nia love

Presently, nia love lives in unseated Lenape Nation known as New York. Their career spans forty years, beginning in 1978 becoming one of the youngest international apprentices with Ballet Nacional de Cuba. love received a BFA in Theater Directing and pre-Medicine from Howard University and an MFA in Choreography from Florida State University, and in 1996 studied Butoh and toured with Japanese Butoh master Min Tanaka, and received the honorary Fulbright Fellow in 2002-03. love has numerous awards and honors including a Bessie Award for Most Outstanding Performer on behalf of Skeleton Architecture, a CUNY Incubator Grant, the NYLA/Suitcase Fund, Alvin Ailey’s New Directions Lab Choreographer Award, Movement Research Artist-in-Residence and Movement Research Exchange Guest Artist/Lecturer at UCLA, and the CUNY Dance Initiative, to name a few. love is presently an Urban Bush Women 2019-20 Choreographic Center Initiative Fellow, a recipient of a 2020 MAP Fund, 2020-21 Guest Artist at Bryn Mawr College, Brooklyn Arts Exchange AIR co-advisor, and NYLA Fresh Tracks Advisor. A recipient of the 2019 Gibney Presents Residency and Gibney|DiP, love presently serves as an Assistant Professor Adjunct at Queens College and New School|Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts.

UBW Partnership Fellow | 2021


As part of an inaugural partnership since 2018 with Urban Bush Women’s (UBW) Choreographic Center Initiative’s (CCI) Choreographic Fellows Program, MANCC looks forward to welcoming nia love into residence. love's residency will mark the third of three sets of residencies in this three-year partnership program with the UBW CCI, which utilizes a two-pronged approach that advances the work of individual women choreographers from the African and Indian Diaspora while bringing about systemic change in the field of dance. MANCC is currently in conversation with love to determine what kinds of remote residency support can generatively support her creative process, while waiting for when it will be safe for an on the ground residency.

This partnership is supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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Archive Residency
2020 - 21

Emily Johnson


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