Virtual: ASL Performance by Justin Perez

June 26, 2022
Jewish Museum
1109 5th Ave
New York, NY

YouTube Video Premiere – Virtual Event

Time: 7:30 – 8:00 PM 

Tickets: Free with RSVP here. YouTube premiere link sent with email confirmation. If you do not receive your confirmation in your inbox or spam folder, please email info@thejm.org or call 212.423.3200 ext. 0.

Participants in the ASL community are invited to join us for the YouTube premiere of a new collaboration between Visual Vernacular performer Justin Perez and the Jewish Museum. This interwoven collection of stories, including two original pieces, is inspired by works of art in the Museum’s collection.

Following the premiere, this video will be available on the Jewish Museum’s YouTube channel.

Justin Perez is a Visual Vernacular Performer, educator and consultant owner. He is also one of the co-hosts for VV underground monthly on Facebook Live and YouTube, a space for the Deaf community to creatively play with VV through performance and storytelling.

Visual Vernacular is a unique form of American Sign Language performance, with elements of poetry and mime developed by Deaf artists. This powerful storytelling style combines strong movement and classifier ASL signs, with gestures and facial expressions, to capture the world in all its visual complexity.

Cinematic effects are key features of performance, such as creating long shots or zoom, playing with fast or slow motion, and panoramic views. Role shifting is another way to play with storytelling. An artist can use movement to morph into different characters, or even objects, to help build a story. By combining these techniques, artists create a very visually exciting and accessible way to enhance storytelling.

This program is presented without captions, and a captioned version will soon be available on the Jewish Museum’s YouTube channel.

Please email info@thejm.org or call 212.423.3200 ext. 0 with any questions.