DEAN MOSS Program – Danspace Project


Your marks and surface

Danspace Project pays respect to Lenape peoples. We acknowledge that this work is situated on the Lenape island of Manhahtaan (Mannahatta) in Lenapehoking, the Lenape homeland. We pay respect to Lenape land, water, and ancestors past, present, and future.

Your marks and surface
by Dean Moss
(for HGM, DG, and HRW Keith)

February 23-25, 2023

This evening runs approximately 60 minutes.

Performance: Sawami Fukuoka and Dean Moss
Original Music Composition: Stephen Vitiello
Painting: “Dean Moss” (2017) by Angela Dufresne
Lighting Design: Carol Mullins
Produced by Gametophyte Inc.
Production Assistants: Emma Mary Engel and Bella Kubo
Concept, Direction, Choreography, Audio/Visual Design, Text: Dean Moss

Dean Moss is an interdisciplinary choreographer and video artist. He directs a project based company called Gametophyte Inc. Dean is the recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in Choreography; the Doris Duke Impact Award in Theatre; a Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Artists Grant; plus fellowships in both Choreography and Multidisciplinary Works from the New York Foundation for the Arts. He was awarded a “Bessie” for his work ‘Spooky action at a distance”. Curator of Dance and Performance at The Kitchen from 1999-2004 and a Curatorial Advisor until 2009, Dean currently guest lectures on video and performance composition in the department of Kinetic Imaging at Virginia Commonwealth University. He serves as a director for the Foundation for Contemporary Arts.

Born in Osaka Japan, Sawami Fukuoka graduated Saga Art College in Kyoto 1999. She was selected for the scholarship program at ImPluzTanz Danse Festival in Vienna Austria in 2001. In 2002, joined Amsterdam based dance company Emio Greco | PC touring worldwide until 2013. Since working as a freelance dance artist Sawami was featured in Yasuko Yokoshi’s “Zero-One” in 2014 and “Shuffleyomamba” in 2019. She has recently appeared in two video works by Moss, “demand me for the reckoning” (2021) and “untitled:embrace” (2022).

Emma Engel is a multidisciplinary performance artist based in New York. She has worked professionally as an artist specializing in dance and original choreography since attending The Martha Graham Dance School in her teens. Emma has a BA in Contemporary Dance from The New School where she had the honor of working with Moss, Rebecca Stenn, Reggie Wilson, Neil Greenberg, Keely Garfield among others. Most recently she founded the independent company Bristol Mary Dance which has toured nationally. Emma is honored to be working with Dean Moss on the production of this project.

KUBO is a third generation Japanese American artist born in Oshawa, Ontario (Haudenosaunee Land). KUBO has exhibited work at The Anderson Gallery and CandelaGallery in Richmond, Detroit Artists Market, Sechrest Gallery of Art, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Wing Luke Museum, and on Governors Island in New York City. KUBO received a Bachelors in Studio Art from Oakland University in 2018 and a Masters of Fine Arts in Kinetic Imaging from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2022. KUBO currently lives and works in New York City.

Carol Mullins first designed lighting for Danspace in 1978 for Andy de Groat. She’s been a resident Lighting Designer here for 40 years. She’s received 3 Bessies (New York Dance and Performance Awards) and one OBIE for her lighting.


Special Thanks to Sawami Fukuoka upon whose artistry much of the work rests; to the dance artist Kacie Chang and poet Sandra Lui who did such fine deep research for the YMS’s early development; to Marya Warshaw for the invitation to the Petronio Center which fundamentally changed the nature of the work; to Angela Dufresne for the loan of her stunning and essential artwork; to Stephen Vitiello for his subtle affecting music, and long collaborative partnership; to Carol Mullins for her depth of theatrical understanding, and her beautiful lights; to Ryutaro Mishima for his amazing photography; to Bella and Emma for their brilliant assistance; to Judy Hussie-Taylor, Seta Morton and the staff of Danspace Project for their unwavering constancy and patience, to my Board of Directors – Josh Lubin-Levy, Charlotte Mendelaar, Christina Yang, and Marya Warshaw – without whose generosity and dedicated support Gametophyte Inc. would not exist.


Your marks and surface was supported by resident faculty studio space at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2017; developmental performances at Hercules Gallery 2018 (with Grey Macmurray, Samita Sinha, Shane Solow), and Columbia University 2019 curated by Alessandra Gomez; a 2019-2022 Rosin Resident Artist Project/Movement Research residency; a 2020 Technical Residency at the Center for Performance Research; a 2021 Artist in Residence at Petronio Residency Center. Additionally, Gametophyte Inc. received grants during COVID-19 from NYS Dance Force 2020 and Dance/NYC 2020, 2022. Danspace Project commissioned and supported Your marks and surface, as well as Moss’ 2020 film Untitled (perfect human). Individual donations for YMS were gratefully received from Cecily Brown, Lisa Evreinoff, Ryutaro Ishikane, and Kathryn Sanders.

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Danspace Project presents new work in dance, supports a diverse range of choreographers in developing their work, encourages experimentation, and connects artists to audiences.

For almost 50  years, Danspace Project has supported a vital community of contemporary dance artists in an environment unlike any other in the United States. Located in the historic St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery, Danspace shares its facility with the Church, The Poetry Project, and New York Theatre Ballet. Danspace Project’s Commissioning Initiative has commissioned over 570 new works since its inception in 1994.

Since 2010, we have produced fourteen Platforms, published fourteen print catalogues and five e-books, launched the Conversations Without Walls discussion series, and explored models for public discourse and residencies.

Danspace Project Values Statement

Executive Director & Chief Curator: Judy Hussie-Taylor
Deputy Director: Jodi Bender
Communications Director: Lily Cohen
Development & Communications Manager: Severine Kaufman
Program Director/Associate Curator: Seta Morton
Director of Development: Tricia Pierson
Program & Operations Manager: Rosaly Ruiz
Grants Manager: Nora Thompson
Production Manager: Niko Tsocanos
House Managers: Jordan Morley & Emily C. Wong
Box Office Managers: Niala, Antonio Irizarry, Ella Wasserman Smith

Consultants & Special Projects
Lighting Designers: Kathy Kaufmann & Carol Mullins
DraftWork Curator: Ishmael Houston-Jones
House Photographer: Ian Douglas

Board of Directors
President: Melissa Levin
Vice President: David Parker
Secretary: Rashaun Mitchell
Treasurer: Judilee Reed
Officer-at-Large: Anthony Calnek
Officer-at-Large: Helen Warwick
Yona Backer
Suzanne Bocanegra
Trisha Brown, In Memoriam, 2006-2017
Douglas Dunn, Emeritus
David Fanger
Ishmael Houston-Jones, Emeritus
Judy Hussie-Taylor
Thomas Lax
Ralph Lemon, Emeritus
Bebe Miller, Emeritus
Sam Miller, In Memoriam, 2013-2018
Sarah Needham
Eiko Otake
Nina Winthrop

Danspace Project gratefully acknowledges the private support of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters ArtsForward Program, made possible through support from the Mellon Foundation; The Joseph and Joan Cullman Foundation for the Arts; The Barbara Bell Cumming Charitable Trust; The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation; Howard Gilman Foundation; The Harkness Foundation for Dance; Marta Heflin Foundation; Humanities New York with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities​​; Jerome Foundation; Lambent Foundation Fund, a fund of the Tides Foundation; the Mellon Foundation; Mertz Gilmore Foundation; The New York Community Trust—George N. and Mary D. Lindsay Fund; Jerome Robbins Foundation; James E. Robison Foundation; The Fan Fox & Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Inc.; The Shubert Foundation; and the Henry Luce Foundation, the Teiger Foundation, and Willem de Kooning Foundation, through the Coalition of Small Arts.

Danspace Project programs are made possible in part through public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature; the NYS DanceForce (a partnership program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature); and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

Danspace Project extends special thanks to City Council members including Cultural Affairs Committee Chair Chi Ossé, District 2 representative Carlina Rivera, and Speaker Adrienne E. Adams; New York State Senator Brad Hoylman, and State Assembly Member Deborah J. Glick for their advocacy and support; as well as gratitude for Senator Charles E. Schumer’s visionary leadership of the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program.

Danspace Project receives additional support from Ford Foundation, Moody’s Foundation, and The William Penn Foundation through matching gift programs. 

Special thanks to the following supporters for their generosity in many forms throughout the years: Elise Bernhardt and fleur elise bkln, the Joseph S. and Diane H. Steinberg Charitable Trust, Ozone Design, and Ugly Duckling Presse.


Leadership Supporters: Jody & John Arnhold, Yona Backer*, Suzanne Bocanegra* & David Lang, Carol Bryce-Buchanan, Anthony Calnek* & Linda Sugin, Barbara Bertozzi Castelli, David L. Fanger & Martin Wechsler, Vallejo Gantner, Judy Hussie-Taylor*, Thomas J. Lax* & Andrew Wallace, Melissa Levin*, Carol LeWitt, Frances Milberg, Timothy & Virginia Millhiser, Rashaun Mitchell & Silas Riener, Sarah Needham*, Eiko Otake*, David Parker*, Jana Reed, Judilee Reed*, Sara Rudner, Martha Sherman, Linda Stein, Pat Steir, Christina L. Sterner & Steve Poses, Helen* & Peter Warwick, Nina Winthrop*, David & Monica Zwirner

Danspace Project would like to acknowledge the generosity of former Board member and ongoing Leadership Supporter Terry Creach, who passed away suddenly last fall. Our heartfelt gratitude for his support of Danspace, in many ways, for many years.

$5,000+ Michelle Coffey, Diana DiMenna, Becky Goldring, Colleen Keegan

$1,000+ Jody Oberfelder, Muna Tseng, Lucy Vasserman, Sarah Arison, Paul Bader, Niki Berg, Julio Cabanillas, Kim Chan, Sara Coffey, Aidan Connolly, Paula Cooper, Katie Dixon, Hilary Easton & Joshua McHugh, Jane Hait, Pearl Huang, Mara Isaacs, Chui Lim Tsang, Pat Matthews, Amy Schwartzman, Kimberly Ayers Shariff, Joseph S. & Diane H. Steinberg, Kenneth Tabachnick, Anthony Zisa

$500+ Lillian Cho, Jane Comfort, Rachel Cooper, Donald L. Creach, Jacqueline Z. Davis, Kamilah Forbes, Boo Froebel, Kathy Halbreich, Philip Himberg, Elise Jaffe, Brad Learmonth, Elizabeth Liguori, Kitty Lung, Cynthia Mayeda, Joseph V. Melillo, Jana Reed, Yancey Richardson, Mark Russell, Miranda Schiller, David Sheingold, Linda Shelton, C. Adair Smith, Crispy Soloperto, Allan Sperling, Elise Thoron, Lisa Yancey, Jenny Yee

$250+ Philip Bither, Carol Bryce-Buchanan, Amy Cassello, Phyllis Fanger, Susan Feder, Robert Flynt, Kennis Hawkins, Robert Henderson, Cristina King Miranda, Donald Kursch, Zoe Leonard, Esther McGowan, Anne B. Miller, maura nguyën donohue, Madeleine Nichols, Alessandra Nicifero, Derek Sands, Carrie Schneider, David Thomson, Kay Turner, Jennifer Wright Cook

$100+ Martita Abril, Myriam Barenbaum, Roslyn Biskin, Tiffany Brathwaite, Art Bridgman, Travis Chamberlain, Nora Chavooshian, Peggy Cheng & Christopher Morrow, Ping Chong, Jean Cook, Nancy Dalva, Gail Donnenfeld, Toni Dorfman, Susan Dowling-Griffiths, Douglas Dunn, Ruth Eisenberg, Peter Eisenhauer, Molissa Fenley, Melanie George, Michal Ginach, Sheri & Robert Gold, Abby Harris Holmes, Christopher Hibma, Huong Hoang, Stephen Hoffman, Sarah Hooker, Daonne Huff, Ethan Kaufman, Jennifer Kessler, Katinka Kleijn, Marion Koltun, Phyllis Lamhut, Susan Marshall, Daniel Mauk, Brian McCormick, Lisa Nelson, Claudia Norman, Tere O’Connor, Morgan Pecelli, Tricia Pierson, Seemin Qayum, Liz & Kirk Radke, Alexandra Ripp, Davison Scandrett, Elizabeth Schwartz, Diego Segalini, Vicky Shick, Janet Stapleton, Lena Stringari, Erica Sweany, Linnaea Tillett, Richard Tsao, Laurie Uprichard, Aynsley Vandenbroucke, Eleanor Wallace, Gwen Welliver, Marya Wethers, Bruce Williams, James Wright

As of 2/22/23

*Danspace Project Board member

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