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NOW ACCEPTING PROPOSALS FOR 2024/2025 ARTIST RESIDENCIES IN TRINIDAD & TOBAGO. APPLY NOW!

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ARTISTS-IN-RESIDENCE 

Since 2010, The Dance & Performance Institute’s Artist in Residence Program has hosted artists from around the world who have engaged in the performance, study, research, teaching, and experimentation of movement and ideas of particular resonance to Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean. The breadth of these residencies guide the spirit of the Institute as a site “where vital conversations on the body, movement, cultural production, hybridity and diaspora could be had; where dominant discourses on art and culture could be challenged and where new progressive languages could be spoken”

2023 ARTIST IN RESIDENCE - SHAMAR WATT -  "ZERO HOMERS"

Shamar Watt. BongoWattZ is an experimental multidisciplinary independent artist born in Kingston (Jamaica) raised in Miami, based in Miami and New York City. One of Dance Magazine’s 2019 top 25 performers/choreographers, a 2018 Bessie Nominee, and a 2019 Bessie Awardee for Outstanding Performance, Wattz is driven by the behaviors of black frequencies as they shift energy, space and matter on a quantum level. Wattz seeks to foster new desires in the imaginations of this generation and the generations to come, as these new desires feed back into the ancient. BongoWattZ’s, “Zero Homers” will be presented for the New Waves! 2023.

 

“Zero-Homers” - Artist Statement:

Hidden stories about how to survive within the dark forest...“A universe where infant civilizations on young worlds might call out into the darkness, seeking reprieve from the seemingly endless cosmic loneliness only to find that they have revealed themselves to a hunter in the dark, whose weapon is now squarely focused upon them. This is the reality of life within the dark forest, but there are some who master this universe. Will the Maroon master him-selves? "Zero Homers” probes questions about the black cosmic body, blackness, temporality, place of habitation and place of origins. Zero Homers'' is an interdisciplinary investigation.”

2023 ARTIST IN RESIDENCE - KIERON SARGEANT - "HE SHALL WALK"

Kieron Sargeant (b. Trinidad and Tobago) is an interdisciplinary artist, choreographer, drummer, dance researcher, and Assistant Professor of Dance at Skidmore College Department of  Dance. His latest work “He Shall Walk” (2022) is a solo performance presented by Northwestern Black Arts Consortium is part of “The Black Arts Archive: The Challenge of Translation” Sawyer Seminar, sponsored by Mellon Foundation. Sargeant has taught African Diaspora and Caribbean dance masterclasses internationally, including at Queensborough Community College, New York University, and Simon Fraser University of Contemporary Arts, Ecole Des Sables (Senegal), the Mojuba Black Dance Festival, Edna Manley School of the Performing Arts (Jamaica), at The Dance Guild (Nigeria), International Association of Blacks in Dance Conference  (IABD) and the Collegium for African Diaspora Dance (CADD). His choreographic works has been presented in the U.S. at Suny Brockport University, Florida State University, Minnesota State University, Universoul Circus, Air Dance Conference  (Miami), 621 Gallery in Tallahassee, the Festival of African and Caribbean Cultures (FESTACC), and Contemporary Choreographers Collective (COCO) Trinidad and Tobago. Mr. Sargeant holds an MFA) in Dance Performance and Choreography from Florida State University,  an MA in Community Dance Practice from Ohio University, and a BA in Dance from the University of West Indies. In 2020, he founded the Kieron Sargeant Dance and Dance Education Foundation of Trinidad and Tobago. Most recently, he was honored with the 2021 International Artist Award - Ayjano Folklore Heritage & Performing Arts Institution of Nigeria. He is currently collaborating on an interdisciplinary educational project Caroline Copeland of Hofstra University and Shireen Dickson of Northwestern University on highlighting the African presence in British and colonial ballroom “Dancing in the era of Ignatius Sancho (1729-1789)”. The interdisciplinary project is affiliated with the Institute for the Study of Global Racial Justice at Rutgers University. 

He Shall Walk” is the focus of Sargeant's New Waves! 2023 Artist Residency. "I will continue processing bodily memory inside my choreographic solo work “He Shall Walk”.  The work delves into my personal experience as a “Mourner”/ “Pilgrim” experiencing mystical dreams and encounters with other supreme beings during my spiritual travels."

2023 ARTIST IN RESIDENCE - ADANNA K. JONES -  “TranscenDANCing “IT”: Deciphering The Limits of Jam(IT)ness”

Adanna Jones is an Assistant Professor of Dance and Dance Studies, Department of Theater and Dance at Bowdoin College and holds a Ph.D. in Critical Dance Studies from the University of California, Riverside. She has performed with the Julia Ritter Performance Group and Souloworks with Andrea E. Woods and has choreographed dance-theater pieces based on her research, such as  “Wine & Tales” in Port of Spain, Trinidad, which was presented by New Waves! 2015 and the Dancing While Black Performance Lab. From 2016 to 2018, she performed in NYC with the support of Field Studies, a creative development lab designed for emerging artist/scholars. Her research on the Trinidadian Carnival and intimacy onto the stage with her piece “Navigating the Borders of Silence” was part of the Maine Moves performance series. As a scholar, her research generally focuses on Caribbean dance and identity politics within the Diaspora, paying particular focus to Trini-styled Carnivals and the rolling hip dance known as winin’. From 2017-18, she began working on her latest project as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Dance Department for Faculty Diversity at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County - a multi-sited, transnational ethnography that tracked the ways in which Caribbean choreographers play an integral role in the support and preservation of contemporary Caribbean identity politics within the US. As an educator, she remains committed to anti-racist pedagogic praxes through her work a member of the Un/Commoning Pedagogies Collective and the Coalition of Diasporan Scholars Moving.

 

“TranscenDANCing “IT”: Deciphering The Limits of Jam(IT)ness” -  Workshop theories in development for the book manuscript, “Push “It” Back and Roll: Reclaiming Jam(IT)ness & Her Black Winin’ Body” and its main question: What are the (physical, mental, and spiritual) limits of jam(IT)ness?. This book theorizes the ways winin’ operates as an embodied epistemology indigenous to Trinidad by examining the danced practices, traditions, and beliefs of the nineteenth century Jamette figure. Through an examination of the jamette figure, Push Back and Roll “It!” thus seeks to reveal the hostile system of power relations that continue to colonize the black feminized dancing body. It deeply centers the bodily logic of the jamette figure and her “it” in order to decode the value systems, practices, traditions, and beliefs that shape how today’s winers come to know, understand, and engage with their sense of Self as it relates to their own bodies, other people, and the world at large. 

2022 ARTIST IN RESIDENCE - mx oops - "UnFiNiShEd aNiMaL"

MX Oops is a multimedia performance artist and educator whose work centers hybridity, encouraging ecstatic disobedience as a path toward embodied wellness. Their vision is of a world where we can each be held in the fullness of our complexity. The party is the point of departure, a queer site of transnational Afro-diasporic imagining. Through dance, video design, costume, rap, and guided meditation, their work questions whether consciousness itself is the primary medium. They are currently an Assistant Professor of Dance, Multimedia Performance, and Somatic Studies in the Department of Music, Multimedia, Theatre, and Dance at Lehman College, City University of New York, USA. [www.mxoops.com

 

“UnFiNiShEd aNiMaL", is a visceral, kinetic, urgently utopian space where joy is currency. This piece tells the story of humanity coming to grips with our collective inheritance, a ramshackle meshwork of cognitive processes evolved to survive, not for self-awareness. What if our global crises are caused in large part by this major ‘design issue’ of human consciousness? My body-centered interdisciplinary practice explores this design dynamic in the nervous system through multimedia performance. The substructure of my conceptual web is sacred knowledge held in the collective memory of the Black Atlantic, or as Erik Davis expanded this notion, the Black Electronic. The Black Electronic draws a connection between the simultaneity of polyrhythmic drumming to the simultaneity of cyberspace, mapping a digital diaspora. Hip-hop and its sister traditions of electronic dance music are an analog bridge for communally held knowledge before and after the digital age. My questions about how sacred knowledge of liberatory Black praxis expanded through hip hop’s global reach are the same questions that keep bringing me back to Trinidad. What can be learned by comparing Black ecstatic aesthetics? What connections are there to be made between these liberatory practices of Afro-Caribbean aesthetic resistance? UnFiNiShEd aNiMaL asks—can the speculative sensory approach found in the combined practices of the Black Electronic be a design solution for a humanity in desperate need for an upgrade to our metacognitive skill set?”  Let's Dance!

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2022 ARTIST IN RESIDENCE -

Lovar d. Kidd - "they drew a line"

The Dance & Performance Institute Artist in Residence Program looks forward to welcoming Lovar D. Kidd to Trinidad & Tobago from 31 May to 11 June 2022. As an artist in residence, Kidd will develop “They Drew a Line”, an ongoing research project and title of an improvisational dance and percussion performance that maps exclusion through redlining in Iowa. The work is due to be presented in June 2022 at Iowa’s CSPS. The Dance & Performance Institute Artist Residency will expand this research through (1) contextualizing Trinidad & Tobago’s colonial history and the resulting similar systems of oppression, and (2) community drumming and dance workshops. Kidd’s ethno-chorological approach will also utilize video logs and reflective writing to bring personal and conceptual discoveries, along with practice-based artistic knowledge into focus. To learn more, email us at institute@makedathomas.org. Let’s Dance!

 

Lovar Davis Kidd is a second-year MFA student, Teaching Assistant, and Iowa Arts Fellowship recipient in dance at the University of Iowa. He is a dancer, choreographer, spoken word artist, percussionist, and dance educator. Kidd has performed extensively in dance and musical theatre productions throughout the US, most notably as a National Tour ensemble member of the award-winning musical In The Heights. Prior to touring, Kidd was a core member of the all-male modern dance company, EDGEWORKS Dance Theater, under the artistic direction of Helanius J. Wilkins, in Washington DC. He is the founder of 100% OVER RACISM., an apparel company whose aim is to reclaim the cultural narrative of black, brown, and biracial bodies. Image from @lovardaviskidd.

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 2022 ARTIST IN RESIDENCE - JONATHAN GONZÁLEZ- "PRACTICE"

The Dance & Performance Institute looks forward to welcoming Jonathan González, Marguerite Hemmings, and Ali Rosa-Salas to Trinidad & Tobago in April 2022. Together, these artists will develop an in-process project, "PRACTICE" – premiering at Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s River to River Festival in June 2022. They write:

"In this choreographic work, the dance formations of Jonkonnu, the New York Latin Hustle, and Black Eccentric Jazz Dances, and their constitutive sonic elements the Drum, Electronic Dance Music, Speech Acts and sonic capturing devices (microphones, audio looping, auto-tune) are employed to reveal intersecting lineages of emancipatory Black Diasporic literacies as revolutionary counterpoints to the acceleration of media displaying Black dispossession and death."

Jonathan González is a Dominican-American artist. Their practice is a cross-disciplinary and collaborative, choreographic dialogue with Diasporic black life and black living. González’s work ZERO (2018) presented a performative fabulation upon the historic presence of St. Marks Church-in-the-Bowery as a plantation colony, and was nominated for a New York Dance and Performance "Bessie" Award for Outstanding Production. Lucifer Landing I and II, presented by MoMA PS1 and Abrons Arts Center in 2019, meditated on the Black geographic practices of June Jordan and CHARAS in the form of a performance installation and Operetta presented in two acts. Their writings have been published by 53rd State Press, Contact Quarterly, Cultured Magazine, deem journal, and Ear Wave Event. They have received fellowships from the Art Matters Foundation, Foundation for the Contemporary Arts, Mertz Gilmore, Jerome Foundation, and have been an artist-in-residence at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography, Loghaven Artist Residency, and the Shandaken Project on Governors Island. 

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 2022 ARTIST IN RESIDENCE -MARGUERITE HEMMINGS - "PRACTICE"

The Dance & Performance Institute looks forward to welcoming Jonathan González, Marguerite Hemmings, and Ali Rosa-Salas to Trinidad & Tobago in April 2022. Together, these artists will develop an in-process project, "PRACTICE" – premiering at Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s River to River Festival in June 2022. They write:

"In this choreographic work, the dance formations of Jonkonnu, the New York Latin Hustle, and Black Eccentric Jazz Dances, and their constitutive sonic elements the Drum, Electronic Dance Music, Speech Acts and sonic capturing devices (microphones, audio looping, auto-tune) are employed to reveal intersecting lineages of emancipatory Black Diasporic literacies as revolutionary counterpoints to the acceleration of media displaying Black dispossession and death."

Marguerite Angelica Monique Hemmings is a Jamaican born, Jersey-raised, NYC-made performance artist/educator currently based in Philadelphia, USA.  They focus on one's own body, one's own way of moving, adapting, healing, releasing, protecting, changing, and connecting to the unseen. They are a master of body ceremonies and a curator of vibes. As a choreographer they specialize in emergent, improvisational and social dance movement styles and technologies, rooted in the story of the African Diaspora. They are researching the ancestral and subversive role of dance, and the dancer, throughout the African Diaspora and look to conjure these technologies through all of their (present) work. Marguerite uses body, text, media, and moving images in their work. Hemmings’ work centers itself in liberation. They have been subverting, working, and creating with youth as a teaching artist for over 10 years. They currently work as a lecturer at University of the Arts and are a resident artist with Abrons Arts Center. They have received grants from the Jerome Foundation, Brooklyn Arts Council, Harlem Stage, University Settlement, Dancing While Black, Urban Bush Women’s Choreographic Center Initiative, Arizona State University’s Projecting All Voices Fellowship, and the Foundation for Contemporary Arts to further their work. They've received a Bessie Award for Outstanding Performer in Eva Yaa Asantewaa’s Skeleton Architecture. They currently work inside of a self/spirit directed practice called we free. we free looks at the millennial and gen z approach to liberation through its music, social dance and social media.

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2022 ARTIST IN RESIDENCE - ALI ROSA-SALAS - "PRACTICE"

The Dance & Performance Institute looks forward to welcoming Jonathan González, Marguerite Hemmings, and Ali Rosa-Salas to Trinidad & Tobago in April 2022. Together, these artists will develop an in-process project, "PRACTICE" – premiering at Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s River to River Festival in June 2022. They write:

"In this choreographic work, the dance formations of Jonkonnu, the New York Latin Hustle, and Black Eccentric Jazz Dances, and their constitutive sonic elements the Drum, Electronic Dance Music, Speech Acts and sonic capturing devices (microphones, audio looping, auto-tune) are employed to reveal intersecting lineages of emancipatory Black Diasporic literacies as revolutionary counterpoints to the acceleration of media displaying Black dispossession and death."

 

Ali Rosa-Salas is a curator of live performance, music, and visual art. Her approach is rooted in the belief that curatorial practice must serve the public good. She finds inspiration from the cultural ecosystems of Lenapehoking (currently called New York City), where she was born and raised. Ali is currently the Artistic Director at Abrons Arts Center/Henry Street Settlement, where she curates the Center’s performance and exhibition programming, as well as supports the Center’s residency programs. Prior to Abrons, Ali organized projects with AFROPUNK, Danspace Project, Discwoman, Knockdown Center, MoCADA, Weeksville Heritage Center, and more. She graduated from Barnard with a B.A. in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, with interdisciplinary concentrations in Dance and Race/Ethnic Studies, and has an M.A. from the Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance at Wesleyan University. In addition to her role at Abrons, Ali is the Associate Curator of the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. She is also the co-curator of Nuyorican Mag, a digital archive that celebrates the cultural, social, and political innovations of Puerto Ricans from New York City.

NOW ACCEPTING PROPOSALS FOR 2024-2025 ARTIST RESIDENCIES IN TRINIDAD & TOBAGO.

SELF-DIRECTED RESIDENCIES

The Dance & Performance Institute offers self-directed residencies in Trinidad & Tobago. Self-directed residencies are opportunities where the artist is free to experiment and explore new directions in their work. Artists have presented performances, led workshops and public lectures, conducted research, collaborated with local artists, and created meaningful, diverse exchanges through the unique cultural context of Trinidad & Tobago. Interaction with other artist residents is encouraged through creative collaboration and informal discussion. 

  • Applicants can be residents of any country in the world.

  • Residencies are designed for individual artists.

  • Residencies include housing, studio space (for rehearsal, workshops or teaching), project management assistance, and artist mentoring.

  • Residencies are generally between 2 weeks and 1 month in length. 

  • Residency costs are based on proposals, beginning at $2,000 USD.

  • Residencies can support creative projects in the early and mid stages of development. 

APPLICATION & GUIDELINES

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and require:

  • A current Curriculum Vitae 

  • A Letter of Interest that includes desired dates of residency. In your letter of interest, you must address the details of your proposed residency (a complete project description) and why you are interested in creating, researching or developing work in Trinidad & Tobago

  • A complete Artist Bio. Please provide both an extended bio and a short bio of 100 words or less.

  • Two (2) Photographs with photo credits.

  • Documentation of your work. Please submit two (2) videos of recent work, dance videos or dance performances. Each sample should not exceed five minutes and must be submitted via online links to video samples. List both links in a single .pdf or .doc file.

ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE

2018-2019

J. BOUEY (UNITED STATES) - "Chiron in Leo"

2016-2017

NEW WAVES! ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE

FANA FRASER (TRINIDAD & TOBAGO/USA) - "Rosie"

DEBORAH HAZLER (AUSTRIA) - "Inefficient Bodies/The Anti-Capitalist Dance"

2014-2015

alma woods fellowship for the arts residency

ZAIDEE E. WALKER (TRINIDAD & TOBAGO)

"Intersections of Dance & Architecture"

ADIA WHITAKER/ASE DANCE THEATER (UNITED STATES)

A. NIA AUSTIN EDWARDS (UNITED. STATES)

TIMOTHY "PROLIFIC"JONES (UNITED STATES)

 "Ibo Legacy of Resistance in Trinidad & Tobago"

NEW WAVES! AYITI ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE

ADEOLA DEWIS (TRINIDAD & TOBAGO) - "Play Yuhself"

MICHELLE GRANT MURRAY (UNITED STATES) - "Ancestral Dance Movement Memory"

2014-2015

NICOLE PEMBERTON (CANADA)

"Contemporary Dance in the Caribbean:  From Tradition to Modern Aesthetic"

SANTEE SMITH (CANADA)

MONIQUE MOJICA (CANADA)

International Indigenous Women’s Performance Project; "NeoIndigena"

MARIA NUNES (TRINIDAD & TOBAGO)

Photographer-in-Residence

2012-2013

TAMARA WILLIAMS (UNITED STATES) 

MAXINE MONTHILUS (UNITED STATES) 

DENAE HANNAH (UNITED STATES) 

“Movement, Music & Religion: African Diaspora communities in Trinidad, Brazil and the United States”

LAURA LEVINSON (UNITED STATES) 

Where is “the Dance?: Searching for the spiritual essence of dance through Orisha

MARLÈNE MYRTIL (MARTINIQUE) - “Blues Escarlate"; Carnival Performance Institute

MAGIRA ROSS (UNITED STATES) - ”Outta Sight/Outta Mind”

JACOB CINO (CANADA) -  “Collide”

ANDREA THOMPSON (UNITED STATES) - Assessing Your Archetype: Discovering Your Female Archetype in Orisha Dancing

MARIA NUNES (TRINIIDAD & TOBAGO) - Photographer-in-Residence

2010-2011

CELIA WEISS BAMBARA (UNITED STATES)

“Kenbe, Amour, Colére, Folie: Improvisations for Love”

NICOLE CASTOR (TRINIDAD & TOBAGO/UNITED STATES)

MEIDA TERESA MCNEAL (UNITED STATES)

CHANZO GREENIDGE (UNITED STATES)

"Consuming Blackness Diasporically: A Transnational Performance Ethnography Project and Diasporic Culture Archive"

ANANYA CHATTERJEA (INDIA/UNITED STATES)

"Kshoy!/Decay"; “Tyranny of the Pointed Foot”

TASHA CONNOLLY (UNITED STATES) 

Moko Study with Keylemanjahro School of Arts & Culture

 

alma woods fellowship for the arts residency

MICHELLE ISAVA (TRINIDAD & TOBAGO) - Independent Study

BINAHKAYE JOY (UNITED STATES) - THE MOTHER PROJECT/The Mother Dance-Dialogue; Site Specific Space Activations

CHEVON STEWART (UNITED STATES) - "Paper Chase"

BRITTANY WILLIAMS (UNITED STATES) - Independent Study; Carnival Performance Institute

BURTON SANKERALLI (TRINIDAD & TOBAGO) - Philosopher in Residence

MARIA NUNES (TRINIDAD & TOBAGO) - Photographer in Residence. 

ARNALDO JAMES (TRINIDAD &.TOBAGO) - Photographer in Residence

The Dance & Performance Institute's Artist in Residence Program has been made possible through collaboration + partnership with Alice Yard, Trinidad Theatre Workshop, University of the West Indies, Centre for Creative & Festival Arts, Contemporary Choreographer’s Collective (COCO), Alliance Française, The Philosophical Society of Trinidad and Tobago , The Idakeda Group, and Studio 66.

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