Downtown Urban Theater Festival 7th Season

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DUTF is a two-week celebration of urban theatrical expression by a cross-section of playwrights and performing artists. With an inclusive, multicultural perspective, this annual event showcases theatrical works that echo the true spirit of urban life and speak to a whole new generation whose lives defy categorizing along conventional lines.

DUTF focuses on the playwright. At DUTF, we help playwrights bring their vision to the stage by giving them total control of their work. They are involved in all aspects of the theatrical work from staging and direction to casting and rehearsals. DUTF has been a catalyst for some of New York City’s most vibrant and creative playwrights. Since its inception, DUTF has presented over 40 original theatrical works and has attracted more than 5,000 theatre-goers.

Nursha Project feature artist Micia Mosley performs
Saturday, May 9th.
A fun-filled one-woman show, take on the black lesbian experience that challenges -head on- the notion that there’s only one way to be black or queer in the 21st century.

Catch Up With Micia Mosely In The Progress Report: How Are YOU Doing?

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Nursha Project Artist MilDred Performs Poetry To House Music

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Musical Selections from music by Yoko!
Sapphire Lounge

Sunday June 13th, 2010
Lower East Side, NY
Stay tuned for more details.

Micia Mosely and Friends is “Hotter Than July”

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Join Micia Mosely in celebrating the latest installment of Micia Mosely and Friends during the 20th Annual HOT Festival at Dixon Place, featuring Ganessa James, Shelley-Nicole Jefferson, and Damian Washington! This event should not be missed!


Thursday, July 14th, 2011 @ 9:30pm

HOT Festival

Dixon Place

161 A Chrystie Street (btwn Delancey and Rivington)

Lower East Side, New York

Ticket: $5

For more information, click here.

Nursha Project Artist in Remount of Acclaimed Piece

February 17, 2011 by  
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NPA Thandiwe De Shazor is featured in Pomo Afro Homos, the remount of the highly acclaimed piece, Fierce Love.

Pomo Afro Homos Fierce Love (Remix)


Saturday, March 5th, 2011 at 8pm

Sunday, March 6th, 2011 at 7pm

Dance Place

3225 8th Street NE Washington, DC 20017


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Straight out of San Francisco’s Castro District, Pomo Afro Homos (Postmodern, African American, you know the rest), the badass brothas of queer performance rocked Dance Place in the 90s. Two decades later, Pomo co-founder, writer and director Brian Freeman remixes the company’s classic work Fierce Love with a fresh crew of San Francisco/Bay Area badass brothas.

Shining a light on Black gay life, the heart of Fierce Love is rooted in the early 1990s when it was created. While some of the pop culture references have been updated and a few new pieces have been added, including a hip hop number, many of the issues the show takes on have not changed in 20 years. As one of the few theatrical works exploring Black gay life, Fierce Love is still relevant in the US and beyond as the dialogue on race and sexuality continues to evolve.

To learn how to preview the piece before it appears at Dance Place, click here.

NPA Thandiwe De Shazor


Friday, March 4th, 2011 @ 11pm

Bus Boys and Poets (@ 14th and V)

2021 14t Street

NW DC 20009


Queer Art History Drips in Glitter!

February 4, 2011 by  
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Join Queer Art Impact in celebrating and making some Queer History as we bring you:

The Fabulous Cockettes

Queer Art Impact presents:

A Cocktail of Glamour & Anarchy

with Rumi Missabu of the Fabulous Cockettes

Monday, February 14th, 2011 @ 9:30 pm

The Tank

354 West 45th Street, New York City

Tickets: Suggested Donation of $7 to help support the artists

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“As the psychedelic San Francisco of the ’60?s began evolving into the gay San Francisco of the ’70?s, The Cockettes, a flamboyant ensemble of hippies (women, gay men, and babies) decked themselves out in gender-bending drag and tons of glitter…” READ MORE.


“Insanity becomes reality, fantasy becomes truth.”
Village Voice 1971

“Of course it was political, but no one among verbalized it. We had no need of rhetoric. We were madcap chefs cooking up a storm and the ingredients were magic and tribal anarchy.”
Martin Worman

Gay Spirit: Myth and Meaning

“What’s so marvelous is that they look happy, truly happy, and that’s so rare these days, don’t you think?”
Diana Vreeland
Village Voice

“I think I’m performing Gay Liberation through my art.”
Rolling Stone 1970

Catch the Latest Installment of NPA Micia Mosely’s The Progress Report

January 1, 2011 by  
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For the latest installments of The Progress Report, see below!

Micia Mosely Says Goodbye to 2010…

For the previous episode, click here.

Nursha Project Guest Curates Late Night with Mason Rhynes Productions in DC

December 31, 2010 by  
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Join Nursha Project in celebrating Late Night with Mason Rhynes Productions. If you missed the December 2010 installment of the performance series, click here for details.

The April 30th edition of Late Night with Mason Rhynes is one you will not want to miss! Nursha Project is proud to co-curate this production!


April 30th, 2011 at 10pm

Late Night at Joe’s Movement Emporium

3309 Bunker Hill Road

Mt. Rainier, Maryland

Featuring A.O. Movement Collective, Wendell Cooper, and other special guests!

Co-presented with Joe’s Movement Emporium

Tickets: $20 General Admission; $15 Student Tickets with ID

Must be 18 to attend

Featured Artists

A.O. Movement Collective will be performing their piece, “Wet.”

Choreographed by Sarah A.O. Rosner + dancers
Performed by Tara Aisha Willis
Music by The Idiot

Additional choreographic research by Kirstan Clifford

This excerpt is one section of our larger work in process, barrish, or: i promise i’ll only look at the sky (goddamn black fucking hole).  La Mama Experimental Theater will present the (pre)premiere of the work at La Mama Moves! this May 27/28 in NYC.  The entire work is transmutable – able to be put together in any configuration for any space – and available for curation by anyone interested. Find out how you can participate at


Founded in 2006, the A.O. Movement Collective is a home for hard falls and heavy slow dances: a community of dancers, thinkers, and makers who live by their art.  The AOMC encompasses my choreographic work; when joined with blog Urgent Artist and freelancing collective A.O. PRO(+ductions), it is the movement third of a platform representative of a new model for dancemaking.

Choreographically, the AOMC pioneers pomo-humanism via a rigorous love affair with the aesthetics of mess.  At the same time, we are developing a discourse of anti-ephemeralism that surrounds our dancemaking.  We believe that by actively questioning the underlying assumptions of our field (be they artistic or economic) we become radical agents of progress, evolving the form and creating a more sustainable future.

Performer Bios:
TARA AISHA WILLIS (dancer) dances, makes dance, and writes things from her overly cozy apartment

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in Brooklyn. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Barnard College in 2009 with a B.A. in Dance and English, where she performed the work of Sean Curran, David Parker, Ivy Baldwin, Yanira Castro, Stephen Petronio, Gerald Casel, Nora Chipaumire, and Susan Rethorst. She received the Dance Theater Workshop Van Lier Fellowship just after college, and has shown work at DNA’s Works-In-Progress and Green Space’s Fertile Ground Series. Tara’s newest works will be presented this spring as an Alumni Guest Artist at The Latin School of Chicago, at the new REHEARSAL workshop series, and in the RoofTop Dance Series.  Aside from The A.O. Movement Collective, Tara has most recently danced with Sydnie L. Mosley Dances, Anna Brown Massey and Edisa Weeks. She is completing her Pilates Teacher Certification at The Kane School, and teaches at the Pilates Garage in Park Slope. She supports her artistry as a freelance writer for A.O. Pro(+ductions), House Manager at Dance Theater Workshop, and hostess at Joe’s Pub.

The IDIOT (composer) is the per­form­ing Alias of THEODOR WILSON, a per­form­ing artist liv­ing in Brook­lyn, NY. He calls his style of music “Elec­tro­Drama,” because it com­bines trashy elec­tronic riffs with melo­dra­matic nar­ra­tives, and because his live shows incor­po­rate the­atri­cal devices. Related gen­res include post-punk cabaret, new roman­tic, and indus­trial pop. Wil­son is a trained pianist and occa­sion­ally per­forms acoustic ver­sions of his elec­tronic numbers.

The Idiot has referred to his per­sona as a “grotesque bitch,” and a “har­le­quin.” In con­cert, as well as in pro­mo­tional appearances, he often wears arti­cles of women’s cloth­ing, notably high-heeled shoes, but insists he is not a drag queen, and that drag is “its own medium, with its set of own rules.” How­ever, The Idiot does per­form under the rap alias, “Ham­Samwich,” a self-described drag queen to end all drag queens, whose num­bers often appear in the Idiot’s live act.  The Idiot released his first offi­cial album, called “JUVENAL!A,” in 2010.

Wilson has collaborated with Rosner and the AOMC since 2007, and has scored both her performance works (Haunt, The What’s Left Over After) and short films (Flour, Eggshells, Study #4).  He has also appeared in her performance works (in Love and Defense of the Ones I Destroy, barrish) and is a performative force to be reckoned with.  The composition he created for The What’s Left Over After appears on his 2010 album JUVENAL!A.

SARAH A.O. ROSNER is the founder of A.O.3 (the A.O. Entity), a three-part platform uniting the A.O. Movement Collective, freelancing collective A.O. PRO(+ductions), and the Urgent Artist blog.  A.O.3 represents a new model for downtown dancemaking by holistically supporting all involved – artists, audience, funders, and critics. When not working on her own ventures, she is the Manager of Engagement at New York Live Arts in NYC.

Born and raised outside of Washington, DC, Rosner attended Sarah Lawrence College in New York where she studied dance and film with teachers including Emily Devine, Sara Rudner, Keith Sabado, Tony Schultz, and Kathy Westwater.  Rosner founded the A.O. Movement Collective in 2006, and has been at their helm creating Anti-Ephemeral PoMo Humanist discourse and works ever since, presenting work at the RAW festival, THROW, Open Perform, WAXworks, Green Space, AUNTS, Dance Place (DC), the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center and most recently, Joyce SoHo.

WENDELL COOPER is is modern shaman and creative artist based in Brooklyn, NY. A graduate of the

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George Washington University (Dance/Religion), he is also a certified practitioner of energy bodywork and Thai Yoga Massage. He has taught, performed, and choreographed in China, Kenya, Russia, and the Netherlands. Cooper creates all of the elements of his interdisciplinary multimedia works that include both choreographed and improvised dance, original music, and video installation. He has worked with Nicholas Leichter Dance, the Maida Withers Dance Construction Company, Grisha Coleman, and the Magpie Music Dance Company. Wendell also self- produces as well as collaborates on projects with Mathew Heggem (as Kinaeathesia), Monstah Black, and Yozmit. SEA GLASS is his latest collaborative project.  []

We Are Singing Songs of the South

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Queer Art Impact presents Cabaret Cataplexy:

Songs of the South

Following the 2010 holy holidays, the cementing of resolutions anew and the national celebration of MLK we deliver the first 2011 dose of Cabaret Cataplexy! This 3D rendition, carefully themed Songs of the South is one part variety, two parts dance party with major irreverence and a touch of racial inappropriateness.  Expect to be titillated and transformed. For more information, click here.


Monday, January 24th, 2011 @ 8:30pm

Doors at 8pm

Haven, NYC

244 East 51st Street (between 2nd and 3rd Aves.)

Tickets: $15 Online; $20 @ Door

21 and Finer; ID Required

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