Ashley Hunt is a visual artist, writer and teacher who has dedicated the bulk of his professional career to documenting the expansion of the U.S. prison system and its effects on communities, alongside other projects that engage social movements, the exercise of political power, and the disciplinary boundaries that separate our art worlds from the larger worlds in which they sit. Hunt’s works have been exhibited in venues ranging from the Museum of Modern Art and Tate Modern to grassroots community centers and alongside activist campaigns. Recent exhibitions and performances include Cue Art Foundation, Threewalls Gallery in Chicago, The Kitchen in New York, the 2012 Made in L.A. Biennial of the Hammer Museum, Sinopale 4 biennale in Sinop, Turkey, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Tate Modern in London, and Woodbourne State Correctional Institute in upstate New York. Recent writing has appeared in X-TRA Contemporary Art Quarterly (2014), Native Strategies issue 4 (2014), Shifter Magazine #20 (2013). Ashley is co-director of the Program in Photography and Media at CalArts.
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taisha paggett is a Los Angeles-based queer Black artist whose individual and collaborative work for the stage, gallery and public space takes up questions of embodiment, agency, and the phenomenology of race and gender. paggett’s work seeks to de-center and reframe dance conventions and the ways in which bodies and spaces become normalized in both dance practices and the actions of daily life, by colliding them with social, political, cultural, and emotional metaphors and meanings. paggett’s work is especially concerned with interrogating fixed notions and representations of Black and queer bodies through the construction of idiosyncratic structures and scores in which those subjects become agents. paggett’s work has been presented at Commonwealth & Council (Los Angeles), Danspace at St Mark’s Church (New York), Defibrillator Gallery (Chicago), Public Fiction (Los Angeles), LACE (Los Angeles), the Whitney Museum (NYC), the Doris McCarthy Gallery (Toronto), and The Studio Museum in Harlem, amongst other sites. Most recently as a dancer, paggett has worked with Every House Has a Door, David Roussève/REALITY, Yael Davids, Victoria Marks, Kelly Nipper, Meg Wolfe and with Ashley Hunt through their ongoing collaborative project, “On movement, thought and politics,” amongst others. Project support has come through the generosity of programs including Choreographers in Mentorship Exchange (CHIME), University of California Institute for Research in the Arts (UCIRA), Headlands Center for the Arts, National Performance Network, Show Box LA, and the Multi-Arts Production Fund (MAP) in conjunction with LACE, amongst others. paggett is a proud member of the full-time faculty of UC Riverside’s Department of Dance, holds an MFA from UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance and was a co-instigator of the LA-based dance journal project and discursive platform, itch.
Kim Zumpfe is an artist and educator who lives and works in California. Zumpfe’s work moves between objects, images, and space – to develop and expand questions around encounters where there is a collapse of intimacy and power structures. Relationships between the body and spaces that form and maintain subjects are engaged in locations where multiple bodies develop, displace, produce, and forget to maintain boundaries. Zumpfe produces alternate structures, anti-architectures and counter-currents that propose ways for people to occupy space and time differently, an attempt to find places where borders between bodies and within form disperse. Through collaborations and individual work, Zumpfe works to expand the potentials of resistance to normative social and political structures by producing psychological spaces that contain porosities of bent time(s) including the provisional, temporary, transient, unstable, and the illegible. Zumpfe’s work has been exhibited at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), Human Resources Los Angeles, The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles Contemporary Archive (LACA), Diverseworks Houston, Culver Center for the Arts Riverside, University Art Gallery Irvine, and several public and online sites.
The company consists of Joy Angela Anderson, Charmaine Bee, Heyward Bracey, Rebecca Bruno, Erin Christovale, Loren Fenton, Maria Garcia, Kloii “Hummingbird” Hollis, Meena Murugesan, taisha paggett, Sebastian Peters-Lazaro, Kristianne Salcines, Ché Ture, Devika Wickremesinghe and Suné Woods.
Joy Angela Anderson aka Alegria de la Luz is from the Los Angeles Eastside. Influenced by Chicana/o culture, she explores cultural and contemporary arts with questions about inclusivity, identity, oppression, and non-Western notions of healing. Prior to her formal education at UCLA and the Roski School of Fine Arts, Anderson collaborated with radical youth collectives as an organizer, curator performer, facilitator, and teacher. She has worked as a museum educator at the California African American Museum, Hammer Museum, MOCA LA, and the Craft and Folk Art Museum.
Heyward Bracey – a butoh influenced dancer/movement artist – has worked and performed with a number of experimental dance collectives including Corpus Delicti, Body Weather Laboratory, Los Angeles Movement Arts and most recently WXPT – The School for the Movement of the Technicolor People. He has collaborated with master butoh artist Katsura Kan in Los Angeles, New York and at the Seattle International Dance Festival. His recent solo “Stealing Skin 6” was presented at the Bare Bones Butoh Showcase in San Francisco, Pieter Performance Space in Los Angeles and Central Cultural Los Talleres in Mexico City. Heyward’s interest in the body as a social/political/spiritual process has led to recent collaborations with Emily Mast in “The Least Important Things,” presented at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and “The Cage is a Stage,” presented at University of Toronto Mississauga, the Harbourfront Centre Theater – Toronto, and the REDCAT – Los Angeles.
Charmaine Bee is a graduate of California Institute of the Arts (MFA.) She is an interdisciplinary visual artist. Through photography, installation, sound and textile she explores the impact of historically charged materials on the body. She has also studied herbalism with Karen Rose. She resides in Brooklyn and Los Angeles.
Rebecca Bruno lives and works in Los Angeles. She received a BA in Dance from the University of California San Diego in 2008 and conservatory training at The Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance 2005-2006. In 2013 Bruno founded homeLA, a performance project dedicated to dance process in private space. One-person exhibitions of her work have been presented at Honor Fraser Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (2016); Norton Simon Museum, Los Angeles, CA (2016), the Annenberg Community Beach House, Los Angeles, CA (2015); and PAM Residencies, Los Angeles, CA (2014). Her work has been included in festivals and exhibitions at The Neutra Studios and Residence (The VDL House), Los Angeles, CA (2017); Human Resources, Los Angeles, CA (2017); Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA (2016), Los Angeles, CA; REDCAT Theater, Los Angeles, CA (2016 and 2014); Pitzer College Kallick Gallery, Claremont, CA (2016); Velaslavasay Panorama, Los Angeles, CA (2016); Live Arts Los Angeles, CA (2015); Elephant Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (2015); FahrenheitFLAX, Los Angeles, CA (2014); Machine Projects, Los Angeles, CA (2014); Eden’s Expressway through Movement Research, New York, NY (2014); Pieter PASD, Los Angeles, CA (2012); Space4Art, San Diego, CA (2011); University Art Gallery, San Diego, CA (2011); Potiker Theatre, San Diego, CA (2009); Sushi, San Diego, CA (2008); Calit2, San Diego, CA (2007); and The LAB, Jerusalem, Israel (2006). Bruno is a recipient of the WORD Grant, Los Angeles (2016); CHIME (Choreographers in Mentorship Exchange) in Southern California Grant (2015); Annenberg Community Beach House Choreographer in Residence Grant (2015); Prix Marcel Duchamp, associate choreographer for Julien Prévieux (2014); Kendall Laurel Liu Dance Award, San Diego, CA (2008); and Stewart Prize in Choreography, San Diego, CA (2005). Bruno has collaborated on the works of many artists including Flora Wiegmann, taisha paggett and WXPT, Pablo Bronstein, Julien Prévieux, Yael Davids, Yolande Snaith, Monica Bill Barnes, Allyson Green, and Jean Isaacs.
Erin Christovale is an LA based film programmer and curator, interested in film justice, cyborg feminism, and the ways speculative fiction aligns itself with social justice. She co-curates Black Radical Imagination, a touring program of visual shorts that includes new media, video art, and experimental narrative. Her most recent exhibition, a/wake in the water: Meditations on Disaster was featured at the Brooklyn Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts in 2014.
Alfonso Cervera is a recent graduate from the University of California, Riverside where he received his MFA in Experimental Choreography. Cervera has received awards such as the Lambda Award, Dean’s Distinguished Fellowship Award, the MFA Fellowship Award, Dance Magazine award for best choreography in a collaborative work with Irvin Gonzalez, Hyoin Jun, and Maggie Sniffen. Cervera’s interest and research as a choreographer draw from his experiences as a folklòrico dancer and the entanglement that it has made in his practice of contemporary movement. Cervera has had various opportunities to showcase collaborative and independent work at Field Studies in New York; La Peña n Berkeley; BRAVA Ballet Arts in Riverside; Lux Boreal’s 4 x 4 in Tijuana, Mexico; The Bootleg Theater; REDCAT Center for Contemporary Arts; Brockus Project Studio; Festival; homeLA; and Pieter Performance Space. Cervera is in current collaboration with his collective Primera Generacion Dance Collective, WHAT Dance Theatre, WXPT, and with Hyoin Jun.
Loren Fenton is a Los Angeles-based performer who participates in the creation of contemporary theater, film, dance, and visual art. She enjoys making work that pushes the boundaries of form and illuminates untold stories / unseen lives. Recent work: Endless Love/Reusable Parts (art – Hammer Museum); A Beautiful Game (dance); Immaculate Heart (film); and Maria Kizito (theater). Upcoming projects: The Price of Salt (theater). Loren received her B.A. from Harvard University, and her M.F.A. in Acting from CalArts. She is a member of SAG-AFTRA.
Maria Garcia Maea is an LA-based performer, sound artist & object maker. She has performed in works by Rafa Esparza, Julie Tolentino, Ron Athey, Taisha Paggett and curator Lucky Dragons. As a performer Maria uses movement, objects, sound and ritual magic to create energetic containers to fill and empty. Performance acts as a visual representation of her concentrated efforts at self-realization and unity. Environments are created in her performances as space to navigate double consciousness– vulnerably existing in the unknown and empowered in deep ancestral knowing. As a first generation artist of mixed-identity she uses her practice to display how the layers of her upbringing and culture live within her work. This practice is an attempt to fuse disparate parts of personal identity to create more honest spaces for work and self to live in. Through this work she intends to open possibilities and exchange experience.
Kloii “Hummingbird” Hollis’ enthusiasm, ferocity, and sensual style pervade both her dance and poetry. Her mission is to inspire personal and communal freedom and understanding. “Dance assists in removing the layers and finding the core of my authentic self. For me, dance is a sensual art where I can feel and release. While my body is moving I am in control, and there is no control, and I am free. Without apology.”
Meena Murugesan is a choreographer, performer, video artist, and arts educator. Meena creates experimental non-linear narratives with moving images at the intersection of live performance, video art, and activism. Meena’s movement practice is deeply rooted in bharata natyam, improvisation, somatic bodywork, and house dance. Meena designs multiple channel video installations for live performance, and is currently collaborating with choreographers Marjani Forte-Saunders, Sita Frederick, d. Sabela grimes, and others. Meena is a member of Post Natyam Collective, taisha paggett’s WXPT, and also choreographs solo dances (karuppu, weusedtoseethis, split/focus etc). As an arts educator with over fifteen years of experience, Meena facilitates ethical filmmaking and movement processes with racialized youth, and criminalized communities as collaborative acts that hope to break down stereotypes, stigma, and systems of oppression.
Sebastian Peters-Lazaro is an interdisciplinary performance artist from Northern California. In 2008 he co-founded Four Larks in Melbourne, Australia, focusing on site responsive, immersive performance with a strong movement identity. Sebastian currently acts as Choreographer, Designer, and Production Manager. Orpheus, developed at the Getty Villa, marked his return to Los Angeles. In 2015 The Temptation of St Antony garnered Ovation and Stage Raw award nominations for Sebastian in design, direction, and choreography and was restaged in 2016. Sebastian is also a founding member of Schema 47, an experimental research studio that brings together artists, designers, and research scientists from JPL and Caltech in an anit disciplinary model of investigation, aiming to strengthen and expand the notion of collaboration between art and science. Sebastian has lead workshops as an artist in residence at Cal State Northridge, Melbourne University, and Lemoyne College.
Kristianne Salcines is a dance artist, educator, and choreographer, originally from the Philippines, with degrees in Cognitive Science and Dance from UC San Diego. Her interests include expansiveness and resilience, clarity and disorientation, time and space, reflexes and impulses, trust and love, and using dance as a mode of expressing socio-political forces. She is the recipient of the Stewart Prize Award in Choreography.
Turè Turè is a Black, Queer, gender-non-conforming performance artist and social justice advocate. Dance has nourished Ture’s wellness since childhood. Hence, their decision to lean into the deep learning gained through regular participation in transformative dance with WXPT. Transformative Healing Justice circles have both oriented and affirmed the healing presence of dance in Ture’s life. They center dance as a means of intentional and radical self-care.
Devika Wickremesinghe is a New York dancer turned Los Angeles expressive. Alone and with others, most recently Milka Djordjevich and Alexx Shilling. She has had the pleasure of working with Laurel Jenkins, Sarah Leddy and is a member of taisha paggett’s WXPT. Alongside collaborator Samantha Allen, Devika makes short film and live dances as part of the Institut IDGAF.
Suné Woods is an artist living in Los Angeles. Her work takes the form of video installations, photographs, and collage. Woods practice examines absences and vulnerabilities within cultural and social histories. She also uses microsomal sites such as family to understand larger sociological phenomenon, imperialist mechanisms, & formations of knowledge. She is interested in how language is emoted, guarded, and translated through the absence/presence of a physical body. She has participated in residencies at Headlands Center of the Arts, Vermont Studio Center, The Center for Photography at Woodstock, and Light Work. Woods is a recipient of the Visions from the New California initiative, The John Gutmann Fellowship Award, and The Baum Award for an Emerging American Photographer. Woods has served as Visiting Faculty in the CalArts Photography & Media Program, Vermont College of Fine Arts Visual Art Program, and has mentored fellows and organized lectures with at land’s edge, a platform for visual research and catalyst for decolonial thought and action in Los Angeles.
Celestina Billington, Barry Brannum, Brittani Broussard, Adam Castaneda, DJ Lynnée Denise, Caleb Fields, Nic Kay, Rosine Kouamen, Eternal Lokumbe, Norola Morgan, Kenneth Owens, Crystal Sepulveda, Rose Simons, Jas Wade, and Anna Martine Whitehead