Following the premiere of BABYLIFT at Target Margin Theater to no audience, Anh Vo will join Benedict Nguyen in a live discussion of the work and a Q&A with the viewers. Though not required, all are invited to turn on their cameras for the conversation.
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A fragmented and collaged multimedia solo work, BABYLIFT combines the terror and pleasure of erotic hauntings. Named after a 1975 mass evacuation of children from South Vietnam to the United States, resulting in a plane crash that killed 78 of those children, BABYLIFT confronts the afterlives of the Vietnam War (a.k.a. the Resistance War Against Imperialist America).
Anh Vo is a Vietnamese choreographer, dancer, theorist, and activist. They create dances and produce texts about pornography and queer relations, about being and form, about identity and abstraction, about history and its colonial reality.
benedict nguyễn is a dancer, writer, and curator based on occupied Lenape and Wappinger lands (South Bronx, NY). Their criticism has appeared in the Brooklyn Rail, Danspace Project’s Journal, Shondaland, the Establishment, Culturebot, among others. Their poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in AAWW’s the Margins and PANK. They’ve performed in DapperQ Fashion week and in recent works by Sally Silvers, José Rivera, Jr., Monstah Black, and more. As the 2019 Suzanne Fiol Curatorial Fellow at ISSUE Project Room, they created the multidisciplinary performance platform “soft bodies in hard places.” They publish a monthly-ish newsletter “first quarter moon slush” on substack and are sometimes online @xbennyboo.
This conversation is supported in collaboration by the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art and BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange.
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