Announcing Winter 2021 Residents
Short and Sweet Headlines are Best!
Congratulations Bahiya Movement and Cynthia Ling Lee!
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. https://bahiyamovement.
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. www.cynthialinglee.com
Pictured: Cynthia Ling Lee, Photo by Diana Chen
March 5th & 6th, 2021 via an online platform
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