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NextLOOK - New Work



 NextLOOK - New Performance Work

A creative partnership with The Clarice

Established in 2014, NextLOOK supports the development of new music, plays, dance and other experiences by regionally-based performing artists. Selected through a yearly application process, NextLOOK artists are given a stipend and access to rehearsal and performance space at Joe’s Movement Emporium. These artists also collaborate with The Clarice and Joe’s Movement Emporium staff to construct innovative methods of deepening the audience’s involvement in their creative process. By removing logistical barriers and providing a sounding board for artists creating new work, NextLOOK invests in the regional arts ecology and creates an accessible, exploratory environment that connects intriguing artists with adventurous audiences. All tickets are pay-what-you-wish starting at $5.

The 2019–2020 season of NextLOOK includes the following performances and residencies. All performances are held at Joe’s Movement Emporium and are pay what you want.

NextLOOK is supported by Community Forklift:

Community Forklift is proud to partner with Joe’s Movement Emporium. Our large warehouse is open to the public 7 days a week, so you can donate or shop for modern & vintage house parts, tools, appliances, and home furnishings, and save big! Proceeds support our nonprofit work to create green jobs, make repairs affordable, reduce demand for natural resources, & provide free supplies to community groups & neighbors in need. For more information, visit


December 9 - 13, 2019: Chitra Subramanian


Date of public performance: Friday, Dec. 13, 2019 at 7pm

This work aims to celebrate and highlight the power of institutions in my life that have inspired my transformation in dance. Ranging from my childhood Hindu temple to the "temple" of the dance club, institutions have played a critical role in my growth as a dancer. The larger theme I hope to highlight is the fraying of public life and the growing reality that people participate in institutions less and less. Through the language of Indian Dance and Hip Hop culture, I hope to explore experiences and stories of my South Asian immigrant journey and convey the limitless ways that Hip Hop continues to transform, inspire, and unleash untapped talent and power.


February 10 - 14, 2020: Simone Baron

ruin gaze

Date of public performance: Friday, Feb. 14, 2020 at 7pm

This new work for dance and chamber ensemble examines the mystery and elusive magic of ruins. Ruins remind of a past that could have been and a future that never took place, tantalizing us with dreams of escaping the irreversibility of time. Exploring the disharmonious contrapuntal relationship of human, historical and natural temporality, ruin gaze makes a powerful case for connection.


April 13 - 17, 2020: Dominic Green

The Final Genocide

Date of public performance: Friday, April 17, 2020 at 7pm

This is an immersive play experience that showcases a futuristic view of the American Black Male during a period of critical endangerment. Set in 2093, we follow Davu, a young black man, through the ruins of a futuristic African American museum. While in these ruins, Davu encounters three androids that help him uncover the silent history of a past unrealized, as they reenact stories of both the heroism and the destruction of the American Black Male. The Final Genocide isn't a warning or cautionary tale, it's a story of the possibilities that the American Black Male is facing both internally and externally within the system of the United States.


May 18 - 22, 2020: Sinclair Ogaga Emoghene, Pablo Regis, and Kate Spanos 

Performing Otherness (Ainihi e Alteridade)

Date of public performance: Friday, May 8 at 7pm

This project examines ainihi (“identity” in Hausa) and alteridade (“otherness” in Portuguese) in music and dance traditions of Nigeria and Brazil. Multidisciplinary artist team Sinclair Ogaga Emoghene, Pablo Regis, and Kate Spanos collaborate to look for both universality and cultural specificity in shared movements and rhythms. Artists and audiences who participate in this project will consider the question: How can we re-choreograph our minds and bodies to accept the “Other” and challenge our cultural biases? The performance includes new and traditional songs and dances, a carnival-style parade, and an audience feedback session and artist discussion.