Events – Danspace Project
Joan Jonas, “Moving Off the Land,” 2019, Ocean Space, Chiesa di San Lorenzo, Venice. Performance with Ikue Mori and Francesco Migliaccio. Commissioned by TBA21–Academy. Photo Moira Ricci © Joan Jonas.

Joan Jonas: Artist Talk and Book Signing

Thursday, April 4 | 7:30PM

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with Joan Jonas, Ute Meta Bauer, David Gruber, Judy Hussie-Taylor, and Markus Reymann

Please join us at Danspace Project for an evening with artist Joan Jonas, dedicated to her major work Moving Off the Land, commissioned by TBA21–Academy. Jonas will be in conversation with curator Ute Meta Bauer, co-curator (with Paul C. Ha) of Jonas’s acclaimed installation and performance They Come to us Without a Word in the United States Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale (2015); Jonas’s long-term collaborator, marine biologist and CUNY professor David Gruber; TBA21 director Markus Reymann; and Danspace Project director Judy Hussie-Taylor.

Their conversation will explore the genesis of Moving Off the Land, the research at its heart, and the way the artist conjured an aquatic universe of nonhuman creatures, mythological figures and real characters that is informed by stories of beauty and ecological urgency. The speakers will also revisit Jonas’s iconic performance of Moving Off the Land, which had its US premiere at Danspace Project in 2018.


Joan Jonas: Moving Off the Land
Edited by Ute Meta Bauer
With a conversation between Joan Jonas, Ute Meta Bauer, and Stefanie Hessler.
Published by TBA21–Academy and Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther und Franz König
Distributed in the US by Artbook & D.A.P
USD: $40


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Jade Manns. Martita Abril. Glenn Potter-Takata by Shintara Ueyama.

DraftWork: Martita Abril + Jade Manns + Glenn Potter-Takata

Saturday, April 6 | 3PM

Danspace Project’s DraftWork series hosts free, informal showings of new works in varying stages of development. This afternoon features performances by three NYC-based artists: Martita Abril, Jade Manns, and Glenn Potter-Takata.

Showings are followed by a reception, conversation, and Q&A between the artists and DraftWork curator, Ishmael Houston-Jones.



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Martita Abril is a performer, choreographer, and teaching artist from the border city of Tijuana, México. She’s worked with dance artists throughout México, South America, and the US, including Lux Boreal, Cristina Baquerizo, Kim Brandt, Yanira Castro, Yoshiko Chuma, Milka Djordjevich, Rebecca Davis, Simone Forti, Daria Fain and Robert Kocik, Kat Galasso, Allyson Green, Abigail Levine, Mina Nishimura, Cori Olinghouse, Okwui Okpokwasili, Will Rawls and  Larissa Velez-Jackson. She’s been a PECDA Scholar as a “Young Creator” and received a Mexican national fellowship from FONCA to continue making work in New York City. Martita was selected for the Fresh Tracks Residency at New York Live Arts and has served as a mentor for the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Immigrant Artist Program since 2015. Her work has been seen at New York Live Arts, Sunday Service at The Knockdown Center curated by Yanira Castro, Movement Research (MR) at the Judson Church, CPR Performance Studio Open House, NYFA, HERE Art Center, Instituto de Cultura de Baja California, and site-specifics throughout NYC and Tijuana. She is currently the Programs and Events Manager at MR and coordinates MR at Judson Church on Monday nights.

Jade Manns is a dancer, choreographer and co-founder of the artist-run performance space Pageant. She is based in New York.

Glenn Potter-Takata is a Bronx-based media designer and artist working in performance. His work has been presented in dance and gallery contexts around NYC as part of programs with Center for Performance Research, Abrons Art Center, Movement Research at Judson Church, Mabou Mines, WestFest, New Dance Alliance’s Performance Mix, Pioneers Go East’s Crossroads Series, Amanda + James’ Summer Happenings Series, Green Space, Triskelion Arts, Mizuma & Kips Wada Art, and Trotter&Sholer. His first solo gallery exhibition opened at Rogers Studio Gallery in Las Vegas in January of 2023. Glenn has been awarded residencies with Movement Research, CUNY Dance Initiative/Lehman College, Gibney Dance Center (Work Up 6.1), and Rogers Art Loft (Las Vegas, NV). Glenn is a 2023 Bronx Cultural Visions Fund Awardee, a 2022 MAP Fund Awardee, a 2022 Bronx Dance Fund Awardee, and a 2022 Mabou Mines SUITE/Space Fellow. As a performer, Glenn has worked with artists like Mina Nishimura, Kathy Westwater, Maho Ogawa, and Kestutis Nakas. Glenn received his MFA from Sarah Lawrence College, where he is currently a teacher of Sound Design and Video Design.

Emily Johnson. Courtesy the artist.

Creative Residency: Emily Johnson / Catalyst

In-residence April 8-12

Research and creative residencies are a responsive container for artists’ work and processes. Danspace welcomes Emily Johnson back to the Sanctuary for a weeklong creative residency.

Johnson is an artist who makes body-based work. She is of the Yup’ik Nation, is a land and water protector and an organizer for justice, sovereignty and well-being. With her company, Catalyst Dance, Johnson will use her time at Danspace to continue the work of her most recent multiscalar performance/process, Being Future Being, a constellation of performance gatherings that delve into the power of creation to build a visual, aural, and ancestral landscape of Indigenous power.

Residencies are not open to the public.

EMILY JOHNSON is an artist who makes body-based work. She is a land and water protector and an organizer for justice, sovereignty and well-being. Emily is a Bessie Award-winning choreographer, Guggenheim, Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, and United States Artists Fellow, and recipient of the Doris Duke Artist Award. She is based in Lenapehoking / New York City. Emily is of the Yup’ik Nation, and since 1998 has created work that considers the experience of sensing and seeing performance. Her dances function as portals and care processions, they engage audienceship within and through space, time, and environment — interacting with a place’s architecture, peoples, history and role in building futures. Emily is trying to make a world where performance is part of life; where performance is an integral part of our connection to each other, our environment, our stories, our past, present and future.

Her choreography and gatherings have been presented across what is currently called the United States, Canada, and Australia. Her large-scale project, Then a Cunning Voice and A Night We Spend Gazing at Stars is an all-night outdoor performance gathering taking place amongst 84 community-hand-made quilts. It premiered in Lenapehoking (NYC) in 2017, and was presented in Zhigaagoong (Chicago) in 2019. She choreographed the Santa Fe Opera production of Doctor Atomic, directed by Peter Sellars in 2018. Her new work Being Future Being, premiered on Tongva Land in Los Angeles in 2022.

Emily’s writing has been published and commissioned by The Open Society University Network’s Center for Human Rights and the Arts, ArtsLink Australia, unMagazine, Dance Research Journal (University of Cambridge Press); SFMOMA; Transmotion Journal, University of Kent; Movement Research Journal; Pew Center for Arts and Heritage; and the compilation Imagined Theaters (Routledge), edited by Daniel Sack.

Emily hosts monthly ceremonial fires on Mannahatta in partnership with Abrons Arts Center and Karyn Recollet. She was the Pueblo Opera Cultural Council Diplomat at Santa Fe Opera 2018-2020, and a lead organizer of First Nations Dialogues. She was a co-compiler of the documents, Creating New Futures: Guidelines for Ethics and Equity in the Performing Arts and Notes for Equitable Funding, was a member of Creative Time’s inaugural Think Tank, and serves as a co-lead consortium member for First Nations Performing Arts.

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