Long Table Discussion | Dan Fishback

Wednesday, November 13, 2013
7–9 pm

Location: Department of Social and Cultural Analysis, 4th Floor at 20 Cooper Square

Performance artists M. Lamar and Dan Fishback will host the inaugural Helix Queer Performance Network event, a Long Table Discussion reflecting on the contributions and presentations of people of color (POC) in queer performance communities. This discussion will explore ways in which the colonial impulse may exist in queer artists and presenters alike. From the appropriation of queer POC by white queer culture, to racially exclusive booking practices, to why queer POC are exploited for artistic innovation but unrewarded within predominantly white institutions, this discussion will also explore how POC are empowering themselves outside of these institutions. Joining our conversation will be Susana Cook, Arthur Aviles, Juliana Huxtable, Kia Labeija, V.S. Tobar, Erica Caldwell, and more. Join the discussion @hemisexual #QPOCtable

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Department of Social and Cultural Analysis
20 Cooper Square, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10003

This event is free and open to the public. A photo ID is required to enter NYU buildings.


The Helix Queer Performance Network is a collaboration between La MaMa Experimental Theater Club, BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange and the Hemispheric Institute of Performance & Politics, seeking to nurture emerging queer performers, unite diverse queer communities, and celebrate the legacy and lineage of queer performance in New York City. Through educational initiatives, innovative stage productions and challenging public conversations that prioritize diversity across age, race, class and gender, Helix aims to foster an inter-generational, multi-racial, multi-gender performance community where artists can document a broad spectrum of queer experience in the context of a rich artistic history.

Dan Fishback has been writing and performing in New York City since 2003. He is the director of the Helix Queer Performance Network.  Major works include The Material World ("Top Ten Plays of 2012"–Time Out NY), thirtynothing (2011) and You Will Experience Silence (2009), all directed by Stephen Brackett at Dixon Place.  Other work has been performed at the New Museum, Joe's Pub, P.S. 122, and BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange.  Also a performing songwriter, Fishback has toured internationally, and released several albums, both solo and with his band Cheese On Bread. Fishback has received grants from the Franklin Furnace Fund and the Six Points Fellowship for Emerging Jewish Artists, and has enjoyed residencies at the University of Pennsylvania, the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony.  He is currently writing a book about AIDS and the gay generation gap, based on his solo show thirtynothing.

M. Lamar
M. Lamarwrites songs that are at once a product of his African American heritage, drawing heavily from the negro spiritual. Combined with his operatic voice and piano playing that is at once interested in western classical music and dissonant black metal Lamar’s sound makes one think that things are so catastrophic that the world might end at the conclusion of one of his tracks.Lamar’s work has been presented internationally, most recently at WWDIS Fest in Gothenburg and Stockholm,  Queer-Feminist Anti-Racist Performance Festival Stockholm Sweden, Performatorum Regina Canada, The International Theater Festival Donzdorf, Germany, Cathedral of St. John the Divine New York, and The African American Arts and Culture Complex San Francisco among others. M. Lamar holds a B.F.A. from the San Francisco Art institue and attended the Yale School of Art in the sculture program before dropping out to pursue music. Lamar has had many many years of classical vocal study with Ira Siff among others.

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