in progress
Chroma (working title) by Adrian Danchig-Waring, Norbert De La Cruz III, Joseph Gordon, Kristin Sztyk, and Virginia Wagner
Trapped by Passion Fruit Dance Company/Tatiana Desardouin
BABYLIFT by Anh Vo
Through January 17
Digital performance excerpt showing on January 16, 7 p.m.
A fragmented and collaged multi-media solo work, Anh Vo’s BABYLIFT combines the terror and pleasure of erotic hauntings. Named after a 1975 mass evacuation of children from South Vietnam to the U.S., resulting in a plane crash that killed 78 of those children, BABYLIFT attempts to conjure the ghosts of the Vietnam War and confronts the afterlives of the Vietnam War (a.k.a. the Resistance War Against Imperialist America). Striving to queer a linear masculinist history, Vo weaves materials from this historical archive together with cultural memories of the Civil Rights Movement, USAmerican freedom fantasies of the 1960s, contemporary pop culture, and current leftist activism. These layers of narrative create an uncanny, abstract, yet emotionally-charged space that serves as both a memorial for the unmourned, unremembered and a reckoning for the witnesses of this ghostly presence.
Immediately following the Bridge Street Theatre residency, BABYLIFT will premiere as part of Target Margin Theater’s Spring 2021 season.