Friday | February 26 | 6:00pm (7:00pm EST)
Noche Ritual – Franklin Furnace (franklinfurnaceloft.org)
Nicolás with The Interior Beauty Salon holds space online at Franklin Furnace’s Loft for a group of creatives around the Earth to enact a series of vegan rituals. These micro-actions, carried on from homes from Rio de Janeiro to The Bronx, Puerto Rico and Minnesota, are intended to invoke healing —personal and collective—, serve as catalyst for inner and outer balance, and induce co-regulation as the night blossoms. The evening develops as a succession of under 2 minute gestures, some homeopathic while others more cathartic, are given birth one after the other.
Participants in order of appearance: Maggie Ens, Luke Dixon, Anna Recasens, Jean-Ulrick Désert, Frances Valesco, Linda Mary Montano, Lisette Morel, Jennifer Zackin and Adolfo Ibáñes Ayerve, Anna Costa e Silva, Quintín Rivera Toro, LuLu LoLo, Elia Alba, Jean Marie Casbarian, Ed Woodham, Melanie DewBerry, Charo Oquet, Erika DeVries, Limber Vilorio, Luis Lara Malvacías, Ana Paula Cordeiro, Rhina Valentin, Dulcina Abreu, Francheska Alcántara, Linda Sibio, and Billy X. Curmano ends the series.
Noche Ritual contemplates the possibility to perform art as refuge at a time of planetary sorrow and several concomitant pandemics brought forth by Covid-19: systemic racism, sexism, ageism, and the urgent ecological plight that we face as a species, among others. This event coincides with Nicolás’s 54th birthday. It also sends him off into the delicious unknown in the months and year(s) to come. Bring a blanket, a fruit and a knife to peel it. Blessings.
This work was made possible, in part, by the Franklin Furnace Fund supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the NYSCA Electronic Media/Film in Partnership with Wave Farm: Media Arts Assistance Fund, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Billy X Curmano is a member of the River Arts Alliance. To learn more about the benefits of membership, please visit: riverartsalliance.org/JOIN.