Events – Danspace Project
Jordan stands in a button down and bandana on what appears to be a rooftop. They are blurry and out of focus.
Jordan Demetrius Lloyd. Self-portrait.

Renewal Residencies: Jordan Demetrius Lloyd

This year-long residency program will take place at Danspace Project’s home at St. Mark’s Church beginning in August 2021. The residencies will continue all year with public engagement, artistic dialogue, research, and space support.

“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 Brooklyn-based dance artist Jordan Demetrius Lloyd.

“These days I find myself energized by my imagination, and am interested in exploring movement vocabularies that blur the lines between abstraction and storytelling. I hope to prompt viewers into an associative headspace, where they can begin to project, name, and place meaning on the things that they are seeing.”

“Right now I am doing a lot of listening, which feels more like my research than any sort of physical or choreographic practice I might be engaging in. 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. I care deeply about honoring and protecting my artistry and sense of voice, and also respecting, engaging, and amplifying the communities with whom I interact. Much of my process, my identity, and my perspective on the world is shifting, and I’m grateful that Danspace is providing a physical container for this ongoing work.” 


The inaugural 2021-2022 Renewal Residency artists are Jordan Demetrius LloydMina NishimuraChristopher “Unpezverde” Núñez and Gillian Walsh. This open and flexible program is an urgent and necessary response to the needs of these artists this year. Renewal Residencies emphasize: recuperation time to create work without the immediate pressure of production; renewed connection to creative process and artistic research; renewed connection to collaborators and fellow artists; and renewed connection to the Danspace Project community. Renewal Residencies attempt to make up for vital time lost, supporting the development of new work in dance.

Each artist will be invited to contribute to Danspace’s online Journal and to participate in Danspace’s virtual Conversations Without Walls series. Visit for more info and updates!

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

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.

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