Like A Villain (Holland Andrews), Joseph Keckler, Marguerite Hemmings, Saul Williams, Elizabeth "Macha" Marrero, Ragamuffin, & Keely Garfield

Like A Villain (Holland Andrews), Joseph Keckler, Marguerite Hemmings, Saul Williams, Elizabeth "Macha" Marrero, Ragamuffin, & Keely Garfield

 

Holland Andrews, experimental vocalist and clarinetist, began performing as Like a Villain in 2009. Andrews’ uncommon brand of avant-garde music is characterized by a dynamic voice, delving between opera, musical theatre and extended vocal techniques. The multifaceted nature of Like a Villain’s music can be emotionally captivating as well as dissonant, and presented with just a flair of theatrics.

Hailed by the New York Times as “major vocal talent whose range shatters the conventional bound-Aries,” singer, musician, writer and artist Joseph Keckler has garnered acclaim for his rich, versatile 3+ octave voice and sharp wit. He performs widely and has appeared at Lincoln Center, Centre Pompidou, Miami Art Basel, UCB, SXSW, and many other venues internationally. He is the author of many songs and short pieces and several evening-length performance pieces and plays his work has been featured on BBC American and WNYC. Awards include Creative Capital, a Franklin Furnace Grant and a Fellowship in Interdisciplinary Work from New York Foundation for the Arts, and Village Voice Award for “Best Downtown Performance Artist.” He recently made his off-Broadway debut in Preludes at Lincoln Center. He is currently working on a new EP and videos. A book of his writing, Dragon at the Edge of a Flat World, is forthcoming from Turtle Point Press late this year.

Marguerite Hemmings, performance artist and educator, is Jamaican born, raised in New Jersey, and has been living in the NYC area for over a decade. She graduated from Columbia University in Education and Urban Studies. Hemmings is a movement improviser that specializes in street and social dance styles. She has been working inside of a dance practice called Experimental Dancehall, a term she uses to reference her connection to and study of one of her homelands, Jamaica, and to more broadly reference her belief in social dance practices as a real time embodying of liberation and social change.

Hemmings’ work centers itself in liberation. She has been subverting, working, and creating with youth as a teaching artist for a very long time. She has received grants from the Jerome Foundation, Brooklyn Arts Council, Harlem Stage, University Settlement, and Dancing While Black to further her work as an artist/youth organizer. She is most recently a recipient of the 2017-18 Urban Bush Women Choreographic Center Fellowship. She is currently working on a self-directed, multimedia endeavor called we free. we free is a multi-media project that looks at the millennial approach to liberation through its music, social dance and social media. we free is centered in the livelihood and reparation of the African continent and diaspora. It is a social experiment, a conversation, a non-performance, a call to action, a revival, a basement party, an ode to, and in moments a critique of, the millennial generation and what we are doing, right now, to be free.

Saul Williams has been breaking ground since his debut album, Amethyst Rock Star, was released in 2001 and executive produced by Rick Rubin. After gaining global fame for his poetry and writings at the turn of the century, Williams has performed in over 30 countries and read in over 300 universities, with invitations that have spanned from the White House, the Sydney Opera House, Lincoln Center, The Louvre, The Getty Center, Queen Elizabeth Hall, to countless, villages, townships, community centers, and prisons across the world. The Newburgh, New York native gained a BA from Morehouse and an MFA from Tisch, and has gone on to record with Nine Inch Nails and Allen Ginsburg, as well as countless film and television appearances.

Elizabeth Marrero, is an award winning performance artist, also known Macha, the Papi Chulo Drag King. She burst onto the club scene with her drag act in 1998 and continued to open up her performance career with Bessie Award winning dancer/choreographer Arthur Aviles. Mr. Aviles created the role of Maeva where Ms. Marrero was featured in over a dozen dance pieces over the first 15 years of her career. She has created & performed her One woman shows featuring her most beloved characters; Petronelia, (her familial matriarch), Macha (latin lover, salsa dancing crooner), MC DJ GUILLY Guiso Hugo (MC DJ wanna be rapper), Wakateema Shaquasha de la Rodriguez (strong Latin girl from the hood) to name a few. These were exclusively shown at BAAD (Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance) and directed exclusively by Mr. Aviles. She was a recipient if a BRIO Award from Bronx Council on the Arts (2003) and a Tanne Foundation recipient in 2005. She has performed in Paris, Puerto Rico, Miami and NY. The Village Voice states “Ms. Marrero is possessed if not, inspired!” Her last one-woman show was in June 2015 to a sold out audience and has performed some standup at BAAD in June 2017. She is a full time Accountant at an Asset Management firm in NYC. As a Libran, Ms. Marrero continues to work at finding balance in both the corporate world and performance world BUT she is ALWAYS true to who she is.

Ragamuffin is a Brooklyn based drag artist and event producer. She is the creator of Failure: A Queer Workshop, a monthly night of interdisciplinary performance and conversation, and has performed both nationally and internationally with NYC legend Thorgy Thor. Ragamuffin is a conduit for joyful debauchery and queer thought, political poet, social raccoon, and anything else you might want but don’t need. View her Instagram portfolio at @ragamuffin_nyc

Keely Garfield joyfully participates in the great body of the world as a choreographer, dancer, teacher, and curator.  Born in London, and based in New York City, Garfield is the artistic director for her own company, Keely Garfield Dance (KGD), which has been widely commissioned and presented at theaters and festivals nationally and internationally.  Alongside her choreographies for KGD, Garfield has made work for other modern dance companies, theater, musicals, ballet, film, site-specific projects, schools and universities.  She has collaborated with dancers, actors, musicians, students, children, people with disabilities, young adults in under-served communities, and even animated the movements of mechanical robots and antique puppets.  Early on, Garfield made videos at MTV working with artists like Adam Ant, and Herbie Hancock.  Highlights include: Deep (The Joyce Theater, NYC), Twin Pines (Danspace Project, NYC), Disturbing The Peace (Zenon Dance Company, MN), Iron Lung (Groundworks Dancetheater, OH), Disturbulance (NYLA, NYC), Sinister Slapstick (Queen Elizabeth Hall, London), My Father Was A Spanish Captain (Tanzmesse, Frankfurt), Scent of Mental Love (A film for Radio Bremen/Canal Arte), Damsel (Dance Theater of Harlem, NYC), Body Wisdom (Rubin Museum of Art, NYC), Gypsy (Sundance Theater, UT), Yeast Nation, The Triumph Of Life! (Perseverance Theatre, AK), and Folk Dance In Gold (The Wooden Floor, CA).  KGD has received commissions and presentations from Celebrate Brooklyn! (NYC), Milwaukee Danceworks (WI), Philadelphia Dance Projects (PA), The Southern Theater (MN), Danse Vernissage (Montreal), and Spring Loaded (London).  KGD has been supported with funding from government, foundation and private sources, and has benefited from numerous creative residences and awards and was the recipient of a Gibney Dance DIP Residency.  The company consistently receives high critical praise and has garnered four New York Dance & Performance Awards aka “Bessies” (performance, music, lighting, production).