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Kayla Hamilton. Photo: Travis Magee. Work by Julie Mayo. Photo: Maria Baranova.

DraftWork: Kayla Hamilton / Julie Mayo


This event will take place online via Zoom. A link will be sent to registrants via email 30 minutes prior to the stream.

Registration closes 30 minutes prior to the program.

Danspace Project’s DraftWork series hosts informal virtual showings of new works in varying stages of development. They are followed by a conversation and Q&A between the artists and DraftWork curator Ishmael Houston-Jones.

This season, Danspace has re-envisioned DraftWork as a series of virtual engagement.

Accessibility: This program will be captioned. A phone number will be provided so that the Zoom chat may be accessed audibly. For further inquiry, feedback, or to submit specific access requests, please email

Kayla Hamilton (she/her) is an artist, experience creator and educator based in The Bronx, NY. She is a member of the 2017 Bessie-award winning collective of skeleton architecture, the future of our world’s, curated by Eva Yaa Asantewaa. In addition to skeleton architecture, Kayla has been in process with Gesel Mason Performance Projects, Sydnie L. Mosley Dances, and Maria Bauman Morales/MBDance. Kayla’s creative explorations have been presented at Gibney, Performance Space New York and New Live Arts. When Kayla is not dancing, she’s a special education teacher at the Highbridge Green School who loves to watch Law and Order on Hulu while sipping on peppermint tea.

Julie Mayo has been making dances for 20+ years. She is also a performer and a teacher. Her work has been called “an associative, sometimes absurdist choreographer” by the New Yorker and in New York her choreography has been presented by The Chocolate Factory, The Kitchen (DAP), Gibney Dance, New York Live Arts (Fresh Tracks), JACK, Dixon Place, Movement Research at the Judson Church, Brooklyn Studios for Dance and alongside the visual artwork of James Bierdeman at the Elizabeth Harris Gallery. Her work has also been presented at NOHspace in San Francisco, Highways Performance Space in Los Angeles and multiple venues in Chicago and in Richmond, Virginia, where she is originally from. Julie has been an Artist-in-Residence at Movement Research, Center for Performance Research and is currently a 2021 Gibney DiP Resident Artist. She has been a recipient of residencies at Yaddo, Djerassi, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Ucross, Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Mount Tremper Arts. She has taught at many universities and colleges as a guest artist, at community venues, and currently teaches through Movement Research, the online + live platform freeskewl, and on her own Zoom’in platform.

A portrait of two men smiling on the beach. On the left, a white man with dark hair pulled back leans in, sunlight streaming across his face. to the right, a black man with short dark hair and freckles reaches forward to take the shot. iele takes a selfie on a ferry boat. iele is a white genderqueer person with dark curls and eyes. They wear a large fur-lined hood and wire-rimmed glasses, and look content with a subtle closed-mouth smile. Their lips are a bit rosy from the cool air. In the background, there is the East River and NY city skyline at sunset. The colors in the sky range from pale blue to light orange, with a couple of soft grey clouds. The water reflects the light from the sky in ripples. A dark skinned Black femme with a short afro is pictured in front of a grey concrete wall. Her arms are extended out past her side while she leans in the opposite direction.mayfield, in a dark theater wailing with their eyes closed, arm reaching above them, gripping the concrete wall behind them.
Platform 2022 artists (clockwise from top left): iele paloumpis. Photo: courtesy iele paloumpis. Ogemdi Ude. Photo: Sophie Schwartz. Silas Riener and Rashaun Mitchell. Photo: Rashaun Mitchell. mayfield brooks. Photo: Maria Baranova.

Winter/ Spring 2022 at Danspace Project!

View our calendar to RSVP now for Winter 2022 virtual events! Including:

-The Conversations Without Walls series, exploring and unpacking field-wide structures that dance makers are currently facing, resisting, and navigating creatively. 2021-22 Renewal Residency Artists, Jordan Demetrius Lloyd & Gillian Walsh will be in conversation with 2021-22 Research Fellow David Thomson. Mina Nishimura & Christopher “Unpezverde” Núñez will be in conversation with 2021-22 Research Fellow Samita Sinha.

-Our DraftWork series, curated by award-winning choreographer Ishmael Houston-Jones will present work-in-development by artists Ching-I Chang & K.J. Holmes, and Da’ Von W. Doane & Maya Lee-Parritz, followed by live Q&As with Houston-Jones.
Continuing our robust support of artists in the development of new work, we’re excited to resume our annual partnership with the Petronio Residency Center in Round Top, NY, to provide a weeklong residency for Jordan Demetrius Lloyd. We will host Samita Sinha in our space for a Research Residency continuing her voice and body explorations with a group of dancer and vocalist collaborators.

Platform 2022: The Dream of the Audience (Part II) – April 23-June 11
Featuring mayfield brooks, Rashaun Mitchell & Silas Riener, iele paloumpis, and Ogemdi Ude!
Platform 2022 marks a return to live performances in the sanctuary at St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery after nearly 2 years. (In-person live events will be contingent upon the Covid-19 situation in Spring 2022.)

Platform 2022:
The Dream of the Audience (Part II) runs April through June 2022, and follows its 2021 predecessor, building on impossible questions as we continue to navigate precarious times. Like Part I, Platform 2022 takes inspiration from a 1977 poem by artist and writer, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, wherein she addresses the audience “as a distant relative.” Platform 2022 delves into ancestral explorations, connections, and disconnections, as well as accessibility, and disability aesthetics, sustainable relationships to land, site, and water, and how these connections find their way into the artists’ choreographic work. Dance artists mayfield brooks, Rashaun Mitchell & Silas Riener, iele paloumpis, and Ogemdi Ude each have noted different considerations of time amidst the ongoing Pandemic. These artists consider the intersections between life and dancing. How do practices outside of art – building, birthing, weaving, planting, surviving – feed into dance making?

Tickets for Platform 2022 will go on sale in February 2022. Stay tuned for more information!

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