Open Call: NIC Kay

AUG 1 – 3
A performance duet of impulse and desire


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About this commission

In NIC Kay’s must have character, two performers—a mascot and a drag performer—engage in a duet, staggering through The Shed’s public spaces throughout the day. As they move, the duo engages in a nonverbal dialogue about motivation and desire. The performance is a snapshot of performers facing their anxieties around entertaining, and restless audiences eager to escape the world of the pandemic and other crises.

must have character includes performances on August 1 and 2 and a public program on August 3. Check back for more details.

Creative Team

NIC Kay, a gender non-conforming (GNC) individual of Black descent, is prominently featured in this image. Their shortly cropped natural hair frames their face elegantly. NIC Kay’s profile is visible as they face to the left, radiating a quiet strength. They wear an oversized blue shirt that drapes loosely over their frame, standing out against the cream background.
Photo: June Canedo de Souza.
NIC Kay is a performer, dancer, conceptual choreographer, and all-around artist who uses creative movement, performing arts history, and performance art theory to explore relationality and yearning. Their work has been presented nationally and internationally. They are currently an artist-in-residence at the Stone Quarry Art Hill Park in Cazenovia, New York.
Gabriele Christian
Gabriele Christian (they/them), a.k.a. Eartha Kunt, is a Harlem-raised, Oakland-based antidisciplinary conceptual artist and descendent of stolen folk. Their work has been commissioned transnationally and internationally. They are a founding member of Bay Area performance collectives and land projects: RUPTURE (NEFA Awardees 2023, Watermill Center Artists-in-Residence 2024), OYSTERKNIFE, and BlaQyard.
In The Works

Location and Dates

August 1 – 3

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Additional support for Open Call is provided by The Wescustogo Foundation and 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, with additional support from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

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