19 Acts of COVID-19 Bravery

19 Acts of COVID-19 Bravery is an online exhibition is a collection of works created in isolation, responding to the coronavirus pandemic. Each work is inspired by an act of bravery: something that is routine under normal circumstances, but during the pandemic becomes risky, bold, charged.

Some of these works are live and scheduled, and those are underlined in pink.

Some are available to watch as long as the installation is running, and they are underlined in gray.

Some works are only available temporarily, and are underlined in blue.

Some of the works are episodic or ongoing, and these are underlined in yellow.

Each work is $5 to view, or you can buy them all and save ~25%. You have access to purchased works as long as the installation is running — unless, of course, it’s a live event.

Kayla Hamilton

In The Now

In the Now is a glimpse of Kayla’s practice of continuing to play inside/with movement explorations while simultaneously resisting the request to perform online or “make your work digital.” Kayla’s daily life as a middle school educator has also shifted remotely. How does one continue “professional” relationships while keeping folks out of your house?

Brendan Drake & Matthew Ricketts

Spare Room

This is an episodic performance installation…
This is a practical list of tasks meant to keep some semblance of routine…
This is an ongoing product made by me and Matthew….
We’re not sure what it is yet, but we’re hoping it will be the kind of thing twitter gays will nod their heads at enthusiastically, point to their computer screen and say “THAT SLAPS…”
This is two friends and neighbors making a thing together because we can’t be in a room together…

Laurel Snyder

I’ve Never Done This Before

I’ve never done this before is an exercise in creative resilience. It is a collage of movement, text, images and songs loosely inspired by the “don’t touch your face” restriction, but it is also my first stab at translating live interdisciplinary performance into a digital format.

LIVESTREAM PERFORMANCE:

June 13, 2020
6:00 PM BST // 1:00 PM EST // 10:00 AM PST

Clemence Debaig

Strings

STRINGS is a live, interactive performance. The dancer is wearing electronic devices that react to the actions of the audience through a web interface. Using this system, the audience will be able to watch the performance in live-stream while collectively deciding how the dancer should move. Each instruction acts as invisible strings to (re)animate a living and dancing body.

Bridgman|Packer Dance

Embrace in the Time of COVID-19

We live together in the Hudson Valley, about 20 miles north of NYC, where we rehearse and create in a barn studio. For those who live alone, touch and embrace is, for now, absent. In light of this, we are exploring the concept of virtual embrace and its relationship with the physical. “Embracing”, moving, and merging with each other’s video images, we delve into the relationship of intimacy and distance while exploring the ephemeral, impermanent nature of existence.

Bridgman and Packer will donate their share of the proceeds of this online performance series to NYC Health & Hospitals Covid-19 Relief Fund.

Same As Sister

VIR{US}

A series of 5 digital site-specific pieces that explore how information is disseminated and absorbed via social media as a metaphor for the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Created in collaboration with performers, Leigh Atwell, Kristina Hay, Jamie Robinson and Annie Wang, and dramaturge, Susan Mar Landau, each piece will be designed for release on a specific platform, including YouTube, Instagram, and TikTok.

Mei Yamanaka

as sure as sure can be

I’m quarantined at rental apartment in Chiba, Japan after I came back from New York. I have to be clean and be sure that I don’t have virus, before I could see, touch and be close to my family… and want to dance with them.

Kate Ladenheim

This Crisis Looks Good on you

This work is a synthesis of the digital information I’ve received throughout quarantine: through my body, through pithy, social media ready quotes, through sunny AR filters and through found and self-generated text. An evolving mood board, it addresses (roughly, and in highly unequal measure) ideas around superficiality, toxic positivity, the pressure to be both self-righteously productive and self-righteously unproductive, anxiety, and the digitization of self forced by this crisis.

André Zachery

Just Past and Beyond

Just Past and Beyond is a dance film responding to not being able to physically connect with our elders, who play a vital role in our communities as holders of knowledge and builders of legacy. This film also addresses the harsh truth and reality in the crisis of COVID19 – that Black communities are facing higher infections and death rates due to structural inequities.

Ali Goss & Liz Oakley

Is anybody out there?

Is anybody out there? is an evolving installation set on the artists’ fire escape facing the neighboring brownstones’ courtyards. Over time, the text and performing object installation will attempt to communicate with the households that we see daily from our window — but never talk to — with the eventual goal of collaborating on a live puppetry performance. Every few days, we will add increasingly direct statements and questions to our initial transmission: “Hello Neighbors, Happy Spring!”

Vincenzo Catarisano, the opera queen, with Matthew Ricketts

Serving the Public- A Dinner Theater Experience

The show must go on! Vincenzo and Matthew are bringing you dinner theater at home. Vincenzo serves three courses, each paired with a song, while Matthew joins as musical sous-chef on piano. Enjoy this little escape from reality into a beautiful world of Italian comfort food and soothing music.

Here’s T(w)o Collective

nothing to see here

This work explores the particular mundanity that we’ve found in certain crises, and works to both acknowledge and resist the capitalist productivity culture that constantly asks us to make, to perform, and to present work that demands to be seen.

Sahar Sajadieh

Becoming the Fourteenth Moon:

14 days – 14 poems

Artist’s Manifesto: I will write one poem every day for fourteen consecutive days, while sheltering in place at my apartment in Santa Barbara during the COVID-19 pandemic. I will read the poem and record myself every night in a different spot inside the landscape of my apartment. I will then release the video online at midnight. Fourteen days allude to the incubation period of this disease, as well as the mandatory quarantine time if exposed to the virus. I will not step out of my apartment in the 14 days duration of the performance. In Persian culture and poetry, the full moon is also referred to as “the Moon of the Fourteenth Night.” I will begin my durational performance on the night of the new moon, reaching with every poem towards the fourteen-night-moon.

Performances run nightly on Facebook and Instagram at midnight (pacific time) from April 24, 2020- May 7, 2020. For more information & access to the full archive, follow the link below:

Caroline Haydon

Caesura

Caesura is a Butoh-inspired screen dance centered around absences and voids: what’s missing—and subsequently what is found—within this negative space. Juxtaposing the sense of abandonment and fear that’s infiltrated our environment with the arrival of spring and revival of the natural world, Caesura explores our shifting role and presence within these cycles as we isolate, retreat, and shelter.

Holly Taylor & Reid Herreid

Just a Gesture

A mini-choreography that explores the mechanics of empathetic touch, how we interpret other peoples’ affection, how we embody and internalize care in a time of isolation.

Julia Orquera Bianco

Smile

In this work, the artist has her head completely covered in tulle, unable to see or breath normally. She proceeds – through a somewhat cumbersome process – to unveil a smile.

Allie Pinel

Catnastics

I am going to be teaching a full fitness class to my cats and offer it to people and their cats or pets remotely.

April 19, 2020

6:00 PM EST // 3:00 PM PST

Livestream ended – thank you to those who joined us!

Tara Sheena

How To Be in a Crisis (2020)

I started this writing a few weeks ago, when Tiger King was the number one distraction in town. When my pharmacist father called me from his Midwest home to let me know that someone had mistaken him for Dr. Anthony Fauci that day…

I started this writing as a way to get curious about my own interiority, as I was sure it was slowly rotting from too much scrolling and not enough vegetables…

I started this writing without knowing how- or if- it would ever end…

How To Be in a Crisis (2020) was available only until May 25, 2020. Thank you for witnessing. 

Purchase Acts

Purchase individual Acts for $5, or save 25% when you sign up to see all 19 Acts. We’ll email you access to works as soon as they become available.