Topaz Arts Dance Residencies

Keely Garfield. Photo by Yi Chun Wu.

Year: 2020/2021
DanceForce Member: Paz Tanjuaquio
Artists: Keely Garfield, John Jasperse, Marie Lloyd Paspé
Community Partners: NYU Skirball Center; Topaz Arts
Audience: 400
County: Queens

“Topaz Arts Dance Residencies” will support choreographers with time and space to focus and develop the creation of new dance works. Each choreographer will receive 50 hours of full access to rehearsal space. Topaz Arts supports the creative process & fosters cultural exchange, allowing for experimentation, visibility & access to diverse audiences. In FY2020-2021, the following choreographers will participate in residency activities, open showings, and workshops, according to the needs of each artist:

Keely Garfield: is currently developing a new work “The Invisible Project” (TIP) which has been commissioned by NYU Skirball and will premiere in Spring 2021. TIP is choreographed by Keely Garfield, joined in performance by Paul Hamilton, Molly Lieber, Doug LeCours, Angie Pittman, Shane Larson, Dwayne Brown, and an evolving cast that includes non-identifying movers. All work together to reveal things inconsequential and monumental, transforming the way we see things. Keely Garfield is a choreographer, dancer, teacher, and curator. Born in London, and based in NYC, Garfield is the artistic director for her own company, Keely Garfield Dance (KGD), which has been widely commissioned and presented at theaters and festivals nationally and internationally. Garfield was awarded a 2017 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, is a NYFA Fellow, and received the Chancellor’s Award from University of Milwaukee, Wisconsin where she obtained her MFA in Choreography.

Marie Lloyd Paspe: Currently a dancer with Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company, Marie is developing “para” – a new work exploring gender normatives, sexuality, identity within colonial Filipino culture and inclusion within the Filipino diaspora, juxtaposing western modern/postmodern idioms to eastern traditional Filipino folk dance. Born in Singapore of Filipino parents, she graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program in NYC. Marie has presented her own work in Nitzotzot Choreography Showcase at Zichri Theatre in Ga’aton, Israel, Ailey Citigroup Theater in NYC, RAW Artists Showcase at (le) poisson rouge, NYC10 Dance Initiative at Dixon Place, among others.

John Jasperse: Developing on a new evening-length dance “Death Poem” (working title) by renowned choreographer John Jasperse, hopes to gain feedback from our diverse audiences. “Jasperse sees the primary responsibility of the artist in society as that of inciting awakening, both in the artistic team through the process of creation and, in turn, in the audience, through their experience of performance.” Through a series of open rehearsals, the work seeks to engage the public on visceral, aesthetic and intellectual levels alike.

Topaz Arts gives artists the opportunity and freedom to create in a focused and inspired atmosphere. Being situated in the most diverse county in the nation – Queens – we continue to cultivate new audiences for dance from within our community, largely of immigrant population. The engagement within Topaz Arts Dance Residencies benefits both artists and the community.