This post was produced by FAB intern Molly Taylor.
This video was made during my internship at Fourth Arts Block in an attempt to capture how LES organizations, through programs like Extra Block, have supported working artists like Raja Feather Kelly. I spoke with Raja and had the opportunity to witness his artistic direction as he developed his new piece TROPICO during his Extra Block residency. Raja has been working in the East Village for years and spoke to the importance of dancing in neighborhoods that are still home to a working middle class.
Extra Block is an extension of FAB’s Dance Block Program and operates as subsidized paid-for residencies. Extra Block continues to pursue Dance Block’s model of activating underutilized space while deepening the program’s intention to cultivate consistent and meaningful relationships between dancemakers and studio owners. Extra Block is just one example of the kind of work being done at FAB to facilitate space for working artists.
the feath3r theory Presents: Andy Warhol’s Tropico premieres June 2-4, 2016 at Danspace Project.
Molly is one of the Spring 2016 FAB interns. After moving here from California, she began earning her degree from the School of Individualized Study at NYU. She is currently focusing on Performance Studies, biopolitics, and Metropolitan Studies. Past internships include the Invisible Dog Art Center and Show of Force Productions.