Events – Danspace Project
Jordan sits on the floor with one knee bent, and their elbow resting on their knee connecting their hand to their head. They have a subtle smile and are wearing a green sweater. Gillian sitting in front of a brick wall watching rehearsal with a large shadow of a dancer on the wall next to her.​ David Thomson​, a dark brown man​,​ body in profile, with a fully shaved head and salt & pepper soul patch, head turned towards camera with a slight smile.
Jordan Demetrius Lloyd. Photo: Aundre Larrow. Gillian Walsh. Photo: Res. David Thomson. Photo: Mark Poucher.

Conversations Without Walls: Jordan Demetrius Lloyd & Gillian Walsh with David Thomson

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This event will stream via YouTube.
A link will be sent to registrants via email 30 minutes prior to the stream.
Registration closes 30 minutes prior to the event.

Danspace’s signature long-form conversation series presents a virtual conversation between 2021-22 Renewal Residency Artists Jordan Demetrius Lloyd and Gillian Walsh with facilitator and 2021-22 Research Fellow, David Thomson. Danspace’s Renewal Residencies are an open and flexible program created as an urgent and necessary response to the needs of these artists this year. The Research Fellows are dance artists who have long term relationships with Danspace. In dialogue with each other and Danspace’s curatorial team, the Fellows are providing feedback informing organizational change and curatorial development. Winter 2022  Conversations Without Walls will explore and unpack field-wide structures that dance makers are currently facing, resisting, and navigating creatively.  

“As a maker, my choreographic impulses lean toward producing material that viewers can both see and feel, activating a sort of tension between the performers, the movement, and everyone witnessing,” explains Lloyd. “I feel myself attuned to the shifts in my personal, and our collective realities. I find myself interrogating the structures in our field that are no longer serving artists today.” Working with dance as a site of psychospiritual friction, Gillian Walsh produces long, meditative, highly formal choreographies, “I find myself deeper in [a] turn toward mysticism, thinking about God and the materiality of the body, as global crisis worsens.” During her residency, Walsh is developing a new ballet considering grief and new modes of transcendence.


Accessibility: Captioning will be provided for all Conversations Without Walls programs. A phone number will be provided so that the YouTube chat may be accessed audibly. For further inquiry, feedback, or to submit specific access requests, please email seta@danspaceproject.org.

Jordan Demetrius Lloyd is a dance artist based in Brooklyn, NY. Born and raised in Albany, NY, Lloyd graduated from The College at Brockport where he studied Dance and Communication. He has collaborated with and performed for Karl Rogers, Netta Yerushalmy, Beth Gill, Tammy Carrasco, Monica Bill Barnes, Catherine Galasso, Ambika Raina and David Dorfman Dance. His teaching practice has brought him to Rutgers University, The American Dance Festival, and Mark Morris Dance Center. His work has been produced by: New York Live Arts, BRIC, ISSUE Project Room, BAAD!, Movement Research at Judson Memorial Church, The Center for Performance Research and Brooklyn Studios for Dance. He was selected as a 2019-21 New York Live Arts Fresh Tracks Performance & Residency Program artist, and most recently he received the 2021-23 Jerome Hill Artist Fellowship. For more head to jordandlloyd.com

Gillian Walsh is a choreographer and performer from Brooklyn, NY. Her work has recently been presented by The Watermill Center, Performance Space New York, The Kitchen, and Performa.

David Thomson is a collaborative interdisciplinary artist whose history encompasses work with Remy Charlip, Bebe Miller, Trisha Brown(’87-’93),  Grisha Coleman|Hot Mouth, Ralph Lemon, Sekou Sundiata, Tracie Morris, Meg Stuart, Marina Abramović, Yvonne Rainer, Deborah Hay, Alain Buffard, Maria Hassabi, Yanira Castro, Daria Faïn, Kaneza Schaal and Okwui Okpokwasili among many others. His current practice interrogates our unconscious narratives regarding presence/absence and identity, creating performance installations in a range of temporal forms from short works to durational tasks, that sabotage assumptions to provoke reimagining. Thomson has been awarded fellowships from United States Artists|Ford, NYFA in Choreography, MacDowell, Yaddo, and The Rauschenberg Foundation.  He is currently a Mabou Mines Associate Artist and a LMCC Extended Life Fellow (2018-21). He’s received Bessies for Sustained Achievement (2001) and Outstanding Production (2018).  In 2017, he initiated The Sustainability Project with Kate Watson-Wallace, which serves as a platform and practice that seeks to expand the discourse surrounding ideas of financial, artistic, and personal empowerment within the  arts community. Thomson has served on the faculties of Movement Research, NYU/Experimental Theater Wing, Sarah Lawrence, The New School, Barnard, Bennington and Pratt as well as teaching internationally.

A woman with white braids wearing an indigo overshirt with brown leggings and boots in front of a Gego string sculpture.
Ching-I Chang. Photo: Erica Maclean. K.J. Holmes. Photo: Beatriz Meseguer.

DraftWork: Ching-I Chang / K.J. Holmes

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

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.


Accessibility: Captioning will be provided for all DraftWork programs. 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 seta@danspaceproject.org.

Ching-I Chang Made in Taiwan. MFA in dance and Certified Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analyst (CLMA). She is a lover of dance and loves bananas. chingichangbigelow.com

K.J. Holmes, dance artist/performer/teacher/writer  has been exploring improvisation as process and performance since 1981, traveling nationally and internationally teaching, creating, directing. K.J. is grateful for her teachers and her collaborations with many, including – Dancers: Simone Forti, Ruth E. Grauert, Miguel Gutierrez, Karen Nelson, Lisa Nelson, Steve Paxton, Karinne Keithley Syers; Poet: Julie Carr; Musicians : Roy Campbell, Jr., Baikida Carrol, Juan Ignacio Ferreras; Yoginis: Sondra Loring, Aly Su Borst; Acting: Terry Knickerbocker; Somatics: Andre Bernard, Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen; Ayurveda : Dr. Naina Marbelli, Frank Jude Boccio; Voice: Richard Armstrong, Samita Sinha. K.J. currently teaches at NYU/Experimental Theater Wing, Movement Research, the School for Contemporary Dance and Thought, and her own private classes in Yoga, Somatics and Ayurveda on Zoom. Recent projects include performing in the film Redoubt and the performance installation Catasterism in 3 Movements of artist Matthew Barney; choreographing and directing Somatopia on the Polish dance theater group Living Space Theater, performing L.I.P. (Love is Power, Martin Luther King, Jr.) with drummer Jeremy Carlstedt, and continuing to develop her solo + immersion 900 Bees are Humming. kjholmes.info

Ishmael Houston-Jones is a choreographer, author, performer, teacher, and curator. His improvised dance and text work has been performed worldwide. He has received three New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Awards for collaborations with writer Dennis Cooper, choreographers Miguel Gutierrez and Fred Holland and composers Chris Cochrane and Nick Hallett. Houston-Jones curated Danspace Project’s Platform 2012: Parallels, which concentrated on choreographers from the African diaspora and postmodernism and co-curated with Will Rawls Platform 2016: Lost & Found. HoustonJones’ work has been supported by The Herb Alpert Foundation, The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, The Foundation for Contemporary Arts and The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation.

Woman with blue eyes looks into the upper corner of the frame.
Da’ Von W. Doane. Photo: Rachel Neville. Maya Lee-Parritz. Photo: Injinash Unshin.

DraftWork: Da’ Von W. Doane / Maya Lee-Parritz

RSVP HERE

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

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.


Accessibility: Captioning will be provided for all DraftWork programs. 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 seta@danspaceproject.org.

Da’ Von W. Doane is a former leading dance artist with Dance Theatre of Harlem. He was named one of Dance Magazines Top 25 to Watch in 2014 and a Point Magazine Stand Out in 2017. Da’ Von is originally from Salisbury Maryland, where he began his dance training. Since 2012 Da’ Von has been a leading member of The Dance Theatre of Harlem and has performed in works by Donald Byrd, Tanya Wideman and Thaddeus Davis, Helen Picket, Francesca Harper, Arthur Mitchell, Billy Wilson, Darrell Moultrie, Claudia Schreier, Robert Garland, George Balanchine, Royston Maldoom, Nacho Duato and Ulysses Dove. As a guest artist Da’ Von has appeared in Galas and Festivals in Vail Colorado, Cancun Mexico, And Poland, as well as Guggenheim works in process, E- Moves at Harlem Stage in NYC, and The Virginia Arts Festival. His Choreography has been presented numerous times in NYC by Periapsis Music and Dance, Bryant Park Presents, The Thelma Hill Performing Arts Center and the 92nd Str Y. Da’ Von is currently Associate Adjunct Faculty and an MFA candidate at University of the Arts. Da’ Von’s current research focuses on the fluctuations in energetic frequencies in and around the body causing us to shapeshift according to our intended purposes.

Maya Lee-Parritz is a dancer, choreographer, and poet based in New York City. She has shown her choreographic work at the Center for Performance Research, the Brooklyn Ballet, Movement Research at the Judson Church,  Triskelion Arts, and the Vale of Cashmere in Prospect Park as part of the City Artist Corps public arts program. Maya was one of the emerging artists commissioned to create a new work by The Shed for their inaugural Open Call program.

Ishmael Houston-Jones is a choreographer, author, performer, teacher, and curator. His improvised dance and text work has been performed worldwide. He has received three New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Awards for collaborations with writer Dennis Cooper, choreographers Miguel Gutierrez and Fred Holland and composers Chris Cochrane and Nick Hallett. Houston-Jones curated Danspace Project’s Platform 2012: Parallels, which concentrated on choreographers from the African diaspora and postmodernism and co-curated with Will Rawls Platform 2016: Lost & Found. Houston-Jones’ work has been supported by The Herb Alpert Foundation, The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, The Foundation for Contemporary Arts and The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation.

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