American Realness



American Realness is a festival of new dance and contemporary performance made for the annual Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) Conference; a platform for the othered, experimental and subversive American artist tearing at the boundaries of their form in pursuit of new research and artistic production. American Realness is unleashed onto the performing arts marketplace with an agenda to reshape the identity of contemporary American dance and performance, and an eye towards global diffusion.

For 2011 American Realness features an expanded program of fifteen works in twenty-two performances over five days including a New York premiere from choreographer Tarek Halaby and two special preview performances from Ann Liv Young and Trajal Harrell. In partnership with Performance Space 122’s COIL Festival, American Realness includes three encore performances of Ishmael Houston-Jones’ THEM. Additional festival performances feature Wally Cardona, John Jasperse/James McGinn, Jen Rosenblit, Larissa Velez-Jackson, and 2009/2010 New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Award winners, Kyle Abraham, Luciana Achugar, Faye Driscoll, Miguel Gutierrez, Keith Hennessy and Neal Medlyn.

“All the legendary children of the New York dance world served up over one crash-course weekend intensive.” – David Velasco, Best of Dance 2010, ARTFORUM

tbspMGMT is thrilled for American Realness 2011 to include American PUSSYFAGGOT! Realness, an after-party to top all APAP after-parties. Created in collaboration with independent curator Earl Dax, American PUSSYFAGGOT! Realness will feature performances from some of New York’s favorite contemporary dance and performance artists alongside artists who regularly appear in the New York City nightlife, cabaret and burlesque circuits. In addition the event will feature work from video artists and include multiple DJ sets for dancing all night. American Realness is staking a claim for artistic risk and innovation. See the work and get with the contemporary moment.