Dancer and choreographer Okwui Okpokwasili reimagines the boundaries of the stage with performances that center historically marginalized narratives.
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Dancer and choreographer Okwui Okpokwasili reimagines the boundaries of the stage with performances that center historically marginalized narratives, such as the interior lives of African American and African women. She will address radical practices and paradigms in the aesthetic and activist realms, and movement-based practices of healing and listening.
Okwui Okpokwasili is a Brooklyn-based performance maker. Her work includes two Bessie Award winning productions: Pent-Up: a revenge dance and Bronx Gothic. Other productions include Poor People’s TV Room, and Adaku’s Revolt. Okpokwasili recently co-curated the Danspace Project Platform “Utterances From the
Chorus”. Her commissions, Residencies and awards: 10th Annual Berlin Biennale Commission, 2018 Doris Duke Artist Award in Contemporary Dance, 2018 USA Artist Fellow, 2018 Princeton Hodder Fellow, 2018 Herb Alpert Award in Dance, LMCC’s Extended Life Program (2013-2016, 2019), The Foundation for Contemporary Arts’ Artist Grant in Dance (2014), MOMA, The Young Vic, Tate Modern. Okpokwasili is a 2018 MacArthur Fellow.