And Now, or Hold Me is an evening length duet investigating how the spaces we move through inform our performance of our identities. In process since January 2019, this unflinchingly tender and unyielding powerful work teases apart the relationship between self and space, then weaves together the living in, and holding of fleshy bodies and social spheres.

And Now, or Hold Me is the final project in bjp’s relational duet trilogy, including Vinegar Spirit (2018) and Tired hearts kick darkness and bleed light. (2016). “Tired hearts…” grapples with the relationship with other – specifically through the lens of durational relationships (siblings, romantic partners, etc.) where Vinegar Spirit spirals through the relationship with self through the lens of gendered comportment. As the final duet, And Now, or Hold Me focuses space, mechanizing space to point towards our relationship with self and other, encapsulating four years of research through a boundary-pushing and boundary-breaking process of holding space.

Run time: 60 minutes

Direction and Choreography by BJP
Performance and Movement Collaboration by Sergio Guerra Abril and Dylan Lambert
Lighting by Evan Anderson
Scenery by Elsa GibsonBraden
Sound by Gavin Price
Original Composition by Evan Anderson and Gavin Price
Text generated by the artists, with excerpts used with permission from the writings of Becky Dyer.
Music: “Big Rock” by Evan Anderson, “Little Rock” by Evan Anderson and Gavin Price, “Violin Sonata No. 1 in G Minor, BWV 1001-II. Fugue” by Johanne Sebastian Bach arranged for banjo, performed by John Bullard, “Flatiron” by Suzanne Kraft, “The Power of Love” by Huey Lewis & The News, “Liebstraum No. 3” by Franz Lizt performed by Evgeny Kissin, “Desátame” by Mónica Naranjo, “Happy Days are Here Again” by Jack Yellen and Milton Ager
Made possible with support from the Mellon Fund through American University. 

PAST

CT
Technical Residency
Invited Showing January 10
Email olivia@brittajoypeterson.com to RSVP
Yale School of Drama

DC
Excerpt – “Dylan”
SAT September 14, 9PM
Art All Night
American University Museum at Katzen Arts Center

SIBU, MALAYSIA
Excerpt – “Hold Me”
August 12-16
Sibu International Dance Festival

DC
Excerpt – “Dylan”
SAT July 21 at 6PM
LDST:  PopUp Works
VisArts Rooftop

NJ
Excerpt – “Dylan”
SAT June 8 at 8PM
SMUSH Moves Vol 7
SMUSH Gallery

NYC
Work In Process Showing of Full Piece
Wed May 8 at 8PM
Baryshnikov Arts Center – Rudolf Nureyev Stdio (4A)

DC
Work In Process Showing of Full Piece
FRI May 3 at 8PM
Dance Exchange

 

Photos by Lauren Jessica Brown