Gender/Power is a collaborative working methodology lead by Maya Ciarrocchi and Kris Grey. Under the banner of Gender/Power the artists produce performances, installations, workshops, and writing. Their methodology uses a transfeminist framework to directly engage with marginalized communities in order to address social justice issues around authority and gender. Rather than producing a fixed narrative, the work explores how gender presentation affects everyone regardless of their identity.
In 2016 Gender/Power received grants from the MAP Fund and the Franklin Furnace Fund to create Gender/Power Composition IV. They completed a Process Space residency from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council in December 2015.
Photo by Janelle Jones
Gender/Power Composition IV is directed by Maya Ciarrocchi and Kris Grey and created in collaboration with Becca Blackwell, massima desire, Sara Jimenez and Pamela Sneed with choreography by Sandra Parker and dramaturgy by Clarinda Mac Low.
Photo: Julieta Cervantes
Work in progress performance Smack Mellon, April 2016
One channel of the multi-channel installation component of Gender/Power Composition II. It is comprised of durational portraits of Becca Blackwell, James Tigger Ferguson and Kris Grey along with selections from the performance text read in voice over. This video is projected and accompanied by two additional video channels comprised of close ups and re-framings of the performing bodies.
Two channels of the multi-channel installation component of Gender/Power Composition II. It is comprised of durational portraits of the performers along with selections from the performance text read in voice over.
Performed in the Agnes Varis Performance Lab, Gibney Dance, New York, NY, March, 2015.
Gender/Power Composition II was conceived and directed by Maya Ciarrocchi and Kris Grey and created in collaboration with Becca Blackwell, James Tigger! Ferguson and Kris Grey.
Performance Still. Becca Blackwell, Tigger and Kris Grey. Gibney Dance, March 2015
Photo: Alex Escalante
The first workshop iteration of Gender/Power was lead by Maya Ciarrocchi and Kris Grey at the Invisible Dog in July 2015.. Over the course of one week, the content for Composition III was collaboratively created with massima selene desire, Macauley DeVun, Clarinda Mac Low, Melissa Weisz, Octavia Lenore Wheeler, Maya Ciarrocchi and Kris Grey.
Interview with Maya Ciarrocchi and Kris Grey during their Residency at the Baryshnikov Arts Center, March 2015.