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Fresh voices in choreography: emerging artists redefining dance

For more than 80 years, the Harkness Dance Center has supported dance innovators — like José Limón, Pearl Lang, Eleo Pomare and Doug Varone — with residencies and space grants, and as a performance venue. The 92Y Artists in Residence program provides rehearsal space, a stipend and educational resources to support the creation and performance of new works, giving these artists a place to create, explore and share their vision with the Harkness audience.

We recently have expanded our Artists in Residence (AIR) program to include four choreographers at various stages of their careers. We invite audiences and other artists to learn more about the artistic process through community engagement events, open rehearsals and informal showings throughout the year.

To apply for the 2019-20 Artists in Residence program, complete the application. Deadline is February 28, 2019. A selection committee composed of 92Y Harkness staff and artists reviews all applications. Inquiries for more information may be sent to John-Mario Sevilla.

The Harkness Dance Center Artists in Residence (AIR) program receives funding from the Harkness Foundation for Dance and Howard Gilman Foundation, Inc.

Meet our 2017/18 Artists in Residence

Joanna Kotze

Joanna Kotze received the 2013 New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Award for Outstanding Emerging Choreographer.

Kensaku Shinohara

Born in Sapporo, Japan, Shinohara started dancing and creating his own work while studying anthropology at International Christian University in Tokyo in 2004.

Larissa Velez-Jackson

Larissa Velez-Jackson is a choreographer and hybrid artist who uses improvisation as a main tool for research and creation, focusing on personhood and the dancing/sound-making body.

Pam Tanowitz

Over the past 15 years choreographer Pam Tanowitz has become known for her unflinchingly post-modern treatment of classical dance vocabulary.

2016/2017 AIR

Adam Barruch
Johnnie Cruise Mercer/TheREDProjectNYC
Netta Yerushalmy
Yin Yue

2015/2016 AIR

Christopher Williams
John Jasperse
Okwui Okpokwasili and Peter Born
Tina Croll

Upcoming 92Y events featuring 92Y Artists in Residence:


Since 1935, 92Y has been at the forefront of dance innovation—welcoming modern dance legends like Martha Graham, Alvin Ailey, Jerome Robbins and Merce Cunningham to perform, teach and create here.

As part of our commitment to dance and with the support of the Harkness Foundation, 92Y has nurtured talent with artist and dance company residencies and space grants, offering rehearsal space, funding, teaching opportunities and performance venues for major dance talent, including resident companies José Limón Dance Company and the Don Redlich Dance Company in the 1970s.

Harkness is proud of its involvement with major choreographers who have changed the way we see dance and understand the experiences of others, including Pearl Lang who premiered her seminal work The Possessed here in 1976 and Eleo Pomare whose politically-charged work first appeared in the 60s. Both artists continued to perform, teach and create at the Harkness Dance Center with long-standing space grants through the 1990s.

From 2007-2015, Harkness Dance Center resident company Doug Varone and Dancers brought its kinetic energy, technical mastery and innovative approach to dance to 92Y. Varone conceived of and curated the Stripped/Dressed format for the Harkness Dance Festival inviting artists to “strip down” to discuss the creative process before performing works.

Other notable residents and space grant recipients include Janis Brenner, Edisa Weeks and John Jasperse who returns as a 2016/17 Artist in Residence.