New Waves! has become a rite of passage for dancers of the Caribbean and its Diasporas, having engaged hundreds of dance and performance artists, scholars, teachers, researchers and students in Trinidad & Tobago, Haiti, and New York. Placed within the multiplicity of the Caribbean historical and cultural context, in an organizing principle of ‘Emancipation’, the Institute has served as a site of creativity, experimentation, and critical thought about contemporary art-making processes inextricably linked to community and the formation of sustainable communities in the Caribbean and its global diaspora that may be accomplished by art practice, curation and organization.
"This revolution of Emancipation, the revolution of Independence...that did not happen, it is still to happen." - Tony Hall, New Waves! Founding Faculty
New Waves! 2023
28 July - 1 August
Trinidad & Tobago
Join us in celebrating 13 years of the Dance & Performance Institute with New Waves! 2023 in Trinidad & Tobago. New Waves! Institute returns in 2023 with 5 days of performance, workshops, discussions, communal meals, and limes. From 28 July to 1 August 2023, New Waves! will gather dance artists, scholars, curators, teachers, administrators, and other leaders in the field of dance to celebrate, galvanize, play, workshop, commune, disrupt, engage, mourn, heal, and move.
We will embody the depth and spirit of contemporary dance and performance practice in the Caribbean and its Diasporas - in an organizing principle of ‘Emancipation’ - and connect in essential ways that alters and brings out light in one another. In marking the Institute Land Cooperative, New Waves! also invite community builders, farmers, gardeners, and traditional medicine healers to join us. All are invited to invoke a practice that includes dance, song, word, and play; to create a space where we can “dance and be healed from the laborious hierarchies of imperialism and colonization; a space where we could “each re-strategize our own personal vision”. Let's Dance!
Plans for resuming New Waves! are in progress. Full program details and updates will be made available here. Feel free to email us at email@example.com with any questions.
New Waves! 2023 Dates: Friday, 28 July - Tuesday, 1 August (Emancipation Day)
Registration Due Date: 31 March 2023
Call for New Waves! 2023 Artists-in-Residence
Six dance artists will be selected for two-week residencies leading up to and including New Waves! 2023. Learn more and apply for a New Waves! 2023 Artist Residency here.
To join us for New Waves! 2023, register online here by Friday, 31 March 2023. A 50% non-refundable deposit is required with registration. The full participation fee is $1000 USD for International participants and $3000 TTD for CARICOM participants, which includes all programs and events. Inclusive shared accommodation and local transport is available on a limited basis. APPLY NOW!
Institute Founding Director
Dr. Yanique Hume
Senior Lecturer in Cultural Studies, UWI-Cave Hill
The New Orleans Original BuckShop
Director, Division of the Arts at UW-Madison
Thomas Talawa Presto
Artistic Director of Tabanka Dance Ensemble
Artistic Director, Continuum Dance Project
Experimental Multidisciplinary Artist
Artistic Director of eNKompan.E™
Kearra Amaya Gopee
Kieron Sargeant Dance and Dance Education Foundation of Trinidad and Tobago
Healing Arts Practitioner
New Waves! 2023 WELCOME
// New Waves! 2023
Caribbean Performance Studies Project
// Makeda Thomas
Performance Lecture: “Fastening the Web: ChoreoNommo and the Practice of Naming"
// Thomas Talawa Presto
OPENING CELEBRATION W/LIVE PERFORMANCES
// "Virago" by Neila Ebanks, "Zero-Homers" by Shamar Watt, "Rent-a-Tile" by Chris Walker, and Sheena Rose
"Transcending Spirit in the Dances of the Wake: An Immersive Embodied Experience"
// Dr. Yanique Hume
Movement Workshop: "Engine Room"
// Kieron Sargeant
Workshop: "Zero Homers"
// Shamar Watt
CALL & RESPONSE: Cauracas GAYAP
// Gillian Goddard
Movement Workshop: "Revitalising the Ghost"
// Thomas Talawa Presto
Movement Workshop: "The New Orleans Original Buckshop"
// Michelle Gibson
Movement Workshop: "Caribbean Dance - Beach Class"
// Chris Walker
Emancipation Day Procession
// New Waves! 2023 Emancipation Day Procession
"Eat Little and Live Long: AIR Showings"
// New Waves! 2023 Artists in Residence
"I can articulate these connections now, but it would not be until I visited Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, to attend the New Waves! Dance and Performance Institute in 2018 that I would witness God’s queerness so fluidly across sites of religious ecstasy and hedonistic abandon. It was during that trip that I realized I could take queerness and my God (in all their forms) with me, wherever I go, without shame or consequence. I’d come to the institute in 2018 intending to observe — a collaborator of mine, a choreographer, was there participating in daily movement workshops - "... but my plans to be a passive gawker were immediately thwarted: I was told that observation without participation was not permitted, and deeply “colonial.” The New Waves! founder, Makeda Thomas, has been facilitating the Institute for several years and the space — exclusively dedicated to African and Caribbean futurisms, ancestral spirituality, embodied practices, and most importantly, Black liberation — required collective fellowship in corporeal movement as a central part of its practice and operation."
Looking beneath the surface of traditional mas by Paula Lindo for The Trinidad Guardian. 22 March 2019.
“Rosie” – the quintessential Caribbean woman by Juan-Pablo Alba Dennis for Trinidad & Tobago Performing Arts Network.
“Dance Performance Highlights Harmful Impact of Oil Industry” by Erline Andrews. T&T Mirror. July 29, 2012.