Theater of the Resist

MetLiveArts in collaboration with media and culture writer Kali Holloway presents an eight-week summer series of edgy, timely, and pointedly political performances and films on the Fifth Floor of The Met Breuer. Theater of the Resist takes its name from art making—a technique where the artist uses opposing material to "resist" the medium and thus generating negative space in which to create. This series is presented in conjunction with the exhibition The Body Politic: Video from The Met Collection, on view at The Met Breuer, June 20–September 3, 2017. It will highlight dance, spoken word, music and film from communities that are outside the hegemony. Hosts include: political journalist and musician Kali Holloway, WQXR host Terrance McKnight, and musician and NYPR host/podcaster Helga Davis.
All times: 6–8 pm at The Met Breuer, Floor 5
Performances are free with Museum admission
Advanced registration recommended
Friday, June 23
"The Joke is Mightier than the Sword"
Bassem Youssef
Political comedian, writer, producer, physician,
media critic, and television host


Saturday, June 24
Gerry Eastman
Composer, guitarist
Cullen+Them
Movement + Dialogue + Empathy + Activism

Friday, June 30
Emtithal Mahmoud
International spoken word artist
Shilpa Ray
Wailing, fire breathing Cyclops

Kim David Smith
Cabaret artist

Saturday, July 1
Mazz Swift, improvisational violinist, and musician Therese Workman
Mega Bog
Experimental melodic jazz-pop

Kyp Malone
Multi-instrumentalist and member of the band TV on the Radio

Friday, July 7
The Mighty Third Rail
Hip-Hop poetry trio
Davalois Fearon Dance
Dance company

Zebra Katz, aka Ojay Morgan

Saturday, July 8
Davalois Fearon Dance
Dance company
Tongues in Trees
Indie dream pop and Indian rhythms

Friday, July 14
Ieva Misevičiūtė
Artist and performer
Vinie Burrows
Actor/storyteller/activist

Saturday, July 15
Whose Streets? (2017)
Sabaah Folayan: writer/director, and producer
Film screening and Q&A

Friday, July 21
PUBLIQuartet with Helga Davis
String quartet
American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME)

Saturday, July 22
100 Days: A Lens on Resistance (2017)
Field of Vision shorts followed by Q&A moderated by Laura Poitras and Charlotte Cook

Friday, July 28
Davóne Tines, opera singer
Vocal explorations of truths. Prayer
Sidra Bell Dance New York
Prolific movement illustrators

Heems, rapper


Saturday, July 29
For Living Lovers with Brandon Ross, and Stomu Takeishi, musicians, and poet Sadiq Bey
Sidra Bell Dance New York
Prolific movement illustrators

Mykki Blanco
American rapper, performance artist, poet, and activist


Friday, August 4
Nicole Fleetwood, Associate Professor Department of American Studies, Rutgers University moderates discussion between Lifers Group members Maxwell Melvins, president, and rapper Picard "Original" Galette

Saturday, August 5
Stew, aka Mark Stewart
Singer-songwriter, playwright
Gina Yashere
British comedian


Friday, August 11
Film: Strong Island (2017)
Followed by Q&A with filmmaker Yance Ford

Saturday, August 12
Maria Usbeck
Ecuadorian musician, traveler and diarist
Aparna Nancherla
Introspective and outrospective standup comedian

DJ Mojo: Music is Life, directed by Lawrence Kim
(2017 documentary short, 5 mins.)

Live set by DJ Mojo
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