Nia & Ness

A dancer-poet duo

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 opended wounds by Nia & Ness  Photo by Emanie Antonette

opended wounds by Nia & Ness

Photo by Emanie Antonette

 
 

Grants/Awards:

  • Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX) 2017 Summer Space Grant recipient from June 1-August 18, 2017 at Brooklyn Arts Exchange in Brooklyn, NY.

  • 2017 National Women's Music Festival Emerging Artist Contest winners

  • Sequin MAKERS Retreat participants from August 27-September 1, 2017

Keynotes

  • A Talk on Activism and Art at Brown University in Providence, RI, for the 2018 FLAME Conference hosted by Feminists at Brown on March 18, 2018

Panels/Artist Talks:

  • Art VS Life: The Dance Industry (panel)- May 7th, 2017 at GAMBA Forest in Brooklyn, NY

  • cHURCH of MONIKA: Nia & Ness (artist talk)- May 14th, 2017 at Open Source Gallery in Brooklyn, NY

  • Leaders of the week for the Sadie Nash Summer Institute (artist talk)- August 9, 2017  at City College in Manhattan, NY

  • run. (artist talk)- August 10th, 2017 at Point Green in Brooklyn, NY

  • Are You Ready to Run?: Performance and Discussion with BAX Space Grantees Nia & Ness (artist talk) - April 21, 2018 at BAX in Brooklyn, NY

  • Nia & Ness: An Artist Talk - April 28, 2018 at the BlaqOUT Conference at UC Riverside in Riverside, CA

  • NERDY Pride: Kei's 29th Birthday  (artist talk) - June 21, 2018 at Black Gotham Experience in Manhattan, NY

  • Artist Breakfast Game Show - July 8, 2018 at the National Women's Music Festival 2018 in Middleton, WI

Workshops:

  • Black Lesbian Love is a Form of Resistance - July 6, 2018 at the National Women’s Music Festival 2018 in Middleton, WI

  • Nia & Ness: ‘run.’ Performance, Artist Talk & Workshop - September 9, 2018 for the SisterSpace Festival in Darlington, MD

Upcoming Festivals and Conferences:

  • OUTsider Festival in Austin, TX, February 20-24, 2019

Pieces: 

  • Piece: run. (2017) 72 mins. 

  • Point Green in Brooklyn, NY,  premiered on August 11 and 12, 2017

  • FiveMyles in Brooklyn, NY, on October 20, 2017

  • Bard College in Annandale-On-Hudson, NY, on October 21, 2017, hosted by the Queer People of Color Club for Parent's Weekend 2017

  • The VORTEX in Austin, TX, on February 17, 2018, hosted by OUTsider Festival 2018

  • UC Riverside in Riverside, CA, on April 27, 2018, hosted by the BlaqOUT Conference 2018

  • Piece: black light (2017) 6 mins.

  • Secret Project Robot in Brooklyn, NY, for Irrevery Album Release Party, premiered on November 19, 2017

  • Piece: north east (2017) 10 mins. (excerpt from run.)

  • LGBTQ Center of the Hudson Valley in Kingston, NY, opening for Alix Dobkin in Concert on September 24, 2017

  • NU Hotel in Brooklyn, NY, for Black Lesbian Love Is a Form of Resistance: The Fundraiser on May 18, 2018

  • Marriott Madison West Hotel and Conference Center for the National Women's Music Festival 2018 in Middleton, WI, July 5, 2018

  • Michigan Framily Reunion in Wayland, MI, August 3-6, 2018

  • Ohio Lesbian Festival in Lockbourne, OH, September 20-23, 2018

  • Piece: your turn (2017) 20 mins.

  • Open Source Gallery in Brooklyn, NY, hosted by THE CREATORS COLLECTIVE, premiered on May 20th, 2017

  • Piece: opened wounds (2017) 6 ½ mins. (excerpt from run.)

  • Open Source Gallery in Brooklyn, NY, for the event Wander: An Evening of Performances Inspired by Liinu Grönlund hosted by THE CREATORS COLLECTIVE, premiered on March 18th, 2017

  • Freddy’s Bar and Backroom in Brooklyn, NY, for the event RESIST! hosted by the American Civil Liberties Union and THE CREATORS COLLECTIVE on March 18th, 2017

  • OkaySpace in Brooklyn, NY, for the Garden of Eden movie screening on March 31st, 2017

  • BIZARRE Bushwick in Brooklyn, NY, for Circus of Dreams produced by Lindsee Lonesome on April 5th, 2017

  • NYU Kimmel Center for University Life in New York, NY, for NYU Ally Week on April 12th, 2017

  • Center of Performance Research in Brooklyn, NY, for Spring Movement 2017, hosted by Center of Performance Research on April 13th, 2017

  • BAAD! Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, in the Bronx, NY, for the Blacktino Dance Concert, hosted by Northwestern University on May 28th, 2017

  • City Center Studios in New York, NY, for In Remembrance: Dancing for Orlando, hosted by Awaken Dance Theater on June 17, 2017

  • The Keep in Ridgewood, NY, for Don’t Tell My Husband, Ladies Hysterical Luncheon, hosted by Madame Ovary on June 24th, 2017

  • The Marriott Hotel in Middleton, WI, for the National Women's Music Festival on July 6, 2017

  • City College in Manhattan, NY, for the Sadie Nash Summer Institute on August 9, 2017

  • Old First Reformed Church in Brooklyn, NY, for the Director's Choice Showcase 2018, hosted by Spoke the Hub on January 26 and 27, 2018

  • Next Door at New York Theatre Workshop in Manhattan, NY, for the Dessert: Queer Performance Series, hosted by Feast Productions on March 27, 2018

  • Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY, for the Sarah Lawrence College Poetry Festival on April 20, 2018

  • BAX in Brooklyn, NY, for the BAX Teen Arts Conference on April 21, 2018

  • UC Riverside in Riverside, CA, for the BlaqOUT Conference on April 28, 2018

  • LGBTQ Center of the Hudson Valley in Kingston, NY, for the OLOC Concert ft. Nia & Ness and Nedra Johnson on May 20, 2018

  • John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan, NY, for the Left Forum Conference on June 2, 2018

  • Marriott Madison West Hotel and Conference Center for the National Women's Music Festival 2018 in Middleton, WI,  July 5, 2018

  • Michigan Framily Reunion in Wayland, MI, August 3-6, 2018

  • SisterSpace Festival in Darlington, MD, September 7-9, 2018

  • Ohio Lesbian Festival in Lockbourne, OH, September 20-23, 2018

  • Temple Alumni Dance Concert in Philadelphia, PA, October 12-13, 2018

  • Piece: see us (2016) 8 mins.

  • Theater for the New City in New York, NY, for the event Pieces for Peace hosted by The Rouge Dancers, premiered on January 7th, 2017

  • Babycastles in Manhattan, NY, for Tenderness as Ragefuel: Against trumpist fascism, hosted by Confetti Armor and Babycastles on January 21st, 2017

  • The Footlight Bar in Queens, NY, for Am I Write, Ladies?: Sorry Not Sorry, hosted by Am I Write, Ladies? on February 28th, 2017

  • NYU Kimmel Center's Rosenthal Pavilion in New York, NY, for The Nia Awards, hosted by NYU's Center for Multicultural Education and Programs on May 11, 2017

  •  The Marriott Hotel in Middleton, WI, for the National Women's Music Festival on July 6, 2017

  • Bizarre Bar in Brookly, NY, for Circus of Dreams on September 13, 2017

  • Marriott Madison West Hotel and Conference Center for the National Women's Music Festival 2018 in Middleton, WI,  July 5, 2018

  • Piece: love’s call (2016) 5 mins.

  • Teaneck United Methodist Church in Teaneck, New Jersey, for the 2016 Christmas Cantata, premiered on December 4 2016

  • Piece: sky blue (2016) 6 mins.

  • Freddy's Bar and Backroom in Brooklyn, NY, for the event Ready Freddy's!?, hosted by The Creators Collective, premiered on November 9, 2016

  • Piece: find me (2016) 6 ½ mins

  • The Socrates Sculpture Park in Queens, NY, for the 2016 Suite Summer Festival hosted by In-Sight Dance Company, premiered on July 29, 2016

  • The Open Source Gallery in Brooklyn, NY, for the event The City is our Playground: An Evening of Performance Inspired by I Collective on October 8, 2016, hosted by THE CREATORS COLLECTIVE

  • Piece: blind spot (2016) 8 mins. (excerpt from run.)

  • Open Source Gallery in Brooklyn, NY, for the event She Who Tells A Story: An Evening of Performance Inspired by The Rawiya Collection, hosted by THE CREATORS COLLECTIVE, premiered on May 21, 2016

  • The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre studios in New York, NY, for the Tribute from NYC Dancers to the Victims of Orlando Shooting, hosted by Awaken Dance Theater on June 19, 2016

  • The Tank in New York, NY, for The Big Gay Dance Show, hosted by Gotham Dance Theater on July 16, 2016

  • The 227th Street Cambria Heights Community Garden in Queens, NY, for the 2nd Annual Community Garden Dance Festival, hosted by Sans Limites Dance on August 27, 2016

  • The Muriel Schulman Theater at Triskelion Arts in Brooklyn, NY, for the Collaborations in Dance Festival (CollabFest), hosted by Triskelion Arts on November 4, 2016

  • The Putnam’s Pub and Cooker in Brooklyn, NY, for THE CREATORS COLLECTIVE's first annual gala, as one of their top 5 artist of the year on November 19, 2016

  • Babycastles in New York, NY, for Tenderness as Ragefuel: Against trumpist fascism, hosted by Confetti Armor and Babycastles on January 21st, 2017

  • Old First Reformed Church in Brooklyn, NY, for Winter Follies 2017, hosted by Spoke the Hub on February 3rd and 4th, 2017

  • The Brooklyn Arts Exchange in Brooklyn, NY, for the 2017 Upstart Festival, hosted by Brooklyn Arts Exchange, NY, on February 11, 2017

  • NYU Kimmel Center for University Life in New York, NY, for ‘Brown Girls” NYC Screening on February 15th, 2017

  • Starr Bar in Brooklyn, NY, for Queer Abstract, hosted by Shannon Matesky on February 17, 2017

  • The Reckless Theatre in New York, NY, for “That Feeling When”, hosted by Some Universe on February 24th, 2017

  • OkaySpace in Brooklyn, NY, for the Garden of Eden movie screening on March 31st, 2017

  • Center of Performance Research in Brooklyn, NY, for Spring Movement 2017, hosted by Center of Performance Research on April 13th

  • BAAD! Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, in the Bronx, NY, for the Blacktino Dance Concert on May 28th, 2017

  • Lot 45 Bushwick in Brooklyn, NY, for BRN GRL SPK: A Summer Open Mic Fundraiser for WE ACT, hosted by BRN GRL SPK on June 7th, 2017

  • BIZARRE Bushwick in Brooklyn, NY, for Circus of Dreams, produced by Lindsee Lonesome on June 7th, 2017

  • GAMBA Forest in Brooklyn, NY, for the Underground Heroine Showcase #6!, hosted by ctyzn, DJ Lobotomy Copter and Brooklyn Wildlife on June 9th, 2017

  • 5th Ave & 9th St. in Brooklyn, NY, for Brooklyn Pride, hosted by Brooklyn Pride Inc. on June 10th, 2017

  • The Marriott Hotel in Middleton, WI, for the National Women's Music Festival on July 8, 2017

  • red/orange place in Brooklyn, NY, for "An Evening of Good Stuff," hosted by Maya Simkin and Rye Cavanaugh on July 23, 2017

  • The Knockdown Center in Queens, NY, for the "For Us Fest," hosted by BUFU and Queer Abstract on July 30, 2017

  • City College in Manhattan, NY, for the Sadie Nash Summer Institute on August 9, 2017

  • BKLYN Commons in Brooklyn, NY, for the B.A.S.I.C.S. International Artists Showcase on September 9, 2017

  • Herbert Von King Park in Brooklyn, NY, for the 7th Annual Bed-Stuy Pride on September 10, 2017

  • Judson Memorial Church in Manhattan, NY, for the Movement Research at the Judson Church on September 18, 2017

  • LGBTQ Center of the Hudson Valley in Kingston, NY, opening for Alix Dobkin in Concert on September 24, 2017

  • New Women Space in Brooklyn, NY for the Barriers to Bridges: Building Solidarity Through Storytelling event, hosted by Akin and Women of Color in Solidarity on November 25, 2017

  • New Women Space for the Decolonize Your Body event, hosted by Gagann Kaur and Jasmin Kaur on December 14, 2017

  • Old First Reformed Church in Brooklyn, NY, for the Director's Choice Showcase 2018, hosted by Spoke the Hub on January 26 and 27, 2018

  • Dixon Place in Manhattan, NY, for Black Queer Night, hosted  by Layla Zami and Oxana Chi in cooperation with the International Human Rights Art Festival on February 21, 2018

  • Harvard College in Cambridge, MA, for the 20th Annual Dr. Walter J Leonard Black Arts festival, hosted by the Kuumba Singers of Harvard College on February 23, 2018

  • Brown University in Providence, RI, for the 2018 FLAME Conference hosted by Feminists at Brown on March 18, 2018

  • Next Door at New York Theatre Workshop in Manhattan, NY, for the Dessert: Queer Performance Series, hosted by Feast Productions on March 27, 2018

  • Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY, for the Sarah Lawrence College Poetry Festival on April 20, 2018

  • BAX in Brooklyn, NY, for the BAX Teen Arts Conference on April 21, 2018

  • UC Riverside in Riverside, CA, for the BlaqOUT Conference on April 28, 2018

  • NU Hotel in Brooklyn, NY, for Black Lesbian Love Is a Form of Resitance: The Fundraiser on May 18, 2018

  • LGBTQ Center of the Hudson Valley in Kingston, NY, for the OLOC Concert ft. Nia & Ness and Nedra Johnson on May 20, 2018

  • Private home in Brooklyn, NY, for Open Lore Policy: First Times, First Show on June 1, 2018

  • John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan, NY, for the Left Forum Conference on June 2, 2018

  • Black Gotham Experience in Manhattan, NY, for NERDY Pride: Kei's 29th Birthday  on June 21, 2018

  • Harlem Stage Show 2018 in Manhattan, NY, for Harlem Pride on June 23, 2018

  • Marriott Madison West Hotel and Conference Center for the National Women's Music Festival 2018 in Middleton, WI,  July 5, 2018

  • Michigan Framily Reunion in Wayland, MI, August 3-6, 2018

  • The Night After Brunch for the African Ancestral Lesbians United for Societal Change’s Black Pride Brunch in Manhattan, NY, August 18, 2018

  • SisterSpace Festival in Darlington, MD, September 7-9, 2018

  • Ohio Lesbian Festival in Lockbourne, OH, September 20-23, 2018

  • Temple Alumni Dance Concert in Philadelphia, PA, October 12-13, 2018

  • Piece: The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (2015) 10 mins.

  • Conwell Dance Theatre in Philadelphia, PA, for Human(ity: Temple University BFA Senior Thesis Concert, premiered on April 24 and 25, 2015

  • Piece: The State, Quality Being With Purpose (2014) 7 ½ mins.

  • Conwell Dance Theatre in Philadelphia, PA for Temple University’s Spring Student Dance Concert, premiered on April 11 and 12, 2014