"Night and Gay"
Alexander Davis, Peter DiMuro
Brett Silverman, pianist
music: Cole Porter
(this is from a series of duets that began as collabs with folks older and younger than me; this has blossomed into "Stones to Rainbows/Gay to Queer Lives" -a multi phased project that is now engaging online interviews and dialogues among the spectrum of LGTBQ+ folks; and will result in a roving art installation and cabaret style performances of music, spoken word, poetry, dance- in process now through June 2021)
Choreography/Performance: Jesse Factor
Soundscore: Andy Hasenpflug
Costumes: Juliana Waechter, Jesse Factor
Video: Tamara Ober
Choreographer: Nia & Ness
Performer/s: Nia & Ness
Music: Garrett Miller
Costume: Nia & Ness
Saturday June 1st, 2019
Theater at the 14th Street Y
Co-Presented by John J Zullo & The 14th Street Y
"Our Garden/ How Exquisite Eternity/ The Piers" 2017
Gantry State Park Piers, Long Island City, NY
This work is a meditation on the piers of New York City in the 80’s and 90’s as a safe space/danger zone for the LGBTQ+ communities that converged there, and the spaces we create to safely express our identities.
Performers: Larissa Asebedo, Chloe Benitez, Bong Dizon, Hana Goldstone, Charles Milligan, Rachael Oczkus
Video INSITU Festival, commissioned for INSITU site specific Festival 2018, with support from the Duo Multicultural Arts Center.
Peter DiMuro has woven a career as a dancer, actor, choreographer, director, teacher, facilitator of creative practice and as an arts engager. His current creative umbrella is Peter DiMuro/Public Displays of Motion (PDM), a company that develops and performs original artistic works of dance and dance/theatre. The company cultivates arts literacy, advocacy and engagement. PDM has recently completed a multi-year Boston Center for the Arts residency; and recent support has included a Bessie Shonberg Fellowship at The Yard; Boston Dance Alliance's Rehearsal and Retreat Fellowship, held at the Vermont Performance Lab, a Next Steps Grant/Boston Foundation/ Aliad Fund, two Creative City Boston/New England Foundation for the Arts commissions, illuminating the lives of immigrant families and the LGBTQ+ community, respectively. The company made its Jacob’s Pillow debut in 2018 and its Gibney/NYC debut in 2019. Peter was named the 2018 inaugural choreographer in residence at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.
Peter has received commissions from Boston Landmark’s Orchestra, each premiered at the famed Hatch Shell on Boston’s Esplanade. Commissioned by public art presenter Now +There, Peter has created performance installations for the visual artists Liz Glynn and Nick Cave. As Executive Artistic Director of The Dance Complex, Peter continues to invest in advancing the craft of choreography and the field of dance, creating an arc of programs for young-to-established dance-makers. Peter was Artistic Director of Liz Lerman Dance Exchange 2003-2008, capping a 15-year relationship as performer and lead-artist.
Current projects include Stones to Rainbows/Gay to Queer Lives - stonestorainbows.com - an online and live project creating dialogue among LGBTQ+ artists and community (join us!), and Postcards From the Front, virtual danced postcards honoring the lives of first line responders to the COVID crisis nationally. More info at publicdisplaysofmotion.com Facebook: Peter DiMuro/Public Displays of Motion; Instagram/Twitter: peterdimuro.
He received an MFA in Dance from Connecticut College under Martha Myers and Gerri Houlihan; a BFA in Theatre from Drake University, with early study in dance under Sally Garfield, and continued study in New York, Boston and at the American Dance Festival. Originally from Round Lake, IL (population, circa 1970: 250), he is the youngest of three children, the son of the Chief of Police (Dad) and a machinist /gal Friday (Mom). He has a niece named for the Crayola color, Sienna.
Alexander Davis is a graduate of Keene State College where he received a BA in English: Writing, and a BA in Theatre and Dance: Choreography and Performance. Alex has worked, performed and presented with organizations across Boston including Ryan Landry's Gold Dust Orphans, Boston Lyric Opera, Boston Children's Chorus, World Music/CRASHarts and Improv Asylum/Laugh Boston. As a choreographer and fiber artist Alex has received grant and residency support from The Studios at Mass MoCA, The Boston Foundation, Urbanity Dance, and The Theatre Offensive. Alex has performed works by Doug Varone, Carl Flink, Andy Noble, Monica Bill Barnes, Larry Keigwin, Rebecca Stenn, Lorraine Chapman, and is currently a guest artist with Peter DiMuro/Public Displays of Motion. Alex and collaborator Joy Davis (The Davis Sisters) named 2018 Schoenberg (Boston) Fellowship
Residency at The Yard where they developed a new evening length work entitled "Junk Drawer." Most recently, Alex assisted choreographer Monica Bill Barnes on Writer/Director Greta Gerwig's new adaptation of Louis May Alcott's Little Women, in which he was also a Principle Dancer. Alex is a passionate arts administrator, a published memoirist, a college professor, an exhibited fiber artist, a sexual consent educator, and an okay comedian. Alex is currently knitting a wedding dress. www.alexanderdavis.dance ; Instagram: @AlexanderDavisDance ; Twitter: @AlexDavisDance
Jesse Factor - Working primarily in performance, Jesse Factor’s studied channeling of divas in exile--from time and body--hauntingly reflects the impressions they’ve left behind. Factor’s growing repertoire of solo work combines a speculative view of queer histories and the archive with contemporary composition practices. The work endeavors to re-member the past, channel into the present, and imagine new futures .
Factor’s works have been presented across the United States and Canada in the context of dance, theater, and nightclub performances. Recent creative highlights include: Freshworks performance artist in residence in collaboration with multimedia artist Scott Andrew at the Kelly Strayhorn Alloy Studios in Pittsburgh, PA 2020, the premiere of dance theatre work RELIC at the Minnesota Fringe Festival 2019, and the ongoing Marthagany:
The Spectre-Acle series at RADfest 2017, Outsider Fest 2018, House of Yes 2018, Fierce Queer Burlesque 2019, TQ Live!-Andy Warhol Museum 2019, and Milton Fringe 2019.
Nia & Ness are a Black, out-Lesbian, performance art duo based in Rosendale, NY. They met and became a couple in 2013, and founded their company in 2016. In 2017, they premiered their first evening-length work, “run.”,and have been touring nationwide ever since. They’ve been keynote speakers at the FLAME Conference at Brown University, and have performed their work at several UC schools, NYU, Sarah Lawrence College, Temple University, Bard College, Harvard College and more.
The duo has worked with the Sadie Nash Leadership Project Summer Institute and been featured on BRIC TV, The Advocate, Elle.com, Windy City Times, Dance Writer Australia, Autostraddle, Radio Kingston and Radio Free Brooklyn.
They've also performed at Brooklyn Pride and Harlem Pride, the Ohio Lesbian Festival; were recipients of the BAX Summer Space Grant, inaugural recipients of the Virginia Giordano Memorial Fund; and won the 2017 National Women's Music Festival Emerging Artist Contest, and named the "Heart Power Couple” for the VORTEX Fire
and Brimstone Awards last year. Also last year, at OUTsider Fest in Austin, TX, Nia & Ness premiered their second evening-length show titled “home.”, which they are touring. To follow them on their journey, check them out on social media @niaandness.