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Spring Residency 2022

at Bethany Arts Community
Ahimsa Timoteo Bodhrán

Ahimsa Timoteo Bodhrán

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Yerbabuena_, a multigenre book and multimedia project, is a womanist, queer, transgender, multiracial (Indigenous, African, Latinx, Arab, Jewish) remapping of New York and California, the East and West Coasts, and Atlantic and Pacific worlds. Originally envisioned as a stand-alone text, a braiding of performative, visual, tactile, acoustic, and terrestrial elements is resulting in multimedia: a website, book, performance, and installation. At Bethany Arts Community, Bodhrán will complete remaining poetic and mixed- genre works in two intersecting sequences of the collection. The first series of queer/trans Indigenous/multiracial texts remaps ancestral terrains, interweaving narratives of the land and water, multiracial communities, and histories of colonial violence, white supremacy, and environmental degradation. The second explores dynamics in queer/trans men of color relationships, using interpersonal lenses to examine issues of oppression and liberation. Surfacing econarrative strands, strengthening the centrality of environmental presences and absences, Bodhrán’s residency will deepen the ecological significance of the project.

Bio

Ahimsa Timoteo Bodhrán is a multimedia artist, activist/organizer, critic, and educator, weaving visual, acoustic, performative, textual, and terrestrial techniques. His work is in 24 nations in the Américas, Africa, the Arab world, Asia, Europe, Australia, and the Pacific.

A Tulsa Artist Fellow and National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, he convened a Movement Research Studies Project, “Decolonial Design, Indigenous Choreography, and Multicorporeal Sovereignties: A Womanist/Queer/Trans Indigenous Movement Dialogue.” An Artists of Color Council Core Member, he collaborates with Indigenous, womanist, and queer/trans people of color communities to create new multimedia movement work.

Bodhrán is author of the poetry/photography collections, Archipiélagos; Antes y después del Bronx: Lenapehoking; and South Bronx Breathing Lessons. His art is exhibited in New York, Arkansas, and Oklahoma. Bodhrán is editor of the international queer/trans Indigenous issue of Yellow Medicine Review; and co-editor of the Native dance/movement/performance issue of Movement Research Performance Journal.

Co-founder of the world’s first transgender film festival, Tranny Fest: Transgender & Transgenre Film & Cultural Festival, his work appears in Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics. He organized/moderated the first transgender people of color panel at the Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) Conference & Bookfair; and recently organized the world’s first trans Arab roundtable dialogue, forthcoming in Sinister Wisdom.

Bodhrán has received scholarships/fellowships from the Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation, CantoMundo, Radius of Arab American Writers, Macondo, and Lambda Literary.

Andrea Strongwater

Andrea Strongwater

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I have been working on a collection of paintings showing European synagogues at their best. The synagogues and their communities were all destroyed by the Nazis and related parties before and during WWII. The project wants to be a book. I am now writing the text – 600-1000 words describing each community. The work will be published by Jewish Publication Society in conjunction with University of Nebraska Press. I will use my residency time to edit texts, write an introductory essay and organize new lectures. The 83 synagogues I’ve painted are in 15 different countries going by by today’s political divisions. I’d like to create a lecture that explains more about Ukraine and how it fits into the world. If there is time I’d also like to paint a new synagogue image.

Bio

Andrea Strongwater has been an artist all her life. She lives in Manhattan, New York. Her work can be seen in galleries, museums, and shops around the world. In the past few years Andrea has focused on creating exceptional art for books. Her first published work, a young adult overview of the Lost Synagogues of Europe won two independent book publisher’s awards. A fuller edition of the project including 80 synagogues is in the works.
Andrea’s work is very diverse and includes artwork for gift items, teaching manuals for women in Afghanistan, jigsaw puzzles, lectures and exhibits of her big project documenting synagogues across Europe destroyed during the Third Reich. In all the overriding philosophy is making something meaningful and beautiful.

Anne Stagg

Anne Stagg

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Anne Stagg is an artist and educator living and working in Tallahassee, Florida. Anne is known for her colorful paintings that explore aspects of her Southern upbringing using abstract and non-objective imagery. Her work expands from examinations of the intersections of systemic policy, social systems, representation, and absence. She looks critically at power structures as an examination of the way that Southern traditions can be a smokescreen for discriminatory practices and false narratives and draws upon current events. “Systems are manifest in every aspect of our lives, but they are never perfect. Often elaborate in construction, there is always something a little bit off and underneath the ‘unintended consequences’ of their design belies deep histories of oppression and systemic failure.” She is interested in the façade and moments that precede failure: when the promise it still present but the veil begins to lift and there is an awareness that something isn’t quite right. Color and pattern are touchstones in her work and she paints on canvas, paper, and felt constructions.

In addition to being an Assistant Professor at The Florida State University where she serves as Co-director of the Foundations Program in the Department of Art, Stagg co-hosts and co-produces a podcast about contemporary art called The Open Call. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and she is the recipient of several grants and fellowships. Her artwork and more information can be found at http://www.annestagg.com and @anne_stagg_studio.

 

Gloria Rosen

Gloria Rosen

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Gloria Rosen is an actor/playwright. Her solo show, Listen…Can You Hear Me Now?, is an autobiographical account of a hearing child raised within the Deaf community. It is by its theatrical nature an outline, a glimpse into a totally different world completely unknown to most hearing people with no connection to the Deaf. More than that, this is the Coda’s (Child of Deaf Adults) world which is in-between the separate worlds of Deaf and hearing, never quite belonging to either. It is ultimately a story about communication, about a common language that connects heart and mind, and its vital impact on both family and community. It is time now to create a literary format for this tale that will be able to embrace additional material not suited for stage but of crucial importance to the understanding of this story. The goal of this book is to create a work that will help bridge that gap and draw the worlds of Deaf, Coda and hearing closer together in understanding and love and harmony.

Bio

Gloria Rosen is an award winning playwright/performer.  Her autobiographical solo show “Listen…Can You Hear Me Now?” is a personal recollection of being a hearing child of deaf parents. The show was part of the Marsh Theater Solo Arts Heals program; The Rochester Fringe Festival and the Marsh International Solo Festival. “Listen’s…” International debut was at the Campus St Jean, Alberta Canada and was honored to perform at St. Ann’s Church for the Deaf in NY(the first church for the Deaf in the United States); and enjoyed a sold-out run at the United Solo Theatre Festival in NY where it was  awarded Best Autobiographical Script. She recently shared her Coda story with the ASL Interpreter Training class at the Emerald Campus of Dublin City schools in Ohio.The goal and ongoing vision of “Listen…Can You Hear Me Now?” has been to help bring the Deaf, Coda and hearing worlds closer together in an alliance of mutual trust and understanding and love.For further information: www.listenshow.com 

Keija Parssinen

Keija Parssinen

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At BAC, I will continue work on my memoir-in-progress, HOMELAND INSECURITY: COMING OF AGE IN AMERICA’S KINGDOM. I have completed three of thirteen chapters and have outlined the remaining ones. I hope to complete a rough draft of the book while in residence.

Bio

Keija Parssinen is the author of the novels The Ruins of Us, which earned a Michener-Copernicus award and was chosen as a Best Book of the Mid-East Region 2013 by Turkey’s Today’s Zaman newspaper, and The Unraveling of Mercy Louis, which won an Alex Award from the American Library Association, was named a Best Book of 2015 by the Kansas City Star, and was chosen as a Book of the Month Club pick by Emily St. John Mandel. Her writing has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and has appeared in Gulf Coast, The Southern Review, Slice, The New York Review of Books Daily, The Arkansas International, World Literature Today, The Washington Post, Slate, Salon, The Lonely Planet travel writing anthologies, and elsewhere. An essay, “To the Source Who Kept Changing Costume,” is forthcoming in the anthology Letter to a Stranger: Essays to Those Who Haunt Us (Algonquin 2022). She has received fellowships from MacDowell, Hedgebrook, Yaddo, and Ragdale, among others. A graduate of Princeton University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was a Truman Capote fellow and a Teaching & Writing fellow, she is currently an Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at Kenyon College, where she serves as a consulting editor for the Kenyon Review. 

 

Keil Troisi

Keil Troisi

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Keil is scheming a mischief-activism performance that combines invisible theater, guerrilla filmmaking, and media-hacking. The plan has to remain secret for now, but thematically relates to the sordid histories of certain big institutions. He will spend his time in residency researching, writing, and drafting materials (scripts, websites, press releases, etc.).

Bio

Keil Orion Troisi uses mischievous multimedia performance and media-hacking to facilitate hope in dark times. For over a decade he has been a core member of culture-jamming group The Yes Men, and co-founded The Fixers, an international conspiracy to disrupt systems of power and fix kinks in the universe (or make them kinkier). He has taught in the Trickster Academy, and won a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Screenwriting-Playwriting (2019). He directed the corporate-horror movie Human Resources (2015), award-winning short Mono Generation (2017), and produced and co-wrote The Peace Pipeline, a MAP Funded performance opposing Line 3 that won Best Short at Dallas VideoFest, North Dakota Human Rights Fest, and Wolf Tree Film Fest. He helped stage an “Apartheid zombie” takeover, guerrilla-flyered for murderous food companies, showed off an invisible border wall to Trumpers, and most recently orchestrated a “grand guignol-esque” bloodbath in Paris. Keil’s work balances humor and horror to disrupt systems of power and the fabric of dominant culture, wielding trickery to create the sense of magic we need to reclaim agency from forces that would prefer us to remain passively boring.

 

IG: www.instagram.com/keiltroisi

website: www.keiltroisi.com

Lindy Fines

Lindy Fines

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Choreographer Lindy Fines will be developing a new duet for her dance project GREYZONE. Continuing GREYZONE’s years-long investigation into the power of inherited traditions and the creation of self within community, this duet will explore the possibility of personal transformation when we enter into a collaboratively constructed, supportive, and vulnerable relationship with another person. During their time at BAC, the dancers and Lindy will generate initial phrases through guided movement challenges. As they will be using their own dance histories as a pathway into the metaphor of lineage, many of these guided movement challenges will highlight the effort behind classical Western dance positions and break up the formal body pathways ingrained in classical training.

Bio

Lindy Fines is the choreographer and artistic director of GREYZONE, a NYC-based multimedia dance project that she co-founded with creative director Justin Fines. Melding deconstructed ballet and modern dance vocabularies, visual arts, and time-based media, GREYZONE’s works for film and stage uncover non-narrative theatricality and highlight the ritual of performance. In 2021, Lindy was a GALLIM Moving Women Artist-in-Residence, and in 2019 GREYZONE was a NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellow in Choreography through the The New York Foundation for the Arts. 

The Oklahoma International Dance Festival presented GREYZONE’s premiere of ASSEMBLY in August 2021 (Inaugural Artist-in-Residence, University of Central Oklahoma). Featuring music by Sivan Jacobovitz and costumes by Victoria Yee Howe and House of 950, ASSEMBLY was supported by The Harkness Foundation for Dance, New Music USA, and a Foundation for Contemporary Arts (FCA) Emergency Grant.

GREYZONE’s collaborations include dance film RIFT (92Y), dance film PENUMBRA with composer Steve Hauschildt (Nevada Museum of Art; 17 screenings worldwide), BLOOM (APAP, City Center Studios; University Settlement), DRIFT with visual artist Maia Ruth Lee (Abrons Arts Center), MATTER CHANGES HANDS (Movement Research at the Judson Church, Brooklyn Ballet) dance film QUEENS DUETS (5 screenings worldwide), and VEHICLE with illustrator Mike Perry. GREYZONE has been in residence at The Croft (MI), Socrates Sculpture Park (Queens, NY), and New Dance Alliance, and was supported by a 2020 FCA Emergency Grant (COVID-19 Fund) and a 2016 FCA Emergency Grant to premiere DRIFT. Lindy earned a BFA from the University of Oklahoma and trained on scholarship at the Merce Cunningham Dance Studio.

Follow GREYZONE on Instagram at @greyzonenyc 

 

 

Orlando Garcia

Orlando Garcia

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The Spain based Nuevo Ensemble de Segovia has commissioned a work for premiere as part of the celebration of the ensemble’s 25 years in existence. The performance is scheduled to take place as part of the City of Madrid Music Festival (COMA) in the fall of 2022. I have had the pleasure of writing two works for the ensemble in the past both created at artist residencies (MacDowell and Sirius in Ireland) and am very excited to be doing the new work at Bethany Arts. The work will once again explore the ensemble’s vast timbral palette and technical proficiency but this time adding an abstract narrative to the work. This abstract narrative will be an allusion to the social injustices in existence around the world and will be realized by having the ensemble members recite a text in Spanish to be created by me. This approach is a continuation of several works in my catalog that are abstract commentaries on oppression, most recently a work commissioned by the New York City based Ensemble Pi.

Bio

Through more than 200 works composed for a wide range of performance genres including interdisciplinary, site specific, and works with and without electronics for orchestra, choir, soloists, and a variety of chamber ensembles, Orlando Jacinto Garcia has established himself as an important figure in the new music world. The distinctive character of his music has often been described as “time suspended- haunting sonic explorations” qualities he developed from his studies with Morton Feldman among others.  

Born in Havana, Cuba in 1954, Garcia migrated to the United States in 1961. In demand as a guest composer, he is the recipient of numerous honors and awards from a variety of organizations and institutions including the Rockefeller, Fulbright, Knight, Civitella, Bogliasco, and Cintas Foundations, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, State of Florida, MacDowell and Millay Colony, and the Ariel, Noise International, Matiz Rangel, Nuevas Resonancias, Salvatore Martirano, and Bloch International Competitions. Most recently he has been the recipient of 5 Latin Grammy nominations in the Best Contemporary Classical Composition Category (2009-11, 2015, 2021). With performances around the world at important venues by distinguished performers, his works are recorded on New Albion, O.O. Discs, CRI /New World, Albany, North/South, CRS, Rugginenti, VDM, Capstone, Innova, CNMAS, Opus One, Telos, Toccata Classics, and Metier/Divine Art.

Garcia is the founder and director of the NODUS Ensemble, the Miami Chapter of the International Society for Contemporary Music, the New Music Miami ISCM Festival, and is a resident composer for the Miami Symphony. A dedicated educator, he is Distinguished University Professor and Composer in Residence for the School of Music at Florida International University.

 

Tama Hamilton Wray

Tama Hamilton Wray

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During my residency, I will revise my feature length screenplay, “Eclipse,” the story of 15-year-old Jesse coming of age in a working-class Black enclave of a small Midwest town in 1964. The story explores themes of place, community, racial violence, liberation, and Black resistance. “Eclipse” is an emotionally charged story with rich characters who face complex dilemmas; the revision process will particularly focus on plot and character development, both of which must be precisely constructed, in order for the story to work and a desired dialogic to emerge. Revising the screenplay in the wake of the nation’s racial reckoning promises to offer new creative insight.

Bio

Tama Lynne Hamilton-Wray, PhD
Producer/ Screenwriter/Film Studies Professor

Tama is an independent filmmaker and an African Film Studies professor whose award-winning creative works have screened at festivals, universities, and art centers in the US and abroad and whose her scholarly work has appeared in academic journals and edited collections. Tama’s creative work focuses on the untold stories of Black Midwest life, highlighting and exploring the experiences of participants of the Great Migration and their descendants. Her most recent film, Songs for My Right Side (2020), tells the story of a professor whose self-absorption threatens his ability to sustain authentic human connection. Songs for My Right Side was an official selection at the Pan-African Film Festival and the Artists Forum Festival of the Moving Image, and it was an invited screening at the Detroit Carr Center. Her other films, The Evolution of Bert (2015) and The Soul Searchers: Three Stories (2008) played in both national and international festivals; while the narrative short-feature China (2003) was broadcast nationwide on select PBS stations.

Tama is a faculty member at Michigan State University. She has led media literacy workshops; programmed film festivals and public film series; and curated art exhibitions. She has served abroad as a Peace Corps volunteer in Kenya, East Africa and as a U.S. State Department intern in Mali, West Africa. Tama is presently collaborating on an international partnership that brings together young women of color from the US and Botswana in a mentoring and leadership program.

Ting Luo

Ting Luo

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Ting Luo will continue her composition process for ‘Green’, a piano and multimedia suite involving multidisciplinary practice including piano performing, field recordings, found objects, and electronics. There will be a showcase at the residency featuring a few pieces from ‘Green’. Meanwhile, Ting Luo will be hosting an audiovisual event for New Arts Collaboration. She will be sharing her thoughts about collaboration and featuring a few multimedia works presented by NAC and fellow artists.

Bio

Ting Luo, pianist, and director of New Arts Collaboration. She has performed and lectured in prestigious venues in China and U.S., advocating contemporary music. Ting Luo has curated a multimedia music and art project New Arts Collaboration since 2020. She actively collaborates with artists from multiple disciplines including visual artists, composers, and sound artists. Works by NAC have been featured in The San Luis Obispo Museum of Art’s Digital Shorts Film Festival, Fresh Inc Festival, New Music Gathering Conference/Festival, and are programmed in Old First Concert Series, The Center of New Music and Thailand New Music and Arts Symposium. Ting currently resides in Bay Area, California.

Artist Website: https://ltingarts.com/
INS: https://www.instagram.com/ltingarts/
NAC Project: https://newartscollaboration.org/
NAC Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NewArtsCollaboration/

The BAC Fellowship is made possible in part with the generous support of:

Westchester Community Foundation, a division of The New York Community Foundation, through the Emily and Harold E. Valentine and Evelyn Gable Clark Scholarship Fund.ReStart the Arts, a regrant program of ArtsWestchester with support from the Office of the Governor, the New York State Lesilature and the New York State Council on the Arts.

Programs at Bethany Arts Community are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the New York State Governor and the New York State Legislature, the National Endowment for the Arts, Arts Westchester, and numerous individual donors.
National Endowment for the Arts
The New York State Council on the Arts
National Endowment for the Arts

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