Events – Danspace Project
Samita Sinha by Shervin Lainez; Alice Sheppard by Beverlie Lord; Angie Pittman, photo courtesy of the artist; Larissa Velez-Jackson, photo courtesy of artist; devynn emory, photo courtesy of the artist; iele paloumpis by Adrien Weibgen; Jaamil Olawale Kosoko by Nile Harris; Asiya Wadud by Ian Douglas.

Danspace Project’s Winter 2021 Season

Danspace Project’s digital Winter 2021 season is here! Visit the calendar for more info on:

devynn emory‘s latest work, deadbird, which takes form as a virtual film, website, and a public grieving altar in outdoor locations. The film premieres on March 31 and will open with a live conversation between emory and Okwui Okpokwasili.

The return of Danspace Project’s DraftWork series, curated by Ishmael Houston-Jones, with work in development by J. Bouey, and other artists to-be-announced!

Sprawling and intimate conversations between our curatorial team and our 2020 Artist Research Fellows have led to critical reflection, dreaming, and deep connection. The Fellows: devynn emory, Larissa Velez-Jackson, Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, iele paloumpis, Angie Pittman, and Alice Sheppard will return for this season’s digital Conversations Without Walls series.

Samita Sinha’s ongoing monthly vocal series, Breathing Room, continues with special guests Eiko Otake, Okwui Okpokwasili, and Ash Fure. Space is limited!

All events are FREE or sliding scale with RSVP!

Stay tuned to our Online Journal: Writer Asiya Wadud guest curates a series, one looped year but the lake for Danspace Project’s Online Journal with invited artists including: Jesse Darling, devynn emory, Tarik Kiswansan, Anaïs Maviel, and Angie Pittman.

MORE INFO ON THE CALENDAR!

Samita smiles while looking into the camera and holding a small wooden string instrument in one hand. She wears a cozy grey sweater and white earphones. Another string instrument sits in the background.
Samita Sinha, Breathing Room session, 2020.

Samita Sinha: Breathing Room

This event will take place online via Zoom. A link will be sent to registrants approximately 30 minutes in advance of each session.

Space is limited! If a session is full, please check back on Tuesday, February 16 for waitlist information.

Wednesday, January 13, 2021 | 10am-1pm (ET) | REGISTER HERE
Wednesday, February 17, 2021 | 10am-1pm (ET) | REGISTER HERE
Wednesday, March 17, 2021 | 10am-1pm (ET) | REGISTER HERE
Wednesday, April 21, 2021 | 10am-1pm (ET) | REGISTER HERE

This month’s invited guest is Eiko Otake.

Admission: Sliding scale of $0-$20 per session. Participants are invited to choose what to pay based on your circumstances. We ask that you be honest with yourself and your financial situation. You are welcome to attend for FREE if that makes the most sense for you.

In this series, artist and composer Samita Sinha will lead participants in vocal practice, rooted in Indian tradition, that invites the wilderness of the body and opens connective channels of vibration. Each practice session will be followed by an in-depth conversation with participants and an invited guest artist.


Accessibility: Please email seta@danspaceproject.org to request CART live captioning or any other access requests. Requests should be submitted at least three weeks ahead of any one session.

Artist and composer Samita Sinha investigates origins of voice: quantum entanglement of listening and sounding, how voice emerges from body and consciousness, and how voice is claimed and rescued from voicelessness. She synthesizes 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 sound and performance works have been commissioned by Asia Society, Performance Space 122 and Invisible Dog Art Center, Danspace, Rubin Museum, Queens Museum, and Gibney Dance, and presented by The Kitchen, Wexner Center for the Arts, REDCAT, PICA, National Sawdust and others. She has received awards from National Endowment for the Arts, Fulbright Foundation, National Performance Network, New York State Council on the Arts and the Ucross/Alpert Residency Prize, and collaborated across disciplines with artists including Okwui Okpokwasili and Peter Born, Ralph Lemon, Sunny Jain and Grey Mcmurray, Fiona Templeton, Daria Fain, Julia Ulehla, Robert Ashley, Dani Restack, Sunil Bald, and Aki Onda. Sinha teaches voice through many channels—in addition to private lessons and workshops, she has in recent years taught at Princeton University, Swarthmore College, Movement Research, Rubin Museum, Centro Nacional de las Artes (CENART) in Mexico City, and New York Asian Women’s Center.

devynn has short cropped straight brown hair and has eyes cast down at the camera with a slightly furrowed brow and a small hoop ring hanging from their septum, they are wearing a straw brimmed hat with a striped string looped loosely under their chin. Angie has layered dark brown locks stopping at the top of her shoulders, her brown eyes are piercing as she looks directly forward at the camera and she is wearing a blue shirt hanging slightly off of one shoulder. 
devynn emory and Angie Pittman. Photos courtesy of the artists.

Conversations Without Walls: devynn emory & Angie Pittman

RSVP HERE

This conversation will take place on YouTube. A link to view the conversation will be sent to registrants via email 30 minutes prior to the stream. RSVP is required for access to the stream!

In Fall 2020, Danspace Project invited six Artist Research Fellows, devynn emory, Larissa Velez-Jackson, Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, iele paloumpis, Angie Pittman, and Alice Sheppard to gather virtually with Danspace’s curatorial team. They responded to Danspace’s digital programming, the shifting landscape of dance, making and presenting, pedagogy, and programming. These sprawling and intimate conversations led to critical reflection, dreaming, and deep connection. Each of the Artist Research Fellows will return in our Winter 2021 digital Conversations Without Walls (CWW) series

In this CWW, dance artist, dance educator, and choreographer, Angie Pittman, and dance artist, choreographer, bodyworker, and acute care and hospice nurse, devynn emory, continue a conversation on acknowledging land and site. This conversation was first sparked by research emory and Pittman conducted as 2019-2020 Kin & Care Research Group Fellows that continued during their Fall 2020 Research Group Fellowship. Their crystallized research titled “Acknowledging Grief and Rage Through Land and Site” was read during the Platform 2020 Kin & Care event and will be published in the forthcoming Volume II of Danspace Project Platform 2020: Utterance From The Chorus catalogue.

Pittman (Black, African American) and emory (mixed race, Lenape/Blackfoot) center and invite Black and Indigenous healing. They are friends acknowledging land and site through storytelling, ritual, and ancestral connections through time and space. These artists ask us all to consider how we take responsibility for the spaces we occupy? Where have we come from and where are we going? 

The CWW digital series are pre-recorded and will be streamed on YouTube and archived on Danspace Project’s online Journal at danspaceproject.org/journal.

More about the Conversations Without Walls series


Accessibility: This program will be captioned.

devynn emory is a mixed Lenape/Blackfoot transgender choreographer, dance artist, bodyworker, ceremonial guide, acute care and hospice nurse currently working as a COVID-19 nurse in NYC. emory’s performance company devynnemory/beastproductions draws from their multiple in-between states of being, holding space for liminal bodies bridging multiple planes of transition. Their formal dance training pulls on mathematical and mapped scores to support bodies decolonizing and bleeding human truths, opening peep holes and revelations for collective performers and audiences. They are currently working on a trilogy centering medical mannequins processing transitional mediumship. “deadbird” with it’s touring public altar can anyone help me hold this body will be first. Cindy Sessions and “boiling-rain” are to follow which are interactive storytelling projects with an elder mannequin holding a collection of grandmother wisdom. As a healer they have dual licenses in “western” and “eastern” bodywork and run a private practice sage-massage that offers end of life consultation, channeled counseling and hands on care modalities in conversation with thresholds. You can find their work at devynnemory.com and sage-massage.

Angie Pittman is a New York based Bessie award-winning dance artist. Her choreographic work has been performed at The Kitchen, Gibney Dance, BAAD!, Movement Research at Judson Church, Triskelion Arts, STooPS, The Domestic Performance Agency, The KnockDown Center, The Invisible Dog, and Danspace Project. Angie has had the pleasure of dancing in work by MBDance, Ralph Lemon, Tere O’Connor, Cynthia Oliver, Anna Sperber, Donna Uchizono Company, Jennifer Monson, Kim Brandt, Tess Dworman, Antonio Ramos and many others.  Angie has also had the joy of being able to create collaboratively with Jasmine Hearn, Jonathan Gonzalez, Athena Kokoronis, and Anita Mullin.  She holds a MFA in Dance and Choreography with a graduate minor in African American Studies, and is a M’Singha Wuti certified teacher of the Umfundalai technique. Angie’s work resides in a space that investigates how the body moves through ballad, groove, sparkle, spirit, spirituals, ancestry, vulnerability, and power.

Samita smiles while looking into the camera and holding a small wooden string instrument in one hand. She wears a cozy grey sweater and white earphones. Another string instrument sits in the background.
Samita Sinha, Breathing Room session, 2020.

Samita Sinha: Breathing Room

*This session is now full. CLICK HERE TO JOIN THE WAITLIST and a Danspace staff member will be in touch with you if a spot becomes available. We will try our best to accommodate as many people as possible!*

This month’s invited guest is Okwui Okpokwasili.

Admission: Sliding scale of $0-$20 per session. Participants are invited to choose what to pay based on your circumstances. We ask that you be honest with yourself and your financial situation. You are welcome to attend for FREE if that makes the most sense for you.

In this series, artist and composer Samita Sinha will lead participants in vocal practice, rooted in Indian tradition, that invites the wilderness of the body and opens connective channels of vibration. Each practice session will be followed by an in-depth conversation with participants and an invited guest artist.

This event will take place online via Zoom. A link will be sent to registrants approximately 30 minutes in advance of each session.


Accessibility: Please email seta@danspaceproject.org to request CART live captioning or any other access requests. Requests should be submitted at least three weeks ahead of any one session.

Artist and composer Samita Sinha investigates origins of voice: quantum entanglement of listening and sounding, how voice emerges from body and consciousness, and how voice is claimed and rescued from voicelessness. She synthesizes 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 sound and performance works have been commissioned by Asia Society, Performance Space 122 and Invisible Dog Art Center, Danspace, Rubin Museum, Queens Museum, and Gibney Dance, and presented by The Kitchen, Wexner Center for the Arts, REDCAT, PICA, National Sawdust and others. She has received awards from National Endowment for the Arts, Fulbright Foundation, National Performance Network, New York State Council on the Arts and the Ucross/Alpert Residency Prize, and collaborated across disciplines with artists including Okwui Okpokwasili and Peter Born, Ralph Lemon, Sunny Jain and Grey Mcmurray, Fiona Templeton, Daria Fain, Julia Ulehla, Robert Ashley, Dani Restack, Sunil Bald, and Aki Onda. Sinha teaches voice through many channels—in addition to private lessons and workshops, she has in recent years taught at Princeton University, Swarthmore College, Movement Research, Rubin Museum, Centro Nacional de las Artes (CENART) in Mexico City, and New York Asian Women’s Center.

Larissa has her face in the left side of the frame only and she has dark brown curls framing her face and she wears bright red lipstick.
Jaamil Olawale Kosoko (photo by Nile Harris); Larissa Velez-Jackson (photo courtesy of the artist).

Conversations Without Walls: Jaamil Olawale Kosoko and Larissa Velez-Jackson

RSVP HERE

This conversation will take place on YouTube. A link to view the conversation will be sent to registrants via email 30 minutes prior to the stream.

In Fall 2020, Danspace Project invited six Artist Research Fellows, devynn emory, Larissa Velez-Jackson, Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, iele paloumpis, Angie Pittman, and Alice Sheppard to gather virtually with Danspace’s curatorial team. They responded to Danspace’s digital programming, the shifting landscape of dance, making and presenting, pedagogy, and programming. These sprawling and intimate conversations led to critical reflection, dreaming, and deep connection. Each of the Artist Research Fellows will return in our Winter 2021 digital Conversations Without Walls (CWW) series

In this CWW, performance artist & poet, Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, and choreographer, interdisciplinary artist & movement educator, Larissa Velez-Jackson, reconnect to continue threads of reflection and dreaming. At a moment when the pandemic remains far from over, Jaamil and Larissa both find themselves leaning into kinship, intimacy and rest as politics to devise theater, while de-centering liveness and stagecraft. They have been slowing down to embrace a different kind of artist’s hustle, one that uplifts healing, self-love and spirituality. Larissa and Jaamil discuss how these intentional shifts have become central to each artist’s personal “internal audit.” This CWW will be facilitated by Danspace’s Program Director & Associate Curator Benjamin Akio Kimitch.

The CWW digital series are pre-recorded and will be streamed on YouTube and archived on Danspace Project’s online Journal at danspaceproject.org/journal.

More about the Conversations Without Walls series

Jaamil Olawale Kosoko is a Nigerian American performance artist, poet, and curator originally from Detroit, MI. He is a 2020 Artist Residency Award Recipient from the Wexner Center for the Arts, 2019 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellow in Choreography, 2019 NPN Development Fund Awardee, a 2017-19 Princeton Arts Fellow, 2019 Red Bull Writing Fellow, 2018 NEFA NDP Production Grant recipient, and a 2017 Cave Canem Poetry Fellow. His creative practice draws from Black study, queer theories of the body, weaving together visual performance, lecture, ritual, and spiritual practice. His most recent works American Chameleon: The Living Installments (2020), Séancers (2017) and the Bessie nominated #negrophobia (2015), have toured internationally appearing in major festivals including: Tanz im August (Berlin), Moving in November (Finland), Within Practice (Sweden),TakeMeSomewhere (UK), Brighton Festival (UK), Oslo Teaterfestival (Norway), and Zürich MOVES! (Switzerland) among others. He is the author of two chapbooks and his poems and essays have been included in The American Poetry Review, The Dunes Review, The Broad Street Review, among others. Visit jaamil.com for more information. IG: chameleon_coalition

Larissa Velez-Jackson (LVJ) is a NYC-based choreographer, movement educator and multi-platform artist who uses improvisation as a tool for research and creation; blending dance, healing modalities, sound, internet art, humor and strategies of self-compassion in her original performance practice called, Star Pû Method (f.k.a. Star Crap Method). LVJ was nominated for a New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” award for Outstanding Emerging Choreographer and was awarded the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Grant to Artists, in 2016. www.larissavelez.com

two seated bodies- one human one mannequin, in chairs with a table in a field
Photo by Reilly Horan.

devynn emory: deadbird film premiere and conversation with Okwui Okpokwasili

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devynn emory’s latest work is a virtual conversation, film, public grief altar, and website archive. deadbird was scheduled to premiere as a live performance in Danspace’s Spring 2020 season. In response to the pandemic, Danspace has collaborated with emory to commission a reimagined life for deadbird. Stay tuned for more details and FAQ. 

deadbird is a new film by emory. It is part-critical commentary of the medical industrial complex that’s in friction with emory’s own ceremonial end-of-life care practice, and part-grief space for emory’s body as a hospice and COVID-19 nurse, spirit medium, and artist. deadbird is an invitation to “grieve in honor of the bodies and spirits who are our teachers as they leave this plane.” This work carries the complexities of death and dying, with a mannequin (voiced by Julia Bennett, Neil Greenberg, and Calvin Stalvig) playing multiple characters, telling stories of near-death experiences, pre-death visualizations, and transitions into the afterworld. On the evening of the premiere, emory will be joined by choreographer and writer Okwui Okpokwasili in conversation. Following the premiere, the film will be available for online viewing from April 1-3.

deadbird the film will offer instructions to engage the public grief altar, called can anybody help me hold this body, tended by emory and Joseph M. Pierce from April 1 through 3. The altar is an invitation to the public to be in ceremony together, to strategize how to hold a person’s last wishes, and practice grieving the layered pandemics of this time. 

Instructions on how to create a grief space of your own in another city or in a safe outdoor location near you will also be provided. The deadbird website will archive the living deadbird project and a gallery of altar offerings from the public collective grief altar project. Writes emory, “let us awaken to the call to grieve as an essential act of embodiment so that we remain resilient and connected to our awakening bodies, and each others.”

deadbird and can anybody help me hold this body begins in New York, and will extend this spring to the cities of Philadelphia, PA; Portland, OR; and Los Angeles, CA. In each location, the altar will be tended by a local BIPOC artist honoring the land they reside on.

The March 31 film premiere and conversation with Okpokwasili is a one-time livestream event. A link will be sent 30 minutes prior to the program, followed by instructions to engage the Altar from April 1-3 in NYC. Stay tuned!

 


Accessibility: The film and conversation will be captioned. More information on accessibility for the Altar location to follow. Please contact Seta@danspaceproject.org with questions.

devynn emory is a mixed Lenape/Blackfoot transgender choreographer, dance artist, bodyworker, ceremonial guide, acute care and hospice nurse currently working as a COVID-19 nurse in NYC. emory’s performance company devynnemory/beastproductions draws from their multiple in-between states of being, holding space for liminal bodies bridging multiple planes of transition. Their formal dance training pulls on mathematical and mapped scores to support bodies decolonizing and bleeding human truths, opening peep holes and revelations for collective performers and audiences. They are currently working on a trilogy centering medical mannequins processing transitional mediumship. “deadbird” with its touring public altar can anyone help me hold this body will be first. Cindy Sessions and “boiling-rain” are to follow which are interactive storytelling projects with an elder mannequin holding a collection of grandmother wisdom. As a healer they have dual licenses in “western” and “eastern” bodywork and run a private practice sage-massage that offers end of life consultation, channeled counseling and hands on care modalities in conversation with thresholds. You can find their work at devynnemory.com and sage-massage.

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