Conversations Without Walls: Jordan Demetrius Lloyd & Gillian Walsh with David Thomson – Danspace Project
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Conversations Without Walls: Jordan Demetrius Lloyd & Gillian Walsh with David Thomson

Jordan sits on the floor with one knee bent, and their elbow resting on their knee connecting their hand to their head. They have a subtle smile and are wearing a green sweater. Gillian sitting in front of a brick wall watching rehearsal with a large shadow of a dancer on the wall next to her.​ David Thomson​, a dark brown man​,​ body in profile, with a fully shaved head and salt & pepper soul patch, head turned towards camera with a slight smile.
Jordan Demetrius Lloyd. Photo: Aundre Larrow. Gillian Walsh. Photo: Res. David Thomson. Photo: Mark Poucher.


This event will stream via YouTube.
A link will be sent to registrants via email 30 minutes prior to the stream.
Registration closes 30 minutes prior to the event.

Danspace’s signature long-form conversation series presents a virtual conversation between 2021-22 Renewal Residency Artists Jordan Demetrius Lloyd and Gillian Walsh with facilitator and 2021-22 Research Fellow, David Thomson. Danspace’s Renewal Residencies are an open and flexible program created as an urgent and necessary response to the needs of these artists this year. The Research Fellows are dance artists who have long term relationships with Danspace. In dialogue with each other and Danspace’s curatorial team, the Fellows are providing feedback informing organizational change and curatorial development. Winter 2022  Conversations Without Walls will explore and unpack field-wide structures that dance makers are currently facing, resisting, and navigating creatively.  

“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 Lloyd. “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.” Working with dance as a site of psychospiritual friction, Gillian Walsh produces long, meditative, highly formal choreographies, “I find myself deeper in [a] turn toward mysticism, thinking about God and the materiality of the body, as global crisis worsens.” During her residency, Walsh is developing a new ballet considering grief and new modes of transcendence.

Accessibility: Captioning will be provided for all Conversations Without Walls programs. A phone number will be provided so that the YouTube chat may be accessed audibly. For further inquiry, feedback, or to submit specific access requests, please email

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

Gillian Walsh is a choreographer and performer from Brooklyn, NY. Her work has recently been presented by The Watermill Center, Performance Space New York, The Kitchen, and Performa.

David Thomson is a collaborative interdisciplinary artist whose history encompasses work with Remy Charlip, Bebe Miller, Trisha Brown(’87-’93),  Grisha Coleman|Hot Mouth, Ralph Lemon, Sekou Sundiata, Tracie Morris, Meg Stuart, Marina Abramović, Yvonne Rainer, Deborah Hay, Alain Buffard, Maria Hassabi, Yanira Castro, Daria Faïn, Kaneza Schaal and Okwui Okpokwasili among many others. His current practice interrogates our unconscious narratives regarding presence/absence and identity, creating performance installations in a range of temporal forms from short works to durational tasks, that sabotage assumptions to provoke reimagining. Thomson has been awarded fellowships from United States Artists|Ford, NYFA in Choreography, MacDowell, Yaddo, and The Rauschenberg Foundation.  He is currently a Mabou Mines Associate Artist and a LMCC Extended Life Fellow (2018-21). He’s received Bessies for Sustained Achievement (2001) and Outstanding Production (2018).  In 2017, he initiated The Sustainability Project with Kate Watson-Wallace, which serves as a platform and practice that seeks to expand the discourse surrounding ideas of financial, artistic, and personal empowerment within the  arts community. Thomson has served on the faculties of Movement Research, NYU/Experimental Theater Wing, Sarah Lawrence, The New School, Barnard, Bennington and Pratt as well as teaching internationally.

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