A Ritual of Return – Danspace Project
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A Ritual of Return

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.

*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!*


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.
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