Performance AIRspace Residency Program 19-20

AIRspace Residency for Performing Artists Supported by the Jerome Foundation

The Performance AIRspace Residency Program offers a range of support to artists, including workspace; in-progress performances and exhibition opportunities; funds for commissioned works, along with opportunities to collaborate on projects with the broader Henry Street Settlement and Lower East Side communities.

The four artists selected will receive 200 hours of studio time, a technical residency, administrative support, studio visits, and a commission of five thousand dollars for the creation of a new work that will premiere as part of Abrons’ 2020-21 presenting season.

For more information about the AIRspace Program and application deadlines, please visit the Apply to AIRspace page.


2019-2020 Jerome Foundation AIRspace Residents

IT’S SHOWTIME! NYC (IST) is a NYC-based dance team based in–and celebrating–NYC and its street culture. IST provides performance and professional development opportunities to street and subway dancers. Now in its fourth year of activity, IST has more than 30 members and is one of the largest street dance companies Their project, WHAT TIME IS IT? (WTIS) is a multi-disciplinary performance which uses video and street dance movement to inject the voices and choreography of underground dancers into the larger dance landscape. inviting the audience to discover NYC through the embodiment its own street culture.


METTE LOULOU VON KOHL is a multimedia performer and wanderer who grapples with her past to complicate her present and conjure her future. Locating herself within a lineage of resistance, Mette Loulou explores her role in the struggle for Palestinian liberation by weaving movement, words, and video into the exploration of her embodied histories. Her project, NO ONE LIKES AN UGLY REVOLUTIONARY is a multimedia exploration of the historic figure, Leila Khaled — a resistance fighter for the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. Navigating the space between reverence and fetish, Mette Loulou grapples with Khaled as an idol to shed light on her diasporic longing,  uncover her internalized racism, and orientalism of her own history and culture.


JEREMY TOUSSAINT-BAPTISTE is a New York-based artist, composer, and performer who received a Bessie Award for Outstanding Music Composition/Sound Design in 2018. He has presented visual and performance work at spaces including MoMA PS1 (NY); Performance Space New York (NY); The Brooklyn Museum (NY); The Kitchen (NY); The Studio Museum in Harlem (NY) and was a 2017 artist-in-residence at Issue Project Room. His project GET LOW (BLACK SQUARE) is a “hyperaudible” object-environment; a lightless and intensely intimate sensorium where inaudible tones are physically felt within the body, provoking feelings of pleasure, pain, or longing. The piece exists as two simultaneous events: a formal chorus and dance and a more fluid, social mode of performance.


ALEXANDRA TATARSKY makes art at the unfortunate in-between zone of comedy, dance, theater, and deluded rant… sometimes with songs. Her work seeks the logic of the clown as an antidote to despair and as a model of one who keeps trying despite (repeated) failure. Alexandra’s work has been performed at venues including Brooklyn Museum; MoMA PS1; New Museum; The Kitchen; and Judson Church. Alexandra writes on spambot poetry, shanzhai lyrics, and grotesque politics for publications including New Inquiry; Hypocrite Reader; ArtReview Asia; Garlands; Spike; and Folder. Their project, SAD BOYS IN HARPY LAND, offers a savagely humorous feminist revisiting of Dante’s Inferno where harpies peck at bleeding trees, their branches breaking and their thoughts disordered. It will explore what we can learn from the dark woods of despairs, in contrast to a moralizing, medicalizing discourse on depression.


Abrons Arts Center’s AIRspace Residency for Performing Artists is made possible with funds from The Jerome Foundation and NYC’s Department of Cultural Affairs.