OZ Inaugural Brave New Works Lab May 19 – 21

Jennifer Whitcomb-Oliva performs at OZ Arts Brave New Works Lab.

Contemporary arts center OZ Arts Nashville has announced the innovative local artists who will be featured in the inaugural Brave New Works Lab this May. The laboratory for creative exploration features the premiere of four new works by daring Nashville artists working in dance, theater, performance art, music, and multimedia. Performances are nightly Thursday, May 19 through Saturday, May 21 at 8:00 p.m. each evening. OZ Arts will also host a cutting-edge visual art exhibit and poetic film screenings presented with local partner organizations in conjunction with the Brave New Works Lab.

Encouraging multimedia experimentation and collaboration, OZ’s Brave New Works Lab creates a safe space for high-risk artistic adventures and celebrates local innovation and creativity by premiering new works and works-in-progress. The Lab aligns directly with OZ’s focus on producing and presenting the work of local artists who reflect the city’s diverse society, utilize new artistic forms and technology in creative ways, and provide opportunities for meaningful engagement with audiences.

The full program includes an original theatrical performance art creation by genre-bending writer and performer Jennifer Whitcomb-Oliva, blending elements of Afro-futurism and African folklore; a new dance work from choreographer Lenin Fernandez, featuring praised local dancers Kristen Cararra, Becca Hoback, Emma Morrison, and Joi Ware; a self-choreographed solo dance work by local dancer and choreographer Alexandra Winer; and a multimedia-music hybrid performance investigating the many facets of personal identity from electronic music artist Gardening, Not Architecture integrating original films by Dycee Wildman and choreography by Joi Ware.

“As part of our mission to support the creation and presentation of innovative performing and visual artworks, this laboratory encourages gifted emerging artists to take creative risks and explore the intersections between different artistic forms and disciplines,” said Mark Murphy, OZ Arts Executive & Artistic Director. “These original performance creations from four of Nashville’s most adventurous contemporary artists will be presented alongside additional exhibits with community partners working in visual, literary, and media arts, continuing to position OZ as a home for contemporary artists of all disciplines.”

In conjunction with the Brave New Works Lab, OZ Arts will also host the fourth volume of the popular Adult Contemporary visual art exhibit series. In this new installment, DRAWERS: Provocative Drawings, curator Laura Hutson Hunter brings together a mix of national and local artists, showcasing their sensual and erotic drawings. Works from nationally recognized artists like the legendary Betty Tompkins and the acclaimed Thornton Dial will be included alongside local favorites Marlos E’van, Julia Martin, and more. DRAWERS will have an opening reception on Thursday, May 12 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Gallery hours will be open from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m., Thursday – Saturday from May 13 – 21, 2022.

Tickets for Brave New Works Lab are $15 and $20, seating is general admission, and are on sale now at: www.ozartsnashville.org. OZ will present partner screenings with Kindling Arts and Defy Film Festival of their Heroic Couplets initiative, pairing local poets and filmmakers to create cinematic adaptations of written works Ticket buyers can purchase a combo ticket to the Brave New Works Lab performances and the Heroic Couplets screenings for $22 via the OZ Arts website as well.; or $10 for individual tickets.

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