DraftWork: Da’ Von W. Doane / Maya Lee-Parritz – Danspace Project
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DraftWork: Da’ Von W. Doane / Maya Lee-Parritz

Woman with blue eyes looks into the upper corner of the frame.
Da' Von W. Doane. Photo: Rachel Neville. Maya Lee-Parritz. Photo: Injinash Unshin.


This event will take place online via Zoom.
A link will be sent to registrants via email 30 minutes prior to the event.
Registration closes 30 minutes prior to the event.

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.

Accessibility: Captioning will be provided for all DraftWork programs. 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.

Da’ Von W. Doane is a former leading dance artist with Dance Theatre of Harlem. He was named one of Dance Magazines Top 25 to Watch in 2014 and a Point Magazine Stand Out in 2017. Da’ Von is originally from Salisbury Maryland, where he began his dance training. Since 2012 Da’ Von has been a leading member of The Dance Theatre of Harlem and has performed in works by Donald Byrd, Tanya Wideman and Thaddeus Davis, Helen Picket, Francesca Harper, Arthur Mitchell, Billy Wilson, Darrell Moultrie, Claudia Schreier, Robert Garland, George Balanchine, Royston Maldoom, Nacho Duato and Ulysses Dove. As a guest artist Da’ Von has appeared in Galas and Festivals in Vail Colorado, Cancun Mexico, And Poland, as well as Guggenheim works in process, E- Moves at Harlem Stage in NYC, and The Virginia Arts Festival. His Choreography has been presented numerous times in NYC by Periapsis Music and Dance, Bryant Park Presents, The Thelma Hill Performing Arts Center and the 92nd Str Y. Da’ Von is currently Associate Adjunct Faculty and an MFA candidate at University of the Arts. Da’ Von’s current research focuses on the fluctuations in energetic frequencies in and around the body causing us to shapeshift according to our intended purposes.

Maya Lee-Parritz is a dancer, choreographer, and poet based in New York City. She has shown her choreographic work at the Center for Performance Research, the Brooklyn Ballet, Movement Research at the Judson Church,  Triskelion Arts, and the Vale of Cashmere in Prospect Park as part of the City Artist Corps public arts program. Maya was one of the emerging artists commissioned to create a new work by The Shed for their inaugural Open Call program.

Ishmael Houston-Jones is a choreographer, author, performer, teacher, and curator. His improvised dance and text work has been performed worldwide. He has received three New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Awards for collaborations with writer Dennis Cooper, choreographers Miguel Gutierrez and Fred Holland and composers Chris Cochrane and Nick Hallett. Houston-Jones curated Danspace Project’s Platform 2012: Parallels, which concentrated on choreographers from the African diaspora and postmodernism and co-curated with Will Rawls Platform 2016: Lost & Found. Houston-Jones’ work has been supported by The Herb Alpert Foundation, The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, The Foundation for Contemporary Arts and The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation.

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