American Realness


lil BLK

Co-Presented by Abrons Arts Center & Gibney Dance


Friday, January 12, 5:30pm
Saturday, January 13, 2:30pm
Sunday, January 14, 8:30pm
Tuesday, January 16, 10:00pm

Run Time: 60 minutes

Abrons Arts Center, Underground Theater, 466 Grand Street, Manhattan
Single Tickets $25 / Abrons Festival Pass $20

Single Tickets Festival Pass

lil BLK is an experimental solo performance. Influenced by New York City gay/queer ballroom culture, live punk shows, butoh and praise dance, lil BLK is a story about a fairy boi, child of god, little black girl, performer, and activist. The story plays out through a series of biographical moments that are equal parts narrative and dream.

lil BLK was made possible with support from Chances Dances, Links Hall, opentv and DCASE.  
Photo by Nana Adusei-Poku

Created & Performed by NIC Kay
Costume Design by Compton Quashie
Original Sound Mixing by Jared Brown + Joel Mercedes
Original Lighting Design by Giau Truong

NIC Kay is from the Bronx. Currently occupying several liminal spaces. They are a person who makes performances and creates/organizes performative spaces. They are obsessed with the act and process of moving the change of place, production of space, position, and the clarity/meaning gleaned from shifting of perspective. NIC’s current transdisciplinary projects explore movement as a place of reclamation.

NIC has shown work, spoken on panels and hosted workshops at numerous venues throughout the United States and International. In 2016 they developed a web series called the Bronx Cunt Tour around their debut solo performance lil BLK for Open TV, which premiered in April 2016. NIC Kay is currently a 2017 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence Van Lier Fellow in New York City.