Ni'Ja Whitson Adebanjo


Weds, Feb 11 from 2:30-5pm
at the New Museum

CLASS DESCRIPTION
Ni'Ja Whitson Adebanjo opens up their process-oriented creative research in developing performance/material in remix art making. Workshop participants will serve as witness-participants looking at the blending and transforming of film-based and text-based media into and through live performance. Situated in the languages of art/dance/theatre/ritual the workshop will live as a piece being created in the excavation of what it means to create. Encouraging all bodies and gender expressions.

BIO:

Ni’Ja Whitson Adebanjo is a performing and visual artist, writer, and full-time lecturer at Lehman College in New York. Working internationally, creative and scholarly works include collaborations with leading artists across genres such as Allison Knowles, La Pocha Nostra, April Berry, and Darrell Jones. As a noted innovating practitioner of the Theatrical Jazz Aesthetic and accomplished improviser enjoys ongoing collaboration with award-winning artist Sharon Bridgforth, and currently as a national touring member of Bridgforth’s River See. Respectively, Whitson Adebanjo is a member of Douglas Ewart’s (AACM) Nyabhingi Choir and Inventions ensembles performing at venues across the country with creative and jazz musicians such as Mankwe Ndosi, Tatsu Aoki, and Joseph Jarmon. Whitson Adebanjo ‘s work as an independent choreographer includes working alongside Dianne McIntyre on the 10-year anniversary revival of Crowns written and directed by Regina Taylor at the Goodman Theatre; and as choreographer for Nia Witherspoon’s Messiah Complex and Susan Watson-Turner’s
directing of Anon(ymous) received New York audience and ensemble awards from HERE Art’s Downtown Urban Theatre Festival and Kennedy Center American Theatre Foundation, respectively. Ni’Ja has been a student and practitioner of indigenous African ritual and resistance forms for over ten years, creating work that reflects the sacred in street, conceptual, and indigenous performance. Ni’Ja’s work engages a nexus of postmodern and African Diasporic performance practices, through the intersections of gender, sexuality, race, and spirit. Recognitions and awards include Creative Capital “On Our Radar”, Movement Research, Vermont Studio Center, LinkUp Inaugural Artist in Residence, 3Arts Artist Award Nominee, the Mellon Foundation, and via a juried Fellowship Award as an MFA graduate from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.