Residency Dates: June 23, 2024 - July 13, 2024
Application Deadline: January 28, 2024

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. She was the “Lady in Green” in the Public Theater’s revival of “For Colored Girls..Okpokwasili recently co-curated the Danspace Project Platform “Utterances From the Chorus”. An installation work is currently on view in the New Museum show, “Grief and Grievance: Art and Mourning in America.” 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, the OnassisUSA Foundation, and CapUCLA. Okpokwasili is a 2018 MacArthur Fellow. 


Residency Statement

The participants should have an embodied practice and be open to exploring gesture, image, text and sound in a durational practice. They should be open to recombination and reconfiguring ideas. They should be generous to others and open to having their own ideas fall apart. 

Applicants to consider the following questions as they craft their submissions:

  • What avenues do you think are most fruitful for your practice right now?
  • How are you finding your voice within your work?
  • What does it mean to find your voice in your process?
  • Is collaboration a part of your practice? If so, how?
  • What do you carry that also carries you?

Application Requirements:

  • A bio (250 words max);
  • A letter of intent (500-750 words max or two pages);
  • No CV is required. Instead, applicants can detail 3 career accomplishments that they were most proud of OR 3 formative professional experiences.
Work Sample Requirements:
  • 5-10 minutes of video documentation total (the time can be spread across multiple pieces of work at the applicant’s discretion);
  • OR 10-15 photographs; 
  • OR a combination of both (7 minutes of documentation max +10 photos max);
  • OR a writing sample or script excerpt

Application fee: $25 | Apply

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