Platform 2016: An Evening with Ni’Ja Whitson, Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, Jonathan Gonzalez, and Jasmine Hearn – Danspace Project
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Platform 2016: An Evening with Ni’Ja Whitson, Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, Jonathan Gonzalez, and Jasmine Hearn

l-r: Ni'Ja Whitson, Jaamil Kosoko (photos courtesy of the artists), Jonathan Gonzalez (photo still courtesy of New York Live Arts), Jasmine Hearn (by Mark Simpson).

Platform curators Ishmael Houston-Jones and Will Rawls invite a new generation of queer artists of color to share new commissions over a shared evening.

This evening originates the curators’ wish to see these artists present works adjacently. “I am thinking about these artists’ work as “queer” in a broad sense,” Houston-Jones writes, “I am interested in the impact of AIDS on queer artists of a new generation.”

Native New Yorker Jonathan Gonzalez is preoccupied with wildness and illustration as they relate to performance in the theater. He has most recently been a NYLA Fresh Tracks artist, BAX/Dancing While Black Fellow, and Diebold Award recipient in Choreography & Performance.

Jasmine Hearn, originally from Houston, is a 2016 Movement Research Van Lier Fellow and collaborator and performer with Marjani Forté, David Dorfman Dance, Helen Simoneau Danse, and Tara Aisha Willis.

Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, co-director of anonymous bodies, is a Nigerian American performance and humanities curator, cultural strategist, and artist interested in healing practices.

Ni’Ja Whitson is an award-winning interdisciplinary artist, performer and writer. They have been referred to as “majestic” and “powerful” by the New York Times.

Part of PLATFORM 2016: Lost and Found
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