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MANCC Brings Innovative Artists for 2020-2021 Season

Published January 20, 2021

Video still of Joanna Kotze during filming process for Nothing’s changed except for everything

MANCC is pleased to offer support to a range of artists throughout the 2020-2021 season. While this support continues to shift in method, MANCC is committed to its season artists, whether they choose to come to campus this season or postpone their residencies until they feel safe to do so. The Center is also offering continued remote support in the forms of documentation, research, and logistical support.

In a new residency model, Darrell Jones (MFA, ‘92) is currently in a yearlong MANCC residency to further his work, CLUTCH!, which includes both movement components and the organization and synthesis of his late father, Dr. William Jones’s archive. From January 11-15, Jones worked remotely with longtime collaborator and 2020 Macarthur Fellow Ralph Lemon. 

In December, MANCC hosted two in-person residencies: Joanna Kotze and Kota Yamazaki with Mina Nishimura. All three of these artists have been to MANCC before and are working on solo and duet projects, respectively. Kotze furthered her project, lectric eye, through a solo film project in collaboration with MANCC’s Media Specialist, Chris Cameron, and remotely with long time collaborator, composer and musician Ryan Seaton. Yamazaki and Nishimura focused their time on movement generation and early studio-based research.

Video still of Joanna Kotze during filming process for Nothing’s changed except for everything

In January, prior to the arrival of students back to campus, Netta Yerushalmy came to MANCC to be in residence to further her work Movement (working title). Though the project is a larger scale ensemble work, and Yerushamly and her ensemble will be returning to MANCC next year, Yerushalmy worked by herself in the studio to further her movement-based research. 

In addition to these three in-person residencies, MANCC is also hosting its pilot Archive Residency with Emily Johnson, funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. In collaboration with indigenous archivists/librarians Nicole Wallace and Colette Montoya-Sloan, Johnson is utilizing the documentation material that she has accumulated (video, photo, interviews, ephemera, etc.) through seven MANCC residencies since 2009, which supported the development of four works that went on to premier and tour nationally.

MANCC Media Specialist Chris Cameron and Joanna Kotze. Photo by Scott Lindenberg.

In addition to the aforementioned artistsMANCC is in continued conversation with Ronald K. Brown, Gerald Casel, Milka DjordevichMaura García (First Nations Performing Arts Partnership Fellow), Beth Gill, nia love (Urban Bush Women Partnership Fellow), SuperGroup (McKnight Partnership Fellows), and Will Rawls around modes of remote support, as well as planning for when it will be safe for these artists to come to campus. MANCC is fully committed to all of these artists and their diverse range of conceptual concerns, and looks forward to hosting them in residence in the future.