RACE: TBD(Live Feed In-Process)
Streaming on New York Live Art
As the coronavirus (Covid-19) continues to prohibit live gatherings, New York Live Arts (Live Arts) is committed to creatively adapting to the situation while keeping audiences safe and informed. RACE: TBD will be live streamed May 1 at 6 pm. Streaming details to follow upon registration confirmation.
RACE: TBD is a dance about gentrification, staged as a sporting event. Holly Bass first launched the RACE: performance series in Washington, DC to highlight cultural losses related to the city’s declining black population. This new iteration focuses on Chelsea and Hudson Yards in New York City, particularly the use of eminent domain to redevelop areas of the city, and shifting definitions of “public space” and “affordable housing.” In its original format, the performance begins with a tailgate party, complete with superfans decked out in team colors, loud music, food and drinks, followed by the audience making its way to the sidelines as two racers perform a series of challenges. With both live performances and sporting events on hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the artists have regrouped to focus on creating work within the architecture of Zoom and Facebook, and to ask the question: what does home mean when we have nowhere else to go?
Rehearsal image of RACE, taken in January 2020. From L to R: Jasmine Hearn; Holly Bass; Billy Dean Thomas. Courtesy of the artist.
This will be streamed on the New York Live Arts Facebook page which can be found here!
The Live Feed creative residency program supports and nurtures the development of new work with residencies and commissions generated over two years.
Lead support of Live Feed is generously provided by Partners for New Performance and Rockefeller Brothers Fund.