American Realness

Founded, directed and curated by Thomas Benjamin Snapp Pryor, American Realness is an internationally recognized platform for the discovery of new works from subversive dance and performance artists, tearing at the boundaries of their forms. Now in its ninth year, American Realness commands attention for the proliferation of choreographic and performative practices transcending the traditions and rewriting the definitions of American dance and performance.

Wanna see it all? American Realness offers a $100 festival pass which includes tickets to five American Realness performances at Abrons Arts Center. You will select performance dates/times when you purchase the pass. 

Mariana Valencia: ALBUM

January 11 - January 15, 2018

A solo performance where text, song and dance come together in choreographic methods, ALBUM researches herstory from a tableaux of personal narratives that encompass ethnography, memoir, and observations of cross-cultural identifiers. The otherness of herstory is pronounced as central while Valencia upholds and juxtaposes urban experience with suburbia, the countryside, and the imaginary plane.

Underground Theater | Various Times | Single Tickets $25, Abrons Festival Pass $20

nora chipaumire: #PUNK

January 11 - January 13, 2018

#PUNK is chipaumire’s first statement in a multi-part song cycle inspired by her formation, growing up in 1970’s, 80’s and 90’s Zimbabwe. Part of a tryptic titled #PUNK 100% POP*NIGGA (verbalized as “Hashtag Punk, One hundred percent Pop Star NIGGA”), these works confront and celebrate the bodies and aesthetics of iconic women: Patti Smith (#PUNK), Grace Jones (100% POP), and Rit Nzele (*NIGGA).

Abrons Playhouse | Various Times | Single Tickets $25, Abrons Festival Pass $20

Neal Medlyn: I <3 PINA [North American Premiere]

January 11 - January 16, 2018

I <3 PINA is devoted to the dance maker and cultural legend Pina Bausch. For its creation, Medlyn met with dance professionals and fans that are close to Bausch’s body of work. The encounters happened under the guise of a date to frame the heavily emotional grounds of everything that surrounds the dead choreographer’s legacy.

Experimental Theater | Various Times | Single Tickets $25, Abrons Festival Pass $20

jumatatu m. poe & Donte Beacham: Let ‘im Move You: A Study (2013/2016) and Let ‘im Move You: This Is a Success (2016)

January 12 - January 15, 2018

Let ‘im Move You is a series of works choreographed by jumatatu m. poe & Jermone “Donte” Beacham that stem from the artists’ seven-year research into J-Sette performance, the performance of joy and the conundrum of Black joy. The series currently consists of three live performance works and an installation.

Experimental Theater | Various Times | Single Tickets $25, Abrons Festival Pass $20

NIC Kay: lil BLK [NYC Premiere]

January 12 - January 16, 2018

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.

Underground Theater | Various Times | Single Tickets $25, Abrons Festival Pass $20

Michael Portnoy: Relational Stalinism – The Musical [North American Premiere]

January 12 - January 16, 2018

Mixing micro-choreography, exhaustive feats of reading in 7/4 time, operatic luggage handling, call center language-bending games, and wicked satire of the Immaterial Turn, this absurdist show commands you to “enter the rumbling chiasmus between the real and the ideal.”

Abrons Playhouse| Various Times | Single Tickets $25, Abrons Festival Pass $20

Jaamil Olawale Kosoko: Séancers

January 13 - January 16, 2018

Setting the fugitive experience afforded Black people on fire with majesty, opulence, and agency, Séancers is a nonlinear examination of how the American racialized body uses psychic, spiritual, and theoretical strategies to shapeshift through socio-politically charged fields of loss and oppression.

Experimental Theater | Various Times | Single Tickets $25, Abrons Festival Pass $20

Marissa Perel: (do not) despair solo [World Premiere]

January 13 - January 16, 2018

A performance-lecture by Marissa Perel, (do not) despair solo traces choreography, disability, queerness and intimacy through language, power and consent.

Underground Theater | Various Times | Single Tickets $25, Abrons Festival Pass $20

Rosy Simas: We Wait In The Darkness [NYC Premiere]

January 13 - January 15, 2018

We Wait In The Darkness is a ritual of action, storytelling, and images to heal the DNA scars of Simas’ grandmother and their ancestors. Engaging past and future, memory, and the invisible, the work tells a legacy of stories traversing losses, family, perseverance, and home.

Abrons Playhouse | Various Times | Single Tickets $25, Abrons Festival Pass $20

Adrienne Truscott: THIS

January 14 - January 16, 2018

THIS is “a dance about dance without any dance”. The work choreographs text through the intersections of memory, narrative authority, truth, fiction, performance and memoir.

Abrons Playhouse | Various Times | Single Tickets $25, Abrons Festival Pass $20