On View: March 17-March 17, 2022
512 West 19th Street
Created in a residency in May 2021 at The Kitchen’s former satellite space Queenslab, Born With An Extra Rib: The Film is transdisciplinary experimental opera featuring multimedia artist and composer stefa marin alarcon in which the cast, creative team, and audience are invited to engage in an emergent process of collective liberation. This evening celebrates the film's premiere and the ongoing process of this opera in development. This one-night engagement will feature an installation, elements of the rituals used in the making of the film, a live performance by STEFA*, and a chorus of trans and gender expansive angels.
Organized by Sienna Fekete, Curatorial Fellow, and Lumi Tan, Senior Curator.
Installation Design by stefa marin alarcon
Lighting Design by Kelley Shih
Installation Design and Staging by LILLETH.
To learn more about stefa's past residency via The Kitchen at Queenslab, click here.
stefa marin alarcon is a vocalist, composer and multi-media performance artist born and raised in Queens, New York. Using an amalgamation of punk, experimental pop, and classical minimalism with queer ethereal aesthetix and video collages, stefa builds worlds that offer a somatic decolonial respite for the misfits and displaced who are yearning for a sense of home.
stefa has shared their work/spirit/song with Queens Museum, Brooklyn Museum, Museo Del Barrio, National Sawdust, Rough Trade, Elsewhere, Nublu, BAAD!, The Sultan Room, NUEVOFest, Abrons Arts Center, Dixon Place, Tulsa Artist Residency, Cine Las Americas, The Vienna Festival, Power of the People Combined, Body Hack, Fierce Futures, and more.
They studied Eurocentric classical music for twenty years (Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts ’07, Central School of Speech and Drama ’10); were an artist-in-residence at TrueQué Residencia Artística; held a Slippage Residency at Duke University; were a Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics EmergeNYC Fellow (2019), and a Leslie Lohman Museum of Art Artist Fellow (2019–2020). Their debut EP Sepalina was released on Figure & Ground Records in 2018.
FUNDING SUPPORT & CREDITS
stefa marin alarcon: Born With An Extra Rib: The Film is made possible with endowment support from Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust; annual grants from The Amphion Foundation, Inc., The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Howard Gilman Foundation, The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, and Joseph and Joan Cullman Foundation for the Arts; and in part by public funds from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.
Season programming is made possible in part with support from The Kitchen’s Board of Directors and The Kitchen Leadership Fund. Learn more about the Leadership Fund.
Image description: STEFA* with cast Nick Joz, Starr Busby, Miles Francis, GypJaq Kai, Jose Benjamin Escobar, all dressed in white, stand barefoot under an amber spotlight, gathered around a microphone with haze billowing above them. Photo by Maria Baranova.