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Ashley Yergens at Dixon Place

  • Dixon Place 161A Chrystie Street New York, NY, 10002 United States (map)
Photo by Chantar

Photo by Chantar

Ashley Yergens + NIC Kay at Dixon Place
Wednesday, July 13th @ 7:30pm
Dixon Place
161A Chrystie Place, NYC
$12 students/seniors/idNYC
$15 advance / $18 door 

lil BLK is a live experimental solo performance, influenced by New York City gay/queer ballroom culture, live punk shows, butoh and praise dance. In this performance NIC Kay wrestles with their desire to be seen in a society that seeks to control and crush the black feminine body. They attempt to highlight the traps of being a black queer performer searching for freedom on the stage and in a beat.

Safe space is often used to describe a space where a marginalized group is free from mainstream stereotypes and social exclusion. With abrupt and sometimes problematic transitions, Ashley's "Wreck Class Safe Space" holds up a mirror to queer nightlife events, working class family gatherings, and the contents of our proverbial closets. 

NIC Kay is an artist who performs on screens, streets, stages, in corners, and on paper. Born in The Bronx, New York. NIC graduated from Professional Performing Arts School in 2007 and was a Hemispheric Institute EMERGENYC Fellow in 2009. NIC’s current transdisciplinary projects explore movement as a place of reclamation of the body, history and identity. The tour and development of lil BLK has been documented in the web series The Bronx Cunt Tour for OpenTV premiered in April 2016.

Ashley R.T. Yergens made their debut with "Is this more ladylike?" at the Walker Art Center's 2014 Choreographers’ Evening. Ashley is a byproduct of growing up on tater tots and WWE SmackDown, being queer in small town USA, and bonding with blue collars. Their choreography has been presented at venues such as the Wild Project Theater, Dixon Place, Center for Performance Research, Annoyance Theatre, and the WOW Café Theatre. Recently, they received a 2016 boo-koo Space Grant from Gibney Dance. Additionally, you can catch them Ballez-ing with Katy Pyle, and Yackez-ing with Larissa Velez-Jackson.