PASS: Performing Arts Salon Saturdays


5PM Reception + 6PM Performance
$10 Admission (Click here for tickets)

Curated by Gabri Christa

PASS is a curated Performance Series that takes place on the last Saturday of every month at Snug Harbor’s Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art. The salon’s focus is on original works in performing arts (music, dance, theater, and multi-media) in different stages of development. When possible, work is developed in residence at Snug Harbor, which serves as an incubation lab. Each PASS has a pre-performance reception and a post-performance artist talk moderated by an expert in the field.

Wikipedia describes a salon as a gathering of people under the roof of an inspiring host, held partly to amuse one another and partly to refine the taste and increase the knowledge of the participants through conversation. These gatherings often consciously followed Horace’s definition of the aims of poetry, “either to please or to educate” (“aut delectare aut prodesse est“). Salons, commonly associated with French literary and philosophical movements of the 17th and 18th centuries, were carried on until quite recently in urban settings.

This Season

Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art
5PM Reception | 6PM Performance + Artist Talk | $10 Admission

There’s a Million Miles between Slavery and Freedom is an interactive performance piece using the idea of fugitive mentalities in order to survive. What methods do we use in order to escape and free ourselves? There’s A Million Miles between Slavery and Freedom explores the ways black people in America have survived; this piece uses the same tropes that have bound blackness to a position of victim and through a lens of mythology, comedy, and performance delivers a possible way to Freedom that is unusual and unexpected.

Audre Lorde speaks of the master’s tools not having the ability to dismantle the master’s house, yet I insist that these tools can be used to set one free.

Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art
5PM Reception | 6PM Performance + Artist Talk | $10 Admission

Music by Guy Klucevsek (accordion), with Todd Reynolds, violin, and Kamala Sankaram, voice and accordion.

Guy Klucevsek, one of the worlds most versatile and highly-respected composer/accordionists, creates music which reverberates with sounds of the ballroom, the beer garden and the concert hall, fusing elements of regional accordion styles with jazz and avant-garde music. Since 1972, he has been composing music extensively for modern dance, theatre, puppet and object theatre, and film, as well as for solo accordion, small bands, and chamber ensembles.

He can be heard on John Williams orchestral scores for the Steven Spielberg films, The Terminal, Munich, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, and The Adventures of Tin-Tin, and on A. R. Rahmans score for People Like Us.

Come celebrate with him and the rest of the performers for his birthday celebration!

Past Performances

ODON Jazz Collective (January 30)
Working Theater (February 27)
Ellis Wood Dance (March 26)
Lacina Coulibaly (April 30)
Nia Love (May 28)
Tatyana Tenenbaum (June 25)
MWest Dances (September 24)
From the Horse’s Mouth (October 29)
Cornelius Eady & the Rough Magic (November 26)