Edisa Weeks / DELIRIOUS Dances

Edisa Weeks is a Brooklyn, NY based choreographer, performer, educator and director of DELIRIOUS Dances. Weeks creates intimate environments that merge theater with dance. Described by the New York Times as having “a gift for simple but striking visual effects,” her work has been performed in a variety of venues including Aaron Davis Hall, Alfred University, chashama theater, Dixon Place, Emory University, Works & Process at the Guggenheim Museum, Harlem Stage, Jacob's Pillow, The Kennedy Center, The Massachusetts International Festival of the Arts, The Mermaid Parade, The National Black Arts Festival, Summerstages Dance Festival, and The Yard. She has also performed in swimming pools, senior centers, sidewalks, storefront windows and various living rooms, including living rooms in Berlin, Germany, as part of Haus der Kulturen der Welts 50th anniversary celebration.

​Raised in Uganda, Papua New Guinea and Brooklyn, NY, Weeks holds a BA from Brown University and an MFA from New York University where she was an Alberto Vilar Performing Arts Fellow. She has taught at the Alvin Ailey School, Bard College, Brigham Young University, Brooklyn Friends High School, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Milwaukee University, Princeton University, Saint Ann's High School, and currently teaches choreography, improvisation and modern technique at Queens College.

Edisa Weeks and DELIRIOUS have received awards from Artists International, The Brooklyn Arts Council, Dixon Place, the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, New Music USA, NPN, NYSCA, NYFA, The Puffin Foundation, as well as choreographic residencies at Djerassi, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Joyce SoHo, Materials for the Arts, Mount Tremper Arts, Restoration ART, Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Topaz Art, the Tribeca Performing Arts Center, and The Yard, among others.

Visiting Artist | February 25 - March 11th, 2020

THREE RITES: Life, Liberty, Happiness

New York-based multimedia artist Edisa Weeks will come to MANCC for the first time to develop her latest work THREE RITES: Life, Liberty, Happiness. The work will be a seven-hour interdisciplinary interactive experience that integrates live music, dance, text, two visual installations, shared meals and community conversations to examine how America has protected, promoted, and pursued life, liberty and happiness, and how these rights manifest in the body. During her time at MANCC, Weeks will specifically focus on the Liberty section of the work.

Connected like a puppet to objects that have informed the Black experience in America (bible, black dildo, blonde wig, sneakers, watermelon, gun, lightbulb), Edisa Weeks in this solo performance alternates between black face, white face, storytelling, and visceral dance to dig into the pathologizing of African Americans and the foundations of liberty in America. She is currently writing stories about the seven objects and, throughout her time at MANCC, will embody the stories through movement and songs that engage with the audience. As our nation continues to grapple with confederate monuments, fake news, economic stratification and the killing of Black people, THREE RITES: Liberty both humorously and poignantly insists on a reckoning with our past and present.

While in residence, Weeks plans to visit the Knot House Museum in Tallahassee, where a reading of the Emancipation Proclamation took place on May 20, 1865. She will also host a Roots Party, where people are invited to join her in the journey of making 1,865 roots out of paper and twine; and will connect with scholars on campus whose research focuses on American Minstrelsy, Orishas, and depictions of African-Americans in the media.

The full work, THREE RITES: Life, Liberty, Happiness, will premiere in Brooklyn, NY, in Fall 2021.

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World Premiere

David Neumann

Distances Smaller
Than This Are
Not Confirmed
Jan 15 - 25
Abrons Art Center
(NY)

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