Events – Danspace Project
Samita Sinha by Yanissa Grand Pierre; Mina Nishimura, photo courtesy of the artist; David Thomson by Mark Poucher; Okwui Okpokwasili by Michael Avedon; Gillian Walsh, photo by Res; Christopher “Unpezverde” Núñez by Kathryn Buttler; Kristel Baldoz and Anh Voh, photo courtesy of the artists; devynn emory, photo courtesy of the artist; Kayla Hamilton by Travis Magee; Marguerite Hemmings by angel edwards; Jordan Demetrius Lloyd, photo courtesy of the artist.

Fall 2021 at Danspace Project

Dear Friends,

This fall at Danspace Project, we offer space for growth and opportunities for generative encounters to emerge.

On Saturday, September 25, A Ritual of Return: a free, intimate, outdoor gathering in the Gardens at St. Mark’s Church, marks the first public event at our home in the East Village since March, 2020, with offerings by artists devynn emory, Samita Sinha, and Mina Nishimura, and music mixed by artist and DJ JD Samson. Space is very limited! RSVP now!

We are pleased to introduce our inaugural Renewal Residency artists: Jordan Demetrius Lloyd, Mina Nishimura, Christopher “Unpezverde” Núñez, and Gillian Walsh. Renewal Residencies are a response to the needs of artists this year, offering year-long recuperative time and space to revitalize creative processes and to connect with collaborators, fellow artists, and the Danspace Project community.

Our digital DraftWork series, curated by Ishmael Houston-Jones, continues with work in various stages of development by choreographers Kristel Baldoz & Anh Voh and Marguerite Hemmings, and Kayla Hamilton (date to be announced!). These performances are followed by live conversations and Q&A with the artists and Houston-Jones.

In the spirit of collective research, Danspace continues this fall with a group of 2021-2022 Artist Research Fellowsdevynn emory, Okwui Okpokwasili, Samita Sinha, and David Thomson, who will provide feedback informing organizational change and curatorial development.

Journal Issue 13: Recuperation & Renewal will include contributions from the fall resident artists, research fellows, and more, as well as published materials from one looped year but the lake, a project guest curated by NYC-based writer and teacher, Asiya Wadud featuring exchanges between Jesse Darling and devynn emory, Tarik Kiswansan and Asiya Wadud, and Angie Pittman and Anaïs Maviel. Experience moments from these rich exchanges throughout the fall right here.

Love,

Danspace Project

One stroke drawing with many details run like a loop on a top of and around a portrait of the artist whose eyes are rolled up
Photo: Mina Nishimura.

Renewal Residencies: Mina Nishimura

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.

Mina Nishimura’s Bladder Inn (and X, Y, Z, W), presented by Danspace Project in 2018, invited audiences and performers to consider peripheral spaces of architecture, perception, and sound specific to the architecture of Danspace Project’s home at St. Mark’s Church. While in-residence, she will be working on a new piece, currently titled Mapping a Forest while Searching for an Opposite Term of Exorcist.

“Exploring an anarchic body, which pierces holes in the wholeness of a thing, I would like to re-imagine a way of organizing a body and a space where multiple energies, traits, memories, and identities are fluidly bubbling up and disappearing,” writes Nishimura. “During my Renewal Residency, I will re-imagine, sketch, compose, and build a new visual landscape using objects, fabrics, drawings, and bodies at St. Mark’s Church.”

“I would like to see how my movement practice of an anarchic body meets a re-imagined landscape. After spending some time alone in the space, a few other dancers will be invited for the exploration.” Nishimura will invite a writer and a photographer to document and map the new landscape and ever-evolving and disappearing process during her residency.

 

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 danspaceproject.org for more info and updates!

Mina Nishimura, from Tokyo, was introduced to butoh and improvisational dance through Kota Yamazaki. After studying at Merce Cunningham Studio, she has performed with a number of NY-based choreographers, in most years, such as Yausko Yokoshi, John Jasperse, Dean Moss, Neil Greenburg, Vicky Shick, Nami Yamamoto, and Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Riener. Her other performance credits includes; MiuMiu/PRADA film directed by Celia-Rowlson Hall; Late Sea’s MV; and for SIA’s “Bird Set Free” “Alive” on Saturday Night Live. Her own choreographic works have been commissioned by NYU Skirball Center, Danspace Project, Gibney Dance, Mount Tremper Arts Center, UC Davis and among other dance organizations. Her latest work “Disappearing Altogether” premiered at Sarah Lawrence College last May. Nishimura is a recipient of Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists Award 2019, and was a cover artist in the May issue of Dance Magazine 2021. Nishimura completed her MFA at Bennington College in 2021, and currently teaches at the school.

Samita Sinha, a brown woman in faux fur stole stands in profile at a microphone. A self portrait of Mina Nishimura. devynn emory , lightskinned transgender ingi-queer leaning against tree with grey buttonned-down shirt and cap. JD's face is pictured with the collar of her yellow t-shirt visible.
Samita Sinha (photo: Yanissa Grand Pierre), Mina Nishimura (photo: courtesy the artist), devynn emory (photo: courtesy the artist), JD Samson (photo: Mari Juliano.

A Ritual of Return

*This event is now sold out. Due to limited capacity and Covid restrictions, we won’t be taking a wait list for this event. We hope there are more opportunities to see you at Danspace in the near future!*

RSVP HERE

Due to limited capacity we ask that you only RSVP if you’re planning to attend!

Proof of vaccination is required for attendance of anyone 12 years of age or older. Please show documentation at the door. Face coverings must be worn. Questions? Ben@danspaceproject.org.

Location: The Gardens at St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery, 131 East 10th Street (at 2nd Avenue), New York, NY. Please enter the Church on 11th Street.

Danspace Project invites you to an intimate celebration in the gardens of St. Mark’s Church, marking the first public event at our home in the East Village since March, 2020.

This gathering will feature offerings by artists devynn emory, Samita Sinha, and Mina Nishimura, and music mixed by musician and DJ JD Samson. devynn emory is a mixed Lenape/Blackfoot transgender choreographer, dance artist, bodyworker, ceremonial guide, acute care and hospice nurse working as a COVID-19 nurse in NYC. Last winter, Danspace premiered emory’s film deadbird and accompanying public grief altar at Prospect Park in Brooklyn in March, 2021. Artist and composer Samita Sinha was a 2020 Kin & Care Research Fellow, and in her work, investigates origins of voice, synthesizing training in Hindustani (North Indian) classical music, Bengali Baul tradition, and embodied energetic practices to create a decolonized, bodily, multivalent language of vibration and transformation. Sinha’s monthly Breathing Room vocal sessions provided Danspace’s community with a virtual space to connect during the height of the pandemic. Mina Nishimura is a dance artist with an interest in the relationship between internal landscapes and external forms. Nishimura is among the 4 artists who will be in-residence at Danspace this year. JD Samson is a renowned artist, musician, songwriter, curator, producer, and DJ. A member of influential musical groups Le Tigre and MEN, song others, Samson is Assistant Arts Professor at NYU’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music.


Accessibility: The 11th street entrance to St. Mark’s Church includes a stone step. If needed, please request the use of the wheelchair accessible street-level main entrance on 10th street at any time. A wheelchair accessible one stall restroom will be available. The event will be held outside on smooth concrete, cobblestoned, or grassed grounds. Chairs will be placed throughout space. Please ask a staff member if you need an extra chair. To submit an accessibility request, please email seta@danspaceproject.org.
Christopher hugs a coat made of grass and conjures up the image of a raging mountain. His facial expression is intense and his forehead is sweating.
Christopher “Unpezverde” Núñez. Photo: Kathryn Butler.

Renewal Residencies: Christopher “Unpezverde” Núñez

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.

Christopher “Unpezverde” Núñez is a Visually Impaired Choreographer and Accessibility Consultant with an interest in expanding audio description as an artistic medium.

“While traditional approaches to audio description involve a sighted person describing the dancers’ actions for a visually impaired audience, I became interested in performing the audio description myself as I performed. Rather than describing what a sighted person would see, my audio description centered my own low-vision perspective. I use my own voice as a tool to highlight my cultural, gender and disability identities that are audible in my speech, my accent, my word choice and my bilingualism,” he writes.

“For my Renewal Residency, I am interested in how the physical, emotional and spiritual processes of dance are intimately interconnected to our ancestral memory and how it informs audio description practices. As collaborators in this process, I have invited the artists, researchers and disability activists Krishna Washnburn, Marielys Burgos Melendez, and Michelle Mantioni, who will contribute from their experience in immigration, gender, and disability experiences.”

 

The inaugural 2021-2022 Renewal Residency artists are Jordan Demetrius Lloyd, Mina Nishimura, Christopher “Unpezverde” Núñez and Gillian WalshThis 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 danspaceproject.org for more info and updates!

(b. Costa Rica, Garífuna descendant) Christopher “Unpezverde” Núñez is a Visually Impaired Choreographer and Accessibility Consultant based in NYC. His performances have been presented at The Brooklyn Museum for The Immigrant Artist Biennale, The Kitchen, Movement Research at The Judson Church, The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art, Battery Dance Festival, Performance Mix Festival, among others. His work has been featured in publications such as The New York Times, The Brooklyn Rail and The Dance Enthusiast. He has held residencies at New Dance Alliance, Battery Dance, The Kitchen, Center for Performance Research and Movement Research (2020-2021 Mertz Gilmore Foundation Artist-in-Residence). Recent collaborations include “Dressing Up for Civil Rights” by William Pope L, presented at MoMA, The Museum of Modern Art and “La Procession” by Nacera Belaza presented at Danspace Project. Núñez was invited by the NYC Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs to share his story as a queer, disabled and formally undocumented artist during Immigrant Heritage Week 2020. Núñez received his green card in 2018 but he continues to be an advocate for the rights of undocumented, disabled and queer immigrants. He holds a BFA in Science in Performing Arts from the National University of Costa Rica.

Marguerite Hemmings. Photo: Scott Shaw.
Kristel Baldoz & Anh Vo. Photo courtesy the artists.

DraftWork: Marguerite Hemmings / Kristel Baldoz & Anh Vo

RSVP HERE

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.

Kristel Baldoz is a confused multidisciplinary artist and has self-diagnosed herself with melancholia. She graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts with a masters in Arts Politics.

Anh Vo is a dancer, writer, and activist. They create dance and produce text about pornography and queer relations, being and form, identity and abstraction, history and its colonial reality. 

Marguerite Hemmings is a Jamaican born, Jersey-raised, NYC-made performance artist/educator currently based in Philadelphia, USA.  They focus on one’s own body, one’s own way of moving, adapting, healing, releasing, protecting, changing, and connecting to the unseen. She is a master of body ceremonies. As a choreographer she specializes in emergent, improvisational and social dance movement styles and technologies, rooted in the story of the African Diaspora. She is researching the ancestral and subversive role of dance, and the dancer, throughout the African Diaspora and looks to conjure these technologies through all of their (present) work. They direct a multimedia endeavor called we free, which looks at the millennial and gen z approach to liberation through its music, social dance and social media. we free is centered in the livelihood and reparation of the African continent and diaspora. It’s a social experiment, a conversation, a non-performance, and in moments a critique of, the millennial and get z generations and what we are doing, right now, to be free. Visit wefreeee.com and their IG page: @margueriteangelicamonique to see more.

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