Open Call: Ana María Agüero Jahannes
About this commission
Hailin and Hollin, Kadiedre (Kadie Henderson) is a Black, lesbian, and queer Houston native. She is most precious about the care she brings to herself and others. Through deep listening to the world and stars, Henderson extends care through her performance and facilitation skills. She aids in and advocates for folks getting what they need. Henderson has worked with many New York-based artists including Jasmine Hearn, Wi-Moto Nyoka, and Nia Witherspoon as a vocal improviser, dancer, and creative collaborator. She worked extensively in the nonprofit sector, fostering community through event planning and facilitation, leading workshops to build intern comradery and facilitating conversations with students to end intimate partner violence. She has also taught students and senior citizens at schools in all five boroughs of New York City working as a community actionist and teaching artist.
In 2019, she created We Makin It, a podcast where she spoke to New York-based artists about the work they made, how they made it, and maintained adequate water levels in the process. Through these conversations she explored larger conversations like partnership, queer identity, and financial stability. Through all of these jobs, triumphs, and tragedies, Henderson is reminded of Jamie Foxx in the hit TV sitcom The Jamie Foxx Show. She too, like Jamie, moved to New York to “Blow Up!” And she has. And she hasn’t. She’s slowly learning the value of self-care and self-healing and how they both aid her in producing art and conversation that is honest and transformative.
Performance and Production Credits
Fredlyne Pierre Paul
Amina Iro, Production and Marketing Coordinator
Bea Sullivan, Production Coordinator
Raquel Thompson, Thought Partner and Spouse
DJ Potts, Audio Design Coordinator
Erica Schnitzer, Stage Coordinator
Stefan Carrillo, Head Carpenter – McCourt
Stuart Burgess, Head Electrician – McCourt
Jim Van Bergen, Head Audio – McCourt
Adam Farquharson, Production Video
over 2 years ago
The Shed’s spaces are all wheelchair accessible. This event takes place in The McCourt.
Assistive listening is available on your smartphone over The Shed’s free Wi-Fi network via the free Listen Everywhere app. Devices will be available for you to borrow at the ticketing desk if you do not want to use your own smartphone.
Download the Listen Everywhere app before you arrive.
This performance will include ASL interpretation with Deaf interpreters coordinated and supported by a hearing interpreter (provided by Leela Chaitoo and Brandon Kazen-Madox). To request live audio description for either date, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (646) 455-3494 at least 10 days in advance of the performance.
To learn more about what to expect during your visit and the performance, please read these descriptions.
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What to Expect
Thank you for planning a visit to The Shed. We’re looking forward to welcoming you for Open Call. Currently, the entrance to our building is through The McCourt door on the east side of our building adjacent to the Hudson Yards Public Square. The McCourt is a large performance space created when The Shed’s shell, or movable roof, rolls out to cover the plaza on the east side of the building. You can access this entrance from 11th Avenue and Hudson Boulevard, just one block north of 30th Street, or from the 34 St–Hudson Yards subway station between 10th and 11th Avenues.
As you arrive at The Shed, you will enter The McCourt through a set of doors at the southeast corner of the building. It is close to the area where the High Line meets Hudson Yards at 30th Street. Most performances will take place in The McCourt. You will pass through this space to enter the rest of the building and access the Level 2 Gallery and The Tisch Skylights for the exhibition and other performances.
The shell of The McCourt is covered in a shiny, pillowy material, and its floor is level with the ground of the plaza. The Shed’s building, including The McCourt, is wheelchair accessible. You will scan your own ticket on your smartphone, with help if needed from a friendly visitor experience staff member standing nearby wearing a black t-shirt and ID badge on a purple lanyard.
Once you’re inside The McCourt, the space feels airy with 110-foot-high ceilings. Most of the walls are glass and let sunlight into the space. Light from the plaza and the Shops at Hudson Yards filters into the space after sunset.
The flooring in The McCourt is made of hard paving stones. They are in two shades of gray, and the lighter stones stretch across the east and west sides of The McCourt to form a large artwork by Lawrence Weiner that reads “In front of itself” in large letters. (This phrase is also the title of the work.) The letters on the east side of the space are partly covered by the Open Call stage so you can only partially read the phrase.
Seating in The McCourt is general admission, so you can choose from any available spot. The seats have armrests and thick cushions, and some are folding chairs that flip up as you stand up from them. If you would like help in finding a seat, a staff member at the entrance can guide you.
For any additional access needs or requests, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (646) 455-3494.
Thank you to our partners
Additional support for Open Call is provided by Jody and John Arnhold | Arnhold Foundation.
The creation of new work at The Shed is generously supported by the Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch Commissioning Fund and the Shed Commissioners. Major support for live productions at The Shed is provided by the Charina Endowment Fund.