From April 14-16, the Gibney Center will present the world premiere of You have to look through this to see me, a new work by MICHIYAYA Dance.
Created by artistic directors Anya & Mitsuko Clarke-Verdery in collaboration with and featuring six dance artists – Alex Bittner, Bree Breeden, Joy Carlos, Alex Schmidt, Gabriella Sibeko and Alexandra Wood – you have to look through this to see me is a re-imagining of intimacy and reappropriation of feminine and non-binary sensuality. The artwork features an original score created by Grammy-nominated hip-hop artist and songwriter Billy Dean Thomas, and costume design by Bones, new artist to the hit series Project Runway.
A gay-led dance company that pushes boundaries and centers the divine feminine by creating space for multi-disciplinary performance and programming, MICHIYAYA Dance’s new work addresses the complexities of how we aspire, support and heal as than sensual beings. Without the stigma of heteronormative sources, MICHIYAYA takes control of their dialogues in a raw yet whimsical way.
The 60-minute work features illustrative contemporary choreography by Anya Clarke-Verdery and vibrant visual/contextual design by Mitsuko Clarke-Verdery. Through malleable costumes and an interactive set, MICHIYAYA rewrites our belonging. you have to look through this to see me is part of the Gibney Center’s ongoing Spotlight series, which highlights the work of early-career artists with the generous support of the Jerome Foundation and offers a rich mix of dance and of performance in a fully produced evening. fees.
you have to look through this to see me is made possible in part by public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Former Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by the LMCC.
you have to look through this to see me
April 14-16, 8:00 p.m.
Gibney: Agnes Varis Center for the Performing Arts
New York, NY 10007
Ticket prices: $15 – $20
Tickets available for purchase on Gibney’s website.
Upon arriving at the Gibney Center for a performance, audience members will be required to present proof of full vaccinations (including a booster dose, if eligible), photo identification and their tickets. Children under 17 will not need photo ID, as long as they are accompanied by an adult. Children under five will not be admitted.
Face masks are mandatory.
Co-founded in 2015 by Anya & Mitsuko Clarke-Verdery, MICHIYAYA Dance is a gay-led dance company that pushes boundaries and centers the divine feminine by creating space for multidisciplinary performance and programming. Artistic directors Anya and Mitsuko created MICHIYAYA as a way to combine their voices as artists – Anya, a black queer dance choreographer/artist from Brooklyn, and Mitsuko, a white and Japanese queer visual/performance artist from Manhattan . Now in its fifth year, MICHIYAYA is an evolving company comprised of five core dance artists.
Their performance work has spread nationally to venues and institutions such as Yale University, Brooklyn Museum, Andy Warhol Museum, Gelsey Kirkland Theatre, La MaMa Galleria, Dixon Place, among others. . Described as “groundbreaking and physically virtuosic”, the powerful female vocal group has been featured in Art Forum, Thinx, Vice iD, Medium and more. MICHIYAYA’s educational and community initiatives have reached the American College Dance Association, Santa Barbara University, Alonzo King LINES Ballet Training Program, Purchase College Conservatory of Dance, and more. Anya & Mitsuko’s vision has been supported by Microsoft, CVS Health, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Opportunity Fund and Dance/NYC.