Programs – Danspace Project

Danspace Project Presents

Danspace’s mainstage performance series, which features 15-25 weeks of dance work by select local, national and international artists per year.

How to apply

Danspace Project does not have a formal application process (except DraftWork, see below) and work is reviewed by the Executive Director, Program Director and guest curators throughout the year. Artists are welcome to submit materials but due to the high volume of solicitations Danspace cannot guarantee a response to unsolicited proposals (please do not send hard copies of videos or other materials). You are welcome to invite Danspace Project program staff to a performance or rehearsal as an introduction to your work. Please note that this is a process that often takes several years and there are no deadlines.


Since their inception in 2009-10, Danspace Project’s Platforms have been a signature program. The Platforms are multi-week series of performances and events organized by guest artist curators. The Platforms were conceived by Danspace Project executive director and chief curator Judy Hussie-Taylor as “exhibitions that unfold over time” and enact curation as a process of collaborative inquiries delving into artistic, choreographic and curatorial concerns. Fourteen Platforms have been held to date, each accompanied by a print catalogue.

Platforms to date:
Platform 2010: i get lost, curated by Ralph Lemon, Jan.-Apr. 2010 | Catalogue
Platform 2010: back to new york city, curated by Juliette Mapp, Apr.-May 2010 | Catalogue
Platform 2011: certain difficulties, certain joy, curated by Trajal Harrell, Sept.-Oct. 2010 | Catalogue
Platform 2011: Body Madness, curated by Judy Hussie-Taylor & David Parker, Feb.-Apr. 2010 | Catalogue
Platform 2011: Retro(intro)spective: Susan Rethorst, curated by Melinda Ring, May-Jun. 2011 | Catalogue
Platform 2012: Judson Now, curated by Judy Hussie-Taylor, Sept.-Dec. 2012 | Catalogue
Platform 2012: Parallels, curated by Ishmael Houston-Jones, Feb.-Mar. 2012 | Catalogue
Platform 2014: Diary of an Image, curated by DD Dorvillier, May-Jun. 2014 | Catalogue
Platform 2015: Dancers, Buildings and People in the Streets, curated by Claudia La Rocco, Feb.-Mar. 2015 | Catalogue
Platform 2016: A Body in Places: Eiko Otake, curated by Lydia Bell & Judy Hussie-Taylor, Feb.-Mar. 2016 | Catalogue | Journal Issue #2
Platform 2016: Lost & Found, curated by Ishmael Houston-Jones & Will Rawls, Oct.-Nov. 2016 | Catalogue | Journal Issue #4
Platform 2018: Dancing Platform Praying Grounds: Blackness, Churches, and Downtown Dance, curated by Reggie Wilson, Feb.-Mar. 2018 | Catalogue | Journal Issue #7
Platform 2020: Utterances From the Chorus, curated by Okwui Okpokwasili & Judy Hussie-Taylor, Feb.-Mar. 2020 | Catalogue Volume 1 | Catalogue Volume 2 | Journal Issue #10

Conversations Without Walls

Conversations Without Walls (CWW) was designed to bring together voices of artists, curators, scholars, writers, and more, into long-form roundtable discussions. The content of these conversations are intentionally wide ranging and artist driven—they can provide further context and insight into an artist’s research, reflect on a Danspace Project program, unpack methodologies and practices, or reflect on larger systemic and structural issues that impact artists today.

Food For Thought

One of Danspace Project’s longest running programs, Food For Thought presents multiple artists over one weekend with a different guest curator each evening. Food For Thought collects canned food donations over the course of the run to support East Village food distribution programs. Recent guest curators have included Bruce Andrews, Andrew Dinwiddie, Lindsey Dietz-Marchant, Jeanine Durning, Christine Shan Shan Hou, Iréne Hultman, Jenn Joy and Noémie Solomon, Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, Jen Rosenblit, Stacy Szymaszek, and David Thomson, among others.

Community Programs


Curated by Ishmael Houston-Jones, the DraftWork series hosts informal Saturday afternoon performances that offer choreographers an opportunity to show their work in various stages of development. Performances are followed by discussions and informal receptions, allowing for conversation and exchange between artists and audiences.

Community ACCESS

Community ACCESS provides subsidized off-season rental opportunities for Danspace Project community members.

Movement Research Festival and MELT series

Danspace hosts the annual Movement Research Fall Festival, as well as a variety of Movement Research daytime class offerings and the 5-week summer MELT workshop series. Visit for upcoming class and event schedules.

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