Incubate artists, change the world.

The work of Performing Diaspora artists is not easily categorizable, and the ways in which their work draws on or is rooted in tradition may take many forms. In this current moment we are interested in supporting artists that are drawing on tradition as a radical way to be responsive, inclusive, and equitable. We find ourselves with questions around how tradition can be a tool of anti-capitalism, anti-border control, anti-police violence, anti-homogenization, or anti-erasure. However, we are also interested in exploring beyond the polemic set by the frame of ‘anti.’ Therefore, we are also curious about how tradition is a tool of evolution? How is tradition alive? How does tradition move across space, time, boundaries and border? Now in its tenth year, this residency seeks to support artists whose work carries the story of a previous life and plants it in this time and space. In a time when record numbers of refugees seek asylum and the erasure of people of color’s experiences and lives is more visible than ever, the stories we carry in our minds and bodies are all the more important. What is your story of change?

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by January 20, 2022

The 2022 Performing Diaspora residency is made possible by support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Photo: From Performing Diaspora 2014, Nava Dance/Nadhi Thekkek, Photo courtesy of artist.

Archived Events

to leave the land and [Re]member

pateldanceworks and Byb Chanel Bibene/Kiandanda Dance Theater
Thu & Fri, Jun 3-4 & 10-11, 8pm PDT at CounterPulse. Sat, Jun 5 & 12, 2pm PDT Matinee at CounterPulse. Sat, Jun 12, 2pm PDT Livestream and Artist Q&A

She-Verse and mouth//full

Cherie Hill IrieDance and Gabriel Christian & Chibueze Crouch
Thu-Sat, Dec 5-7 & 12-14, 7:45pm-9pm

I dreamed Bruce Lee was my father and Lost Chinatowns

Melissa Lewis and Cynthia Ling Lee
Thu-Sat, Dec 6-8 & 13-15

Mother the Verb & Lxs Desaparecidxs

Javier Stell-Fresquez, Ivan "Ivy" Monteiro, and Davia Spain & Randy Reyes
Thu–Sat, Dec 7–9 & 14–16, 7:30pm

Performing Diaspora 2016

SAMMAY & dana e. fitchett


Ganesh Vasudeva
SEP 6, 2013, FRI at 8PM

Performing Diaspora Weekend Two

Laura Inserra, Muisi-kongo Malonga, and Nadhi Thekkek
AUG 22-25, 2013, THU-SUN at 8PM

Performing Diaspora Weekend One

Byb Chanel Bibene, Joti Singh, and Jia Wu
AUG 15-18, 2013, THU-SUN at 8PM

Performing Diaspora Symposium

AUG 10, 2013, SAT 10:30AM - 6PM

Work in Progress: Performing Diaspora

Byb Chanel Bibene, Jewlia Eisenberg, Muisi-kongo Malonga, Nadhi Thekkek, Joti Singh, Jia Wu
SAT JUN 29, 2013, 10AM-5PM

Performing Diaspora 2013 Application Workshop

JUL 23, 2012, MON from 7-8:30PM