Photo by Scott Shaw

Sage Ni’Ja Whitson

Sage Ni’Ja Whitson (LA/NYC) is a Creative Capital and Bessie Award winning nonbinary interdisciplinary artist, root and word worker, referred to as “majestic” by the New York Times, and recognized by Brooklyn Magazine as a culture influencer. Whitson has been a student practitioner of Indigenous African and Diasporic ritual/resistance forms for two decades, creating work that critically intersects the sacred in Black Queer and Trans embodiedness, architectures, science, conceptual and interdisciplinary live art.
They are a 2018 MAP Fund recipient, featured choreographer of the 2018 CCA Biennial, 2019 USA Artists Fellowship Nominee, 2018-2020 Urban Bush Women Choreographic Center Fellow, and invited presenter at the 2019 Tanzkongress international festival. Whitson is the founder/artistic director of The NWA Project and is an assistant professor of experimental choreography at the University of California at Riverside.

[Image description:dark skinned Black trans artist dancing in a dimly lit indoor space with both arms outstretched and balancing on one leg.]

Past Classes & Events

[Virtual] on beginning

Jan 9 – Jan 13, 2023

[Virtual] Studies Project: DECOLONIAL emBODYments (2)

December 06, 2022

[Virtual] Untitled (How Does it Feel?)

Jul 26 – Jul 30, 2021

Fall Festival | Social Wounds in the BodyMind: Somatic & Trauma-Informed practices for Collective Healing

December 08, 2019

[email protected] – Capoeira pra Gente: A liberatory get down

January 19, 2019

Being a Body Out Loud: Dangerous Making/Voices in Dangerous Times

April 28, 2017

Pathways to a Sacred Somatic

Tue, Apr 25 – May 9, 2017

ritual/protest/action/concentrated circles/dreaming/doing/radical art making

November 06, 2016

Being a Body Out Loud: Trans-Indigenous and Political Practices for Artists and Activists seeking radical moves in their work, art, lives

June 09, 2016