Jaamil Olawale Kosoko | PHILADICTION

Jaamil Olawale Kosoko | PHILADICTION


philadiction is an interdisciplinary performance company directed by Jaamil Olawale Kosoko that creates movement and spoken word installations for galleries, site-based locations, and proscenium stage venues. The work draws upon the traditions of visual art, literature, post-modernism, site-specific study, conceptual and performance art, audience participation and public spectacle.

Originally from Detroit, MI, Jaamil Olawale Kosoko is a Nigerian-American curator, poet, and performance artist. He is a 2017 Jerome artists in residence with Abrons Arts Center, a 2017 APAP Leadership Fellow, a 2015 American Express Leadership Fellow, a 2012 Live Arts Brewery Fellow as part of the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival, a 2011 Fellow as part of the DeVos Institute of Art Management at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and an inaugural graduating member of the Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance (ICPP) at Wesleyan University.

He has held producing and curatorial positions at New York Live Arts, 651 Arts, and The Watermill Center among others. Kosoko is a 2016 Gibney Dance boo-koo resident artist and a recipient of a 2016 USArtists International Award from the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation. His work has received support from The Pew Center for Arts and Heritage through Dance Advance, The Philadelphia Cultural Management Initiative, The Joyce Theater Foundation, and The Philadelphia Cultural Fund.

Kosoko has created original roles in the performance works of visual artist Nick Cave, Pig Iron Theatre Company, Keely Garfield Dance, Miguel Gutierrez and The Powerful People, Headlong Dance Theater, among others. Kosoko’s poems, interviews, and essays can be found published in The American Poetry Review, Poems Against War, The Dunes Review, Silo, Detroit Research v2, Dance Journal (PHL), the Broad Street Review (PHL), MR’s Performance Journal, and Critical Correspondence (NYC). He continues to guest teach, speak, and lecture throughout the US and abroad. His newest performance work #negrophobia is currently touring throughout Europe. The work also received a 2016 Bessie Award nomination.

Find out more at: http://www.philadiction.org/