DraftWork: Martita Abril / Nora Alami
Saturday, December 17, at 3pm
Admission: Free with RSVP.
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Danspace Project’s DraftWork series hosts free, informal showings of new works in varying stages of development.
Showings are followed by a reception, conversation, and Q&A between the artists and DraftWork curator, Ishmael Houston-Jones.
Martita Abril is a performer, choreographer, and teaching artist from the border city of Tijuana, México. She’s worked with dance artists throughout México, South America, and the US, including Lux Boreal, Cristina Baquerizo, Kim Brandt, Yanira Castro, Yoshiko Chuma, Milka Djordjevich, Rebecca Davis, Simone Forti, Daria Fain and Robert Kocik, Kat Galasso, Allyson Green, Abigail Levine, Mina Nishimura, Cori Olinghouse, Okwui Okpokwasili, Will Rawls and Larissa Velez-Jackson. She’s been a PECDA Scholar as a “Young Creator” and received a Mexican national fellowship from FONCA to continue making work in New York City. Martita was selected for the Fresh Tracks Residency at New York Live Arts and has served as a mentor for the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Immigrant Artist Program since 2015. Her work has been seen at New York Live Arts, Sunday Service at The Knockdown Center curated by Yanira Castro, Movement Research (MR) at the Judson Church, CPR Performance Studio Open House, NYFA, HERE Art Center, Instituto de Cultura de Baja California, and site-specifics throughout NYC and Tijuana. She is currently the Programs and Events Manager at MR and coordinates MR at Judson Church on Monday nights. Martita-abril.org.
Nora Alami is a Moroccan-American dance artist currently living on the unceded lands of the Lenape-Hoking and Canarsie people, known as Brooklyn. Her choreography has been presented at the Triskelion Arts, Center for Performance Research, New York Live Arts, International Center of Photography, pOnderosa, Colorado College, and Movement Research at Judson Church. She has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, River to River Festival, and toured internationally at the 2018 Focus on Mediterranean Choreography platform in Castiglioncello and Spoleto, Italy. She has been awarded the New York Live Arts Fresh Tracks Choreographic Residency, Alliance for Artist Communities’ Diversity + Leadership Fellowship, and Miguel Gutierrez’s Landing 2.0. Recently, Nora was a 2021 JACK Resident Artist, a 2021 BRIClab: Performing Arts Resident Artist, and a recipient of the 2021 Rest and Restore Residency at The Petronio Center. While a 2022 Resident Artist at Triskelion Arts, Nora began creation on “The Eros Project”. She is in collaboration with Jadd Tank to develop a new work entitled “3rd Body” which was recently supported by the Houston Metropolitan Dance Center. Currently, Nora collaborates as a creative producer with Jasmine Hearn and on the Steering Committee for FAILSPACE.
DraftWork is presented, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.