American Realness

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ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW

Welcome to American Realness 2019!

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Abrons Arts Center

Abrons Arts Center is a home for contemporary interdisciplinary arts in Manhattan’s Lower East Side neighborhood. A core program of the Henry Street Settlement, Abrons believes that access to the arts is essential to a free and healthy society. Through performance presentations, exhibitions, education programs and residencies, Abrons mobilizes communities with the transformative power of art.

Association of Performing Arts Professionals

The Association of Performing Arts Professionals is the national service, advocacy and membership organization for presenters of the performing arts. APAP is dedicated to developing and supporting a robust performing arts industry and the professionals who work within it.

BAAD! The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance

The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance creates, produces, presents, and supports the development of cutting edge and challenging works in contemporary dance and all creative disciplines which are empowering to women, Latinos and other people of color, and the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer) community

BlakDance

For over a decade, BlakDance has consistently delivered generative and transformative sector events and advocates for the development of the small to medium Indigenous dance sector. BlakDance prioritises independent artists and emerging small to medium companies. BlakDance works nationally and has a dedicated multiyear program. We provide managing and producing artist and presenter services and sector advocacy. We design, produce and deliver; Dana Waranara, National Indigenous Dance Forum, BlakDance Presenter Series, Producer Development Program, First Nations Dialogues New York, Global First Nations Exchange and BlakDance Residency Program.

Bronx Arts Space

BronxArtSpace is a non-profit gallery that promotes the innovative ideas of underrepresented and emerging artists and curators. Started in 2008 by Linda Cunningham and Mitsu Hadeishi, BronxArtSpace is dedicated to exhibiting the highest quality artwork from the Bronx and around the world. Our mission is to foster dialogue around the contemporary local, national and global issues while advancing local arts education and opportunities.

The Chocolate Factory Theater

Since its first season in 2005, The Chocolate Factory Theater has supported the development and presentation of new work by a community of local, national and international artists working in dance, theater, and interdisciplinary performance. The Chocolate Factory’s programs have drawn many thousands of new visitors to its 5,000 square foot industrial facility in Long Island City, Queens. The organization recently purchased a permanent facility in the neighborhood.

Consulate General of Canada in New York

Cultural Services of the Québec Government Office in New York

The Québec Government Office in New York is Québec’s primary representation in the United States. The Office promotes the interests of Québec in the following sectors: business, investment, government institutions, education, culture and public affairs. Inaugurated in 1940, the Office serves the Mid Atlantic region, which includes eight states.

Danspace Project

Danspace Project presents new work in dance, supports a diverse range of choreographers in developing their work, encourages experimentation, and connects artists to audiences.

First Nation’s Dialogue

The First Nations Dialogues Lenapehoking New York, is a series of Indigenous led performances, discussions, workshops and ceremony. First Nations Dialogues 2019 kick-starts the development of the groundbreaking Global First Nations Performance Network (GFNPN).

Freehand New York

Located in Manhattan’s Flatiron District, Freehand New York is housed in the former George Washington Hotel—once home to many storied writers, musicians and creatives. Designed by Roman and Williams, featuring custom-commissioned artwork by Bard College students and alumni throughout and offering fellowships for multi-disciplinary artists-in-residence at the hotel, Freehand is revitalizing the artistic community in a historic NY neighborhood.

Gibney

Gibney, founded in 1991, is a trailblazing organization whose mission is to bring the possibility of movement where it otherwise would not exist. Learn more about our evolution from a small socially active dance company to a two-location performing arts and social justice powerhouse.

Global First Nations Performance Network

The Global First Nations Performance Network is a pilot initiative focused on cultural change through commissioning, touring and presenting Indigenous performance, building demand and capacity for the presenting sector.

Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture

Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture is a performing arts and visual arts center located within Hostos Community College in the South Bronx, New York City.

JACK

JACK’s mission is to fuel experiments in art and activism, collaborating with adventurous artists and our neighbors to bring about a just and vibrant society.

La MaMa

La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club is New York’s premier Off Off Broadway venue, celebrating works that push the boundaries of language and culture, and showcasing cutting-edge talent from around the globe. Founded by Ellen Stewart in 1961, the company has grown into a vibrant and vital hub for artists and theatergoers alike, often presenting multiple shows simultaneously.

Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment

The Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME) encompasses the key economic and creative sectors of film, TV, theater, music, advertising, publishing, and digital content. In total, these sectors account for over 305,000 jobs, and an economic output of $104 billion. MOME also oversees NYC Media, the largest municipal broadcasting entity in the country including five TV channels and a radio station with a reach of 18 million viewers in a 50-mile radius. The Office of Nightlife, established in 2018, is also housed at MOME.

New York Live Arts

New York Live Arts is a center of diverse artists devoted to body-based investigation that transcends barriers between and within communities led by world-renowned artist Bill T. Jones. We are a place that brings people together to explore common values through live gathering and performance reminding us of our humanity and elevating the human spirit.

Pepatián

Pepatián is a South Bronx-based organization dedicated to creating, producing and supporting contemporary multi-disciplinary art by Latino and Bronx-based artists.

Performance Space New York

Performance Space New York provides incomparable experiences for audiences by presenting and commissioning artists whose work challenges boundaries of live performance. Performance Space New York is dedicated to supporting the creative risks taken by artists from diverse genres, cultures and perspectives. We are an innovative local, national and international leader in contemporary performance.

The Performance Project at University Settlement

The Performance Project answers the call to mentor, encourage, and diversify our art makers, leaders, educators and students. University Settlement is a 130 year-old cultural kitchen that is deeply rooted in our community, and the arts are represented across our entire body of work. Our creative community development approach fosters a sense of belonging, reciprocity and possibility for creative leaders from all walks of life at every stage in their development.

Yale journal Theater

For more than forty years Theater has been the most informative, serious, and imaginative American journal available to readers interested in contemporary theater and performance. It has been the first publisher of pathbreaking plays from artists. Theater has also featured lively polemics and essays by dramatists. Special issues have covered site-specific performance, digital dramaturgies, contemporary Brazilian drama, theater and social change, new Polish directing, and the curation of performance.

JanArtsNYC

A partnership among independent multidisciplinary festivals, indispensable industry convenings and international marketplaces, JanArtsNYC is one of the largest and most influential gatherings of its kind. Each January more than 45,000 performing arts leaders, artists, and enthusiasts from across the globe converge in New York City for over 1,500 world-class showcases, concerts, and public performances. JanArtsNYC is the world’s most comprehensive platform for celebrating and experiencing the newest work by artists in theater, dance, opera, music, and performance.

GET IN TOUCH & STAY IN TOUCH!

email: AmericanRealness(@)gmail(.)com
snail mail: 87 Robinson Avenue, Glen Cove, New York 11542

AMERICAN REALNESS TEAM

Thomas Benjamin Snapp Pryor, Founder, Curator, & Producer
Tom Sellar, 2019 Discourse Curator
Ian Douglas, Festival Photographer

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Thomas Benjamin Snapp Pryor (Founder, Curator & Producer) From 2010-2016, Thomas Benjamin Snapp Pryor worked as an independent curator and producer under the moniker tbspMGMT, through which he produced and toured contemporary performance works by Miguel Gutierrez, Trajal Harrell, Ishmael Houston- Jones/Dennis Cooper/Chris Cochrane, Yvonne Meier, Wally Cardona/Jennifer Lacey/Jonathan Bepler and Deborah Hay to venues and festivals including Festival d’Automne, Centre Pompidou, ImPulsTanz, Festival TransAmeriques, Tanz Im August, Kampnagel, Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival, Whitney Museum of American Art, and Walker Art Center, among others. Pryor has managed over 150 performance engagements in sixteen countries since 2010. Pryor created American Realness, an annual festival of dance and contemporary performance in January 2010. The festival has since become a launching pad for artists entering the national and international performing arts field. Pryor has since been a guest curator with institutions including Centre National de la Danse, Theatre Garonne, Les Subsistances, Wiener Festwochen and Hollins University. From 2016-2018 Pryor worked as the Director of Performance and Residency Programs at Gibney. Pryor has served as a panelist for CEC ArtsLink, the Jerome Foundation, Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, Creative Capital and the National Endowment for the Arts and has been a guest lecturer for NYU Performance Studies, Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance at Wesleyan University, The New School, Marymount Manhattan College and at the National Dance Center in Bucharest, Romania.

Tom Sellar, (2019 Discourse Curator) a Brooklyn-based writer, editor, and curator, is editor of the Yale journal Theater and professor in the practice of Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism at Yale University.

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AMERICAN REALNESS IS ACCESSIBLE

Accessibility details for each partner venue coming soon.

Abrons Arts Center

Association of Performing Arts Professionals / Hilton Hotel Midtown

BAAD! The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance

Bronx Arts Space

The Chocolate Factory Theater

Danspace Project

Gibney

Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture

JACK

La MaMa

New York Live Arts

Performance Space New York

The Performance Project at University Settlement