November 6 – December 15, 2018
Due to the process-based nature of the Session program, Out of Control will undergo constant modifications; the features of this page provide accruing information on the project’s developments.
All events are free and open to the public. Events are subject to change.
Film Screening: 498, 3rd Ave., Merce Cunningham, 81 minutes, 1967 by Klaus Wildenhahn. Film presented by Jennifer Goggans. This program is presented as part of the Merce Cunningham Centennial and with support from Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI)
Thursday, November 8, 7pm
Workshop: Stephanie Acosta: Empathetic Landscapes + Cosmic Bodies
Saturday, November 10, 2pm
Workshop: Jordan Demetrius Lloyd: Space to Listen (to the body)
Tuesday, November 13, 7pm
Workshop: Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste: How To Do A Repetition / How To Fail
Saturday, November 17, 2pm
Performance Series: Justin Allen, jess pretty, Carlo Antonio Villanueva
Friday, November 30, 7pm
Workshop: Ita Segev & Tristan Powell: TIT 4 TAT, or, is experimental performance a safe space for trans girls?
Tuesday, December 4, 7pm
Film Screening: Bronx Gothic, 91 minutes, 2017 by Andrew Rossi. Film presented by Okwui Okpokwasili
Thursday, December 13, 7pm
Winter Artists Party: Music by Papi Juice
Performance Series: Stanley Gambucci, Jasmine Hearn, Mariana Valencia
Friday, December 14, 8pm-12am
Camilo Godoy: Out of Control
On November 6, Camilo Godoy will begin Out of Control, a project that will transform Recess into a dance studio to develop a choreography entitled What did they actually see?
Out of Control is inspired by Godoy’s ongoing research into colonial texts from the 17th to 19th century written by European missionaries and explorers that describe the dance practices of non-European people. The project title references colonial accounts by Europeans characterizing the dance practices of non-European and non-white people as “out of control,” “lacking discipline,” and being without “civility.”
Godoy’s Session will draw upon these records, which he considers to be the earliest forms of dance criticism in the “New World,” to interrogate and disrupt the construction of non-Europeans as “barbaric,” “possessed,” and “deviant” bodies. Godoy’s Session will engage the public through film screenings, workshops for adults and children, open rehearsals, a performance series, and a dance party to explore how these legacies of the colonial gaze reverberate in present day. Employing the dance studio as a site of pedagogy, community, and collaboration, Out of Control will consider how spaces of performance allow us to forge new bonds of kinship and belonging.
Open to the public Tuesday-Saturday, 12-6pm; Thursday, 2-8pm
About the Artist
Camilo Godoy is an artist whose practice is concerned with the construction of political meanings and histories. His work engages with conceptual, photographic, and choreographic strategies to negotiate questions that confront the politics of citizenship, imperialism and sexuality. He was born in Bogotá, Colombia and is based in New York, United States. He is a graduate of The New School with a BFA from Parsons School of Design, 2012; and a BA from Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts, 2013. Godoy was a 2017 Artist-in-Residence, International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP); 2015-2017 Artist-in-Residence, Movement Research; 2014 Keyholder Resident, Lower East Side Printshop; 2014 EMERGENYC Fellow, The Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, NYU; and 2012 Fellow, Queer Art Mentorship. His work has been presented in New York in public space as a billboard and at venues such as Movement Research at the Judson Church, New York; La MaMa Galleria, New York; Donaufestival, Krems; and Mousonturm, Frankfurt, among others. Godoy has an upcoming solo exhibition in February 2019 at CUE in New York.