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Creative Residency: Leslie Parker

Choreographer Leslie Parker continues a multiyear project with a creative residency. Parker’s time at Danspace Project includes an exploration of the organization – both the archives and its physical location over the decades since the 1970s to current years – with an emphasis on visionary artist Laurie Carlos. Parker will consider and contemplate multiple perspectives on improvisation through a Black femme lens. 

This residency is, in part, research for the world premiere of Divination Tools: imagine home at Walker Art Center May 11-13, 2023 and its New York City premiere at Danspace Project in Fall 2023. Reflecting on divinity and lineage, Divination Tools: imagine home is the latest iteration of Parker’s epic work Call to Remember. The work draws from Blackness in music, dance, and storytelling in real-time. 

Divination Tools: imagine home is co-commissioned by Walker Art Center (MN), Pillsbury House Theatre (MN), Pangea World Theater (MN), Danspace Project (NYC), and Counterpulse (SF).

A St. Paul, MN Rondo, native, Leslie Parker is a dance artist with home art bases in Brooklyn, NY and the Twin Cities, MN. As a dance artist/maker, improviser, performer, director, collaborator, and educator, she is a 2022 McKnight Fellow and her work is awarded by National Dance Project (2021), National Performance Network Creation Fund (2020), National Performance Network Development fund (2021), National Performance Network community engagement fund (2021), and National Performance Network Storytelling & Documentation fund (2021). She is an Outstanding Performance Bessie Award recipient and an inaugural Jerome Hill Foundation Artist Fellow. Growing up in the Rondo community rooted her in socially engaged art and led her to hold a BFA in Choreography and Modern dance technique from Esther Boyer College of Music & Dance (Temple University) and an MFA in dance from Hollins University in partnership with the Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, The Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts and The Dresden Frankfurt Company in Frankfurt, Germany. Parker’s original works have been presented by New York Live Arts, HarlemStages EMoves13, Thelma Hill Performing Arts Center, Tribeca Performing Art Center, University of Minnesota Dance, Southern Theater, Pillsbury House Theatre, Pangea World Theater, Walker Art Center, and Painted Bride Arts Center. 

Stacy Spence. Photo: Liz Ligon.
DonChristian Jones. Photo: courtesy of the artist.

DraftWork: DonChristian Jones / Stacy Matthew Spence

Saturday, October 22, at 3pm

Admission: Free with RSVP.


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Danspace Project’s DraftWork series hosts free, informal showings of new works in varying stages of development. 

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

Before you visit:

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DonChristian Jones is a multi-hyphenate artist, musician, and director. He has shown and performed in spaces such as the Whitney Museum, MoMA PS1, New Museum, Brooklyn Museum, the Shed, Dancespace, and the Center for Performance Research. Much of their work today is informed by their work on Rikers Island with incarcerated youth, teaching at Harvey Milk HS and Hetrick-Martin Institute.

Stacy Matthew Spence is a New York City based choreographer, dancer, and teacher. Stacyʼs choreography has been commissioned by The High Line with visual artist Ronny Quevedo, Danspace Project, The New School, Ishmael Houston-Jones’s Platform 2012: Parallels for Danspace Project and Tisch School of the Arts. Stacy has performed in co/motion directed by Margaret Peak as part of Jason Moranʼs Whitney Biennial: Bleed, in Deborah Hayʼs Blues as part of Ralph Lemonʼs One Fine Day at The Museum of Modern Art NY and Joanna Kotze’s BIG BEATS. Stacy danced with The Trisha Brown Dance Company from 1997-2006, was Education Director 2018-2021 and continues collaborating with the company through teaching and re-staging Trisha’s work. He has also taught nationally and internationally at institutions such as The New School, Juilliard, Barnard College, Tisch School of the Arts, Manhattan Marymount College, London Contemporary Dance School, Centre National de Danse Contemporaine, and Movement Research. Stacy is currently an instructor at The New School in New York City and is a Gibney Dance in Process (DiP) Resident Artist 2022-23.


DraftWork is presented, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

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