BRIC is the borough's leading presenter of free cultural programming, showcasing and incubating work by a diverse range of artists, musicians and media-makers. Reaching hundreds of thousands of people every year with cultural programming that includes classes, gallery shows, film screenings and concerts, BRIC reflects the innate cultural richness and diversity of New York City. In its upcoming spring season, BRIC presents a series of theater and concerts featuring artists from as far away as Haiti and as close to home as Manhattan, including avant-pop band My Brightest Diamond, electronic trailblazer Deru and the world premiere of Nia Witherspoon's play The Messiah Complex. Please see the full event description for details on individual performances and events.
May 19-20, 2016: Touretteshero: Backstage In Biscuit Land
Jess Thom has Tourettes, a condition that makes her say biscuit 16,000 times a day. Her unusual neurology gives her a unique perspective on life; one she’s about to unleash on the world. Accompanied by her assistant Chopin, Jess intertwines comedy, puppetry, singing and incredible tics to explore spontaneity, creativity, disability, and things you never knew could make you laugh. Jess is neurologically incapable of staying on script, and that’s when the anarchic fun begins. Devised and performed by Jess Thom and Jess Mabel Jones (aka Chopin).
May 20-26, 2016: Nia Witherspoon The Messiah Complex
The Messiah Complex is a play about the legacy of the Panthers in the age of crack, where a scratch at a DJ booth incites a replay of the past that heals generations of violence on black queer bodies. The Messiah Complex brings ritual into theater, shifting from the secular to the sacred through the rites already present in black life—the frenzy of a nightclub, the libations poured on street corners, and the sonic landscapes of hip hop—and ultimately tells a story of recognition, revolution and forgiveness.
Please check the BRIC calendar for more information.