Julian Saporiti and Erin Aoyama performing No-No Boy at the University of Michigan. Photo by Molly Paberzs.

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Dancing Justice II: 2019-2020 Daring Dances Student Fellowship Performance

UPDATE: Sunday, September 27, 2020, 7 pm

University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA)

Performances featuring new work by the 2019-2020 Daring Dances Student Fellows: Ambiance Dance, Arabesque Dance Troupe, Iraqi Student Association, and the Queer Arts Collective.


Dancing Identities / Defining Place: An evening of dance with Audrey Johnson & Leila Awadallah

NOVEMBER 23, 2019

Dance artists Audrey Johnson (Detroit/Oakland) and Leila Awadallah (Minneapolis) shared an evening of work focused on identity, place and imagination at the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. 

For more information about the performance, go here.

Leila Awadallah in Residence at UM

Daring Dance’s 2019-2020 artist-in-residence

AUGUST 23-29, 2019 & NOVEMBER 18-23, 2020

During Part 1 of her residency, Leila Awadallah began to codify a specific letter-to-movement relationship for her developing dance language rooted in the study of embodied Arabic calligraphy. Joined by her collaborator, Palestinian-American visual artist Lamia Abukhadra, they activated embodied Arabic calligraphy to investigate how it speaks to conversations surrounding diaspora Palestinian-American identity.


During Part 2 of her residency, Leila shared RAS ABU'AMMAR IS HERE within the Daring Dances Dancing Identities / Defining Place performance at the Arab National Museum in Dearborn.

To learn more about Leila's residence at UM, go here

To learn more about the Artist-in-Residence program, go here.


EXPLODE! queer dance: Midwest 

AUGUST 8-11, 2019

In Chicago, EXPLODE! focused on queer dance of the Midwest across four sites: Three on Northwestern University's campus and one at Chicago dance center Links Hall. 


This festival was sponsored by and ran co-currently with the Annual Conference of the Dance Studies Association.


EXPLODE! queer dance

MAY 30 - JUNE 1, 2019

EXPLODE! queer dance takes to the road, presented by the University of California-Riverside and UCR Arts, in a collaboration with the 2019 Indigenous Choreographers at Riverside Gathering, with overlapping planning.

Performances took place at Barbara and Art Culver Center of the Arts

3824 Main Street, Riverside, CA.

Noemí Segarra Residency

in collaboration with Northwestern University's Puerto Rican Arts Initiative

APRIL 22-24, 2019

Dancing Justice: Inaugural Daring Dances Student Fellows Showcase

APRIL 14, 2019

Notes on Territory Premieres

MARCH 11-17, 2019

Daring Dances inaugural artist-in-residence Anna Martine Whitehead premieres her work Notes on Territory, a collaboration with Damon Locks and Giau Truong at Detroit's Jam Handy, as well as mentors with Daring Dances Student Fellows.

Choreographing Black Space with Skeleton Architecture & The Gathering


Bessie Award-winning Skeleton Architecture returns to Michigan for a residency with The Gathering, a group of ten Detroit-based Black dance artists and improvisers for a five-day residency and culminating performance.

Application Deadline for Student Fellowship Program

Daring Dance's inaugural group of student fellows have been selected. Please check back in Fall 2019 for next year.


Skeleton Architecture Experiments in Coalition Fall Residency

NOVEMBER 7-12, 2018

Skeleton Architecture, a Bessie Award winning collective of Black womyn and gender nonconforming artists rooted in the rigor and power of the collective in practice and improvisation will collaborate with Detroit-based Harge Dance Stories for a week-long residency that includes teaching and working with student activists at University of Michigan and working with Black improvisers in Detroit.

Anna Martine Whitehead in Residence at UM

Daring Dance’s inaugural artist-in-residence

JUNE 18-29, 2018

While in residence at the University of Michigan, Anna Martine Whitehead will be engaged in movement and sound research for her project Notes on Territory, a performance lecture on the history of containment architecture and freedom practices. Territory is a journey from gothic cathedrals to slave dungeons to modern prisons to public housing -- in no particular order -- and uses technologies such as the cross, the dome, the siteplan, and the chalk outline as temporal guideposts. For the first week of Daring Dances’ Artist-in-Residency program, Whitehead will be joined by sound and visual artist Damon Locks in the studio.

To learn more about the Artist-in-Residence program, go here.

No-No Boy: Julian Saporiti with Erin Aoyama

Performance and artist residency
FEBRUARY 19-21, 2018

Singer/songwriter Julian Saporiti will be at the University of Michigan to present No-No Boy, a multimedia concert inspired by Saporiti’s doctoral research at Brown University, as well as his experiences growing up as a Vietnamese-American in Tennessee. This performance shines a light on diverse but interconnected Asian-American experiences: the many lives of WWII Japanese Incarceration camp survivors, refugees from southeast Asia, waves of immigrants, and kids in middle America making sense of a hyphenated identity. Saporiti will be joined by singer and fellow Brown Ph.D. student Erin Aoyama, in performance and throughout their residency in classes at U-M.

To learn more about the No-No Boy project, go here.

To read the Michigan Daily article, No-No Boy: The Intersections of Asian American, go here.



EXPLODE! queer dance
JUNE 22-24, 2017

EXPLODE! queer dance is a four-day festival of performances and conversations curated by dance scholar Clare Croft, that re-imagines the potential of queer dance today. Featuring a range of forms - including South Asian dance, improvisation, Irish step dancing, and drag - the festival showcases artists from across the U.S. and around the world, including Jennifer Monson, DD Dorvillier, Thomas DeFrantz, Jennifer Harge, Nic Gareiss & Cleek Schrey and Post Natyam Ensemble. The shows will be hosted by the fierce and beautiful Boston-based design drag queen LaWhore Vagistan.

Performances took place at JACK in Brooklyn, NY. Conversations took place at Oxford University Press and Tisch School of the Arts. To learn more about the programming, go here.