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Keshet Makers Space Experience

The Keshet Makers Space Experience (MSE) is a cohort-based residency program in which choreographers / dancemakers have access to rehearsal space, peer movement classes, arts business workshops, and the New Mexico skies, as they explore their art form and their projects at whatever stage they might be – newly germinating ideas, final development of full productions, and/or anything in between.

Each MSE Cohort provides a unique opportunity for artists from across the country and world to gather at Keshet for a 10-day residency 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.

PLEASE NOTE: All Makers Space Experience Participating Artists must be able to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination prior to acceptance in the 2023 Cohort.

Upcoming Makers Space Experience Cohort Dates:
February 17-27, 2023
March 3-13, 2023

Click HERE for 2023 MSE Information & FAQs 

Meet the 2023 Cohorts!

Cohort 1, February 17-27, 2023

Alethea Pace

Alethea Pace

(She/Her)

Alethea Pace is a Bronx-based 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. Her most recent work, “Here goes the neighborhood…”, was presented at Works and Process at the Guggenheim and premiered at BAAD! with support from the Bronx Council on the Arts, the BAAD! Muse Residency and Angela’s Pulse. Her work has also been presented by the Bronx Museum, Danspace Project, New York Live Arts, Performance Mix, Pregones Theater, Wassaic Project and the 92Y. Alethea trained at Mind-Builders Creative Arts Center in the Bronx and has a BA in Urban Design from NYU and an MFA in Digital and Interdisciplinary Arts from the City College of New York.

Katherine G. Moore

Katherine G. Moore

(She/They)

Katherine G. Moore & Kathryn Nusa Logan have been collaborating in artistic and pedagogical practice, performance, and dialogue since 2017. They both hold MFA degrees from the Ohio State University and are also frequent collaborators with visual artist Jacklyn Brickman. Their shared works include: “Transient Passage” (Ohio State University 2017), “The Maya Project” (Hopkins Gallery 2018), “Shale Forming” (Urban Arts Space 2019), “Toward a Third Archive” (Ohio State University 2019), and “To Call Back the Sun” (University of Southern Mississippi, Columbus, OH, Movement Research & virtual 2021-22).

P.J. Verhoest

P.J. Verhoest

(He/Him)

P.J. Verhoest 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. His work, a multidisciplinary practice, came to fruition in 2020 when he released “Trip Tek”, a 20 minute long film/album. That same year he released “Wizard Spells”, an album accompanied by a 6-part film series of the same title. In December of 2021, P.J. brought his work onto the NYC stage in a 40 minute solo entitled “I Can Eat Oceans.” P.J. has since released various albums including, “Dogwood”, “Night at the Infinite House”, “Casting Pennies” (with Penelope Wendtlandt), and “Vacation Photos” with collaborator Scatter Racket under the name Unidentifiable Flying Animals.

Tara King

Tara King

(They/Them/She/Her)

Tara King is a writer, choreographer, and performer, who explores the overlap and conflict between embodied and written experience. King began studying dance and performance in 1988, and began choreographing in 1999. She co-founded the award-winning, Minneapolis-based, dance-making collective Mad King Thomas in 2005. As part of Mad King Thomas, King has performed in Melbourne (Australia), Las Vegas, San Francisco, Minneapolis, Miami, Massachusetts, Denver, and Albuquerque. Independently, she has danced for Julyen Hamilton (Great Britain/Spain), Anna Shogren (NYC), and for several Minneapolis-based artists, including HIJACK, Judith Howard, Emily Johnson/Catalyst, Skewed Visions, and Kristin Van Loon. King also writes poetry and fiction. She has published in DASH Literary Journal, Avatar Review, and Jersey Devil Press. Her collection of poetry (100 Days of Little Poems) documented the summer of 2017 in real time, using a performative, time-based approach. She lives in Albuquerque and is working on her first novel.

Elyse Fahey

Elyse Fahey

(She/Her)

Elyse is a professional dancer and independent choreographer from Albuquerque. She has performed with J. García Dance Company, Kelsey Paschich, Loren Fletcher, Donna Jewell, and Pilar Leto. Her choreographic work has been featured in dance festivals in Albuquerque and El Paso, and in community projects including National Water Dance and ABQ Can Dance. Elyse owns and operates Studio Sway, where she creates work, teaches dance, hosts performances, and facilitates community dance experiences. She is a core organizing member of Albuquerque Dance Connect, a networking and advocacy resource for professional dancers in the Albuquerque community. 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.

Katheryn Nusa Logan

Katheryn Nusa Logan

(She/Her)

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. From investigative, site-responsive improvisation practice and experiments with material and digital video, they devise performances that shift time scales and explore connections to the more-than-human.

Ramya Sundaresan Kapadia

Ramya Sundaresan Kapadia

(She/Her)

Ramya Sundaresan Kapadia is a Knoxville-based Bharatanatyam choreographer/performer/instructor, a Carnatic vocalist and visual artist. She has written, choreographed and scored the music for several dance theater productions for Bharatanatyam dancers all over the United States and abroad. 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. She is the recipient of the Ella Pratt Emerging Artist Award, the Artist Support Award and the North Carolina Dance Alliance Choreography Fellowship. As a teaching artist with the Durham Arts Council and the United Arts Council in NC, she uses her training in Medical Physics, Neuroscience, and the arts to create STEAM – based learning methods for schools. Ramya believes that art can and should tell stories that compel audiences to becoming better and more compassionate human beings.

Tatiana Zamir

Tatiana Zamir

(She/Her)

Tatiana Zamir 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. Zamir studied and performed as a dancer and choreographer in the World Arts & Cultures Department at UCLA and developed her natural skills in the healing arts at IPSB Life Energy Institute. From her base in Los Angeles, her work has taken her to Bulgaria, Argentina, Namibia, Zambia, Senegal, Mexico, Cuba, and Bali. As both a healer and an artist, Tatiana holds a uniquely compassionate space, which catalyzes transformation and aids people around the world to embody their joy and live unapologetic, creatively-fulfilled lives — whether in her Afro-Joy Dance classes, her performance art, or movement therapy-based healing arts workshops and retreats.

Cohort 2, March 3-13, 2023

Alfonso Cervera

Alfonso Cervera

(He/Him/They/Them/El)

Currently an Assistant Professor of Dance at the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign, Alfonso Cervera is a queer, first generational 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. Poc-Chuc, an emerging and inclusive dance technique developed by Cervera, weaves these techniques as a pedagogical tool to adhere to the current times and to create representation for marginalized communities.

Daniel Morimoto

Daniel Morimoto

(He/Him)

Daniel Morimoto grew up in Orlando, Florida, immersed within an environment of theme parks, childlike splendor, and a faint sense of magic in the air. He graduated from the University of Florida with a BFA in Dance. Since moving to New York, he has found sturdy ground upon which to continue dancing. Currently, he dances with Matthew Westerby Company, The Bang Group, and Jody Oberfelder Projects. Daniel is also the Artistic Director of Digital Movement Dance. The dance company focuses on the world-building and story-telling aspects of video games, and how these aspects intertwine with the modern dance format of performance; the dances, then, are conduits through which the themes and emotions present in video games are expressed.

Natalie Deryn Johnson

Natalie Deryn Johnson

(They/She)

Natalie Deryn Johnson 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. She holds a BFA in Choreography and Dance Performance from UC Irvine. Company credits include Christina Noel and The Creature and Red Lines Productions, premiering works at BAM, Bowery Poetry, and Dixon Place. Residencies include Once Upon Water and Atlantic Center for the Arts for solo explorations. They created three movement memoirs: “Patient History,” “phased un(fazed),” and “Water Cycles.” She is editor to Kelly Ashton Todd’s Under Review: Katahdin. Natalie is featured in Lois Greenfield’s publication, Moving Still. Collaborations aim to create poetic experiences behind and in front of the camera. They facilitate intimate reclamations under Mystic Dare as intimacy photographer and embodiment guide. Most recently, Natalie is emerging as a singer songstress weaving new expressions of beauty, whimsy, and awe.

Christian Denice

Christian Denice

(He/Him)

Christian Denice’s professional dance experience includes Odyssey Dance Theatre, River North Dance Chicago, and BJM Danse (Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal). Christian most recently made his Broadway debut in “The Little Prince” which opened in New York in 2022. As a choreographer, he has created new works for Dance Lab New York, Chamber Dance Project, Odyssey Dance Theatre, LEVELdance Chicago, DanceWorks Chicago, Interlochen Center for the Arts, the Los Angeles Contemporary Dance Company, Visceral Dance Chicago, Missouri Contemporary Ballet, Western Michigan University, METdance Houston, Modern America Dance Company, Modas Dance, SALT II, Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Company, Eisenhower Dance Detroit, Houston Contemporary Dance Company, Wright State University, Kit Modus, and AXIS Connect Los Angeles. 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.

Magnolia Yang Sao Yia

Magnolia Yang Sao Yia

(She/Her)

Magnolia Yang Sao Yia, dance artist and scholar, is a daughter of HMoob refugees and former undocumented immigrant living on Tongva and Kizh lands (Los Angeles, CA). As a choreographer, Magnolia works to activate dancers’ bodily histories and knowledges to craft performative sociopolitical conversations, critiques, and inquiries on stage. She is a Ph.D. candidate in Critical Dance Studies with a Designated Emphasis in Southeast Asian Studies from University of California, Riverside. She holds a BFA in Dance and Minor in Asian American Studies from University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Her dissertation examines Hmong dance as a site of HMoob identity formation in the U.S. diaspora. Working from a transnational feminist and decolonial praxis, she imagines and works to activate a cultural politic of HMoob belonging and self-determination that is critical of colonial and imperial value systems.

magnoliayangsaoyia.com

Sunny Min-sook Hitt

Sunny Min-sook Hitt

(She/Her)

Sunny Min-Sook Hitt is a NYC-based choreographer, movement director, performer, and educator. Credits include: “Snow In Midsummer” (Classic Stage), “The Great Leap” (Portland Center Stage), “In The Green” (The New School), “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” (Florida Studio Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville), “UNTITLED DANCESHOWPARTYTHING” (Virgin Voyages), “Soft Power” by David Henry Hwang (The Public Theater), “The Tempest” (The Public Theater), and “June Rites!!!” by Lee Sunday Evans. 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. Her durational performance ON VIEW: WFH was created and presented in 2020 with support from Exponential Festival and Foundation for Contemporary Arts emergency grants. Sunny is adjunct faculty at The New School’s Mannes School of Music.

sunnyhitt.com @sunnyhitt

Previous Makers

Previous Makers

2022 Keshet Makers Space Experience Cohorts/Artists

2020 Keshet Makers Space Experience Cohorts/Artists

Cohort 1 

  • Marika Brussel, San Francisco, CA  //  www.marikabrussel.com
  • Erik Ehn, Albuquerque, NM  //  wikipedia.org/wiki/Erik_Ehn 
  • Samuel Horning, Brooklyn, NY & Chicago, IL   //  www.instagram.com/sammmmach/
  • Ani Javian, Metuchen, NJ  //  www.anijavian.com
  • DZ Maciel, Brooklyn, NY  //  www.dzmaciel.com
  • Dazaun Soleyn, San Francisco, CA  //  www.dazaunsoleyn.com

2019 Keshet Makers Space Experience Cohorts/Artists

Cohort 1 

  • Mary Fitzgerald, Phoenix, AZ  //  www.maryfitzgeralddance.com
  • Kate Ladenheim, New York, NY  //  www.thepeoplemovers.co
  • Cecilia Lynn-Jacobs, New York, NY  //  www.instagram.com/cecilialynnjacobs/
  • Amber Moon Peterson, Helena, MT  //  www.instagram.com/_._ambermoon_._/
  • Molly Ross, Brooklyn, NY  //  www.instagram.com/mollyeross/
  • Nola Sporn Smith, Brooklyn, NY  //  www.instagram.com/spornographer/
  • Eileen Standley, Tempe, AZ  //  www.eileenstandley.com
  • Kelly Ashton Todd, New York, NY  //  www.kellyashtontodd.com

Cohort 2

  • Kristofer Bergstrom, Los Angeles, CA  //  www.k–b.org
  • Adrienne Clancy, Silver Spring/Maryland  //  www.clancyworks.org
  • Stephanie Miracle, Santa Barbara, CA  //  www.stephaniemiracledances.com
  • Erinn Liebhard, St Paul, MN  //  www.erinnliebhard.com
  • Anat Shinar, Minneapolis, MN  //  www.instagram.com/anatperforms/

Cohort 3

  • Annalisa Dias, Washington, DC  //  www.annalisadias.weebly.com/
  • Kayla Farrish, Brooklyn, NY  //  https://www.kaylafarrish.com/
  • Amanda Krische, New York, NY  //  www.instagram.com/amanda.krische/
  • Marina Magalhaes,  Los Angeles, CA  //  www.marinamagalhaes.com
  • Yvonne Montoya, Tucson, Arizona  //  www.yvonnemontoya.co
  • Linda Ryan, St Muncie, IN  //  www.liryanmovement.com
  • Paty Lorena Solorzano, Brooklyn, NY  //  www.girasoladances.com

Makers Space Independent Residencies (2019):

2018 Keshet Makers Space Experience Cohorts/Artists

Cohort 1

  • Julianna Bulgarelli, Los Angeles, CA  //  www.linkedin.com/in/julianna-bulgarelli-35bb79148/
  • Bradforn Chin, San Francisco, CA  //  https://bradfordchindance.wixsite.com/home/bradford-chin
  • Kaitlin Flynn Goodwin, Pittsburgh, PA  //  www.courdance.com
  • Kayla Harley, Washington, DC  //  www.kaylaharley.com
  • Sarah Hogland Gurule, Albuquerque, NM

Cohort 2

  • Marissa Brown, Brooklyn, NY  //  www.lonekingprojects.com
  • Taylor Mitchell, Chicago, IL  //  www.instagram.com/mitchellmovement/
  • Amal Rogers, Minneapolis, MN  //  www.instagram.com/amalamalamal_/
  • Anat Shinar, Minneapolis, MN  //  www.instagram.com/anatperforms/
  • Tanya Winters, Austin, TX  //  https://www.facebook.com/tanya.winters

Makers Space Independent Residencies (2018)

2017 Further Seeds….Keshet’s Fellowship for Contemporary Dance 

  • Silva Laukkanen, Austin, TX  //  https://www.linkedin.com/in/silva-laukkanen-926595157/
  • Tanya Winters, Austin, TX  //  https://www.facebook.com/tanya.winters

2016 The Originals!  The Seeds!  The Program Shapers! We called it the Rio Grande Movement Collective this year!

 

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