Queer Arts Fest: Be/longing Part 2 @ AS220's Blackbox
Jun 18 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Queer Arts Fest: Be/longing Part 2 @ AS220's Blackbox

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Hosted By: Ronald Lewis and wacklikethat

June 18, 2016



Please join us in receiving the creative gifts of visual artist and performers. In tradition of brilliance, resistance, and resilience, these selected works transform and transcend notions of memory and belonging, and inspire new ways of being. This evening will be in homage to our queer forebears and [chosen] ancestors whose groundwork we carry on with us. This year’s iteration of be/longing includes a series of performances and a pop-up gallery that features the creative works by Our Lady Paradise, Trina Powers, Evander Wilson, J. Bruscini, Ronald Lewis, wacklikethat, Devyn Manibo, Lorin Smith, Rocío Delaloye, and more!


Queer Arts Fest: TRQPiTECA X GLITTER BEACH X AS220 PRIDE @ AS220's Mainstage
Jun 18 @ 9:30 pm – 1:45 am
Queer Arts Fest: TRQPiTECA X GLITTER BEACH X AS220 PRIDE @ AS220's Mainstage


Chicago multimedia sound and performance artists CQQCHIFRUIT (Jacquelyn Carmen Guerrero) and La Spacer (Natalie Murillo) invite you to TRQPiTECA X Glitter Beach X AS220 Pride. This multi-sensory, site-specific installation and dance party will build off CQQCHIFRUIT’S original solo performance installation, Glitter Beach (2013), and its reprise A$$Mutation X Glitter Beach (2015). Using sequin ocean tapestry and glitter sand, CQQCHI brings audiences into an intimate ritual in a site of transformation, death, and rebirth, while producer and DJ La Spacer creates a cocoon of danceable sounds rooted in Chicago house and Detroit techno.

Dance the night away in a glitter wonderland with these amazing QPOC DJ’s.   The evening starts with beats by @wacklikethat.

Installation open and free to the Public from 5pm-9:30pm.

Post Pride Pride Admission is $6 and $3 for those 21 and under.



Core Workout with Daniel Shea @ AS220 Live Arts Dance Studio
Jun 19 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Core Workout with Daniel Shea // Sundays @9-10am //only $5!  

A gentle workout that uses floor barre, dance and training techniques to improve core strength, balance and flexibility. Bring a hand towel; dance shoes or bare feet. Open to everyone- no dance experience required.

Daniel Shea is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer, a dance and fitness instructor. Since training and fitness are his business ( he is passionate about form & discipline…but it has to be enjoyable and fun. Daniel has been dancing and teaching for over 30 years. He has studied dance at the – Joy of Movement Center (Boston), Pacific Ballet (San Francisco), Joe Tremaine Dance Center (Los Angeles), Stanley Holden School of Ballet (Los Angeles), Debbie Reynolds Studios (Los Angeles), MJDC Dance Studio (Rhode Island).

Beginner Ballet @ AS220 Live Arts Dance Studio
Jun 19 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Beginner Ballet with Stephanie Albanese // Sundays @ 10:30-11:30am // $13 per class; $60 for 6 classes 

If you’ve always wanted to try ballet, this class is for you. In this fundamentals-based class, students develop basic ballet vocabulary, strength and coordination. Stephanie’s deep knowledge of her craft combines with a warm, good-humored manner to create a comfortable yet challenging learning environment. This is the perfect class for people who have little or no ballet experience.

Stephanie Albanese is a graduate of The School of American Ballet where she studied with teachers Alexandra Danilova, Helen Dudin, Suki Shorer and Stanley Williams. She danced in a repertory company created by former New York City Ballet member Wilhelmina Frankurt. Stephanie has also danced with choreographers Matthew Brokoff, Marcus Galante, Mary Miller and Felice Lesser and also worked in Cabaret, performing at The Lido in Paris and Jubliee in Las Vegas.


Intermediate Ballet w/ Stephanie Albanese @ 95 Empire Dance Studio
Jun 19 @ 12:00 pm – 1:45 pm

Intermediate Ballet with Stephanie Albanese // Sundays @ 12:00-1:45pm // $13 per class; $60 for 6 classes 

This ballet class makes classical dance a joy! The class focuses on fundamentals, beginning with a thorough warm up at the barre and progressing to the center for choreographed combinations.  Students build muscle as they refine body alignment and learn weight placement to develop coordination. Stephanie’s deep knowledge of her craft combines with a warm, good-humored manner to create a comfortable yet challenging learning environment. This is the perfect class for people who have some prior ballet experience.

Stephanie Albanese is a graduate of The School of American Ballet where she studied with teachers Alexandra Danilova, Helen Dudin, Suki Shorer and Stanley Williams. She danced in a repertory company created by former New York City Ballet member Wilhelmina Frankurt. Stephanie has also danced with choreographers Matthew Brokoff, Marcus Galante, Mary Miller and Felice Lesser and also worked in Cabaret, performing at The Lido in Paris and Jubliee in Las Vegas.


African Dance w/ Seydou Coulibaly @ 3rd Floor Dance Studio
Jun 19 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
High-energy, celebratory dances from Mali, West Africa, taught by Seydou Coulibaly alongside a live djembe ensemble.
Sundays 4-5pm
$15 for the community, $10 for students with College ID


Intermediate/Advanced Modern Dance @ AS220 Live Arts Dance Studio
Jun 20 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Intermediate/Advanced Modern Dance with rotating faculty// Mondays @6:30-8:00pm // $13 per class; $60 for 6 classes *no class  7/4

This summer features a rotating and diverse faculty. For intermediate and advanced dancers of all ages.

w/ Betsy Miller 6/6, 6/20
w/ Matthew Cumbie 6/13
w/ Katie McNamara 6/27
w/ Shannon Norquist 7/11
w/ Caitlin Trainor 7/18- 8/8
w/ Nikki Carrara 8/15
w/ Shannon Norquist 8/22, 8/29

Hatha Yoga w/ Angie Hartley @ AS220 Live Arts Dance Studio
Jun 21 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Hatha Yoga with Angie Hartley // Tuesdays @ 5:30-6:30pm // $13 drop-in/ $10 class package

This Hatha style yoga class aims to engage a community through open-level group practice.  Student practitioners should expect to receive clear and specific physical cues, while being encouraged to reach beyond a purely physical experience.  The theme of compassionate self-awareness will be woven into each class, building community through understanding and acceptance of the self.

Photo on 9-1-15 at 12.25 PMAngie Hartley is a yoga practioner, dancer, choreographer and teacher.  She received her BA from Keene State College in Theater and Dance and has since showed work and performed at the American Dance Festival, and in Boston, Providence and South Korea. She is certified to teach elementary school in New Hampshire and Rhode Island and recently completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training at the Kripalu School of Yoga.  She is thrilled to share embodied awareness with movers of all abilities and backgrounds.

Open Life Drawing @ AS220
Jun 21 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Open Life Drawing – Drop-in: 6pm-8:30pm – $6
Bring your own drawing materials, we supply seats and model.

We are always looking for new models, please inquire at:

Intermediate Ballet @ AS220 Live Arts Dance Studio
Jun 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Intermediate Ballet // Tuesdays @ 7-8:30pm // $13 per class; $60 for 6 classes

Classical ballet with an anatomical approach and an emphasis on the joy of movement! This class is designed to build on ballet basics and introduce more advanced movement vocabulary and complex combinations, while approaching the form through a clear understanding of body mechanics. Come discover how to use your body safely and efficiently to create both clarity and expressivity in your dancing.

Betsy MillerBetsy Miller is a dance artist and educator currently based in Providence, RI. She has trained in the Vaganova, Cecchetti, RAD, and Bournonville styles, and combines elements of each along with a somatic approach to ballet.  Her choreography has been presented in New York, Ohio, Maine, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Texas, and she has received funding from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, the City of Providence Department of Art, Culture + Tourism, The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and The Ohio State University. She has performed with Lostwax Multimedia Dance, Fusionworks Company and shove gently dance, and has recently appeared in works by Kathleen Hermesdorf, Heidi Henderson, Terry Creach, Doug Varone, Pascal Rioult, Rose Pasquarello Beauchamp, Rachel Boggia, Stephanie Turner, and Deb Meunier. Betsy serves as the Dance Coordinator of AS220. She is on faculty at Providence College, Dean College, and AS220, and regularly teaches as a guest artist throughout New England and beyond. Betsy holds an MFA in Dance from The Ohio State University and a BA in Dance from Connecticut College.



Antithese: Theatrical Percussion – Kagel, Burkhardt, Applebaum, S.S.Smith
Jun 21 @ 7:30 pm – 9:15 pm
Antithese: Theatrical Percussion - Kagel, Burkhardt, Applebaum, S.S.Smith
Antithese is a program of humorous and dramatic works for music-theatre focusing mainly on works that bring emphasis to the theatrical aspects of percussion performance. This project features the nonsensical absurdity and the instigating ingenuity of works by composers Mauricio Kagel, Vinko Globokar, Rick Burkhardt, Stuart Saunders Smith, and Mark Applebaum.   
Facebook event coming soon:
Short bio:
Based in New York City, Iktus Percussion is an ambitious, collective-based operation committed to expanding the boundaries of the percussion genre featuring an array of industrious and multi-talented percussionists. With an exciting and diverse repertoire, Iktus has performed at such venues and festivals as the Bang on A Can Marathon, Galapagos Arts Space, Le Poisson Rouge, Roulette, Issue Project Room, National Sawdust, Symphony Space, The Tank, and Trinity Church. Iktus was selected as a Time Out New York Critic’s Pick: Top Ten Concert of the Year in 2010 and received critical acclaim from the New York Times their performance with the St. Petersburg Chamber Symphony.
Mauricio Kagel – Rrrrrrr (selections)
Mauricio Kagel – Antithese
Josh Perry – Sound glyth for Globokar
Mark Applebaum – Aphasia
Stuart Saunders Smith – Song I-IX

Rick Burkhardt – Simulcast

AS220 Blackbox  7:30pm
Free with Brown/RISD ID 
Strange Changes, Juan Bond, and Geph @ AS220 Main Stage
Jun 21 @ 9:30 pm – Jun 22 @ 1:00 am
Halogens, Post Modern, Willow and Honest Living @ Psychic Readings
Jun 21 @ 9:45 pm – Jun 22 @ 1:00 am

Halogens will be back in PVD with support from Post Modern!

Local support includes hometown emos, Willow and Honest Living.

$5 at the door
Show starts at 9pm

Vinyasa Yoga with Julie Shore @ AS220 Live Arts Dance Studio
Jun 22 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Lunchtime Vinyasa Yoga with Julie Shore // Wednesdays @ 12-1pm // only $5 per class! A one-hour beginner Vinyasa yoga that focuses on the foundations of classical Vinyasa flow, emphasizing movement and breath as synchronized experience. Attention to fundamental asana (postures) will prepare students for their flow sequence and is designed to help beginners develop their own practice.

Julie Shore is an experienced and dedicated yoga practitioner with a passion for teaching. A California native, she has called Providence home since 2009, moving here after completing her BA at Bard College. She received her training from Eyes of the World Yoga Center and continues to deepen her studies as she builds her teaching practice. Yoga has continued to be a source of strength and insight in Julie’s life. Her classes translate a technical knowledge of vinyasa asana, with underpinnings of yogic philosophy which point to developing mindfulness and compassionate awareness.


Nerd Nite! @ AS220 Main Stage
Jun 22 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Vershawn Ward Presents #SayHerName and Youth Showcase: Future Worlds @ AS220's Blackbox
Jun 22 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Vershawn Ward Presents #SayHerName and Youth Showcase: Future Worlds @ AS220's Blackbox


Hey AS220 Community! There’s a guest artist show coming to Providence next week! This performance is free and open to the public. Please join us for what will be a night of inspiration and great art-making! June 22nd @ 5pm is a date for your calendar!

Vershawn Ward : #SayHerName


Guest artist Vershawn Ward will be performing #SayHerName in Collaboration with work from AS220 Youth at AS220’s Black Box Theater on June 22nd at 5:00pm. The evening starts off with a bang, with a performance of Chicago based artist Ward’s new solo #SayHerName, followed by a brief presentation of choreography by Ward set onto member’s of AS220’s Youth Program.  Chicago-based choreographer, Vershawn Ward’s riveting new solo work,  #SAYHERNAME,  examines the criminalization of female black activists Angela Davis and Assata Shakur and draws parallels to the present day arrest and subsequent death of Sandra Bland. The solo dancer finds herself inside a confined space, both physically inside a “prison cell, and mentally bound by her condition and loss of POWER. The work illuminates the struggle these women faced to continue fighting for agency and the liberation of their own bodies.

AS220 Youth Spring Showcase: “Futureworlds Revolution”


AS220 Youth’s End of Spring Showcase is here! This showcase is  the large display of the hard work and talent that comprises AS220 Youth. The Showcase will feature performances as well as an in depth look at the programs and learning opportunities that exist at AS220 Youth.  Over the past 3 months, young people have been working on “Futureworlds: Revolution ”: AS220 Youth’s FIRST EVER Hip Hop Theater Fashion Show which will be premiering on September 9th and 10th at the Pell Chafee Center in Providence, Rhode Island.

An In-depth look at Guest Artist Vershawn Ward:


Vershawn Ward, choreographer, performer, and dance scholar, is the Founder and Executive Artistic Director of Red Clay Dance Company based in Chicago, IL. Ward holds a MFA in Dance from New York University and the first recipient of a BFA in Dance from Columbia College Chicago. Her work has been presented at festivals around the world. She is a 2013 3Arts awardee and in 2016 she was selected by NewCity Magazine as one of the “Fifty People Who Really Perform for Chicago”. Her Afro-contemporary dance company performs and teaches on Chicago’ South Side, with the intention of bringing socially conscious performances and dance education to underserved communities. Vershawn has served as an adjunct faculty member and facilitated residencies both nationally and internationally. She curates La Femme: a bi-annual, four-day festival presented in March in celebration of Women’s History Month and also directs the annual Dance4Peace Youth Concert & Community Hug Awards, one of the few non-competitive teen dance festivals in the Chicago.

AS220’s Artist in Residency Program houses an artist for either 2 weeks or a month who comes in to create their work at AS220. The artists make use of AS220’s facilities and share their work with the community, inspiring conversation and innovation throughout the city.

Open Level Modern Dance @ AS220 Live Arts Dance Studio
Jun 22 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Open Level Modern Dance with Katie McNamara & Olase Freeman// Wednesdays @ 6:30-8pm // $13 per class; $60 for 6 classes 

This open level class welcomes a wide spectrum of movers who want to explore fundamental physical connections and integrate those within expressive movement. The class begins on the floor in explorations of weight, momentum and range of motion in joints. Moving to a mid-level we will take time to condition the muscles within efficient patterns. In standing we investigate the dynamics of opposition in balance, gesture and weight shift to traverse the space across,  under and around.   All are welcome! 

04_FleetingThoughts_4OlaseJessicaOlase Freeman (BA Wesleyan University 1994, MFA UWM 2011) presently involved in an extended residency called “fatherhood”, lives in Rhode Island with his partner Kathryn McNamara.  A partial list of the companies he has worked with include the Richard Bull Dance Theater, Jane Comfort & Co., Creach/Dance, Marlies Yearby’s Movin’ Spirits Theater, Headlong Dance Theater, and Leah Stein Dance Company.  Olase’s choreographic work has been performed in such diverse venues as The Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX), Movement Research at Judson Church, Link’s Hall (Chicago), the Cunningham Studio, Joyce/Soho, Dixon Place, Thelma Hill (Long Island University), the Philadelphia Fringe Festival (2002), as well as RIIPN/Cheek-to-Cheek and American Dance Legacy Institute (Brown University).  As a teacher, in addition to being on faculty of Rhode Island College from 2008-2010, as well as Muhlenberg College in 2011-2012, Olase has conducted residencies and taught classes at the Firkin Crane (Cork City, Ireland), Curitiba and Londrina (Brazil), Congresso Internacional de Danza a nivel Baja California, Mexico, Western Wyoming Community College, the DanceCenter at Columbia College (Chicago), SUNY Brockport, Hobart/William Smith College, Link’s Hall (Chicago), CalState San Marcos, Sushi Performance Inc. (San Diego), Mountlake Terrace Recreation Pavilion, (Seattle, WA), and University of Montana, Missoula.

KatieMcNamara2Katie McNamara is a dance artist, a cook, a mother and a teacher. Along with her husband Olase Freeman, she co-directs their company, BaldSoul, within which they strive to find the locus where art and life coexist.  Their most recent work is parenting a beautiful boy, Kayin Effie. Katie spent her preliminary professional years in Philadelphia where she danced with Group Motion, Scrap Performance Group and Leah Stein Dance Company. She was deeply influenced by the city’s diverse artistic community and the raw spontaneity of it‘s stage.  During this time she also co-founded and directed the Bald Mermaids, named “best new modern dance company” by Philadelphia’s City Paper.  Her work has been shown at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, Philadelphia’s Painted Bride Art Center, the Carriage House, Galapagos Art Space, the Projekt Theatre (Dresden, Germany) as well as during the Silesian Dance Festival (Bytom, Poland).  Her recent choreographic residencies include Rhode Island College Dance Company, Providence College Dance Company, Roger Williams University and Salve Regina University.  Katie currently teaches Dance Composition at Dean College and has had a fourteen year career as a Pilates teacher-certified through Pilates Method Alliance. She is pursuing a MFA in dance at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Bobby Meader Music (NV), The Great Western States, Public Policy, Mikey Belcastro @ Psychic Readings
Jun 22 @ 8:30 pm – Jun 23 @ 12:30 am
What Cheer? Brigade, Malportado Kids, and Mal Devisa @ AS220 Main Stage
Jun 22 @ 9:00 pm – Jun 23 @ 1:00 am


Mal Devisa (NorthHampton, MA)
With driving bass melodies, hypnotizing harmonies and a variety of genres, Carr conjures up a live show one would have to see in order to truly hear.

Malportado Kids (PVD)
Tropical dance punks here to help you set the empire on fire.

What Cheer? Brigade (PVD)
Providence’s very own brass band kicking off their summer tour! 90% brass 10% booty sweat ;)



Armageddon Shop Presents: WINDHAND, PILGRIM, and FACES OF BAYON @ AS220 Main Stage
Jun 23 @ 9:00 pm – Jun 24 @ 1:00 am