The New Social Environment#668


Featuring Jade Manns, Owen Prum, Sharleen Chidiac, Alexa West, and Gillian Jakab


1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific

PAGEANT founders Jade Manns, Owen Prum, Sharleen Chidiac, and Alexa West join Rail Dance Editor Gillian Jakab for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading by Kyle Carrero Lopez.

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Jade Manns

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Canadian Dance Artist Jade Manns is based in New York. Her work has been shown at Abrons Art Center (NYC) as part of the New Dance Alliance Performance Mix Festival, Truro Center for the Arts at Castle Hill (MA) as Part of the Provincetown Dance Festival, PAGEANT (NYC), ing.464 (NYC) and Greenspace (NYC). Jade has been a two time recipient of the Individual Project Grant from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts. In April 2022 Jade co-founded PAGEANT, an independent dance and performance space collaboratively run by a group of artists in Brooklyn. Jade is an alumna of the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance and holds a BFA in dance and minor in performance studies from NYU Tisch.

Owen Prum

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Dancer and choreographer Owen Prum is co-founder of the artist-run performance space PAGEANT in New York. He has danced for Neil Greenberg, Burr Johnson and Jordan Lloyd, among others; and has shown his own work at Triskelion Arts and Eden’s Expressway. He holds a Dance BFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts.

Sharleen Chidiac

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Choreographer Sharleen Chidiac is based in New York City. Her work has been shown at BAM Fisher, Judson Church, Otion Front Studio, amongst other venues. Sharleen has also worked as a movement director for countless music videos and fashion shows. In April 2022, Sharleen co-founded PAGEANT, a new artist-run space in Brooklyn focused on creating performance opportunities for emerging artists.

Alexa West

New York City-based dance artist Alexa West studied in the professional training program at the Martha Graham School before receiving her BFA from the Cooper Union. Her work has been presented in spaces around New York, New York and Houston, Texas and she has been an artist in residence with Chez Bushwick and New Dance Alliance. West is currently a MFA candidate at Bard College, Milton Avery School of the Arts.

Gillian Jakab

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Dance editor of the Brooklyn Rail Gillian Jakab is also associate editor of Gagosian Quarterly. Her writing on dance and other topics has appeared in these publications, among others. She holds a BA from the University of Michigan and a MA from Columbia University. She was raised and lives in Brooklyn.

The Rail has a tradition of ending our conversations with a poetry reading, and we’re fortunate to have Kyle Carrero Lopez reading.

Kyle Carrero Lopez

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Poet and author of the upcoming chapbook MUSCLE MEMORY (winner of the 2020 [PANK] Books Contest), Kyle Carrero Lopez was born to Cuban parents in northern New Jersey. He co-founded LEGACY, a Brooklyn-based production collective by and for Black queer artists. Kyle’s recent poems are published in TriQuarterly, The Atlantic, Poetry, The Nation, and elsewhere.

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