2023 Season

WORLD PREMIERE | SPRING 2023
HANG TIME

written and directed by Zora Howard
co-produced by Zora Howard & WACO

Three men chew the fat under an old, wide tree. In HANG TIME, we peek into the interiority – the great loves and bitter blues – of Black men in America. Setting the romantic and the macabre in sharp relief, HANG TIME invites the viewer to envisage the living Black body triumphant over the legacy of violence that it holds.

 

 

 


SPRING 2023
JUNETEENTH PUBLIC PERFORMANCES

featuring works by 5 commissioned artists

Five artists will be commissioned to devise and stage public performances in celebration of Juneteenth. These artists all have full autonomy over artistic vision and their budgets. These works will occur simultaneously across NYC and Fire Island from June 12-19. 2022’s artists included Ebony Noelle Golden, James Scruggs, Paris L’Hommie, Chanon Judson, and acclaimed artist, scholar, and ritual-maker Nia O. Witherspoon.

 

 


WORLD PREMIERE | FALL 2023
cheeky little brown
written by Nkenna Akunna

Audiences stumble upon Lady, an equal parts messy and determined charmer in the midst of crashing (and lowkey ruining) her best friend Gemma’s birthday party in London. Nothing goes as planned and audiences get a front-row seat to Lady’s desperate antics. Pain, distress, introspection, pigeons, and a whole lot of Doner meat — this coming of age story examines the complicated devastation of a friendship break up between two queer Black women with diverging journeys toward self-love and acceptance.

 

 


FALL 2023
3RD ANNUAL HOUSE PARTY

A dance til you [death] drop party taking over all three floors of our Tribeca home and celebrating our vision for the future of experimental art created by Black, Brown and queer artists. Guests will be greeted with immersive performances all over our three story performing arts complex with dance, music, drag, theater, visual arts and DJing from incredible Black brown and queer artists. This is a party like no other – a get down affair true to the aesthetic highs of all Flea events.

 

 


2023 RESIDENT COMPANIES

 

THE FLED COLLECTIVE

The Fled Collective will return for its second year as the Key Resident Company beginning, marking the continuation of partnership and further restoration of this relationship with the newly formed collective. The inaugural residency is a reparative grant and partnership offered to a nascent company that centers Black, brown and queer artists. The artist collective will function as an autonomous company and receives $10,000 unrestricted cash support each year, $50,000 space rental credits each year, in addition to production and marketing support and resources to develop their new projects.

 

 


EMERGE125

The renowned modern dance troupe EMERGE125 a Black woman-led organization, returns as a resident company a multi-year residency offering itinerant and mission-aligned artistic companies the ability to leverage The Flea’s in-house support system—creative, technical, and producing—to further their artistic reach.