Brave New Works Lab, Oz Arts Nashville
May 19 @ 8:00 pm - May 21 @ 11:00 pm$15
The inaugural Brave New Works Lab, which transforms the OZ Art’s expansive warehouse into a laboratory for local artists to experiment with new forms as they create new works for the stage. The program features four unique performance pieces from local artists working across multiple disciplines, including dance, theater, multimedia, performance art, and music. Performances will be held nightly from May 19-21, and OZ Arts will also host a cutting-edge visual art exhibit and poetic film screenings presented with local partner organizations in conjunction with the Brave New Works Lab.
The full program includes:
A new dance work from choreographer Lenin Fernandez featuring praised local dancers Kristen Cararra, Becca Hoback, Emma Morrison, and Joi Ware
A multimedia-music hybrid performance investigating the many facets of personal identity from electronic music artist Gardening, Not Architecture integrating original films by Dycee Wildman and choreography by Joi Ware
An original, theatrical performance art creation by genre-bending writer and performer Jennifer Whitcomb-Oliva blending elements of Afro-futurism and African folklore
A self-choreographed solo dance work by local dancer and choreographer Alexandra Winer
In conjunction with the Brave New Works Lab, OZ Arts will also host the fourth volume of the popular Adult Contemporary visual art exhibit series, presented by the Nashville Scene. In this new installment, DRAWERS: Provocative Drawings, curator Laura Hutson Hunter brings together a mix of national and local artists, showcasing their sensual and erotic drawings. Works from nationally recognized artists like the legendary Betty Tompkins and the acclaimed Thornton Dial will be included alongside local favorites Marlos E’van, Julia Martin, and more. DRAWERS will have an opening reception on Thursday, May 12 from 6pm-8pm. Gallery hours will be open from 1pm-5pm, Thursday-Saturday from May 13-21, 2022.
Along with the Brave New Works Lab performances, OZ will present partner screenings with Kindling Arts and Defy Film Festival of their Heroic Couplets initiative, pairing local poets and filmmakers to create cinematic adaptations of written works. GENDERBEND: Poetry into Film Collaborations features a slate of entirely LGBTQIA+ and/or female-identifying artists, including poets Kashif Andrew Graham, Simba Alik, and Amie Whittemore, and filmmakers Chalet Comellas-Baker, Tiffany Abreu, and Jose Luis Benavides, in addition to 10 other artists. Screenings will be held at OZ Arts on Saturday, May 10 at 8pm and Sunday, May 22 at 5pm.
Tickets for Brave New Works Lab begin at $15 and are on sale now at the following link. Ticket buyers can purchase a combo ticket to the Brave New Works Lab performances and the Heroic Couplets screenings via the OZ Arts website as well. OZ Arts is invested in the health of its guests, artists and the overall community.