Co-Lab is an interdisciplinary residency program intended to deepen local exposure to dance, celebrate the borough’s storied legacy with the choreography, and foster connections to up-and-coming Bronx talent. The initiative showcases the Bronx Museum as a laboratory for the development of performance and visual art forms, while also cultivating a new generation of engaged audiences. Residents are selected by an advisory panel for their demonstrated creative rigor, strong innovative potential, and interest in public interactivity. Co-Lab is supported by a grant from the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, and will provide local choreographers with much-needed performance spaces for dance artists, as well as financial support, professional networking, and other resources.
- The BxMA Co-Lab program is a six-month residency that offers space, time, collaborative opportunities, and financial support for dancer/choreographers to produce their work.
- BxMA Co-Lab partners dancer/choreographers with visual artists to envision dynamic environments for dance through sets, filmic projections or other visual/aural dimensions that deepen the performance presentation.
- The Museum will draw from the expertise of an Advisory Board of seasoned dance and performing arts professionals to advise on the selection of the dance artist-in-residence.
- Selected dance residency participants will be matched with a short list of suggested visual artists selected by The Bronx Museum of the Arts’ staff, with the final decision of paired visual artist to be determined by the selected dance resident in accordance with their project and resonance with the visual arts candidates’ approach and aesthetic.
- The six-month residency is on-site at the Museum with up to 10 hours of rehearsal/work time free-of-charge at the Museum in incremental periods that best match the needs of the artists' schedules and availability of facilities.
- The dance artist-in-residence will receive a $6,000 honorarium to which they may use to underwrite their work or aid in compensating dancers and collaborators in the project.
- The BxMA Co-Lab will culminate in a public performance at the Museum as part of its popular First Fridays! Dance series, accompanied by an introductory talk and/or Q & A that contextualizes the work and stages of its development.
- One rehearsal and the final First Fridays! Dance program will be filmed, providing audiovisual documentation of the artistic development process for artists to utilize in developing, promoting, and archiving their work.
- The BxMA Co-Lab artists-in-residence will be encouraged to interact with the local community during their residency, including offering selected visits by the Museum’s School Partnership groups to learn about their work and process, and one open rehearsal for the public.
For this year’s inaugural edition, the panel of reviewers selected Bronx-based choreographer and 2016 Movement Research Van Lier Fellow Jasmine Hearn. She will be working alongside Brooklyn-based artist and former Keyholder Resident at the Lower East Side Printshop, Kameelah Janan Rasheed.
Jasmine Hearn has previously traveled throughout the United States honing her craft via collaborations with dance companies, choreographers, and other artists. Through physical movement, Hearn will draw from her experiences as a self-identified black queer artist to cultivate an aesthetic environment to experience vulnerability.
Visual artist Kameelah Janan Rasheed has been featured in number of solo exhibitions, including the first all-female collaborative gallery in the nation, A.I.R., as well as MoCADA, VOLTA, and 21ST Projects: Critical Practices, Inc. Her work explores the implications of language and political narration within text-based installations, large-scale public text pieces, sound projects, and discursive programming.
from video collaboration project MEMORY KEEP(H)ER
by Paul Kruse and Jasmine Hearn
Photo credit: Mark Simpson