Please note: this event has changed from Arts On THE ROOF to ARTS ALIVE. Performances are no longer happening on the roof and have been moved to a large indoor studio with lots of windows, lots of space and good ventilation.
In response to the ongoing pandemic, Arts On Site presents a low risk indoor performance series at 12 Saint Marks Place. ARTS ALIVE features a collection of NYC artists from music and dance with each artist individually showcased on a separate date. This performance series has been created to adhere to current COVID-19 restrictions. Each performance is located in a large open studio with proper ventilation and there's a maximum of 16 guests per performance to allow for social distancing. Each artist performs a 30 to 45 minute piece with two performances on each specified date.
PERFORMANCES: 6:30 & 8:30PM
10/23 BREAKTIME (dance)
10/24 BREAKTIME (dance)
10/25 DUAL RIVET (dance)
10/27 ESTROGENIUS (dance)
10/29 AL BLACKSTONE (dance) *7 & 9PM
10/30 AL BLACKSTONE (dance) *7 & 9PM
10/31 NATIONAL QUEER THEATER (drag show)
11/1 NATIONAL QUEER THEATER (drag show)
11/5 JAMAL JACKSON DANCE COMPANY/ NICOLE VON ARX (dance)
11/6 MEGAN WILLIAMS DANCE PROJECTS (dance)
11/7 MEGAN WILLIAMS DANCE PROJECTS (dance)
11/8 DUAL RIVET (dance)
11/12 SMASHWORKS DANCE (dance)
11/13 FLORENCIA IRIONDO (music)
11/14 FLORENCIA IRIONDO (music)
11/15 GEORGIA USBORNE & MATILDA SAKAMOTO (dance)
11/19 MARGIN ALEXANDER (music)
11/20 RIDING RED by KELLY ASHTON TODD (dance)
11/22 DUAL RIVET (dance)
12/17 MARIJA OBRADOVIC & ASHLEY MENESTRINA (dance)
BREAKTIME is a site-fluid reservoir for bad ideas, generated and performed by Holly Sass and Jonathan Matthews. Classmates in NYU Tisch Dance’s class of 2014, they were often cast together in a diverse array of work until joining forces in 2017 for Tisch Dance’s Alumni Choreographic Mentorship, under the guidance of Gus Solomons, Jr. Since then, they have performed in and around NYC, hosted by such kind folks as UNA Projects, Center for Performance Research, Dixon Place, Create:ART, Arts On Site, Triskelion Arts, Spoke the Hub, Circadium School of Contemporary Circus, and the Tisch Dance Summer Residency Festival. The pair has been greatly nourished by residencies through the Jonah Boaker Arts Foundation, Create:ART, and The Croft. Interested in independent, community-based initiatives, BREAKTIME participated in the first annual Land Falls residency, founded by Jemila MacEwan, for artists of all backgrounds to share performance practices, and helped to convert Bridget Struthers’ Brattleboro barn into a shared performance space. Drawing from a varied collective skillset, and always on the prowl for new and unusual creative relationships, BREAKTIME has enjoyed multimedia collaborations with director Julia Barrett-Mitchell on a music video for Star Rover, choreographer-costumer Maddie Schimmel, installation artist Dave Hannon, and brass quartet, The Westerlies. Their quarantine piece, "This Meeting is Being Recorded," was featured by Dance Magazine, as well as Colin Thomas’ Fresh Sheet. To learn more, www.clickonbreaktime.com.
DUAL RIVET is a women-led dance company focused on creating highly physical contemporary dance for a wide audience. Based in NYC, Dual Rivet produces work for stage and film that exchanges a cinematic and visceral language to influence both platforms. The company teaches a myriad of classes, throughout the United States, with an emphasis on contemporary partnering and floorwork. Led by Jessica Smith and Chelsea Ainsworth, Dual Rivet exemplifies what it means to be female leaders in the arts.
ESTROGENIUS presents Amber Sloan and Leslie Cuyjet. EstroGenius is the longest running festival of its kind. Now in its 20th year, EstroGenius continues to support and celebrate the voices of womxn, female identifying and non binary artists of all races and backgrounds. Leslie Cuyjet is dance artist in Brooklyn, New York. Her tenure in New York is decorated with performances and collaborations, both formal and informal; with contemporaries, legends, and counterparts; on rooftops, good and bad floors, and alleyways; on stage, in film, art, on tour, and on the fly; since 2004. She was awarded a 2019 New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Award for her sustained achievement as Outstanding Performer. Her independent work has been presented in New York, where she aims to conjure life-long questions of identity, confuse and disrupt traditional narratives, and demonstrate the angsty, explosive, sensitive, pioneering excellence of the black woman. Amber Sloan premieres APART|TOGETHER, a Dada inspired dance performance utilizing objet trouvé to represent a physical manifestation of the emotional baggage we carry. Performed by Nik Owens and Amber Sloan, the work explores isolation, intimacy, and division. The dancers use found objects as barriers to partner, allowing for safe contact and connection even when separated. Amber shares the evening with Leslie Cuyjet, a former schoolmate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
AL BLACKSTONE is an Emmy-nominated director, choreographer, and educator. His passion for bringing people together to experience something meaningful drives him to make dances, tell stories, and encourage joyful connection. Born in New Jersey and raised in a dance studio, he has called New York City home for more than a decade. In that time he has created emotional work for the stage and screen, thrown dance parties for charity, and introduced hundreds of people to one another. He believes deeply in the power of dance, community, and kindness.
NATIONAL QUEER THEATER presents The Untitled Lindsey Graham Halloween Spectacular!
What does a drag queen in quarantine and a certain South Carolina senator have in common? Starved for the touch of a man! Nancy Nogood has always been interested in the elusive and illustrious Lindsey Graham ever since she was a baby queen in the Palmetto state, and wants her questions answered! ULGHS! With the help of the finest drag in all five boroughs and under a new moon on Halloween, Nancy conjures up the answers she seeks to reveal the politician behind the tv screen.
JAMAL JACKSON DANCE COMPANY (JJDC) was founded in 2004 with the purpose of fusing various traditional African dance styles with Modern techniques and diverse contemporary music styles in order to create a new, unique technique that is relevant to a multifarious community. The movement and story- lines of JJDC choreography focus on redefining ideas of community and blurring divisive lines, while still celebrating the beauty of individual cultures. Jackson has a strong desire to not only entertain and educate an audience, but to pass on dance tradition to people of all ages.
NICOLE VOX ARX Born in England and grew up in both Hong Kong and Switzerland. She is an active dancer and choreographer in both the New York City and Geneva’s dance scene. Nicole's performance career led her to becoming a soloist at the Royal Opera House in London & Chicago Lyric Opera. She has worked with and for companies and artists such as Loni Landon, Bryan Arias, Elena Vazintaris, Jasmin Vardimon, Romeo Castellucci, Company XIV, and Carte Blanche (NO). She choreographs independently and in collaboration with musicians, film directors and photographers. Some of her recent partners include The Consulate General of Switzerland in New York, The Ace Hotel New York, Judson Memorial Church, as well as fashion brands V Magazine and K-Way.She is the 2021 Dance Initiative artist in resident (Colorado), 2018 Stuffed Artists in Residence at Judson Church, 2020 Jacob’s Pillow Choreography Fellow, and 2017 Dance Gallery Level Up artist in resident. Now based in Brooklyn, Nicole creates under NVA & Guests, and teaches online + outdoor pop up Park and Rooftop classes.
MEGAN WILLIAMS is an independent dance artist, choreographer, and educator . Her
choreography has been produced by Dance NOW NYC, 92 nd St Y, 10Hairy Legs, and by the
Rivertown Artist’s Workshop, MIXT Co., Purchase College, Marymount Manhattan College,
Connecticut College and Interlochen Arts Academy. Williams founded Megan Williams Dance
Projects in the summer of 2016 and was the DanceNOW Commissioned Artist in 2018 ,
premiering her first full evening work, ‘One Woman Show’ to great acclaim at Joe’s Pub at the
Public in NYC. Williams was an Artistic Partnership Initiative (API) Fellow at The Center for
Ballet and the Arts at New York University in August/September 2019 and for the last year
MWDP has been collaborating with composer Eve Beglarian on an evening length work with
live music(supported by the O’Donnell -Green Foundation) that would have premiered at
Danspace Project, NYC in March 2020. She was recently invited to create two short dance films
for the Katonah Museum of Art.In addition to performing her own work, she has been dancing of late with choreographers Esmé Boyce and Rebecca Stenn and in Netta Yurashalmy’s Paramodernities project. In the early 80’s she performed and toured internationally with the companies of Laura Glenn, Ohad
Naharin, and Mark Haim and was a member of the Mark Morris Dance Group from 1988-1998.
She continues her affiliation with Morris as guest rehearsal director and as a stager of his work
on ballet companies and students worldwide. Ms. Williams has been Morris’ assistant in a
variety of settings including ballet, Broadway and television. From 2000-2013 she served on the
modern dance faculty of the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College, SUNY , was a guest
lecturer at Connecticut College from 2016-2018, at Hunter College and Marymount Manhattan
College in 2018-2019, and at Sarah Lawrence College since 2019. She has taught Dance for
Parkinson’s Disease in Rye, NY since 2010 and is on the renowned Dance for PD flagship
teaching team. She holds a BFA from the Juilliard School and an MFA from Sarah Lawrence
SMASHWORKS DANCE is a 501(c)(3) New York based dance company advocating for human rights and women’s empowerment through live performance, education outreach, and community partnerships. Founded and directed by choreographer Ashley McQueen, Smashworks has performed throughout the greater New York City metropolitan area and toured to San Antonio, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, Kalamazoo, and St. Louis. Current community outreach includes teaching dance workshops for the Girl Scouts of Greater New York and providing free movement classes for Yap About It (a nonprofit dedicated to providing accessible arts and talk therapy for young people). “Smashworks . . . what a perfect name for these powerful sisters. McQueen’s company is tightly precise and fearless” (Front Row Center). Smashworks Dance was named a Village Voice “Voice Choices" for their performance of City Stories at the Center for Performance Research, and their evening length political satire For Which It Stands was featured in Time Out NY and Brokelyn’s “Top 20 Cheap Things To Do.” In 2018, Smashworks was invited as a local community group to hear Michelle Obama speak on her Becoming tour at the Barclays Center. They were also awarded the Theaterlab Hotel New Work residency in collaboration with Hope Salas and Justin Cimino (where they spent 40 hours exploring the fusion of dance and clown). Smashworks partnered with Rebel Girls Productions to write movement activities for their most recent chapter book, “Alicia Alonso Takes The Stage,” published worldwide August 2020. Most recently, Smashworks presented two original dance films for Dance The Vote St Louis, in collaboration with the Missouri History Museum, in an effort to promote voter turnout and registration.
FLORENCIA IRIONO is a BMI Musical Theatre lyricist, LinkedIn Executive Producer and Dramatist Guild member.Born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Florencia has lived in New Zealand and Ireland and has been based in NYC since 2013. She’s is founder and executive producer of LinkedIn original video series, based out of the NYC studios in the Empire State Building and has previously worked at Viacom and Sky TV.Her musical “South” debuted by curation at a sold-out concert at Feinstein’s/54 Below. A staged reading was presented at The Players club, and it’s scheduled to be presented at the Underbelly Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2021.Florencia's first song-cycle, recorded at The Cutting Room Studios in the Village, has been awarded by the Global Music Awards and the Hollywood Songwriting Contest. She has performed at Rockwood Music Hall, The Bitter End, and The Bowery Electric.Florencia is a lyricist at the Tony-Honored BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Writing Workshop and is a member of The Dramatists Guild of America. She has a B.A. in Communications from Universidad Austral and has attended Fundacion Julio Bocca, Stella Adler Studio, New York Film Academy, and Upright Citizens Brigade.
MATILDA SAKAMOTO is a choreographer, movement director, dancer, and actor based in NYC. Her work can be seen on stage and film. Matilda presents work throughout the US and internationally. She is a 2020 Ann & Weston Hicks Choreographic Fellow at Jacob’s Pillow and a 2021 dance resident at Art Omi. A native of Los Angeles, California, Matilda received a BFA in Dance from The Juilliard School.
MARGIN ALEXANDER A New York City metropolitan area based composer & pianist with a soul full of energy and fantasy in his original work. Margin realized from an early age that creating music was one of his strongest passions; therefore, he commenced his musical training in Europe by studying accordion and piano at the age of fourteen. A graduate of Montclair State University , he holds a B. A. in Music Composition as well a Master's from the same school. During his studies at Montclair State University, Mr. Alexander had the opportunity to study music composition under the tutelage of Grammy Award Winning composer: Robert L. Aldridge. His work has been shared both digitally and on live stage performances such as Carnegie Hall, Symphony Hall, Opera America, MAMAC Museum of Nice, Zodiac Festival, IBLA Grand Prize etc. He has had the opportunity to participate in numerous music festivals and performing events, both as a composer and a performer as well as collaborate with many ensembles, music societies and solo artists. He remains open to any commissions of any musical genres such as Classical, Jazz, Blues, Electronic, Cinematic, Chamber and New Music.
RIDING RED by KELLY ASHTON TODD Through the lens of childhood folklore, Riding Red explores an evolving relationship with nature from infancy into adulthood, revealing the emotional, social, and physical experiences of a girl reaching puberty. A music accompaniment of simple upright bass and piano improvises, interacts, and embellishes the dancer's unfolding journey of innocence and struggle.