Events – Danspace Project
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

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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 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 seta@danspaceproject.org.

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.

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 danspaceproject.org 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 jordandlloyd.com

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