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BE / WITH is a performance series that invites artists with a practice of improvisation to come together for an impromptu dialogue.  The audience will choose pairings of musicians with dancers and something will unfold, just once, never again to be experienced. BE / WITH is a response, a small gesture, an act of opening up instead of closing off in uncertain times, to the pressure to exist in isolation, and to experience art without the intimacy of sharing space, community, and collaboration across disciplines and backgrounds. 

BE / WITH has included over 100 New Orleans artists and guests, occurred in several neighborhoods, and is a model anyone should feel free to use in their own community. BE / WITH rejects the camera lens, screen, or evidence other than whatever is recalled by who is in the room. One time I invited a very trusted photographer Julie Verlinden, to document the performance just to prove it was actually a thing. That is where the photo gallery photos came from.


BE / WITH is intentionally documentation free--one space dedicated to the practice of being present. Here are the names of people who have participated in the previous performances. 



BE / WITH #1 - Marigny Opera House  - November 11


Calvin James Rowe + Matthew Varvil

Marizta Mercado Narcisse + Laura Stein

Anton Ovchinnikov + Daiquiri René Jones

Ellery Burton + Helen Gillet

Rhia Jade + LadyBabyMiss

Barbara Hayley + Marcello Benetti

Jarrell Hamilton + Willis Ross

Jeremy Guyton + Spirit McIntrye


BE / WITH # 2 - Contemporary Art Center - January 4


Kimmie Allen + Will Thompson
Chanice Holmes + Sabine McCalla

Rebecca Allen + Patrick Hinegan

Catherine Caldwell + Tiff Teddy Lamson

Milli Brown + Aurora Nealand

Scotty Heron + Matt Webb

Brieze Levy + Rick Snow

Ben Schenk + Ann Glaviano


BE / WITH #3 - Art Klub - March 11


















BE / WITH #4 - Marigny Opera House - April 22






















BE / WITH #5 - Art Klub  - May 27


Gretchen Erickson

Edward Spots

Courtney Lewis

Megan Wolfkill

Gregory Dorado

Tahni Holt

Darci Fulcher

Kendra Unique



Jennie Lavine

Josef Butts

Luke Wyland

Padi Fuster

Byron Asher

Evan Spigelman

Steven Pilcher

Nico Bell


be / with # 6: Hotel Peter & Paul - December 30

Kelly Bond + Martin Masakowski

Terreze Williams + Willis Ross

Elle C Jones + Meryl Zimmerman

Jenny Sargent + Jennie Lavine

Paris Williams + Bryan McNamara

Jarrell Hamilton + Aurora Nealand

Cypress Atlas + Boyana Trayanova

Stacy Barrios + ensemble

BE / WITH # 7: In partnership with the Instigation Festival - Feb 14

BE / WITH #8: Part of Future Oceans Queer and Somatic Dance Exchange - Aug 27

Performances by: Sierrah Dietz, Gregory Dorado, Cameron Mitchell - Ware, Olivia Saba Rush, Dorothy Nunez, Blake Beckham (visiting artist from ATL), Hez Stalcup (visiting artist from ATL), Peter J Bowling, BRIDE, Cypress Atlas, Zoe Boekbinder, Sophie and more.


BE / WITH draws inspiration from lineages of improvisational performance that I have been lucky to participate in. It specifically reincarnates a series in Seattle called Here Now that was curated by Paige Barnes and Christopher Hydinger in which a musician and dancer were spontaneously paired up to perform a duet. I asked Paige if it was okay to do this in New Orleans, a place where the music and dance scene is so distinct from Seattle, and she encouraged me to go for it. It was modified in ways that made sense for New Orleans and prioritized the live experience. Here Now was documented meticulously (which was a real privilege at the time) but now that we are overwhelmed with the value of everything being dependent on its post-ability, we boycott documentation. Other influences include my time in COMPOSTQ with Kirstie Simson (Urbana, IL), and the Dancer/Musician Improvisation Series (San Francisco) organized by Kara Davis.  

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