Photo: Nicholas Nazmi

André Lepecki discusses his new book, Singularities: Dance in the Age of Performance, as part of a conversation with and Barbara Browning, Leon J. Hilton, Ralph Lemon, and Fred Moten.

Barbara Browning is a colleague of André Lepecki, in the Department of Performance Studies at NYU. She has written on dance, epidemiology and fetishism, and in recent years has turned to ficto-critical forms to enact and analyze performance. Her third novel, The Gift (or, Techniques of the Body) comes out in May 2017.

Leon J. Hilton received his PhD from the Department of Performance Studies at New York University in 2016 and is currently a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities at the University of Pennsylvania. His writing has appeared in GLQ, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and TDR/The Drama Review, among other venues.

Ralph Lemon is a choreographer, writer, and visual artist. He currently serves as the Artistic Director of Cross Performance, a company dedicated to the creation of cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary performance and presentation.

André Lepecki is a writer, independent curator, and Associate Professor in Performance Studies at NYU. He is author of Exhausting Dance: Performance and the Politics of Movement, and editor of several anthologies on dance and performance theory.

Fred Moten is author of In the Break: The Aesthetics of the Black Radical Tradition, Hughson’s Tavern, B. Jenkins, The Feel Trio, The Little Edges, The Service Porch and co-author, with Stefano Harney, of The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning and Black Study and, with Wu Tsang, of Who touched me?. He lives in Los Angeles and teaches at the University of California, Riverside.

MoMA PS1’s acclaimed VW Sunday Sessions performance series welcomes visitors to experience and participate in live art. Since its founding in 1976, MoMA PS1 has offered audiences one of the most extensive programs of live performance in the world. VW Sunday Sessions highlights artists responding to contemporary social and political issues through a wide variety of creative and critical lenses. Encompassing performance, music, dance, conversation, and film, the series develops and presents projects by established and emerging artists, scholars, activists, and other cultural instigators. With a focus on artists that blur and break traditional genre boundaries, VW Sunday Sessions embraces the communities in New York City that create and sustain artistic practice.

Since 2012, VW Sunday Sessions has presented a commissioning program resulting in new work by Trajal Harrell, Mårten Spångberg, Anne Imhof, Tobias Madison and Matthew Lutz Kinoy, Hannah Black, and Colin Self. Additionally, the VW Dome Artist Residency offers a platform for creative development and experimentation for artists at all stages of the creative process.

VW Sunday Sessions is organized by Jenny Schlenzka, Associate Curator, with Alex Sloane, Curatorial Assistant, Taja Cheek, Curatorial Assistant, and Rosey Selig-Addiss, Associate Producer, and Lucy Lie, Production Coordinator.

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VW Sunday Sessions and the VW Dome at MoMA PS1 are made possible by a partnership with Volkswagen of America, who have supported the program for five years since its inception.

This event is part of VW Sunday Sessions 2016.