VIRGO STAR

Friday, June 14 | Show @ 7PM | Party @ 8:30PM

Written & Directed by GIAN MARCO LO FORTE
Written & Production Design by PHILIP TREVIÑO
Choreography DANIEL DIAZ, BETH GRACZYK, EFFY GREY, ANABELLA LENZU
Sound Design GAVIN PRICE
Videography JON BURKLUND
Artist & Activist AGOSTO MACHADO
Featuring DANIEL DIAZ, EFFY GREY, MICHELLE KARIUKI, ANABELLA LENZU, AGOSTO MACHADO, GERARD MINAYA, NIKO TSOCANOS

Queering the cinematic tropes of the American Western, this kinetic ride through the Cowboy myth combines choreography and live video into one fluid, hilarious and heartfelt evening. You’ve never seen the west this wild.

About the Team

GIAN MARCO RICCARDO LO FORTE (Writer & Director) NYSCA 2019 recipient, Gian Marco is a NYC-based writer and director dedicated to performance and video installations that reflect queer perspectives and vulnerability. Gian Marco founded Pioneers Go East Collective (the collective) in 2010 – a company in residence at La MaMa to develop projects that include storytelling of real events with video technology for social change. His work has been presented in NYC at: La MaMa, Goethe Institute, Judson Church, JACK, Bronx Academy of Art and Dance, Dixon Place, Galapagos, Incubator Arts Project/ Ontological Hysterical, HERE, Performance Mix/Dance New Amsterdam, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council/ Governors Island, Art on Air/ Clock Tower Gallery, St Ann’s Warehouse and Chashama. He has collaborated with The Foundry, May Adrales, Ernest Abuba, Edward Einhorn, Alvin Eng, Kim Ima, Ellen Stewart. Gian Marco is in residence with Great Jones Repertory and has designed at Biennale of Venice and toured in Europe. Awards: Opera America Award (2010); Process Space/ LMCC (2013-14)’ Puffin Foundation (2014/16); Artist-in-residence at Judson Church (2018-20). Philip Treviño (Writer, Production Design) recipient of a 2010 BESSIE – New York Dance and Performance Award for lighting and scenic design of Pam Tanowitz’s Be In The Gray With Me. Scenic designer for Camille A. Brown and Company’s Mr. Tol E. Rance, 2014 BESSIE Award for Outstanding Production. Other work: Catherine Cabeen/Hyphen’s Give Me More, Pioneers Go East Collective’s Gemini Stars – Scorpio Stars at La MaMa and CowboycsCowgirls at JACK, Brian Brooks Moving Company, Henning Rübsam’s Sensedance, Kymera Dance. San Francisco State University. Adjunct Professor for the Dance Dept. at Marymount Manhattan College.

DANIEL DIAZ (Performer, Choreographer) Daniel is a NYC-based performer, writer and performer with Pioneers Go East Collective since 2013. With a focus on Modern Street and interpretative dance, his career consists of movement and choreography for several influential New York musicians including Shadow Lover, Omega Jarden. Daniel has performed at major local venues including PS1 Moma, The Brooklyn Museum, The Coney Island Sideshow, Joe’s Pub, BAAD!, Dixon Place, as well as various nightlife spots up and down the East Coast. He has worked as an Artist in Residence of Pioneers Go East Collective alongside Lo Forte in Gemini Stars from concept through workshops. Daniel’s passion has drawn him to aspects beyond dance including performance art and design – branding him “A Creature of The Stage.”

BETH GRACZYK (Choreographer) is a Brooklyn-based choreographer, performer and a scientist. Graczyk has performed throughout the United States and internationally in Japan, Ecuador, France and India for the past 17 years. Concurrently, she has contributed to 11 science publications in the field of cancer research. She co-directed the performance company, Salt Horse with collaborators Corrie Befort & Angelina Baldoz (2008-2016). In 2016, Graczyk launched a solo performance project called Desire Motor. Beast was produced by Gibney’s Work Up 3.0 program and presented through Movement Research, CPR’s Spring Movement Festival and Greenspace and toured to the Harrisburg Dance Festival (PA) and Corridor Festival (WA). Her most recent work, One of You Is Fake, was presented by La MaMa Moves in 2017, Marble House Project (VT), NAP program (PA), Oye Group’s Avant-Garde night and their One Catches Light Festival at JACK and Movement Research at the Judson Church. Graczyk has most recently danced for Raja Kelly, Sara Shelton Mann.

EFFY GREY (Performer, Choreographer) is a performer, photographer and veterinary technician living in Brooklyn. They started dancing at Ohio State University while obtaining a degree in Zoology. Since then, they have performed for various dance and trapeze choreographers in Columbus and NYC, along with making their own dance for film projects.

ANABELLA LENZU (Dancer, Choreographer) Originally from Argentina, Anabella Lenzu is a dancer, choreographer, writer and teacher with over 25 years experience working in Argentina, Chile, Italy, London and the USA. Lenzu directs her own company, Anabella Lenzu/DanceDrama (ALDD), which since 2006 has presented 380 performances, created 14 choreographic works and performed at 100 venues, presenting thought provoking and historically conscious dance-theater in NYC. ALDD’s work has been seen at La Mama, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Movement Research at Judson Church, 92nd Street Y, HERE Arts Center, Abrons Arts Center, DUO Multicultural Arts Center, Queens Museum, Bronx Museum, Gibney Dance, Center for Performance Research, Roulette, Chashama, Dixon Place, Sheen Center, The Consulate of Argentina in NYC, NYU/Casa Zerilli Marimo, University Settlement, Baruch Performing Arts Center, Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Instituto Cervantes, 3LD Center for Art & Technology, Kumble Theater/Long Island University, among many others. She has received grants from Brooklyn Arts Council, Puffin Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Edwards Foundation, The Vermont Community Foundation and the Independent Community Foundation. She holds a MFA in Fine Arts (concentration in Choreography) from Wilson College, PA. Classically trained at the renowned Teatro Colòn in Buenos Aires, Lenzu studied the modern dance techniques of Humphrey/Limòn and Graham in New York. Her studies of Tango and the folk dances of Argentina, Spain, and Italy, further inform her work. Her choreography has been commissioned all over the world for opera, TV programs, theatre productions and by many dance companies. Lenzu founded her own dance school L’Atelier Centro Creativo de Danza in 1994 in Argentina and has maintained an active teaching career ever since. Lenzu has written for various dance and arts magazines and published her first book in 2013, entitled Unveiling Motion and Emotion. The book contains writings in Spanish and English on the importance of dance, community, choreography and dance pedagogy. Her second book, Teaching Dance through Meaningful Gestures, is expected in 2020 and explores basic exercises, visualization exercises, active imagination and artistic application. The book explores how technique is a philosophy and a theory and how the body is an instrument for expression. Currently, Lenzu conducts classes at Peridance Capezio Center and NYU Gallatin and is Artist-in-Residence at CUNY Dance Initiative, 2019-2020.

GAVIN PRICE (Sound Design) Designer, actor and multi-instrumentalist. Co-founder of Saint Fortune Collective and ensemble member of Elevator Repair Service. He has also performed and designed with CabinFever, Sibyl Kempson, Moises Kaufman, Mabou Mines, Anonymous Ensemble and Target Margin. With ERS: Gatz; Everyone’s Fine With Virginia Woolf; Measure for Measure; The Select (The Sun Also Rises); The Sound and The Fury; Arguendo; Fondly, Collette Richland; A Sort Of Joy. FILM: Boccamazzo Construction; Noah; Facebiters; How Far. OTHER: The Return of Adam (Metropolitan Museum of Art); XX-ID (New Museum); Merce Cunningham Retrospective (MCA).

JON BURKLUND (Videographer) is a New York-based video artist specializing in creating documentation and documentary video for performing artists and arts organizations. Since 2015, Jon has documented over four hundred performances and events for organizations including Arena Stage, American Reperatory Theater, The Public Theater, La Mama ETC, New York Theater Workshop, 59E59 Theaters, Bushwick Starr, Parsons Dance, ART NY and All for One Theater. Jon is resident videographer at The Exponential Festival, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater and Ma-Yi Theatre Company and is the digital content producer at Musical Theatre Factory. Jon’s work has long focused on creating sustained partnerships with some of NYC’s boldest artists, especially those working towards justice and representation for LGBTQIA+, POC and otherwise underserved populations. With this intention, Jon has developed video content in collaboration with Diana Oh ({my lingerie play}), Pioneers Go East Collective (Gemini Stars), Jomama Jones (BLACK LIGHT), Dan Fishback (Cheese on Bread), Rattlestick Playwrights Theater (Dael Orlandersmith’s Until the Flood), Musical Theatre Factory and Ma-Yi Theater. Jon recently directed “MTF Makers Profiles,” a series of mini-documentaries featuring the resident artists at Musical Theater Factory. The series can be viewed on MTF’s YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/mtfnyc

AGOSTO MACHADO (Performer, Artist, Activist) Performer, Artist, Activist and Witness, Agosto is best known for his work with Ellen Stewart’s La Mama ETC and his association with Jack Smith, Mario Montez, Jackie Curtis, John Vaccaro, Holly Woodlawn, Candy Darling, Marsha P Johnson, Ronald and Harvey Tavel, Ethyl Eichelberger and Peter Hujar. Agosto appeared in over 30 Off-Off Broadway plays by Ken Bernard, Jackie Curtis, Al Carmines, Harvey Fierstein, H.M. Koutoukas, Megan Terry, Jeff Weiss. A member of John Vaccaros’ ‘Playhouse of the Ridiculous’.

GERARD MINAYA (Performer, Choreographer) is a first generation Dominican-American, Bronx native, Queer-Afro-Latino dance artist who’s inspired by movement pathology, movement that existed well before us through lineage of our ancestors, which echoes through us in ways that are possibly loud, generous, exuberant, silent, alive, colliding, clashing and/or in accordance with the work. Upon receiving his BFA in Dance at University of the Arts, Gerard has presented his work at BXArts Factory, WeWork’s Harlem Renaissance: A Night of Poetry, Panoply Performance Laboratory, The Iron Factory and BAAD! Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance. He was also featured in Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, A Dance Company’s work, Truth Don Die at the Bric House Theater. He’s currently the Dance Education Assistant at BAAD! and dance company member with Ballet Hispanico’s BHdos and Curet Performance Project.

NIKO TSOCANOS (Performer) Niko Tsocanos is a performer and choreographer in dance and theater and co-director of BOOM BAT GESTURE Performance Group, a theater collective based in Brooklyn, NY whose recent works include ZOOM Thousand Time, LMFAOROFCOL, Screen Eyed Baby Ice and Blankland! Since 2012 he has worked as a collaborating performer with Third Rail Projects in their award winning and critically acclaimed immersive performances Then She Fell, The Grand Paradise and Ghost Light at Lincoln Center Theater. He has also had the pleasure to work with Catherine Galasso, Susan Sgorbati and Elliot Caplan, alex|xan: the Median Movement, Annette Herwander, Bradley Teal Ellis, Lindsey Dietz Marchant and Becky Radway Dance Projects. He graduated from Bennington College in 2011.


PARTY WITH US

Party with the artists post-show in our ANT Fest Lounge! We’re servin up hot slices & cold brews at the straight-up cheapest bar in midtown. All the cool kids will be there.

 

 

Photo by JON BURKLUND