Friday Live @ 5! May 29: Bill T. Jones & Eva Yaa Asantewaa
Instagram Live (@billtjonesarniezaneco)MAY 29 at 5:00 PM EDT
Part of Bill’s Instagram Diary: Pause/Intermission, Bill T. Jones will be joined by curator and critic Eva Yaa Asantewaa, for a live conversation.
Eva Yaa Asantewaa (pronouns: she/her) is Senior Director of Artist Development and Curation as well as Editorial Director at Gibney, New York’s acclaimed center for dance and social activism. She won the 2017 Bessie Award for Outstanding Service to the Field of Dance as a veteran writer, curator and community educator. Since 1976, she has contributed writing on dance to Dance Magazine, The Village Voice, SoHo Weekly News, Gay City News, The Dance Enthusiast, Time Out New York and other publications and interviewed dance artists and advocates as host of two podcasts, Body and Soul and Serious Moonlight. She blogs on the arts, with dance as a specialty, for InfiniteBody and will serve as Editorial Director of Imagining: A Gibney Journal, an online publication devoted to writing on dance and performance, to be launched in Fall 2020.
Ms. Yaa Asantewaa joined the curatorial team for Danspace Project’s Platform 2016: Lost and Found and created the skeleton architecture, or the future of our worlds, an evening of group improvisation featuring 21 Black women and gender-nonconforming performers. Her cast was awarded a 2017 Bessie for Outstanding Performer. In 2018, Queer|Art named one of its awards in her honor, and Detroit-based choreographer Jennifer Harge won the first Eva Yaa Asantewaa Grant for Queer Women(+) Dance Artists. In 2019, Yaa Asantewaa was a recipient of a BAX Arts & Artists in Progress Award.
A native New Yorker of Black Caribbean heritage, Eva makes her home in the East Village with her wife, Deborah, and cat, Crystal.