DraftWork: mayfield brooks / Malcolm-x Betts
Curated by Ishmael Houston-Jones, the DraftWork series hosts informal Saturday afternoon performances that offer choreographers an opportunity to show their work in various stages of development.
Performances are followed by discussion and a reception with the artists.
mayfield brooks improvises while black and is based in brooklyn, new york. mayfield also works as an artist scholar, farmer & movement-based performance artist, is a 2017 artist in residence at Movement Research in New York City, participated in Gathering Place: Black Queer Land(ing) 2018 at Gibney, and was a 2018 Works on Water Artist in Residence at Governor’s Island.
Malcolm-x Betts is a Bronx based curator, visual, and dance artist who believes that art is a transformative vehicle that brings people and communities together. The frame of his artistic work is around using embodiment for finding liberation, Black imagination, and directly engaging with challenges placed on the physical body. Betts recently developed and presented excerpts of Black Bodies Gone Down: A Depiction of Black Masculinity at La MaMa Umbria International in Spoleto, Italy. La Mama NYC, Gibney Dance Center, Movement Research at Judson Church, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), The Bronx Museum and Dixon Place. Betts has a community engagement practice allowing artistic freedom and making art accessible to everyone. Betts is currently a 2018 Artist and Resident with Movement Research.Performed in works in collaboration with luciana achuga, Jonathan Gonzalez and Mersiha Mesihovic.