Current PDMR Resident: February 2019

Our February 2019 PearlDiving Artists-in-residence are NYC-based Collaborators Lisa Harris & Georgia Wall and Pittsburgh-based Joy-Marie Thompson. Scroll down to learn more about our artists!


Lisa Harris & Georgia Wall (NYC)

Lisa E. Harris (b.1981 Houston, Texas) Lisa E. Harris, Li, is an interdisciplinary artist, performer and composer from Houston Texas, USA. Li is a trained classical voice/opera singer from Manhattan School of Music and is a certified facilitator of DEEP LISTENING, the sonic philosophies of composer Pauline Oliveros, from the Rensellaer Polytechnic Institute. Li's work focuses on the energetic relationships between body, land, spirit and place. She uses voice, theremin, movement, text and new media to explore healing in performance.

Georgia Wall (b. 1986 New York City) has presented her performance work at New York Live Arts, HERE, AUNTS at Skirball NYU, Dixon Place, Movement Research at Judson Church, and CATCH at The Invisible Dog. Wall’s video have been exhibited at Team Gallery, Document Space, Faena Art Center and Anthology Film Archives. Her work has been written about in publications including, ARTNews, Mousse Magazine Online, The New Yorker, Hemispheric Institute E-Misférica and Time Out Chicago. Wall has been a resident artist at The Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, The Joan Mitchell Center, New York Live Arts, Fondazione Antonio Ratti and ACRE. Wall holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

About the work (to be developed in residency)

Proposition for Rehearsing Death is an ongoing project between Li Harris, a sound composer and Georgia Wall, a movement based composer. The project is based on a simple gesture of falling which intended to be an embodied investigation of surrender as well as a metaphoric rehearsal for death. The simple choreography offers a meditative and repeatable blueprint for both individuals and groups of people to engage with. The project asks: What is it that we are mourning? What do we need to let go? And how can we be embodied witnesses to the many people who have already lost their lives as a way of coming to terms with our own mortality?


Joy-Marie Thompson (PGH)

Joy-Marie Thompson is a freelance dance artist from Pittsburgh, PA. She graduated from SUNY Purchase with a BFA in Dance Performance awarded with the 2018 Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence and the Bert Terbough Award for Dance. After graduation, Joy-Marie completed residencies and performed Shamel Pitts’ work, Black Hole: Trilogy and Triathlon, in internationally acclaimed venues. She also exhibited Interpretations (2016); a photo series made in collaboration with dance photographer, Rachel Neville, where she re-imagines famous photos of black dancers. Other artists who Joy-Marie collaborates with include: Carly Heywood, Sherah Shipman and Sidra Bell.

About the work (to be developed in residency)

The proposed work, though currently Untitled will be a duet by Joy-Marie Thompson and collaborator and performer Sherah Shipman. Considering this piece continues our exploration of two bodies being bound by a tangible object, the title will be a string of words that relate to being bound together. The task of the piece will then be to narrate an escape to freedom. With all of this said, the intention of the piece will always be left up to the viewer. The creators of the dance welcome all interpretations of what they watch.


To learn more about PearlDiving Movement Residency, click here for more details.