DraftWork: Martita Abril + Jade Manns + Glenn Potter-Takata
Danspace Project’s DraftWork series hosts free, informal showings of new works in varying stages of development. This afternoon features performances by three NYC-based artists: Martita Abril, Jade Manns, and Glenn Potter-Takata.
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.
Jade Manns is a dancer, choreographer and co-founder of the artist-run performance space Pageant. She is based in New York.
Glenn Potter-Takata is a Bronx-based media designer and artist working in performance. His work has been presented in dance and gallery contexts around NYC as part of programs with Center for Performance Research, Abrons Art Center, Movement Research at Judson Church, Mabou Mines, WestFest, New Dance Alliance’s Performance Mix, Pioneers Go East’s Crossroads Series, Amanda + James’ Summer Happenings Series, Green Space, Triskelion Arts, Mizuma & Kips Wada Art, and Trotter&Sholer. His first solo gallery exhibition opened at Rogers Studio Gallery in Las Vegas in January of 2023. Glenn has been awarded residencies with Movement Research, CUNY Dance Initiative/Lehman College, Gibney Dance Center (Work Up 6.1), and Rogers Art Loft (Las Vegas, NV). Glenn is a 2023 Bronx Cultural Visions Fund Awardee, a 2022 MAP Fund Awardee, a 2022 Bronx Dance Fund Awardee, and a 2022 Mabou Mines SUITE/Space Fellow. As a performer, Glenn has worked with artists like Mina Nishimura, Kathy Westwater, Maho Ogawa, and Kestutis Nakas. Glenn received his MFA from Sarah Lawrence College, where he is currently a teacher of Sound Design and Video Design.