Gibney, the New York-based dance and social justice organization, announces Gibney’s Imagining Digital virtual programming, led and curated by Eva Yaa Asantewaa.
The series provides a forum for sharing vital ideas and insightful perspectives through a variety of virtual presentations, discussions, and spoken word performances. Imagining Digital offers seven online events starting September 7, as well as the continuation of Imagining: The Gibney Journal, a bimonthly online publication.
“My goal in curating these offerings is to help artists and audiences connect with the rich history and context in which all art exists,” said Ms. Yaa Asantewaa. “Today, I am constantly reminded of the words of the great Nina Simone: ‘When everything is so desperate, when every day is about survival, I don’t think you have a choice… How can you be artist and does not reflect the times?’ I hope this series can be an opening for education and nurturing. Now, more than ever, we need to radically nurture and support our artists.”
“At Gibney, we are committed to providing artists with the resources and space they need to create and be creative,” said Gina Gibney, Artistic Director and CEO of Gibney. “Eva has, once again, put together an incredible range of thoughtful programs that challenge us to think about things in new ways, which is at the heart of creating art.”
Designed to acquaint Gibney’s artist community and audiences with the most provocative, influential and inspiring minds at work in the arts, humanities and activism, this fall’s Deeper Lectures will include presentations dancer, choreographer, teacher and writer Wendy Perron (September 21); author, poet, performer, visual artist and educator Pamela Sneed (October 19); writer, performer and choreographer Okwui Okpokwasili (November 1); and interdisciplinary artist Yanira Castro (December 7).
The Deeper Duets series brings together authors and artists Daniel Alexander Jones and jaamil olawale kosoko (September 7) and performers and educators Gregory King and Gesel Mason (November 16) to engage in lively and sometimes provocative conversations about artistic life, artistic practice and urgency the social concerns that stimulate creative expression.
WORD! presentations feature choreographer and dancer Anh Vo (October 4) and poet, author and curator Cheryl Boyce-Taylor (November 15) in live performances that showcase the art of the spoken word.
Imagining: A Gibney Journal is a free bimonthly digital journal featuring writing from the dance and performance community reflecting the breadth and diversity of this field. The next review will appear on September 8.
All Imagining Digital events are available virtually live and on-demand. Tickets are $20, with a discounted Early Bird price of $15 available through August 31. The season pass for all eight events plus access to the Imagining Journal is available for $80. Tickets can be purchased online at GibneyDance.org.
The season of in-person performances from the Gibney Center will be announced at a later date.