DanceVisions is a comprehensive residency for a Philadelphia choreographer. It includes a stipend, access to rehearsal space, support from administrative staff, and a concert season. Resident Artists shape additional programming at the Performance Garage by curating HubChats panel discussions, DanceFilms screenings, and engaging with students from our YouthMoves program. We'd love to give a special thanks to Independence Blue Cross for sponsoring this year's DanceVisions production!
“Creating DanceVisions has allowed us to further support dance artists and has been a goal of mine since co-founding the Performance Garage nearly 20 years ago."
Jeanne Ruddy | Executive Director and Co-founder
MEET YATANDE WHITNEY V. HUNTER & JUDE SANDY
2021-2022 DANCEVISIONS RESIDENT ARTISTS
We are pleased to select yaTande Hunter and Jude Sandy as our 2021-2022 DanceVisions Residency Artists. Their work is a collaborative project titled Walk the (pink) Elephant. This is an exploration of absence and a ritual of reckoning, regeneration, defiance, and celebration in the face of cataclysmic loss. It memorializes multiple generations of (often queer) artists and culture workers of color decimated by HIV/AIDS.
Hunter and Sandy’s work is informed and inspired by African diaspora cultural and art-making traditions. Their organization, Denizen Arts, created in 2016, seeks to be a locus and resource for the creation of new works and renewed discourses on historic and contemporary complexities of the human experience.
yaTande Whitney V. Hunter, PhD (he/him/his) is a Chicago-born and bred, artist/culture worker, committed to activating #cultureascatalyst. A BLACK SEED Native (art, activism, and community driven-apparatus) and new Philadelphia resident, his work centers around nurturing and cultivating individual and communal spirit through dance-performance, education and curation. yaTande’s
choreographic and performance art works have been presented through Kumble Theater, La Mama, Grace Exhibition Space, Panoply Performance Laboratory, Brooklyn International Performance Art Festival and in the streets of NYC, Chicago and Detroit. He has worked in performance with Martha Graham Dance Company, Rod Rodgers, Reggie Wilson, Martha Clarke, Fiona Templeton, Daria Faïn and Robert Kocik, John Jesurun, Kankouran West African Dance Company, Yass Hakoshima and others. He has also directed performance collectives under Hunter Dance Theater and Whitney Hunter [Medium], was a Movement Research Artist in Residence (2013-15), a founding member/curator of Social Health Performance Club, and is currently co-creator of Denizen Arts with his life partner, theatre artist, Jude Sandy.
Jude Sandy (he/him/his) is a Trinidad & Tobago-born, Philadelphia-based actor, director, movement artist and teacher. On broadway, Jude was an original company member of the Tony Award-winning production of War Horse at Lincoln Center Theater, and has appeared off-broadway at The Signature Theater, The Pearl Theater, Barrow Street Theater, HERE Arts and others in performances with Fault-Line Theater, Hang A Tale, Fiasco Theater and Negro Ensemble Company. Regionally, Jude has performed at Guthrie Theater, Shakespeare Theatre Company, The Williams Project and with Bread Loaf Theater Ensemble. A resident actor and director with Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, RI, Jude has appeared in twelve Trinity Rep productions, playing Othello in Othello, Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors, and Scrooge in A Christmas Carol. At Trinity Rep he has also directed acclaimed productions of Marcus Gardley’s black odyssey and August Wilson’s Radio Golf, and has choreographed for seven productions. He has movement- and associate-directed for productions at Cleveland Play House, coached master repertory for the American Dance Legacy Initiative and been on faculty at New York State Summer Schools for the Arts (School of Dance). Jude is an alumnus of Brown/Trinity Rep Graduate Programs (MFA, Acting), where he returned as a movement faculty member for three years; Guthrie Experience for Actors In Training; Brown University (AB, Africana Studies); and American Dance Festival. He is a former four-year adjunct assistant professor in theater at Connecticut College, and has guest-taught at programs at National Theater Institute, Boston University, CUNY Queens College, Hofstra University and
Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School of English. Jude is a co-creator since 2016 for Denizen Arts, an inter-disciplinary, African diaspora and queer-inspired performance collaboration alongside his life partner, dance and performance artist yon Tande Whitney V. Hunter.
Performance dates and times will be updated when available. Please check back.
Walk the (pink) Elephant Live Premiere
yaTande Hunter & Jude Sandy
MEET JOE GONZÁLEZ
2021 DANCEVISIONS RESIDENT ARTIST
Joe González is a Afro-Latino American Dancer and Choreographer. Born and raised in Boston Massachusetts, González started dancing at a young age, where he was selected for Boston Ballet’s City Dance, Ailey Camp Boston and their after school program Act II. In late 2001 González enrolled at the Roxbury Center for the Performing Arts and after his first year of taking dance serious at the Roxbury Center, he decided to apply to a performing arts high school called Boston Arts Academy. In 2006, he received the Boston Arts Academy’s Dance Award and the Young Arts Merit Award (National Foundation Advancement for the Arts).
During his training, Joe has participated in programs such as; Boston Conservatory’s Summer Intensive (2006), American Dance Festival (2004), Bates Dance Festival (2005) and SpringBroad Danse Montréal (2010 and 2011). After graduating high school as a Dance Major, Gonzalez went on to the Boston Conservatory where he was featured in many of the conservatory’s performances and presented his own works in the very selective choreography showcase.
Joe received his Bachelor’s in Fine Arts from the Boston Conservatory and has co-produced an evening performance and dance installation.
2020 DR. R.J. WALLNER DANCEVISIONS RESIDENT ARTIST
Described as a “full artistic experience” (Broad Street Review) with “creations that dazzle,” (The Dance Journal), duende is a new music and contemporary dance collective which focuses on the interaction between performers and dancers in the live realization of new scores. Co-founded by composer Alyssa Weinberg, cellist Gabriel Cabezas, and dancer/choreographer Chloe Perkes, duende’s shows emphasize an equal collaboration of music and dance, exploring the creative possibilities that result from the marriage of these two disciplines. duende has produced shows in a wide range of Philadelphia venues including Performance Garage, Made Studios, the Print Center Gallery, and SEI Innovation Studio at the Kimmel Center in collaboration with the Curtis Institute of Music’s 20/21 Ensemble.
duende was born in a chance meeting through the LiveConnections series at World Café Live, featuring the accidental premiere of Alyssa Weinberg’s “Prayer” for solo cello, based on Kevin Powers’ Iraq War novel “The Yellow Birds,” alongside improvised dance. The members found themselves inspired and pushed by each other’s artistic process to create new work, and explored the limits of what they could do together. Since that first collaboration, they have been trying to create performances that amplify each discipline by combining them and providing multiple entry points into the worlds of music and dance.
The Dr. R.J. Wallner DanceVisions Residency was supported by New Music USA.