Brendan is seen from the waist up, with his eyes closed and brow slightly knit, his arms outstretched in front of him with his palms open and facing forward. He is wearing dark slacks, a black mesh tank top, and a multicolored ascot around his neck. He has dark brown curly hair and a dark brown beard. There is a brick wall out of focus behind him. Photo Credit: Walter Wlodarczyk
Scoring Queer Anxiety: An October Enchantment with Brendan Drake
Tuesday, October 19th at 6-7:30pm EDT on Zoom
WE’RE GONNA BUILD A DANCE SCORE Y’ALL!!! Expanding upon an ongoing creative practice of analizing queer fantasy and contrived authenticity through performance, I am interested in using these 90 minutes together to dive deep into how our bodies react to the spaces (and people) we encounter. Class will act as a kind of filtering: A conjuring of our teachers, influences and ghosts; allowing their words, histories and sensibilities to transmute through our moving bodies (o,r as my inspired cohort in all things creative, Nattie Trogdon and Hollis Barlett would say: “our confluence of influence”). Concurrently, we’ll take the time to expel the stuff we simply don’t need (gendered movement vocabulary, eurocentric ideas of technique, colonial systems of family). Please bring materials for writing/drawing. There will also be time set aside for nervous system recovery work.
Brendan Drake (he/they) is a Brooklyn based performance artist who uses theatricality and disparate dance forms to create hybrid performance spectacles. He was a 2017-2018 Fresh Tracks Artist at New York Live Arts, a 2015 CDI resident artist through Baruch College and the recipient of a 2020 Brooklyn Arts Council Grant. His recent work has been presented at Danspace Project, The Brick, La MaMa, BKSD, HERE, Joe’s Pub, The Dance Complex and online through “19 Acts of COVID-19 Bravery,” a virtual exhibition which he co-curated with Dance and Media artist Kate Ladenhiem. He has also choreographed promotional spots for Adidas, Vogue and Elle Magazine. He is currently pursuing his MFA in Choreographic Inquiry at UCLA.
Class is FREE. However, you must register (below) to receive the Zoom link.