Antigravity is an ensemble devising force.
Founded in 2012, Antigravity Performance Project is a devising company with a creative aesthetic rooted in vibrant stage image, movement, music, and performance text. We develop, produce, design, and perform each other’s Lead Work, with the hat of Lead Artist rotating around the ensemble and to guest artists. We create across genres and inside genre-collisions. Antigravity’s work has been hailed for its “beautiful visuals” (Phindie) and “extraordinary physical performances” (Broad Street Review). The New York Times praised Antigravity’s inaugural piece Yermedea Raw for its “energizing and frightening” performances and “haunting images.” Since 2012, Antigravity has created 8 full-length, ensemble-based, cross-disciplinary performance works including: Yermedea Raw (2012 La Mama NYC, Nellie/Nellie (2014 FringeArts Philadelphia), Time’s Up (Brown University 2015), Dear Diary LOL (2018 FringeArts Philadelphia, New Ohio NYC), and Legal Tender (2019/2020 Ars Nova ANTFest and FringeArts Curated). Two new works, Do Eye Know You? and Dad Rock, are in development. We work with actor-creators, musicians, writers, poets, video designers, composers, dancers, technologists, engineers, educators, and visual artists that contribute to the evolution of our collaborative creative process.
Kym Moore, Michael T. Williams, Francesca Montanile Lyons, Michael Costagliola (Resident Sound Designer/Composer)
Kyle Dacuyan, Megan Thibodeaux, Alicia Crosby, Shanti Pillai, Marc Gomes, and Oona Curley
Antigravity stands with #BlackLivesMatter
We stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and protesters demonstrating for the humane treatment of Black peoples across the United States and the world.
We are taking this moment as a performance company to reflect on how we can best contribute to the enactment of justice, towards a long-term re-imagining of human rights in our culture and a tomorrow where Black people are seen and valued as full, complex, and beloved human beings.
In the immediate and short term, as individuals, we are donating, calling, signing, protesting, and speaking up. We are not to be congratulated for doing what we must – standing up for human rights and liberation from oppression of all kinds. As one of our colleagues said, this is not about theatre right now. It’s not enough to make proclamations or post statements of solidarity. People need healing. We are still in search of how we can best contribute, but one thing we know with certainty is the value of spreading information on direct action.
In Philadelphia, we urge you to call on city leaders to prevent a massive $14 million budget increase for the the police and direct resources elsewhere ahead of a June 9th budget hearing: http://phillywerise.com/floodtheinboxes/
In New York, we urge you to call your representatives and sign the following petition to repeal 50-a, a statute preventing transparency on records of police misconduct: https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/repeal-50-a
The Black Lives Matter movement is also accepting direct donations here: https://blacklivesmatter.com
We know that our actions and words must extend beyond this current moment, and will continue to reach out in any way we can to join hands across virtual space and cry out: NO JUSTICE, NO PEACE!
-Kym Moore, Michael T. Williams, Francesca Montanile, and Michael Costagliola
Co-Artistic Directors, Antigravity Performance Project – June 2020