Photos: Breton Follies presents COMPLAINT
RECLAMATION explores the metaphysical energy of the original location of the Women’s House of Detention, now the Jefferson Market Library Garden, through dance, celebrating the historic contributions of the queer community to culture and identity from Greenwich Village to Manhattan, celebrating performing public spaces as an equalizer of accessibility.
BRETON TYNER-BRYAN collaborating with author and historian Hugh Ryan (When Brooklyn Was Queer) reading his latest book House of D, which explores the story of the Garden’s earlier existence as a prison: the people it has Caged, The Neighborhood It Changed, And The Resistance It Inspired, available in print in May 2022.
“RECLAMATION is a brilliant in situ performance showcasing a mastery of the choreographic form liberated from the traditional spaces of dance-theater. At a time when the public was forced to question both the aesthetic and the commercial presentation of the show. lively and its normal integration, Tyner-Bryan’s work brings a freshness and accessibility to the choreography that is both a reinvention and a rediscovery of what makes the combination of movement and music so gripping. ” Daniel Mitura, Actor / Producer DJDL Productions.
RECLAMATION is produced, directed, choreographed and costumed by BRETON TYNER-BRYAN (Winner World London IFF, Madrid IFF, Barcelona IFF), Creative Director of Production of Breton Follies (TV: Netflix, Divorce Sarah “Jessica Parker, HBO,” Heading East “with BD Wong,” Vinegar Tom “, Peter Pan Dreamland Stages,” The Knick “HBO,” Manhattan Love Story “ABC). The creative team includes: Composer Ai Isshiki (Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, American Ballet Theater) , Frank Collerius Jefferson Market Library and Hugh Ryan writer and historian.
The cast of RECLAMATION includes Breton Follies Performers Breton Tyner-Bryan (Big Apple Film Festival LGBTQ SHORTS), Dajuan Harris (Spike Lee, Madonna), James Jude Johnson (Juilliard), Tatiana Stewart (The Deuce, Love Life), in collaboration with writer-historian Hugh Ryan. BRETON TYNER-BRYAN will present his latest films INVICTA and WEST OF FRANK, both shot in New York, alongside the reopening of the Jefferson Market Library in 2021. For upcoming shows, film release dates and more information, follow instagram. com / bretontynerbryan and instragram.com/bretontfolliesny.
This event was made possible by the generous support of the City Artist Corps Grants, created by NYFA and DCLA with the support of the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME) as well as the Queens Theater.
The New York Women’s Detention House was a women’s prison in Manhattan, New York from 1932 to 1974. Built on the site of the Jefferson Market Prison that had succeeded the Jefferson Market in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village, it believes it was the world’s only art deco prison, designed by Sloan & Robertson in 1931 at a cost of $ 2,000,000 and opened on March 29, 1932. Its location at 10 Greenwich Avenue allowed inmates to communicate with the passers-by. The prison was officially closed on June 13, 1971, and demolition of the prison began in 1973, and it was replaced by a garden. Some of its most famous inhabitants include Angela Davis, Andrea Dworkin, and Mae West.