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Edisa Weeks

Past Lecturer in Dance in the Lewis Center for the Arts

Edisa Weeks is a Brooklyn, NY based dance artist, teacher, choreographer and director of DELIRIOUS DANCES. In her work she seeks to create intimate environments in which to experience and interact with contemporary dance. Her work has been performed in a variety of venues including swimming pools, storefront windows, senior centers, sidewalks and living rooms, as well as in New York City at Chashama Theater, Dance Theater Workshop, Dixon Place, Harlem Stage, Joe’s Pub, Joyce SoHo, The Mermaid Parade, The Puffin Room, and Works & Process at the Guggenheim Museum. Internationally her work has been produced in Canada, England, Italy, Japan, Spain and most recently in Berlin, Germany for the Haus der Kulturen der Welt’s 50th anniversary celebration. Her work has also been performed at Emory University, Alfred University, The Clarice Smith Center, The Kennedy Center, Oberlin College, The Yard at Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts International Festival of the Arts, The National Black Arts Festival and Jacob’s Pillow.

Her performance credits include Reggie Wilson Fist and Heel Performance Group, Dance Brazil, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Co., Jane Comfort & Co., David Gordon Pick-Up Performance Group, Annie-B Parsons’ BIG DANCE THEATER, Spencer/Colton Dance, Kevin Wynn Collection and Marie Brooks Children’s Dance Theater. From 1991 – 2001, Edisa Co-directed Avila/Weeks Dance with Homer Avila. She also appeared in the movie “Rachel Getting Married” Directed by Jonathan Demme.

Edisa Weeks holds a BA from Brown University and an MFA in dance from New York University’s TISCH School of the Arts where she was an Alberto Vilar Performing Arts Fellow. She has taught and created works for the Alvin Ailey School, Ailey II, Bard College, Brigham Young University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Milwaukee University, Princeton University, Saint Ann’s High School and Texas Christian University. 

She has received several awards including choreographic residencies at Joyce SoHo in New York and The Yard in Martha's Vineyard; a New York Foundation for the Arts BUILD grant, a Mondo Cane grant from Dixon Place as well as grants from the Brooklyn Arts Council, the Puffin Foundation and United States Artist International. Her company - Delirious Dances – is currently an Artist in Residence at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center.

Current Projects include LIAISONS an evening length dance that is being performed in living rooms, offices and senior centers; To Begin The World Over Again, a collaboration with composer Joseph Phillips based on the writings of Thomas Paine; and Morphokinesis a collaboration with Visual Artist Andrea Lauer and Interactive Media Designer Liubo Borissov.

Photo Credit: Jaye Phillips

The Dance Insider Review of Liaisons 
Gay City News Review 
Dancer Magazine Article August 2009 

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