Ian Andrew Askew is an artist working in music, theater, and performance. Their research is concerned with historical absurdities, manufactured scarcities, and contrary negritudes.
Their project SLAMDANCE began at Arts @ 29 Garden in 2019 and continued at The Performing Garage in 2021. SLAMDANCE TV, a video component, was commissioned and premiered by The Kitchen online in 2021.
Other works include Frequency with Justin Allen and Yulan Grant at The Chocolate Factory, : A Story Project at Farkas Hall, and love conjure/blues at American Repertory Theater.
Upcoming projects include Sorry John Henry the song has no end, an experimental opera developed in residency at Baryshnikov Arts Center, Mercury Store, and Wake Forest University, and Until Other Times, a performance on mourning, memory, and scarcity.
As a sound artist collaborating with Camila Ortiz, they have created scores for video, performance, public sculpture, gallery installation, and AR for artists including Christopher Myers, Kaneza Schaal, Jackie Sibblies Drury, Joie Lee, and Kamal Nassif.
Their short essays and poetry have been published by The Kitchen, Aperture online, The PhotoBook Review, and featured in To Make Their Own Way in the World published by Aperture and the Peabody Museum Press.
As an associate director with Zack Winokur and AMOC, Ian has presented work with Lincoln Center, American Repertory Theater, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. As an associate director, sound designer, and performer collaborating with Kaneza Schaal, they have presented work with Detroit Opera, Spoleto Festival USA, Walker Arts Center, REDCAT, and Performance Space New York.