Pillow Lab: 2022-2023

A year-round incubator of new work, the Pillow Lab hosts ten 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 Jennifer 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. Jennifer 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:
Aakash Odedra

Residency: January 25-February 5, 2023
Showing: February 4, 2023

Aakash Odedra will be working on a new piece titled MEHEK, a work about Odedra’s abiding dream to dance, one day, with his idol and one of Kathak’s great exponents, Aditi Mangaldas. Mangaldas and Odedra are clear that this invented narrative, while acknowledging the weight of social expectations on both men and women, must seek to explore and celebrate the inner worlds of the lovers, their individual desires and doubts, the arc of a love that has its own life, fierce and vibrant, however long it lasts.

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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:
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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Pillow Lab:
Miguel Gutierrez

Residency: August; exact dates TBA
Showing: TBA

Miguel Gutierrez is a choreographer, performer, music maker, writer, visual artist, educator, and Feldenkrais Method practitioner who lives and works in both Brooklyn and Los Angeles. He makes performances to create empathetic and irreverent spaces to talk about things in complicated ways beyond the limitations of propriety, party lines, and conventional logic. His performances are immediate and honest, untamed, and flush with joyful color, bringing audiences together in the experience of being alive.

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



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