Jess Barbagallo, photo by Samuel Budin

Night Keeper

My new performance work will premiere at The Chocolate Factory’s lux new space in spring 2023. Performed by Jess Barbagallo and Jehan O. Young, sound by Norm Westberg (guitarist from Swans), lighting and projections by Jeanette Yew, dramaturgy by Mallory Catlett, choreographic scores by Hillary Clark. Residency support from Loghaven and Baryshnikov Arts Center.

A couple years ago I started writing when I couldn’t sleep. Though I like sleeping, I like the writing that has come out of this time. The work is performed in dim light, with viewers in groups spread around the space. Jess is doing some drawings to go with the text. Please keep your eyes peeled for this work.

Avoidance Mapping workshop, photo by Troi Hall

Perfect City

A paid working group on gentrification, Perfect City started as research, and has become a 20-year project about zoning, resistance and many things in between. We are housed at Abrons Arts Center. We host roundtables, performances, and workshops, write articles and meet weekly. You can join us.

Our work includes mapping workshops, walking tours, advocacy, long-term engagements with shelter residents, and international collaborations with like-minded people in Amsterdam and France. Our work is supported by a PATHS residency at Abrons Arts Center, by Princeton research funding, the Jerome Foundation, Rubin Foundation, Niarchos Foundation and individual donors. Current working group members include Jahmorei Snipes, Tylor Diaz and Tiffany Zorrilla.

Come map with us this spring! Or read an article about our mapping work on Urban Omnibus! Or follow us on Instagram @perfectcitynyc / @thecatcallingproject

Language Reversal at La MaMa, featuring Clarinda Mac Low, photo by Carlos Cardona

Language Reversal

When the 2016 election happened, I reached out to friends who’ve been through worse. Kulturanova had produced an earlier play of mine in Novi Sad Serbia, and we’d been wanting to do something together from scratch ever since. Together we asked friends and colleagues to provide toolkits for surviving in tough times.

Since then we’ve made a lot of material, performed it in different configurations and traveled back and forth, in real space and time, and virtually. We’re building a final-ish tourable version of this piece in spring and fall 2022. Supported by La MaMa, ETC, The Trust for Mutual Understanding, Abrons Arts Center and Princeton University.