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Winter 2021 Residency Performance

Join Studio 210 and Deborah Slater Dance Theater at this virtual performance event by our Winter 2021 Residents: Cynthia Ling Lee & Bahiya Movement! The performance will be a culmination of an 8-week residency and will explore rituals of grief and healing in response to our current moment of crisis.

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About the Residents

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Bahiya Movement

Bahiya Movement was founded in 2011 by mother/daughter, Afia and Nafi Thompson. Bahiya means Beautiful, and our moto is dance from the heart and make beautiful movement. We are an African Modern Jazz fusion dance company and our mission is to provide a welcoming safe creative space for diverse artists through our Believe In Self (BIS) emerging artists mentorship program and GLO artist showcase, leadership and skill-building programs. Our vision is to cross and break barriers regarding body image and low self-esteem through the art of dance. We believe that your artistry should not be defined by your race, gender nor your body size. Rather by creativity, technique, passion, determinations and love should define your artistry. We are deducted to developing and giving back to all communities, with emphasis in BIPOC communities. 

Pictured: Afia and Nafi Thompson, Photo by Chani Bockwinkel

Cynthia Ling Lee

Cynthia Ling Lee instigates postcolonial, queer, and feminist-of-color interventions in the field of Asian diasporic performance.  Committed to intimate collaborative processes and foregrounding marginalized voices and aesthetics, her interdisciplinary performance work has been presented at venues such as Dance Theater Workshop (New York), East West Players (Los Angeles), Taman Ismail Marzuki (Jakarta), and Chandra-Mandapa: Spaces (Chennai).  Cynthia was the recipient of a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, an Asia-Pacific Performing Arts Exchange Fellowship, a NET/TEN grant, a CounterPulse Performing Diaspora Residency, and a Hellman Fellowship.  Influential teachers and mentors include Simone Forti, Eiko & Koma, Judy Mitoma, Pallabi Chakravorty, Bandana Sen, Kumudini Lakhia, Anjani Ambegaokar, and the contact improvisation community. Recent publications include a chapter in The Routledge Companion to Dance Studies (2019) and co-written chapters with Sandra Chatterjee in Dance Matters Too: Markets, Memories, Identities (2018) and Queer Dance: Meanings and Makings (2017). Cynthia is an assistant professor of dance in the Department of Theater Arts at UC Santa Cruz and a member of the Post Natyam Collective, a transnational, web-based coalition of dance artists whose work triangulates between art-making, activism, and theory.

Pictured: Cynthia Ling Lee, Photo by Diana Chen

Residency Performances
March 5th & 6th, 2021 via an online platform
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Check out these highlights from the performance and process of our 2019 residents– Nol Simonse with Miche Wong, and Emelia (Jubilee July) Martínez Brumbaugh


Former Residency Artists:

2020 Residency: Evan Johnson/Cosmic Elders Theatre Ensemble & Bhumi B. Patel/pateldanceworks

2019 Residency: Emelia (Jubilee July) Martínez Brumbaugh & Nol Simonse with Miche Wong

2018 Residency: Julie Crothers & Kuan-Hsuan Lee

2017 Residency: 13th Floor & Sarah Cecilia

2016 Residency: Tammy Johnson & Larry / Laura Arrington

2015 Residency: Marina Fukushima & Beth Wilmurt

2014 Residency: Emma Jaster, Erin Malley

2013 Residency: Chris Black, Megan Finlay

2012 Residency: Rosemary Hannon, Nol Simonse

Julie Crothers, 2018 Resident, photo by Tim Isom
Julie Crothers, 2018 Resident, photo by Tim Isom

Studio 210 Residency Portfolio


The Studio 210 Residency is supported in part by the California Arts Council, a state agency.  Learn more at

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