Keshet invites you to meet the Makers!

Keshet is over the moon to finally announce the 2023 Cohort for the Makers Space Experience! 

The Keshet Makers Space Experience (MSE) is a cohort-based 10-day residency program wherein choreographers, dancemakers, and movement-based multidisciplinary artists have access to on-site rehearsal space, peer-led movement classes, and arts business workshops. Against the backdrop of New Mexico’s inspiring landscape, each MSE Cohort provides a unique opportunity for artists from across the country and world to gather at Keshet as they explore, move, share, and create. It is also a unique opportunity for the Albuquerque community to enjoy getting to know these amazing artists!

“It felt like being at Keshet and opening myself to movement and creation opened the door for other things to start flowing back into my life…the people, community, accepting loving vibes, felt like coming home! {MSE is} an offering of space, time, knowledge, discovery, and freedom. It offers the unlocking of ideas and possibilities, whether that be artistic or life-focused. It feels like the “Space” part of MSE is more than the offering of studio space; it’s a place for creating space emotionally for one’s self to explore ideas that otherwise feel blocked.” – 2022 Makers Space Experience Participant

The 2023 Makers were selected from an open application process, with applicants from across the globe. This year saw a surge in applications, and the selection process has become increasingly competitive. The 14 artists who were selected represent a wide range of dance styles, creative approaches, geographies, and career trajectories. Keshet is thrilled to welcome these artists to the 2023 Makers Space Experience. 

Throughout each cohort period, multiple events are open to the public including 

  • arts business workshops available for free to all local arts entrepreneurs; 
  • movement classes led by each of the artists-in-residence, and 
  • a culminating showcase of works and works-in-progress at the completion of each 10-day residency period.

Cohort 1 will be in residence from February 17-27, 2023, and Cohort 2 will be in residence from March 3-13, 2023. Click HERE for more information on the Artists’ Movement Classes and Arts Business Workshops!

    Culminating Performances (all tickets are offered on a sliding scale):

    Choreographers’ Showcase

    When: Friday, February 25th at 6:30pm and Saturday, February 26th at 2:00pm.

    Where: Keshet Center for the Arts, 4121 Cutler Ave NE, ABQ, NM 87110 

      (masks required)

    Tickets: Sliding Scale $0-$30. Purchase tickets HERE

    For Ticket Questions: BoxOffice@KeshetArts.org;  or 505.224.9808


    Makers Space Experience Showcase

    When: Sunday, March 12th at 2:00pm, one afternoon only!

    Where: Keshet Center for the Arts, 4121 Cutler Ave NE, ABQ, NM 87110 

      (masks required)

    Tickets: Sliding Scale $0-$30. Purchase tickets HERE

    For Ticket Questions: BoxOffice@KeshetArts.org;  or 505.224.9808



    Cohort One Artists, in residence at Keshet Center for the Arts February 17-27, 2023

    P.J. Verhoest (Wayne, NJ) is a dancer, musician, filmmaker, traveler and performance artist. He received his movement training at the School of American Ballet in New York City, performing in various Broadway and off-Broadway productions, and apprenticing with Ate9 Dance Company in Los Angeles, studying Gaga movement language under company director Danielle Agami. 

    Ramya Sundaresan Kapadia (Knoxville, TN) is a Bharatanatyam choreographer/performer/instructor, a Carnatic vocalist and visual artist. Through her studio, the Natyarpana School of Dance & Music, Ramya creates work that pushes the boundaries of her music & dance forms to reflect life and build a strong artistic community. 

    Elyse Fahey (Albuquerque, NM) is a professional dancer and independent choreographer from Albuquerque. As a UETF Resiliency Residency grant recipient, Elyse is creating a new work of contemporary jazz, focused on both the preservation and evolution of her original training in jazz dance. She is honored to culminate the creation of this work through Keshet’s Makers Space Experience in early Spring 2023.

    Katherine G. Moore & Kathryn Nusa Logan (Columbus, OH) have been collaborating in artistic and pedagogical practice, performance, and dialogue since 2017. Katherine G. Moore and Kathryn Nusa Logan’s work engages somatic, often time-based processes of movement and meaning-making in relationship to environmental structures and patterns. 

    Alethea Pace (Bronx, NY) is a multidisciplinary choreographer and performer, and a recipient of the 2021 Dance Magazine Harkness Promise Award. She is committed to creating work in and with her community that is rooted in social justice, born out of resilience and made in spite of the obstacles facing artists (and people) of color.

    Tatiana Zamir (Los Angeles, CA) is an interdisciplinary performance artist and trauma-informed movement facilitator who has been walking a path of evolution, transformation, and deep personal inquiry her whole life. From her base in Los Angeles, her work has taken her to Bulgaria, Argentina, Namibia, Zambia, Senegal, Mexico, Cuba, and Bali.

    Tara King (Albuquerque, NM) is a writer, choreographer, and performer, who explores the overlap and conflict between embodied and written experience. She co-founded the award-winning, Minneapolis-based, dance-making collective Mad King Thomas in 2005.

    Cohort 2 Artists in residence at Keshet Center for the Arts March 3-13, 2023:

    Alfonso Cervera (Champaign, IL) is a queer first generation Mexicano/a/x choreographer, performer, educator, curator, and activist. His research and specialization as an independent artist focuses on the conversation between queerness, Ballet Folklorico and Afro-LatinX social dances in a contemporary auto-biographical embodied experience that he calls Poc-Chuc. 

    Natalie Deryn Johnson (Brooklyn, NY) is a multi-disciplinary artist and healer. Their spirituality and art practices co-exist on a journey shaped by grief, celebration, esoteric study, and sensuality. They facilitate intimate reclamations under Mystic Dare as intimacy photographer and embodiment guide.

    Magnolia Yang Sao Yia (Inglewood, CA), dance artist and scholar, is a daughter of HMoob refugees and former undocumented immigrant living on Tongva and Kizh lands. As a choreographer, Magnolia works to activate dancers’ bodily histories and knowledges to craft performative sociopolitical conversations, critiques, and inquiries on stage. 

    Daniel Morimoto (Brooklyn, NY) grew up in Orlando, Florida, immersed within an environment of theme parks, childlike splendor, and a faint sense of magic in the air. Currently, he dances with Matthew Westerby Company, The Bang Group, and Jody Oberfelder Projects.

    Sunny Min-Sook Hitt (Brooklyn, NY) is a choreographer, movement director, performer, and educator. In 2021 Sunny created “BODY OF WORK” with long time collaborator Ani Taj, as an exploration of dance + economics, which included the release of three dance NFTs. Sunny is adjunct faculty at The New School’s Mannes School of Music.

    Christian Denice (Westlake Village, CA) most recently made his Broadway debut in “The Little Prince” which opened in New York in 2022. Christian is currently dancing in a production for Andonis Foniadakis Dance Company based in Athens, Greece and is on faculty as Artist in Residence at the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.


    For questions or more details on all classes, workshops, and events:

    info@KeshetArts.org, 505.224.9808 or click HERE


    About Keshet: Rooted in dance, mentorship, and a welcoming space for the arts, Keshet activates community and fosters unlimited possibilities through education, engagement, innovation, and the pursuit of justice.  Established in 1996, and housed at the Keshet Center for the Arts in Albuquerque’s Midtown Arts and Entertainment District, the heart of the organization is Keshet Dance Company which feeds and is fed by three intersecting program areas: Education and Engagement (classes and performances for all ages and abilities); Ideas and Innovation Community (business resource center and residency-based makerspace for arts entrepreneurs); and Arts and Justice Initiatives (juvenile justice direct service, research/evaluation, policy/advocacy, and community connectivity).

    The Keshet Ideas and Innovation Community (KIIC) was launched in 2013 and is operated through Keshet Dance and Center for the Arts. KIIC provides arts business resources, residencies, and community mentorship for arts entrepreneurs at all stages in their careers and/or organizational development. By providing makerspace, business training, mentorship, community connectivity, and art-to-market support, KIIC supports and strengthens arts entrepreneurs on their path of sustainability, championing the value of the artist and the arts economy, by equipping creative industry businesses with the tools for success. Nurturing a community of local and global artists/entrepreneurs creating, growing, collaborating, learning, teaching, stumbling, enjoying, exploring, and flourishing, KIIC supports the whole artist and the holistic business endeavor of making a living as an artist.

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