World Series Dance

Edisa Weeks. Photo by Lance J. Reha

Year: 2018-2019
DanceForce Member: Paz Tanjuaquio
Artists: Mina Nishimura, Nicky Paraiso, Edisa Weeks
Audience: 300
County: Queens

TOPAZ ARTS is pleased to support the creation of new works by diverse dance artists in “World Series Dance”. Three choreographers are invited for a residency at Topaz Arts, each receiving 50 hours of free rehearsal space to support the creative process & foster cultural exchange, allowing for experimentation, visibility & access to diverse audiences.

Mina Nishimura, from Tokyo, was introduced to butoh through Kota Yamazaki. She’s been working and collaborating in dance, theater and film with a various artists, in most recent years with SIA, Celia-Rowlson Hall, Vicky Shick, Neil Greenburg, Dean Moss, Nami Yamamoto, Ursula Eagly and Kota Yamazaki. She’s been the Artist-in-Residence at Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Chez Bushwick, Movement Research and at The Camargo Foundation (France) in 2017 with a support from Jerome Foundation and Movement Research.

Nicky Paraiso, from the Philippines, will create a new collaborative dance-theatre work, Now My Hand Is Ready for My Heart: Intimate Histories, an evening-length work exploring how a generation of artists deal with aging, individually and collectively, with a cast of esteemed choreographer/performers. Nicky has worked and developed work at Dublin Theatre Festival, Singapore Initiation Performance Festival, Trinity College/Hartford CT, Muhlenberg College, Ma-Yi Theatre Company, National Asian American Theatre Co, Asian American Writers’ Workshop, Dance Theater Workshop, Dixon Place, HERE, Artists Space, The New Museum, BACA Downtown, and PS 122, among others.

Edisa Weeks is a choreographer, educator, videographer, and director of DELIRIOUS DANCES, which merges theater with dance to explore the beauty and complexity of life. Raised in Uganda, Papua New Guinea and Brooklyn, NY, Weeks holds a BA from Brown University and an MFA from New York University where she was an Alberto Vilar Performing Arts Fellow. She currently teaches choreography, improvisation and modern technique at Queens College.