American Realness


American Realness returns January 7-17, 2016, for its seventh consecutive season at Abrons Arts Center. The festival utilizes all three theater and gallery spaces at Abrons and includes off-site engagements presented by Sunday Sessions at MoMA PS1, and Gibney Dance Center to construct a composition of dance, theater, music theater, performance and hybrid performative works featuring four world premieres, six U.S. premieres, three New York premieres, six engagements and one special-event work in progress presentation for a total of sixty-seven performances of nineteen productions over eleven days.

Featuring artists from across the U.S. with a concentration of New York makers and a small selection of international artists, American Realness offers audiences local, national, and international perspectives on the complicated and wondrous world we inhabit. Through visceral, visual, and text-based explorations of perception, sensation, form and attention, artists expose issues and questions around identity, ritual, blackness, history, pop-culture, futurity, and consumption in an American-focused, globally-minded context.

American Realness 2016 presents
Four World Premieres:
• Erin Markey, A Ride on the Irish Cream
• Jillian Peña, Panopticon co-presented with Performance Space 122
• The Bureau for the Future of Choreography, Score for a Lecture
• James & Jen | McGinn & Again, Over the River | Through the Woods

Six U.S. Premieres:
• Antonija Livingstone / Dominique Pétrin / Jennifer Lacey / Stephen Thompson, Culture Administration & Trembling
• Keith Hennessy & Jassem Hindi, future friend/ships
• Yvonne Meier, Durch Nacht und Nebel
• Jonathan Capdevielle, Adishatz/Adieu co-presented with Performance Space 122
• Fernando Belfiore, AL13FB<3 • Mette Ingvartsen, 69 Positions presented by Sunday Sessions at MoMA PS1 Three New York Premieres: • Ligia Lewis, Sorrow Swag • Heather Kravas, dead, disappears • Sara Shelton Mann, Keith Hennessy & Norman Rutherford, Sara (the smuggler) Six Encore Engagements: • keyon gaskin, its not a thing • Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, #negrophobia • Larissa Velez-Jackson, Star Crap Method in association with New York Live Arts • M. Lamar, DESTRUCTION • Milka Djordjevich & Chris Peck, MASS • Jack Ferver, Mon, Ma, Mes (Revisité) presented by Gibney Dance Center Discourse Program • A Movement Research workshop with Claudia La Rocco titled Creative Differences • READING 2016, a series of commissioned essays published on