Dixon Place presents...
"Salon Lounge at Dixon Place"
a monthly showcase of performance/literature/film-video by women
an International Women Artists’ Salon series
Saturday, 20 September 2014 ~ Host: Heidi Russell
Historical Woman Artist Honoree: Marie Bracquemond (1840 – 1916)
Marie Bracquemond was a French Impressionist artist described retrospectively by Henri Focillon in 1928 as one of "les trois grandes dames" of Impressionism alongside Berthe Morisot and Mary Cassatt. Marie Bracquemond participated in the Impressionist exhibitions of 1879, 1880, and 1886. In 1879 and 1880, some of her drawings were published in the La Vie Moderne. In 1881, she exhibited five works at the Dudley Gallery in London. Many of her best-known works were painted outdoors, especially in her garden at Sèvres. One of her last paintings was The Artist's Son and Sister in the Garden at Sèvres. www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marie_Bracquemond
Video: Reproductive Justice, A Walking Tour, with Cindy Cooper
The Reproductive Justice Walking Tour, a performance-art project on video, is mapping reproductive justice in our history, our communities and our lives, as we take to the streets of lower Manhattan. http://reprojusticetour.wordpress.com
Cindy Cooper is a playwright, producer, and founder of Words of Choice, supporting reproductive rights activism through arts and creativity. www.wordsofchoice.org
Literature: Valerie G. Keane and Audrey Dimola, representing the Queens Literary Community
‘capricho’, Valerie G. Keane
Poets in Hell – Revisited’, Audrey Dimola
Audrey Dimola, writer/poet, performer, curator and member of the Queens Literary Community.
Celebrated for her dynamic presence both onstage and on the page, Audrey Dimola is a well-known Queens-born writer/poet, performer, curator, host, and arts crusader. She has performed at Bowery Poetry Club and Brooklyn Museum, curated shows for LaGuardia Performing Arts Center and Queens Museum, and has been featured on NY1 for organizing the first ever Queens Literary Town Hall, but what she really wants you to know is that you should never give up hope - because the magic only stops when you say so. She is the author of poetry and prose collection "Decisions We Make While We Dream" (2012) and the forthcoming "TRAVERSALS" (soon to be released in November 2014). For her next trick, she will resume living out her childhood fantasy of becoming an acrobat...
Valerie G. Keane, poet and member of the Queens Literary Community.
Valerie G. Keane is very honored to be part of the current Queens literary scene. Her work was recently published in the Spring/Summer 2014 issue of the Newtown Literary Journal and she is the founder of Poetry & Coffee, a very juicy discussion group in Queens for writers and readers, where people are waking up to great poetry and to life. Valerie has been featured at Inspired Word, Boundless Tales Reading Series, First Tuesdays Reading Series, REZ Reading Series, and the NYC Poetry Festival. When asked if she is a poet, Valerie says, “I still don’t know how you qualify as one and no one seems to know where the application form is." www.valeriegkeane.com
Theater: Nicole Kontolefa
I Am Me, excerpt
I Am Me is a site unspecific play and mobile performance. It is a story about a woman and a bus; an exploration of who we are to ourselves and others. Public space becomes the world of the play peopled by passersby and you, the audience.
Nicole Kontolefa was born and raised in NYC and is a graduate of the only American Class of the Moscow Art Theater. She is the managing director and a founding member of Studio Six Theater Company - the sixth studio to be born out of the Moscow Art Theater School. Nicole also performs with other theater companies, performance artists and is developing new solo performances. As part of Studio Six she has performed at The Chekhov International Theater Festival, in several Fringe Festival in New York and New Orleans. Nicole helped to produce tours of the company's shows in Montreal, Moldova and even Baltimore. She has been in over a dozen short films and web series. www.youmeandyourfriend.com
Dance: Patrice Miller
The Sands/Geology of a Stone, part one of the Geography of Healing project, commissioned by Spark & Echo
If healing is a place, what its topography? Is it a destination like Jericho or is it an endless landscape, constantly unfolding before us? What are its borders? What does it take to get the water to change from contaminated to life giving? Most importantly, what does it feel like to travel this land (or what is its relationship to our notions of time and space)? www.geographyofhealing.wordpress.com
Patrice Miller is a director/choreographer currently living and working in New York City. Her work has been presented at 3-Legged Dog, La MaMa Etc, Theater Row, Prelude/CUNY Graduate Center, The Brooklyn Museum, The Brick, FRINGENYC, and non-theater spaces like outside of the 68th Street subway stop, NYC Fashion Week, and 571 Projects. Her work is interdisciplinary, "idea-driven," and good, weird fun.
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