image from performance of treadmilldreamtimerunninginplace at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 2016
Grisha Coleman is a composer and choreographer in performance and experiential media, her work explores relationships among our physiological, technological and ecological systems. She works as an Associate Professor of Movement, Computation and Digital Media in the School of Arts, Media and Engineering [AME] and the School of Dance at Arizona State University. Her recent art and scholarly work echo::system is a springboard for re-imagining the environment, environmental change, and environmental justice. Coleman is a New York City native with an M.F.A. in Composition and Integrated Media from the California Institute of the Arts, following which she was awarded a fellowship at the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University. Her work has been recognized nationally and internationally including a 2012 National Endowment Arts in Media Grant [NEA], the 2014 Mohr Visiting Artist at Stanford University, and grants from the Rockefeller Fund, and The Creative Capital Foundation.
Leslie Cuyjet, A Salient Theme (2017), at La MaMa for LaMaMa Moves! Festival. Image by Scott Shaw. Originally premiered in 2016 at Center for Performance Research.
Leslie Cuyjet is a choreographer and performer based in New York. She has collaborated, contributed, co-directed, facilitated, designed, and danced with a range of artists since earning a BFA in dance at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Artists that include Kim Brandt, Yanira Castro/a canary torsi, Jane Comfort, David Gordon, Niall Noel Jones, Cynthia Oliver, Juliana F. May, Julian Barnett, Stephanie Acosta, Vanessa Walters, NARCISSISTER, Sean Donovan and Sebastián Calderón Bentin, Emily Wexler, David Thomson, Mark Dendy, The A.O. Movement Collective, and Will Rawls, among others. She has appeared in performances by Anohni, Meredith Monk, and Solange. Her independent work aims to unpack this personal archive that includes two decades of performing across postmodern and experimental forms through the lens of a black woman, using writing and choreography. Cuyjet has been presented in New York by La MaMa (La MaMa Moves! Festival/The Current Sessions), Gibney Dance (DoublePlus), Center for Performance Research (Fall Movement), Movement Research (Fall Festival, Movement Research at Judson Church), AUNTS (Realness, Populous), and Danspace Draftworks. Leslie has held the honor of being an artist-in-residence at Chez Bushwick (2016), Movement Research (2017-2018), and Center for Performance Research (2019), and Yaddo (2019)
I’m a movement-based artist taking on the world through a curious lens. I’m no stranger to swirling on the edge of impossible, swimming in the sea of the minority. A 2017 Bessie Award recipient for Outstanding Performance with The Skeleton Architecture, I’ve presented work throughout New York City and abroad. I’ve received generous support from the Bogliasco Fellowship, Gibney Dance, New York Live Arts, Actors Fund Summer Push Grant, and Dancing While Black Fellowship. I’m a proud alumna of EmergeNYC for activist performance, and have performed with/for sheros Sydnie L. Mosley, Paloma McGregor, Eva Yaa Asantewaa, Coco Karol, and Dancenoise. When not dancing, I enjoy writing about dance. I contribute written works to The Dance Enthusiast, Dance Magazine, and my personal blog. Currently, I am a co-host of The Dance Union podcast, a Movement Research Artist in Residence, and Spring Brooklyn Studios for Dance Artist in Residence. Stay tuned.
Fumihiro Kikuchi_Layers層Capas_Dance_2018_Pinea-Linea De Costa AIR
Fumihiro Kikuchi is a New York City based interdisciplinary dance artist from Japan, exploring cross-cultural understanding in the process of cognitive perspective. He thrives in collaborative partnerships with artists in other disciplines as his own artistic practice is interdisciplinary in nature. Fumihiro has presented his works at various festivals and venues including Pinea-Linea de Costa in Spain, Tempe Center for the Arts, Phoenix Art Museum, Center for Performance Research, Flux Factory, Phoenix Center for the Arts to name a few. In 2016 and 2018, he has invited as a guest choreographer at California State University, Fresno. Fumihiro has selected as an artist-in-residence at Marble House Project in Vermont (2019), Pinea-Linea de Costa in Spain, Jonah Bokaer Arts Foundation in New York (2018) and [nueBOX] in Arizona (2016). In addition to being a dancer and a choreographer, he has extensive experience in theatre production at various organizations. Fumihiro has designed costumes for performing artists and his lighting designs symbiotically support the development of his own work as well as his collaborations. He holds his MFA in Dance from Arizona State University and his BA in Theatre Arts and Dance from California State University, Fresno.