Jess Barbagallo

Jess Barbagallo is an actor, arts writer, theater practitioner, playwright and teacher. Currently appearing on Broadway in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Jess has been acting professionally for almost fifteen years in New York City. He has toured internationally and domestically with experimental theatre companies: Half Straddle (founding member), Big Dance Theater, Theatre of a Two-Headed Calf, and The Builders Association. Jess has performed in large-scale performance works by multidisciplinary artist Andrea Geyer: Time Tenderness at the Whitney Museum of Art and Comrades of Time at the Whitney and Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. Most recently he toured Europe with Tania Bruguera’s production of Endgame. Jess’s writing has been published in Artforum, The Brooklyn Rail, BOMB Magazine and by 53rd State Press, where Jess also functions as a copyeditor and consultant. He has presented plays and performance texts at Dixon Place, Performance Space New York, and The New Ohio Theatre.

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Move Towards Her: Coded Scores for Stage

This program with Half Straddle, takes up the mechanism of scripts and scores in everyday life, a mode of engagement that is also activated in our touring exhibition Soundings: An Exhibition in Five Parts, currently on view in the Agnes Etherington Gallery in Kingston Ontario. The show was curated by Candice Hopkins and Dylan Robinson and asks how a score can be a call and tool for decolonization and includes newly commissioned scores and sounds for decolonization by Indigenous artists who attempt to answer this question.

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Comradeship: reading group

Comradeship: Curating, Art, and Politics in Post-Socialist Europe: Reading Group

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