Jaime Sunwoo (she/her/hers) is a Korean American multidisciplinary artist from Brooklyn, New York working in visual art, theater, film, and public art. Her works connect personal narratives to global histories through surreal storytelling. She studied art at Yale University, and was a fellow for Ping Chong + Company and The Laundromat Project. Her work has been seen at Park Avenue Armory, Abrons Art Center, BAX, JACK, The Tank, Flux Factory, and Art in Odd Places. She has received awards from Queens Council on the Arts, Asian Women Giving Circle, NYC Women’s Fund, Brooklyn Arts Fund, and The Jim Henson Foundation for her project Specially Processed American Me, a performance on the significance of SPAM in the Asian American community. More at jaimesunwoo.com and @jaimesunwoo
Project Title: Specially Processed American Me
Specially Processed American Me by Jaime Sunwoo is a surreal autobiographical performance using SPAM, the canned meat, as a portal into her Asian American upbringing and her family’s experiences of the Korean War. It investigates SPAM’s legacy in the military, its significance in the Asia-Pacific, and its influence on Asian cuisine through music, shadowplay, and cooking. Oscillating wildly between absurd humor and sober tragedy, Specially Processed American Me is a thought-provoking exploration of one of America’s most misunderstood foods. More at speciallyprocessed.com and @speciallyprocessed
Dates/times of sharings: October 7th & 8th at 7pm. RSVP here.
Pablo Calderón Santiago with What Will the Neighbors Say?
Pablo Calderón-Santiago (he/him/his, Photographer and Videographer) is a multimedia artist from San Juan, Puerto Rico. In 2015 he received a BA in film production with a focus in film photography from Emerson College. He’s currently based in Brooklyn and works doing lighting and tech for fine art and commercial photoshoots. Calderón-Santiago started his creative life as an actor with Puerto Rican theater collective Jóvenes del ‘98 as well as appearances on TV and in commercials. Outside of photography, Calderón-Santiago has directed two shorts, a music video, and conducted research and translation for feature-length documentaries.
What Will the Neighbors Say? (Production Company) fights for a more empathetic world by presenting risky, provocative theatre that provokes conversations and facilitates greater understanding. Championing our community’s capacity to explore ambiguous and nuanced themes, we create morally complex genre-bending work that challenges our audiences before, during and after a presentation. Armed with the understanding that meaningful conversations require varied perspectives, we build Neighborhoods across borders to facilitate new connections throughout our communities. Since the company was founded, WWTNS? has premiered seven original plays in five cities in four countries on two continents, and presented a further nineteen. The company has launched our education and community arts departments, and created jobs for over one hunred artists – 75% of them femme/GNB identifying and 50% of them BIPOC.
NOTE: Due to COVID-19-related interruptions, What Will the Neighbors Say? will now be joining the 2022/23 BRIClab cohort to workshop their latest project, Third Law. Their residency will take place Oct 24-Nov 4, 2022. Read more about their residency here.
“A Warm Winter” is a new autobiographical monologue written and performed by Kareem M. Lucas. He retells the memory of a fun Brooklyn evening that goes wrong and almost costs him his life. Part confession, part standup, part sermon, the whole truth.
Dates/times of sharings: December 9th & 10th at 3pm. RSVP here.
Morgaine Gooding-Silverwood (Writer/Creator) uses she/they/he pronouns, and encourages you to mix it up! Mo is a theatre maker, playwright and educator living in Brooklyn, Lenapehoking, with ancestral roots on the Red River by way of Chikashsha Iyaakni’. Mo’s theatre embraces a lesbian aesthetic, one that centers women, femmes, and gender freaks from process to performance, building community trust through movement-based ensemble work. Their writing has been produced in London and New York City, at the Oklahoma Contemporary Museum and the University of Denver, where they served as artist in residence. Mo has trained with SITI company, Theatre of the Oppressed NYC, and received their masters in Text and Performance from RADA and The University of London. They hold a bachelor’s degree in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Columbia University. morgainegooding.com or @gaineyboo
Raquel Chavez (she/her, Movement Director) is a chicane actor, director, producer & choreographer from the Bay Area. Her work has been featured in the Corkscrew Festival, the HOT! Festival at Dixon Place, and the 2020 Grad Acting Freeplay Festival. She has worked with the Belle & Sebastian, Smith Street Stage, the San Francisco Mime Troupe, Neo-Political Cowgirls and the Brewing Department, as an actor, dancer, and creator. She believes in the liberatory and transformative power of surrealist theater-making, garnished by aspirational refractions of Pina Bausch and Bob Fosse. She has trained in Feldenkrais, Simonson technique, clown, Lucid Body, and the joint stock method. She holds an MFA from NYU Tisch Grad Acting and a BA in Race & Ethnicity Studies from Columbia. raquelmariechavez.com
Project Title: sleeper
sleeper is a performance that ponders the imperative of a lived existence. Why wake up? What, or who, do we rise for? sleeper is a ceremony and a circus, a heartfelt appeal to the burnout generation to fall wholeheartedly and headfirst into sleep.
Dates/times of sharings: November 18th & 19th at 7pm. RSVP here.
Ogemdi Ude and Sydney Mieko King
Ogemdi Ude (she/her/hers, Co-creator) is a Nigerian-American dance artist, educator, and doula based in Brooklyn, New York. Her performances focus on Black femme legacies and futures, grief, and memory. She aims to incite critical engagement with embodied Black history as a means to imagine Black futurity. Her work has been presented at Recess Art, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Danspace Project, Gibney, Center for Performance Research, Movement Research at the Judson Church, and for BAM’s DanceAfrica Festival. In collaboration with Rochelle Wilbun she facilitates AfroPeach, a series of free dance workshops for Black postpartum people and serves as Head of Movement for Drama at Professional Performing Arts School. She is a 2021 Laundromat Project Artist-in-Residence and 2021 LMCC Creative Engagement Grantee. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in English from Princeton University. @gemgemdi
Sydney Mieko King (she/her/hers, Co-creator) is a Brooklyn-based artist working primarily in large format photography. Her work explores the physicality of photography, its relationship to the body, and its potential to create new realities and histories. Her work has been shown at the International Center of Photography Museum, the Broodthaers Society of America, the Dean Collection, Chashama, Wallworks Gallery, the Lewis Center for the Arts, and others. She has held residencies at the Yale Norfolk School of Art, Virginia Center for Creative Arts, and Recess Art. King graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University with a degree in Art and Archaeology in 2017. She is a 2021 En Foco Fellow and recipient of a 2021 Winter Innovate Grant. She is currently an MFA candidate at the Yale School of Art. @sydney.m.king
Project Title: Living Relics
Living Relics is a performance installation investigating impacts and externalizations of death and loss. The work draws from dance, projection, sculpture, and photography to create an immersive and intimate meditation on grief.
Major support for BRICLab is provided by TD Bank. Additional support for BRICLab: Performing Arts is provided by Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Howard Gilman Foundation and Mertz Gilmore Foundation. General support for BRIC is provided by Bank of America, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Con Edison, Genesis Inspiration Foundation, Howard Gilman Foundation, Lambent Foundation, M&T Charitable Foundation, New York Community Trust, Scherman Foundation, Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF), Tiger Baron Foundation, and numerous individuals.
BRIC’s Contemporary Art program also benefits from generous private funding from the Harold and Colene Brown Family Foundation, Ford Foundation, Harpo Foundation, Humanities New York, Jacques and Natasha Gelman Foundation, Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and numerous individual supporters.