GDC CURATED: LAJAMARTIN & MALEEK WASHINGTON
Gibney Dance Company
GDC Curated is an outlet for Gibney Dance Company to present the work of diverse choreographers who share the values of its unique model, viewing dance artists as innovators, generators, and activists. Now in its third annual season, GDC has curated this series prioritizing creators who work with an aesthetic of physical rigor, uncompromising tenacity, and a drive to move the dance field forward. GDC aims to ‘make space’ for entrepreneurial artists who are using their craft to amplify the relevancy of the dance community and position dancers as influential citizens in the world.
Please join us for a post-performance discussion with the artists, moderated by GDC Co-Director, Nigel Campbell, on Friday, May 31.
Photo credits: Lajamartin by Bridig Marz; Maleek Washington by Marisol Diaz.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
LAJAMARTIN physical dance theatre was founded by Laja Field and Martin Durov in 2017, they have presented work at Joe’s Pub and SouthSide Arts and Music Festival with DANCENOW, at Westfest NYC, LINK by SALT and BRINE in UT as well as abroad at Newcastle College and GIF 4 in Brussels. LM have been commissioned to create work for Brigham Young University, the J.L Bella Conservatory in Slovakia, Kizuna dance company NYC and the Anton Bruckner International School in Linz, Austria. LM have also had the pleasure of teaching in NYC, SLC, PA, LA, Newcastle, Prague, Slovakia, Brussels and Germany.
A native New Yorker from the Bronx, Maleek Washington is a performer, choreographer, and teaching artist.
Washington has collaborated with MacArthur Genius awardee, Kyle Abraham, and his company Abraham.In.Motion for four seasons before becoming the first African-American male to perform in the critically-acclaimed immersive show Punch Drunk’s Sleep No More. He has also performed for musical sensations such as Sia, Phish, Rihanna, and ASAP Rocky and in NBC’s “Jesus Christ Superstar” starring John Legend.
Washington’s performance and commercial choreographic talent has been recognized at The White House, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Jacob’s Pillow, and internationally in Australia, Jordan, Mexico, and Sweden.
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