Out-FRONT! Fest. 2023: Arien Wilkerson/Tnmot Aztro
Out-FRONT! Fest. is a new movement-based, cross-disciplinary performance festival centering the voices of LGBTQ and feminist artists. Curated by Pioneers Go East Collective, and presented in partnership with The LGBT Community Center, the festival features the work of artists exploring bold new performance modes for a lively exchange of art and culture. Out-FRONT! Fest. will take place January 12–19, 2023, at The LGBT Community Center, 208 West 13th Street, in Manhattan. All festival events are free (donations suggested).
Reservations are required and can be made at http://pioneersgoeast.eventbrite.com.
Arien Wilkerson/Tnmot Aztro
835 Hours of Hope & Despair
Saturday, January 14 at 8pm and Sunday, January 15 at 5.30pm
Philadelphia-based artist Arien Wilkerson presents 835 Hours of Hope & Despair, a multidisciplinary work reflecting on gender, labor, queerness, and the geographic boundaries that have affected creative paths for young queer Black artists. Wilkerson uses critical analysis and comedic “transposition persona” to shape dance celebrating Black, radical, “poz” trans, and nonbinary traditions to entertain, share joy, and explore self-awareness. 835 Hours of Hope & Despair features Arien Wilkerson and Chloe Newton with live sound accompaniment by Kwami Winfield. Cultural historian/dramaturge: TK Smith. Written by Wilkerson comprising text by Cedric J. Robinson, Hortense J. Spillers, Eduardo Cadava, Aaron Levy, Saidiya Hartman, Adrian Piper, and Uta Hagen. Tech and installation design by Wilkerson and Jacob Weinberg.
Photo: Adrian Martinez Chavez