The Joyce selected two artists to receive creative residencies for the 2012-2013 season:
Each artist receives these residency benefits:
Information about each artist and the work she/he has created can be found below.
There is no application for these creative residencies, and artists are selected by a team of Joyce staff members. If you are interested in receiving more information about the program, please contact Laura Diffenderfer, Programming Associate for more information.
Born in Mutare, Zimbabwe and currently a resident of New York City, Chipaumire has been challenging stereotypes of Africa and the black performing body, art, and aesthetic for the past decade. She has studied dance in many parts of the world, including Africa (Senegal, Burkina Faso, Kenya, and South Africa), Cuba, Jamaica, and the United States. A graduate of the University of Zimbabwe's School of Law, Chipaumire holds an MA in Dance and MFA in Choreography and Performance from Mills College (CA).
Chipaumire is a 2012 Alpert Award in the Arts recipient and 2011 United States Artist Ford Fellow. She is also a two-time New York Dance and Performance (aka "Bessie") Awardee: in 2008, for her dance-theater work Chimurenga, and in 2007, for her body of work with Urban Bush Women, where she was a featured performer (2003-2008) and Associate Artistic Director (2007-2008). She is the recipient of the 2009 AFROPOP Real Life Award for her choreography in the film, Nora. She has also been awarded the 2007 Mariam McGlone Emerging Choreographer Award from Wesleyan University Center for the Arts, and a MANCC Choreographic Fellowship in 2007-2008. Her work MIRIAM received its world premiere at the TBA Festival in Portland before its New York premiere at BAM Fisher in the 2012 Next Wave Festival. Recent works include The Last Heifer (2012), commissioned by Danspace Project for Platform 2012, Parallels; Visible (2011), commissioned by Harlem Stage and created in collaboration with Jawole Willa Jo Zollar; Kimya (2011), a work for a female ensemble based in Kenya called Jokajok!; I Ka Nye (You Look Good) (2010), created and performed with choreographer Souleymane Badolo and musician Obo Addy; Silence/Dreams (2010), created and performed with Fred Bendongue; and lions will roar, swans will fly, angels will wrestle heaven, rains will break, gukurahundi (2009), created and performed with Thomas Mapfumo. She is featured in several films, including Dark Swan (dir. Laurie Coyle, 2011); the award-winning, Nora (dir. Alla Kovgan and David Hinton, 2008); and the documentary Movement (R)evolution Africa (a story of an art form in four acts) (dir. Joan Frosch and Alla Kovgan, 2006).
Photo by Antoine Tempe
Watch video footage of Pam Tanowitz and her dancers in the studio as they create The Spectators.
Pam Tanowitz has been making dances since 1992. She holds a BFA in Dance from the Ohio State University and an MFA in Dance from Sarah Lawrence College, where she was mentored by former Merce Cunningham principal dancer Viola Farber-Slayton. She founded Pam Tanowitz Dance in 2000 and has received commissions and residencies at The Kitchen, Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace Project, Joyce SoHo, The Guggenheim Museum's Works & Process program, and Baryshnikov Arts Center. The company has also performed at the American Dance Festival in 2001 and at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival.
Tanowitz received a 2009 Bessie Award for her work Be in the Gray With Me at Dance Theater Workshop. She was awarded a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship in 2011. Additional awards include Jerome Robbins Foundation, NYFA BUILD, Joyce Theater Residency and Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and Grants to Artists Award.
Tanowitz has collaborated with several illustrious dancers, including New York City Ballet Dancers Tom Gold and American Ballet Theater Dancers Ashley Tuttle, Roman Zhurbin, and Simone Messmer. Tanowitz has set her work on The Julliard School. Purchase Dance Corp, Marymount Manhattan College, Oregon Ballet Theater and The Ohio State University. She was on faculty for American Ballet Theater, ABT/Bermuda and taught at Hunter College, American Dance Festival, Sarah Lawrence College, and Greenwich Academy.
In The Spectators, Tanowitz continues her investigation of dance steps as objects and will explore decorative movements alongside practical and structural movements, paring them down, setting them on edge, blowing them up in a bird's eye view, running them past one another and leading them forward and askew. FLUX quartet will be performing Annie Gosfield's score Lightheaded and Heavyhearted live. The Spectators will be performed at New York Live Arts May 15-18, 2013.
Photo by Brad Parris