Current Collaborators

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Photo by David Gonsier

mayfield brooks improvises while black, and is currently based in brooklyn, new york. mayfield is a movement-based performance artist, vocalist, urban farmer, writer, and wanderer. they studied contemporary dance at the school for new dance (sndo) in amsterdam, moving on center in oakland, ca, and holds a mfa in interdisciplinary performance from uc davis and a masters in performance studies from northwestern university. mayfield was a 2017 artist-in-residence at movement research nyc, a 2018 wow/uny artist in residence at governors island nyc, and a 2019 dance and process (dap) artist at the kitchen nyc. mayfield performs & teaches dance and vocal improvisation nationally and internationally.



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Photo by Chloe Bellemere

Nile Harris is an interdisciplinary artist and performer based in Brooklyn, NY. His work has been presented at the Palais de Tokyo, The Watermill Center, Prelude Festival, Dixon Place, Secret Project Robot, and Movement Research at Judson Church. He is currently developing a body of work entitled ‘The Rise and Fall of the Huxtable Family’ with support of the Dance Your Future: Artist and Mentor Collaborative Residency produced by Pepatián and Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, the Abrons Arts Center’s AIRspace Studio Residency, and the Brooklyn Arts Exchange Space Grant.

As a performer, he has worked extensively with various artists including Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, 600 HIGHWAYMEN, Bill Shannon, Robert Wilson, Nia Witherspoon, Malcolm Betts, and Miles Greenberg in venues including New York Live Arts, Museum of Modern Art, The Walker Art Center, EMPAC, Danspace Project, Stanford Live, Dublin Theatre Festival, and MESS Festival. He has performed in television projects including ‘The Path’ (Hulu) and ‘Masterclass’ (HBO) which was awarded an Emmy Award. Nileharris.info.

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Photo by Ilkka Saastamoinen

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Photo courtesy of Meena Murugesan

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Photo courtesy of Everett-Asis Saunders

Of Nigerian and Finnish descent, Ima Iduozee is a choreographer, dancer, performance artist and filmmaker based in Helsinki. His debut work, This is the Title, premiered in 2012 and went on to garner international acclaim, touring in 15 countries across Europe, North America and Asia. The solo was selected for Aerowaves Twenty in 2016. 

Iduozee´s works are often characterised by poetic and physically rigorous renderings, that meet with notions of fantasy, identity and afrofuturity. In 2015 the annual honorary prize of the Finnish Critics Association, Critics Spurs´, was given to Iduozee, as an acknowledgement for the best artistic breakthrough of the year. His on going series of digital portraits, Adventures In The Sonic Future, celebrates the diversity of black cultural identity in the contemporary African Diaspora.

 

Meena Murugesan is a Bessie Award-winning video and dance artist based in Los Angeles. Meena creates experimental non-linear narratives with moving images at the intersection of live performance, immersive video art, and social justice issues. Rooted in the movement practices of bharata natyam, improvisation, and somatic bodywork, Meena centers ritual funk, Tamil folk, non-brahmin bharata natyam, and melanated consciousness as an ethical and creative practice. Meena has designed multi-channel video installations for live performance with choreographers d. Sabela grimes, Marjani Forte-Saunders, Embodiment Project, Sita Frederick, Christopher Emile, Lionel Popkin and D'Lo among others, and is currently working on two self-directed performance and video projects, KARUPPU, and The South Asian Melanin Project. Their artistic work and designs have been presented at venues such as ODC, Gibney, Opera Omaha, Getty Villa, MOCA Los Angeles, Pearlstein Gallery, Black Star Film Festival, ICA Philadelphia, NYLA, Pregones Theater, Dixon Theatre, The Ford Amphitheater, Pieter, LACE, UCLA, Tangente, MAI, Le Gesu, Monument National, and others. Since 2002, Meena has been awarded funding for film or dance work from agencies such as Pieter, we live in space, CHIME Choreographers in Mentorship Program, UCLA, SODEC, CALQ, CAC, and le MAI. www.meenamurugesan.com


Everett-Asis Saunders, New Music USA grant winner, is the founder and creative director of Flux Innovations, a sound and audio services company. His recent clients include PBS, Sony Music and Columbia Records. Saunders is a producer, composer, songwriter and performer. He has specific knowledge and practice in arranging, editing and mixing for theater, film and music entertainment. His work spans across genres with original compositions for numerous independent films in the New York/LA Dance community, with his latest commissions including Marjani Forte & Works Bessie award winning Memoirs of a…Unicorn and Urban Bush Women’s recent Hair and Other Stories. Film works include PBS March of Washington (2013), Print Shop (2016) and Project Imagination winner, Transporter.