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The Universe is Expanding: Emergent Performance by Nova Scott-James
March 11, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm UTC-5
A Digital Performance via Zoom
Filmmaker, medium, artist, and innovation doula Nova Scott-James will share media and process documentation from three performance pieces, A Eulogy For The Lenox Lounge, The Imposter, and Freeing The Caged Bird. Each of these performances involve an invocation of death as it relates to the transmutation of memories.
1. Eulogy For The Lenox Lounge (2017)
A soulful melody played on a fire escape above the demolition site of the Lenox Lounge, a historic Jazz club in Harlem,NYC stealthily demolished in 2017 in a massive wave of gentrification. Featuring Tivon Pennicott on Saxophone. Directed and Curated by Nova Scott- James.
A cultural thank you and acknowledgement of The historical Lennox Lounge Jazz club in Harlem, which was demolished in 2017.
A special thank you to Erica Johnson.
2. The Imposter (2018)
The artist transmutes the trauma of her past by performing in white-face as the male teacher that sexually abused her as a child.
Performed by Nova Scott-James; Featured in the short film Nova: A New Spelling of My Name, 2020
Camera by Jaime Inglehart, Sholeh Asgary, Catalina Alvarez, Natalie Tsui; Makeup by Kyle Kreuger; Special Thank You to Timmie Larode
3. Freeing The Caged Bird (2020)
An exploration of the work required to honor and translate collective memory through intuitive movement and talking to plants. Performed by Nova Scott-James.
Camera by Tanya Jackson, Nova Scott-James; Performance at the corn field at Sweet Freedom Farm, Hudson Valley, NY; Bird mask made by mask: Lexy Ho-Tai @Lexymakesthings; Special thank you to Sweet Freedom Farm and Charlotte Azad
The Universe is Expanding was made through New Work Grant from Queens Council on The Arts (2020 grant recipient).