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2020 A Day for All Ages & Stages

As a precautionary response to the spread of COVID-19, BAX is taking extra measures to minimize large groups of people assembling together. This means that BAX’s Intergenerational Artist Exchange: A Day for All Ages and Stages will not be taking place on March 29, and instead will be postponed until Fall 2020. Stay tuned for more information and we look forward to all coming together in the fall!

 

 

Join us on Sunday, March 29th for a full day of interactive workshops, panels, and performances open to all ages and stages (from 1 through adulthood) located in the BAX building (421 5th Avenue, Park Slope). Young artists, caregivers, and professionals will have opportunities to inspire each other by participating in hands-on activities, develop creative works, perform and observe each other. Adults and children are welcome at all workshops! One admission price gets you in for the entire day. Join us for one workshop or spend the day!


PROGRAM SCHEDULE

*Children ages 5-8 may participate in any workshop, panel or performance with adult supervision except for “Performance Workshop: Teen-led improvisation & Devising” which is for ages 9+. Children ages 9+ are welcome to participate independently, but must be picked up by a chaperone at the end of the registered session. 


MORNING SESSIONS
*Children ages 1-5 all welcome to drop-in Playspace with an adult anytime from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Childcare will be available for children ages 3-5 for caregivers who wish to drop off their child(ren) and attend another event session independently. Upon registering, please specify any childcare needs.

  • (10-11:15 a.m) Movement Workshop : ThisBody Tumbles facilitated by BAX faculty Diane Tomasi
  • (11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.)  Movement Workshop : Bois (Boys) Movement facilitated by BAX faculty Ben Weber
  • (10 a.m.-1 p.m.) Playspace : Drop-in & Childcare co-facilitated by Ben Weber & Jessica Lee
  • (12-1:30 p.m.) Panel w/ Parent Artist Space Grantees: Leyna Papach & Davalois Fearon
  • (12-1 p.m.) BAX FAQ : Open Bilingual (Spanish/English) Conversation about BAX Education Programs with BAX Department Staff

 AFTERNOON SESSIONS 

EVENING SESSIONS 


A NOTE ON AGE PARTICIPATION: Children ages 5-8 may participate in any workshop, panel or performance with adult supervision except for “Performance Workshop: Teen-led improvisation & Devising” which is for ages 9+. Children ages 9+ are welcome to participate independently, but must be picked up by a chaperone at the end of the registered session.


A NOTE ON PLAYSPACE & CHILDCARE: Children ages 1-5 all welcome to drop-in Playspace with an adult anytime from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Childcare will be available for children ages 3-5 for caregivers who wish to drop off their child(ren) and attend a session independently. For this, please indicate in the comment box the name(s) and age(s) of the child(ren) being dropped off and the duration of the session(s) you’re attending.


PROGRAM DETAILS

MORNING SESSIONS 

Movement Workshop : ThisBody Tumbles
Facilitated by: Diane Tomasi
(10:00-11:15 a.m.)

An upbeat, and social workshop for all people of any body type, level, race, gender, and sexual orientation. We will use dance, tumbling and partner acrobatics to build strength, flexibility and coordination. We will explore various levels of inverted movement and weight sharing to build communication skills, confidence, and trust in our own bodies as well as when working in partnership. ALL LEVELS WELCOME. This workshop is part of a larger class series offered through BAX’s Creating Space program, conceived and facilitated by Diane Tomasi.

Movement Workshop: Bois (Boys) Movement
Facilitated by: Ben Weber
(11:30-1 p.m.)

In this workshop, adults, children, and caregivers alike will explore different ways to express masculinity through dramatic play. Participants will share their understandings of masculinity, through visioning a greater spectrum for masculinity expression, including especially visioning expressions of male love, care-taking, and joy. Workshop goers will use humor and creativity to unpack toxic masculinity, the meaning of consent and identify different ways consent is expressed. This workshop is open to folks of all genders.

Playspace Drop-in & Childcare
Facilitated by: Ben Weber & Jessica Lee with other BAX staff support
(10-1 p.m)

*Children ages 1-5 all welcome to drop-in Playspace with an adult anytime from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Childcare will be available for children ages 3-5 for caregivers who wish to drop off their child(ren) and attend another event session independently. Upon registering, please specify any childcare needs.

Explore tunnels, create funky rhythms, dance with colorful scarves and sort soft vegetables. Facilitated by BAX teaching artists Jessica Lee and Ben Weber, Playspace is a wonderful opportunity for children and caregivers alike to engage in self-guided creative and imaginative exploration as well as facilitated story and music time.

Panel with Parent Artist Space Grantees Leyna Papach & Davalois Fearon
Facilitated by Lucia Scheckner, BAX Director of Education and Community Engagement
(12:00-1:30 p.m)

During this panel, participants will witness excerpts from the work of current BAX Parent Artist Space Grantees: Leyna Papach and Davalois Fearon. A guided talk back about these works and the broader question of balancing work/life as parents will follow and be facilitated by BAX’s Director of Education and Community Engagement, Lucia Scheckner (also a parent).

In the last half-hour, Fearon will lead a half hour dance workshop focusing on asthma-awareness. Fearon writes about her work: “Grounded in research on how to improve asthma care for urban youth of color, using movement that embodies this research to raise awareness of disparities and solution-oriented practices. Participants are guided through an improvisation-based warm-up before crafting a dance phrase that is informed by the embodiment of research introduced in the warm-up. The choreography of this phrase is thus a reflection of concepts and solution-oriented practices related to improving health outcomes for those affected by medical and environmental racism as it relates to asthma care disparities.”

Davalois Fearon Time to Talk is a multimedia exploration of Fearon’s experience as a Jamaican born, Bronx raised dance artist and the complexities of that experience in dance, academy, and our divided country. It invites the audience to consider the ways in which they unwittingly support the status quo.

Leyna Papach; Work Description to Come!

BAX FAQ: Open Bilingual (Spanish/English) Conversation about BAX Education Programs
Facilitated by: Ashley Thaxton-Stevenson (BAX Education Manager) and Aviya Hernstadt (BAX Education Assistant).
(12:00-1:00 p.m.)

BAX Education Staff and parent ambassadors will engage in an intimate discussion about BAX’s scope of education and community engagement services with particular emphasis on BAX inclusion efforts around cost, race, gender, disability, language-access and skill-levels. Participants will be welcome to ask questions, share experiences, learn about specific BAX opportunities they might get involved with, and also exchange resources around topics addressed throughout the day’s event.

AFTERNOON SESSIONS

Panel with Disabled Artist Space Grantees: Kayla Hamilton, Naja Gordon & Anna Gichan
Facilitated by: Londs Reuter
(1:30-2:30 p.m.)

During this panel, view short performances by BAX’s 2020 Disabled Space Grantees, Kayla Hamilton, Naja Gordon & Anna Gichan, and engage in a guided discussion led by Advisor, Londs Reuter, around disability aesthetics and justice work in the field.

Performance Workshop: Teen-led improvisation & Devising with MCC Youth Company, Irondale Young Company, and BAX Dance Performance Workshop Level III
(2:00-5:00 p.m)

This “Improvisation & Devising” workshop is open to all young artists ages 9+ and will be led by teen artists from NYC performance companies: MCC Youth Company, Irondale Young Company, and BAX’s Dance Performance Workshop Level III. Each company will facilitate an improvisational exercise unique to their generative process followed by a playful mash-up of all the participants into three new groups. These new groups will work collaboratively to devise “on the spot” dance, movement or theater work, drawing inspiration from earlier improve exercises as well as secret devising “ingredients” provided that day.

EVENING SESSIONS

BAX Alumni Mixer
Hosted by: Odessa Jacobson (BAX Alumni and Work Study Exchange) & Helen Tocci (DPW III and AcroBAX II director)
(5:30-6:00pm)

The mixer will be an opportunity for current and past BAX Performance Workshop students to come together, reconnect, and enjoy some snacks following the “Teen-Led Improvisation and Devising Workshop” (2-5 p.m.) and before the BNS Interrupting Bigotry performance (@ 6:30 p.m.). This will also be an opportunity for BAX alumni to learn more about existing alumni resources at BAX and, similarly, to explore ways alumni might support rising generations of BAX graduates. This mixer will be hosted by BAX teaching artist Helen Tocci and fellow alumni Odessa Jacobson.

Performance: Interrupting Bigotry with BAX Teaching Artist José Joaquin Garcia, featuring 5th grade students from BAX School Partner, Brooklyn New School
(6:30-8:30pm)

Drawing on BAX’s “Interrupting Bigotry” family engagement program with its longtime arts partner, the Brooklyn New School (BNS), participants of all ages are invited to come together under BAX Teaching Artist José Joaquín García’s direction and experiment with ways of interrupting racism and bigotry. Using the Brazilian theatre artist Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed model, BNS 5th graders have generated and will present an original scene in which they experienced an act of bigotry. José as the “Joker” will invite audience members to help these students conceive of different ways to interrupt and redirect those experiences, empowering audience of all ages to be agents of changes.

*Sliding scale registration available, go to our eventbrite website.

Contact info@bax.org or call 718-832-0018 for event inquires. 

For more general information about BAX Youth Education & Community Engagement programs go to youth.bax.org. 

 

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