Jack Gray, an acclaimed dancer, choreographer, and scholar, will be the Artist-in-Residence at NYU’s Asian/Pacific/American Institute for the Spring 2016 semester.

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Jack Gray, an acclaimed dancer, choreographer, and scholar, will be the Artist-in-Residence at NYU’s Asian/Pacific/American Institute for the Spring 2016 semester.

During his residency, Gray will host roundtables and workshops, beginning in February, that include developing a new performance and building connections between Indigenous and artistic communities in New York City.

Gray is an acclaimed Māori dancer, choreographer, and scholar. Born in Auckland, New Zealand, Gray first connected to his cultural roots through traditional Māori dance, Kapa Haka, and later discovered contemporary dance. In 2000, he founded the Atamira Dance Company, an all Māori contemporary dance theatre, which has since become one of the nation’s premiere dance companies.

Gray develops Indigenous epistemologies as a crossover into mainstream practices of dance and theatre. Since 2012, he has fostered an intercultural network of communities in the United States, activating cultural awareness and promoting strategies for Indigenous empowerment. He has collaborated with Dancing Earth Creations (New Mexico), Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum (Hawai‘i), University of California, Riverside, and University of California, Berkeley, among many organizations and institutions.

February Artist-in-Residence events
Both February events are free and open to the public. To RSVP, please call 212.992.9653 or visit www.apa.nyu.edu/events. Subways: N, R (8th St.), A, C, E, B, D, F, M (W. 4th St.)

Fri., Feb. 5, 7-9 p.m.
Welcome event for Jack Gray (artist talk and reception)
Location: NYU Silver Center (31 Washington Place), Jurow Lecture Hall, Room 101
Gray speaks with cultural worker and documentarian Mi’Jan Celie Tho-Biaz (Visiting Scholar, Columbia University) about his recent transnational dance projects that call attention to the value of Indigenous knowledges and the possibilities that the creative arts present for Indigenous empowerment.

Wed., Feb. 17, 6-8 p.m.
Roundtable Session with Jack Gray
Location: 8 Washington Mews (below 8th Street, between University Place and Fifth Avenue)
Join Artist-in-Residence Jack Gray in forging connections between Indigenous and artistic communities in New York. This community-building roundtable offers space for informal, intimate dialogue and knowledge exchange, and will guide Gray’s semester-long residency focused on contemporary Indigenous performance.

EDITOR’S NOTE
Artists-in-Residence are invited to bring their notoriety, artistic work, and history of involvement with the Asian/Pacific American community to NYU. The Artist-in-Residence uses his/her time at A/P/A to create important new work, artistic retrospectives, forums, or conferences. Scholars, fellow artists, and community members familiar or new to the artist’s work, gain a unique opportunity to engage with the Artist-in-Residence within a university setting.

 

 

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