Dava Huesca & Dorchel Haqq || The Playground NYC
THE PLAYGROUND NYC
Dava Huesca & Dorchel Haqq
Neighborhood Outdoor Meetups
Tuesday, 05/18 || 4:00-5:00PM
Prospect Park, Brooklyn NY
Register at Gibney and receive additional details.
The Playground NYC allows dancers to experience various choreographic styles and ideas, engage with a new community of dancers, and gather resourceful information and inspiration from the array of choreographers involved. In turn, established choreographers are paid for their creative investigations, are given free space to explore new movement with professional dancers, and are provided with the opportunity to establish relationships with new dancers and fellow choreographers.
Dava Huesca, from New York City graduated from SUNY Purchase conservatory of Dance with magna cum laude distinction in 2019. In 2015 she graduated second in the dance dept. from Fiorello LaGuardia Arts High School, and was awarded Desire Keras Dancer from the Heart award. Dava has performed works by Rena Butler, Hannah Gardner, Sidra Bell, Maxine Doyle, Manuel Vigoulle, Martha Graham Dance Company, Johannes Weiland, Vanessa Goodman, and VIM VIGOR dance company. Dava is the curator for New York Times and Dance Spirit magazine cited instagram @Issadancelook. Additionally, she is the co-founder of the interdisciplinary arts collective LLAB RATS. Through LLAB RATS, she has performed and set work with Dorchel Haqq for Battery Dance Festival, Ciclo Dos, Purchase Dance company, Arts on site, The Craft NYC and others. She teaches floor work based classes throughout NYC including Gibney Dance and the Playground NYC. In January 2021, Dava was the first Springboard Danse Montreal nominated recipient of Jonah Bokaer Arts Foundation AIR Founder’s Residency. Through this nomination Dava premiered her first Dance Film "New Growth". Dava joined VIMVIGOR dance company fall of 2019 and is an adjunct professor at SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance for VIMVIGOR.
Dorchel Haqq raised in Harlem began her dance training at Dance Theater of Harlem. With education from Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts then later at the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College SUNY, Dorchel initiated her discovery of the body as a political statement. Through Purchase College, Dorchel studied at Korea National School of the Arts and was an Adopt-a-dancer recipient. Working with artists Johannes Wieland, Stephanie Batten Bland, Maxine Doyle, Loni Landon, and Kayla Farrish, Dorchel’s movement practices questions, challenges and induces an imaginative world. Dorchel is the co-founder of LLAB RATS, an interdisciplinary arts collective that creates through collaboration in response to social injustice. Dorchel explores fantasy and abstracts the echo of transgenerational trauma in her body of culture through film, sound exploration, and object investigations. Dorchel’s recent choreographic works, ‘tenderheaded’ honorarium of the 2020 Battery Dance Festival and ‘BLACKDIAMOND’ commissioned by the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College SUNY illuminates these ideals. Dorchel is a Springboard-curated, recipient of Jonah Bokaer Arts Foundation AIR Founder’s Residency. Dorchel is currently an adjunct lecturer at the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College SUNY and joined A.I.M by Kyle Abraham the fall of 2020.
Picture Credit: Baylie Olsen