Kayla Farrish/Decent Structures Arts: The New Frontier (my dear America) Pt. 1 – Danspace Project
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Kayla Farrish/Decent Structures Arts: The New Frontier (my dear America) Pt. 1

Dominica Greene and Kayla Farrish. Screenshots of video by: Alexander Diaz​.​

Thursday, October 17 at 8pm
Friday, October 18 at 8pm
Saturday, October 19 at 8pm

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Kayla Farrish/Decent Structures Arts is an emerging company combining filmmaking, photography, and dance. Farrish is a NY based dancer and director with a vision for intimate storytelling. A composite of three works of live performance and film including “With grit From, Grace,” “Black Bodies Sonata,” and “The New Frontier,” Farrish’s new work, The New Frontier (my dear America) Pt. 1, brings visibility and honesty to how American history, societal constructs, and views impact our current identity, experience, and ability for change.

Live Work features: Alex Claire, Kayla Farrish, Dorchel Haqq, Emilee Harney, Kar’mel Small, and Mikaila Ware.
Film features: Alexander Diaz, Kayla Farrish, Dominica Greene, Kerime Konur, and Rebecca Margolick.


Accessibility Danspace Project’s main entrance is fully wheelchair accessible via ramp. A same-level restroom is available near Danspace Project’s main performance space in the church sanctuary.

Kayla Farrish/Decent Structure Arts is an emerging company combining filmmaking, photography, and dance. Farrish is a NY based director with a vision for intimate storytelling.  A North Carolina native, born into a dance-loving family. In 2013, she graduated from the University of Arizona  summa cum laude, and was awarded the Gertrude Shurr Award for excellence in modern dance and passionate dancing. Since moving to New York, she has freelanced with various artists and companies including Punchdrunk Sleep No More NYC, Kyle Abraham/Abraham. In. Motion, Kate Weare Company, Helen Simoneau Danse, Rashaun Mitchell/Silas Reiner, Nicole Von Arx, Danielle Russo Performance Project, and others. She’s received three choreographic commissions: Of Bones Dance (2014) and Houses on the Moon Theater Company (2016), and Danspace (2019).  She co-choreographed Gods and Accepting Darkness with Nik Owens for Spark Dance Forum (2015). Studying photography and film with Yara Travesio, Benjamin Heller, and Brooklyn Central, she formed portraiture, writing, and improvisation studies Beloved Loveless, and  premiered With Delicacy and Permanence live solo and film in May 2017 at B.A.A.D! In Summer 2017, she was granted a residency with Chez Bushwick, creating 5 short dance/music video films including Black Bodies Sonata, Anchors of Iridescence Part I & II, and You Were In My Dreams Last Night along with a film inspired photograph gallery. These films were presented at Chez Bushwick A.I.R. performance, Bushwick Open Studios, Triskelion Film Festival, Deconstructed:Dance Films Festival, Mouthfull Presents/ Of Bones Dance, and Detroit Women in Film Festival. In 2018, she developed live works: Wager/With grit From, Grace, live duet version Black Bodies Sonata, and Why I Can’t Hold Strangers performing at Stuffed: Dinner and Dance program at Judson Church, Pepatian APAP showcase, Arts On Site Performance Party,  Danspace curated Food For Thought, BAAD!, and other spaces. She produced and created “Spectacle” Film and Live Performance evening length piece apart of the Pepatian Dance Your Future Residency in 2018. In 2019, she will take part of the Keshet Makers Space Experience Residency, Petronio Residency Center, and also premiere new and developing works in her Danspace Fall 2019 Commision.

This project is made possible with funds from the NYS DanceForce, a partnership program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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