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PROGRAM

Artists of Color Council

A cohort of artists of color addressing cultural diversity, equity, and sustainable structural integration in MR’s operations, programming, outreach, and throughout its extended communities. The council aspires to increase visibility, opportunities, and engagement with resources for artists of color within the field.

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Artists of Color Council Curation

Each season the Movement Research Artists of Color Council invites a member of the community to curate artists to participate in Movement Research at the Judson Church. Arielle Rosales is the curator for the Artists of Color Council Movement Research at the Judson Church fall 2018 season. She has curated Kevon Simpson, Ethan "Simba" Graham and Havanna Fisher performing October 8, November 5 and October 1, respectively.

Arielle Rosales is an Interdisciplinary Performing Artist with over a decade's worth of professional experience as a dancer, choreographer, sonic-Improviser, actress, and educator, specializing in Flamenco. Embracing and exploring her experiences as a Mexican-American Jewish Boricua born and raised in NYC, her current creative & performative process is dedicated to the practice of creative collaboration in the spirit of embracing cultural connection & exchange. Arielle is growing into her role as "Mother Duende" as the Artistic Director & Co-Founder of House of Duende™, a multi-cultural dance studio & arts organization based in East Harlem (www.houseofduende.com), which has birthed: "Soles of Duende", an all-female intercultural percussive dance troupe featuring Brinda Guha (Kathak), Amanda Castro (Tap), and Arielle Rosales (Flamenco); and the #WeFree | #UnleashYourDuende Series in collaboration with Marguerite "RITA" Hemmings

Curatorial Statement

We are living in a pivotal time in history. With the urgency to change our future, we reflect on the past, only to find ourselves losing track of living in the present. Our world is in dire need of healing love and raw truth. Or is it raw love and healing truth? Either way, I believe the answer is Art. We need it now more than ever.

Duende. One's inner creative spirit. The profound energetic force than inspires our art. As Spanish poet Federico García Lorca describes, "Duende is a force not a labour, a struggle not a thought. I heard an old maestro of the guitar say: 'The duende is not in the throat: the duende surges up, inside, from the soles of the feet.' Meaning, it's not a question of skill, but of a style that's truly alive: meaning, it's in the veins: meaning, it's of the most ancient culture of immediate creation." When we have nothing else, we have duende.

I have had the privilege of exploring the concepts and experiences of duende with the artists I have brought on board for my curation of the Fall '18 Season of Movement Research's Artist of Color Council. Each have a uniqueness and intricacy in their movement as dancers, but it's the deep self-work and spiritual journeys that push their work to another level. Havanna Fisher and Ethan Graham are two young emerging artists, whose learning processes through the years I have had the privilege of being a part of. Kevon Simpson is a seasoned professional, who I have been learning from for years in more ways than one. I have been moved by merely witnessing his transformation and am proud to offer the opportunity for others to witness his reemergence into the dance community as a two-spirit healing artist, whose new work is a blessing for all who have the honor to participate.

Support the works of local artists. Listen to the voices of those who have been silenced for far too long. Witness the beauty of what the human body can do. Reflect on those stories similar to your own and learn from those that are different. Feel the love. Make a difference. #UnleashYourDuende

-- Arielle Rosales, Curator Fall 2018 (Movement Research, Artists of Color Council)


Council Members


Former and Founding Council Members (in progress)


Artists of Color Council Curation: Each season the AoCC invites a member of the community to curate artists to participate in Movement Research at the Judson Church. Here is a look at the past few season curations.


Artists of Color Council Curation Spring 2018

Each season the AoCC invites a member of the community to curate three artists to participate in Movement Research at the Judson Church. The Spring 2018 curator is Chloe C. Chotrani, who has curated Rina Casero Espiritu, Zavé Martohardjono and Jana Lynn (JL) Umipig, performing on February 12, 19 and May 7.

Chloe C. Chotrani is a movement artist and writer based in Singapore. She was a dance scholar with Romancon Dance in Manila and has worked with Legit Status Philippines, B Supreme London, Evidence Dance Community, Movement Research and Gibney Dance in New York. Her creative research is oriented towards her ancestry, the dance ethnography of Southeast Asia, eco-feminism and the decolonisation of people. She holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Asian Art from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London and a BA in Arts Management from De La Salle - Saint Benilde in Manila completed through a Dance Scholarship.

Currently, she is an Artist in Resident with Dance Nucleus tacking the topic of "Post-Colonial Tactics" through dance and dance research. She is also a guest writer for Arts Equator and works in the field of permaculture (permanent agriculture) with Cultivate Central in Singapore, bridging creativity and ecology. She lives a soft approach through embodied research as the cyclical driving force of her collaborations and creations. Find her on her website.

Curatorial Statement || Softness

These bodies draw from a post-colonial present that radiates the soft, fluid and the erotic as our creative power force. Embodied living is radically called for as we continue to dance within the global crisis. Diaspora discourse of the matriarch with Rina Casero Espiritu, Jana Lynn (JL) Umipig along with the queer vista of Zavé Martohardjono.



Artists of Color Council Curation Fall 2017
The Fall 2017 / Winter 2018 curator is Ebony Noelle Golden, who has curated Audrey Elaine Hailes, Jaime Yawa Dzandu, Courtney J. cook performing on October 16, 30, and November 13.

Curatorial Statement || Experiments in Creative Emancipation

Audrey Elaine Hailes, Jaimé Yawa Dzandu, and Courtney J. Cook make work that is challenging, thick, messy, purposeful, durational, muscular, textured, and requires full-bodied participation from the audience. This is the kind of art we need. Cheers to these bold and necessary artists for making work that challenges the times and sets a vision for emancipation in action.

Read the extended curatorial essay by Ebony Noelle Golden here!

Program note: Malcolm-X El-Shabazz Betts performed in Audrey Elaine Hailes's work, What's In Tha Laughin' Barrel, with Jaimé Yawa Dzandu on October 16 as part of Movement Research at Judson Church Artists of Color Council Curation.

Past Artists

YEAR

Studies Project: Immigrants for immigrants: taste of home

Raha Behnam, Rina Casero Espiritu, Remi Harris, Christopher Unpezverde Núñez, Lisa Parra, Naomi Elena Ramirez
October 15, 2018 6:30pm - 9:00pm