2024 EstroGenius Festival: Dance Events

FRIGID New York and Manhattan Theatre Source are thrilled to announce the return of the 2024 EstroGenius Festival: EXPAND, a vibrant celebration of womxn, trans, and gender non-conforming artists, running from March 14 to March 30. Audiences can expect an array of performances at various venues across New York City, including UNDER St. Marks, La MaMa, The Cell Theatre, and Brooklyn Art Haus. Tickets ranging from $15 to $30 are now available for purchase in advance at www.estrogenius.nyc and www.frigid.nyc.

EstroGenius 2024: EXPAND promises 16 days filled with experimental theater, dance, music, and poetry, showcasing emerging talents alongside Bessie Award-winning dance artists. This year’s festival offers an eclectic mix of performances, inviting audiences to explore dance in unconventional spaces such as theaters, stairwells, and lobbies. From intimate theater experiences featuring captivating short plays to immersive, multi-sensory dance performances, the festival promises something for everyone.

The festival kicks off on Monday, March 18, with an evening dedicated to dance featuring new and thought-provoking works by RACHEL: Dancers, Enya Kalia Creative, and Mar Talavera-Tejeda at La Mama Shares. Subsequent weeks will feature site-specific performances across La Mama’s venues, culminating in a weekend showcase at The Cell Theatre featuring boundary-breaking dance artists that are not to be missed. Featured choreographers include Kayla Farrish, Jasmine Hearn, Portia Wells, Duel Rivet, and the tidbit collective, alongside Vanessa Goodman from Vancouver, BC, and Maia Melene D’urfé and Carolina Marin from Seattle.

Choreographer and Assistant Producer Portia Wells expressed excitement about presenting a new work, “if you really must know, there’s more to it than that!!”, created in collaboration with MJ Markovitz, Gabby Gubitosi, and Em Papineau. “Each spring, EstroGenius serves as a milestone for my ongoing trans performance project. We proudly represent gender-expansive performers and dance makers in the festival and eagerly anticipate the inclusion of more trans, non-binary, and gender nonconforming artists in the years to come.”

EstroGenius is honored to present Portia’s inaugural evening-length work, which explores themes of queer kinship, nightlife, and celebration of trans-boyhood at The Cell Theatre.

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