I'm a Dance Artist. I received my BFA in Dance from Arizona State University, and I am a current performer and collaborator with Christal Brown’s INSPIRIT Dance Company. I am currently a Movement Research Van Lier Emerging Artist of Color Fellow for 2018, Dancing While Black Fellow for 2017-2018, and performed with Elisa Monte Dance as an apprentice from 2015 to 2017. I have shown my original work at Movement Research at Judson Church, Gibney Dance, BAAD!, CPR - Center for Performance Research as a 2017 Chez Bushwick Artist in Residence, and South Mountain Center for Performing Arts. As a dance instructor at Mind-Builders Creative Arts Center in the Bronx, I contribute to making dance easily accessible in underprivileged communities for Black and Brown people.
Holding Onto Innocence looks at the double meaning behind the word "innocence", and explores the attempt Black Americans have of preserving a black child's innocence and the life-preserving balance of remaining innocent of a crime. This work is reflective of a conversation I had with my then 5 year old nephew where I attempted to explain the killing of Tamir Rice while keeping his childhood innocence intact. This conversation echoed the conversations my parents had with me, urging me towards absolute exceptionalism to stay out of the judicial system and innocent any crime in hope of ensuring my survival.
The Space Between Words is a movement representation of the healing practices I use to address the problems that stem from anxiety and depression, and the journey of unlearning I am on to do away with practices of masculinity that are toxic and inefficient for my growth. Through the connections of conversation, storytelling, and virtuosic contemporary movement The Space Between Words brings the audience on a journey in which two black queer men hold only pieces of the map towards vulnerability, and are actively trying to make their way.
I Need to Feel Ok is a collaboration between recording artist, producer, and singer-songwriter Thalib where we ask if the religious practices that have been passed down to us and our acquired spiritual practice and meditation serve or hinder us on our journey towards healing from depression and anxiety. My parents raised me to be a Jehovah's Witness and Thalib was raised as a devout Muslim and, even though we have found our families and those communities using religion to deter us from seeking mental health support, we still return to prayer. This sentiment is shared amongst many Black Americans on various degrees of religious affiliation and denominations.
This solo is in the research phase where I am investigating how trauma effects the body, looking at my personal traumas, and creating healing practices to address these traumas I've excavated. I am currently developing this new work as one of the 2018 recipients of Movement Research’s Van Lier Emerging Artist of Color Fellowship.
Coming up Next...
- 15th: AntonioBrownDance at NYU Tisch (TICKETS)
- I am a performer in Antonio Brown's first full evening evening of work!
- 22nd and 23rd: Sugar on the Floor with Germaul Barnes/Viewsic Dance (TICKETS)
- I am performing Germaul Barnes' duet, Sugar on the Floor, with Kat Files as part of the 2018 ChoreoQuest presented by RestorationART in Brooklyn
- 26th to 30th: The Opulence of Integrity in Castelton VT
The Opulence of Integrity is a theatrical, multimedia ensemble work inspired by the public life and inner searching of boxing's outspoken superstar, Muhammad Ali. Inspired by Ali’s career as a boxer and life as a social activist, public martyr, and human being, choreographer Christal Brown deploys her eclectic movement vernacular to illustrate the turmoil of a life infused by divinity yet misinterpreted by humanity.
- 9th to 18th: Creative Tools at Steps on Broadway
- Assistant to Tiffany Rhea-Fischer, Artistic Director of Elisa Monte Dance.
- 22nd to 28th: Teaching for Elisa Monte Dance Summer Intensive at Lake Placid, NY
- 30th to August 4th: Teaching for NYC Police Athletic League's Acting Program at Purchase College
- 4th to 7th: In residence with Dante Brown | Warehouse Dance at Emherst College developing a new project
If you have any inquiries or want to have a conversation, email me at JDanceProjects@gmail.com