Pillow Lab: 2022-2023

A year-round incubator of new work, the Pillow Lab hosts eight artist residencies this fall, winter, and spring. These customizable residencies support U.S.-based and international dance artists during crucial development, research, and technical stages of choreography-driven projects.

Pillow Lab: Michael Sakamoto

Residency: October 24–30, 2022
Showing: October 29, 2022

Michael Sakamoto is an artist, scholar, educator, and curator in dance, theater, photography, and media. His creative works have been presented globally in 15 countries, including at Dance Center of Columbia College-Chicago, Vancouver International Dance Festival, REDCAT, Tokyo International Butoh Festival, TACTFest Osaka, Gøteborg Art Sounds, and other venues.

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Pillow Lab: Sonya Tayeh and Jenn Freeman

Residency: November 2-13, 2022
Showing: November 12, 2022

Sonya Tayeh is a New York City based Tony® Award-winning choreographer and director. Since paving her professional career, her work has been characterized as a blend of powerful versatility and theatrical range. Jenn Freeman is an American choreographer, dance performer, and educator based in New York City. Most recently Freeman premiered a new work at The Festival des Arts de Saint-Sauveur. This year she was commissioned to create a new work for the Martha Graham Dance Company.

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Pillow Lab: Mythili Prakash

Residency: November 14-20, 2022
Showing: November 19, 2022

A second generation Indian and American artist, Prakash is one of the most celebrated and respected young Bharatanatyam dancer/choreographers today. Her collaborations span a breadth of artists including Sitar player Anoushka Shankar, India-based Director/ playwright Gowri Ramnarayan, and her brother/vocalist Aditya Prakash.

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Pillow Lab: Faye Driscoll

Residency: December 5-18, 2022
Showing: December 17, 2022

Faye Driscoll is a Doris Duke Award-winning performance maker who has been hailed as a “startlingly original talent” by The New York Times and “a postmillenium postmodern wild woman” by The Village Voice. She is currently the Randjelovic/Stryker Resident Commissioned Artist at New York Live Arts, and is the recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship, a Bessie award and the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award among many others.

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Pillow Lab: Camille A. Brown

Residency: January 9-19, 2023
Showing: January 14, 2023

Camille A. Brown is a 2016 Guggenheim Fellow, four-time Princess Grace Award winner, 2016 Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award recipient, 2015 USA Jay Franke & David Herro Fellow, 2015 TED Fellow, and 2015 Doris Duke Artist Award recipient. Continuing her explorations of Black Joy, choreographer Camille A. Brown will create a new work for her company, Camille A. Brown & Dancers that launches new queries into the possibilities of imagination, investigating the past to boldly reimagine it.

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Pillow Lab: Rokafella and Kwikstep

Residency: January 30-February 5, 2023
Showing: February 4, 2023

During this Pillow Lab residency, Kwikstep and Rokafella will be taking time to look over their choreographic body of work to extract inspiring phrases and build a new duet that celebrates the 50th anniversary of Hip Hop.

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Pillow Lab: André Zachery

Residency: February 24-March 5, 2023
Showing: March 4, 2023

André Zachery is a Brooklyn-based interdisciplinary artist of Haitian and African American descent, and is a scholar, researcher, and technologist with a BFA from Ailey/Fordham University and MFA in Performance & Interactive Media Arts from CUNY/Brooklyn College. As the artistic director of Renegade Performance Group, his practice, research, and community engagement artistically focuses on merging choreography, technology and Black cultural practices through multimedia work.

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Pillow Lab: Theresa Ruth Howard

Residency: March 10-19, 2023
Showing: March 18, 2023

The New York Times called her “A Force for Change”, Theresa Ruth Howard is writer, diversity strategist, former ballet dancer and the founder and curator of Memoirs of Blacks in Ballet (MoBBallet.org) which has been a pioneer in the efforts to create cultural reform that supports the diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Anti-Racism in the field of ballet and the classical arts through education and advocacy.

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Pillow Lab: Larissa Velez-Jackson (Yackez)

Residency: March 27-April 5, 2023
Showing: April 1, 2023

Larissa Velez-Jackson (LVJ) is a New York-based choreographer, movement educator and multi-platform artist. She is also an older adult fitness specialist who has incorporated older non-dancers in her and Yackez’s intergenerational projects. LVJ was nominated for a 2016 New York Dance and Performance Bessie award for Outstanding Emerging Choreographer and received a 2016 Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Grant to Artists Award.

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Lead support for the Pillow Lab is provided by the Mellon Foundation



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