NYPAC is pleased to announce Night Light Bright Light, a new piece written, choreographed, and performed by Jack Ferver in collaboration with Reid Bartelme. In Night Light Bright Light, Jack Ferver draws inspiration from, and parallels to, the life, art, and death of Fred Herko. Ferver is producing the piece as part of NYPAC’s partnership with Fred Herko: A Crash Course, a one-day symposium held at NYU’s Department of Performance Studies that examines the work and legacy of the iconic Judson dancer and Warhol superstar. The performance was held on Saturday, October 25th, 2014, 7:30 PM at The Emily Harvey Foundation, 537 Broadway, 2nd Floor. 

Fred Herko was a dancer, an actor, a choreographer, and he took a bath and got out and danced naked in front of his friend to Mozart, finally dancing out of a window to his death. I’m a dancer, an actor, a choreographer, and I love taking baths and I have danced naked though have yet to jeté out a window. I have often talked about suicide with my childhood friend, Reid Bartelme. Reid will join me in the work. Reid is a beautiful dancer. Reid will make sure I don’t jump.
— Jack Ferver on Night Light Bright Light

Fred Herko: A Crash Course: On the fiftieth anniversary of the death of Judson dancer and Warhol superstar Fred Herko, this one-day event will feature a range of interdisciplinary thinkers exploring and experimenting with how we read the life and work of one of New York’s most iconic queer performers. Using archival photographs of Herko as a point of departure, speakers have been invited to think broadly about how we teach and write queer performance histories, as well as how we might differently attend to the lives of performers - those crucial though often fleeting figures who remain primarily in the ways they appear scattered throughout the archives of others. A range of opportunities will be available for “course” attendees to ask questions and to experiment with their own reading of Herko’s life. The day begins with a welcome reception and the opportunity to explore some of the archival materials and existing scholarship related to Herko. Immediately following the symposium we will celebrate the opening of an exhibition of the archival photographs at the Emily Harvey Foundation, launching a weeklong series of events celebrating Herko’s life. For information on the “course” visit fredherko.tumblr.com, for information on the week of events curated by Gerard Forde visit freddieherko.com.

Jack Ferver is a New York based choreographer, writer, performer and teacher. He has been creating full-length works since 2007. He has been presented at The French Institute Alliance Francaise (NYC), The Kitchen (NYC), The Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston, MA), PS 122 (NYC), The New Museum (NYC), The Museum of Arts and Design (NYC), Diverse Works (Houston, TX), Danspace Project (NYC), Abrons Arts Center (NYC), Dixon Place (NYC), and Théâtre de Vanves in France. Shorter and solo works have been presented at MoMA/PS1, Andrew Edlin Gallery, Dance New Amsterdam, LaMaMa E.T.C., The Culture Project, and NP Gallery (all NYC). His work has been written about in The New York Times, The Financial Times, The New Yorker, ArtForum, Modern Painters, TimeOut New York, The New York Post, The Boston Globe, and Dance Magazine. As an actor, credits include the film Gayby, Strangers With Candy (Comedy Central), and numerous other film and theatre projects. He teaches at NYU, Bard College, and has set choreography at The Juilliard School. For the last two years Ferver has been creating his upcoming work, Chambre, a collaboration with visual artist Marc Swanson, that will premiere at The Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College in November. www.jackferver.org

Video stills: Danny Carroll. Banner photo: Jeremy Jacob Schlangen. Night Light Bright Light was created in part through Abrons Arts Center's AIRspace Residency Program and is kindly hosted by the Emily Harvey Foundation. Fred Herko: A Crash Course was organized by Joshua Lubin-Levy; a complete list of partnering institutions is available on the symposium website. NYPAC is made possible with the generous support of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund.