Between January and December 2015, 11 CUNY colleges in all five boroughs will host a total of 26 residencies. The residency artists and their projects represent a range of ideas and styles that reflect the diversity of the CUNY communities. In addition to providing space for artists to create work and rehearse, all of the CDI projects include programs for students ― master classes, open rehearsals ― along with public events such as lecture-demonstrations and performances.
Artists were selected through an open application process, and each campus chose its residency companies. Four artists from 2014 are continuing their residencies in 2015 (indicated by a *), and a complete list of CUNY colleges and 2015 residency artists follows.
Baruch College: Baruch Performing Arts Center
Brendan Drake Choreography/Brendan Drake
Eva Dean Dance
Brooklyn College: Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts
Ase Dance Theatre Collective
The City College of New York: Center for the Arts
Broken Box Mime Theater
From the Horse’s Mouth/Clark Center NYC
College of Staten Island: Department of Performing and Creative Arts
Dance To The People*
KineticArchitecture Dance Theatre
Hostos Community College: Hostos Center for the Arts and Culture
Full Circle Productions*
John Jay College: Gerald W. Lynch Theater
Kingsborough Community College:
On Stage at Kingsborough
Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company
Mariela Franganillo Dance Company
LaGuardia Community College: LaGuardia Performing Arts Center
Cindy Salgado/Shook Ones
Lehman College: Department of Dance and Theatre
Ephrat Asherie Dance
Rocha Dance Theater
Queensborough Community College: Department of Health, Physical Education, and Dance
Dante Brown|Warehouse Dance
Tiffany Mills Company*
Queens College: Kupferberg Center for the Arts
Gabrielle Lamb/Gyre and Gimble
InTW/ Hsiao-Wei Hsieh & Hsiao-Ting Hsieh
Limón Dance Company
ABOUT THE CUNY DANCE INITIATIVE
The CUNY Dance Initiative is a new residency program providing rehearsal and performance space to New York City choreographers and dance companies. CDI was developed in response to the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s 2010 report “We Make Do,” which cited the critical need for affordable dance rehearsal space in New York City, and mentioned available performing arts centers and other spaces on CUNY campuses. A successful pilot project in 2013 supporting choreographic residencies and performances on four CUNY campuses prompted CDI to expand its scope, with 10 colleges hosting 19 residencies in 2014.
The Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Queens College is the administrator of CDI. CDI is supported by a lead two-year grant from the New York Community Trust, with additional two-year funding from the Mertz Gilmore Foundation.
For more information about the CUNY Dance Initiative, visit www.cuny.edu/danceinitiative or follow CDI on Facebook.