[WORLD PREMIERE] NIC Kay: you black + bluised [exercise 5 in getting well soon]

you black + bluised is a continuation of [exercises in getting well soon], a project / meditation based on the loose and often used phrase indicating a hope of recovery. These “exercises” have been articulated as movement, installation, games, endurance, ritual, poetry, and collective action, and consider the possibility of performance as a space for reparative action. you black + bluised is a site specific work that will make use of the architecture and positionality of Abrons Arts Center to wrestle with the “they versus us” paradigm through sound, movement and tableau. 


you black + bluised will presented in three sections, entitled prayer, protest, and a pieace, over the course of three evenings. Additional information about the individual sections will be provided closer to the performances.


NIC Kay is trans disciplinary artist working with and through performance. Their work has been presented in Europe and the United States. NIC attended Professional Performing Artist School in (2007) and NYU Hemispheric Institute EMERGENYC (2009). NIC has been a Chances Dances – Marc Aguhar Memorial Grant (2015) and Movement Research Van Lier Fellow awardee (2017). Their worklil BLK was presented in American Realness 2018. NIC was also a performance artist in residence at the Museum of Art Design and a resident artist at Pioneer Works (NY) in 2018.


NIC Kay’s you black + bluised is supported in part with commissioning support from the Jerome Foundation. This production is supported in part by a generous grant from The Harkness Foundation for Dance and the Mertz Gilmore Foundation.


Image: NIC Kay