Studio Visit

12–1:30am / Oct 6 / Elebash Recital Hall

Fire on the Mountain

Renegade Performance Group/André M. Zachery

Photo courtesy of the artists
Studio Visits are evening-length hybrid performance events, offering audiences a multi-angled view of the featured artist and their craft. Each Studio Visit includes an introduction by the artist, a presentation of new work-in-process, a critical response essay by a guest artist, and a Q&A. The guest artist for this Studio Visit is Helga Davis.


Fire on the Mountain is a performative work conceived and created by Renegade Performance Group artistic director, André M. Zachery in collaboration with composer Charles Vincent Burwell and sound artists Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste and Jessie Nelson. Commissioned by Harlem Stage for the 90th Anniversary of James Baldwin, the work re-adapts selected Baldwin texts into punk songs – changing nothing, but adding everything. Premiered at E-Moves 2015 at Harlem Stage, the work was hailed by music/cultural icon STEW (Passing Strange – Tony Awards 2009) as being “kick-ass”, “…work that is so much itself that it just carves out its own space”, and “…the best rock show I’ve seen in ages and yet they aren’t really a band in the boring sense of the word.”

Renegade Performance Group/André M. Zachery
André M. Zachery is a Brooklyn, NY based interdisciplinary artist. He holds a BFA from the Ailey/Fordham University program and a MFA in Performance & Interactive Media Arts from Brooklyn College. His artistic practice is grounded in devising choreographic, performative, and multimedia projects exploring contemporary Black cultural aesthetics and practices. He is the artistic director of Renegade Performance Group and a founding member of the collective Wildcat! His works have received favorable reviews from many critics and publications including the New York Times and have been presented in several leading institutions in New York City. Zachery is a Jerome Foundation supported 2015-17 Movement Research A-I-R and is a recipient of the 2016 NYFA Fellowship (Gregory Millard Fellow) in Choreography. He also was a guest faculty artist-in-residence in Fall 2016 at the School of Dance at Florida State University. André has been a creative lead on collaborative teams ranging from music videos, theatre works, films, and operas. His media work and film work has been featured in collaborations with independent artists and as part of design teams from 3LD Art & Technology Center in New York. Zachery has presented research and been a panelist during conferences at Duke University, Brooklyn College and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has curated performance platforms and artists’ panels at Danspace Project and the CUNY Graduate Center in New York.

Collaborating Artists: Text – James Baldwin, Composer/Lead Guitar – Charles Vincent Burwell, Bass Guitar/Synth – Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste, Drums – Jessie Nelson

Helga Davis starred in the 25th anniversary remounting of Einstein on the Beach by Philip Glass and Robert Wilson. She has also starred in works by Hikton Als, Paola Prestini, Daniel Alexander Jones, Peter Greenaway, Missy Mazzoli and others. She is the recipient of the BRIC Media Arts Fireworks grant and completed her first evening-length theater piece, Cassandra. She hosts a podcast, HELGA, on Q2music

Renegade Performance Group will celebrate its 10th anniversary #decadeofrenegade by presenting a new project entitled Untamed Space – commissioned by Danspace Project to be performed at St. Mark’s Church in September 2017.

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