PearlDiving Movement Residency supports professional movement artists making dance-based multimedia work by providing rehearsal space, technical support, mentorship, and a stipend during a month-long residency to be completed in October 2017. The dual-track program serves both local and visiting artists and offers time in an environment where research, play, and risk-taking are encouraged in order to create and present new work. Participants are committed to personal and professional development, community engagement, and represent diverse voices in the local and national contemporary dance field.

Deadline to apply: July 10, 2017
Participants will be notified by: July 31, 2017

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Spring 2017 Residents

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Wendell Cooper/MXoops

Wendell Cooper/MXoops is a multimedia performance artist focused on the intersection of urban arts and consciousness studies; rapping and dancing within video installations. A certified yoga instructor (500hr RYT) and practitioner of Thai Yoga Massage, he is also trained in various forms of energy healing. His work has toured Kenya, China, Russia, the Netherlands, and has been presented in NYC venues such as HERE Arts Center, Santos Party House, The Box, Dixon Place, Joyce Soho, and Harlem Stage. His work has been supported by the Jerome Foundation Travel Study Program, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the New York Live Arts Suitcase Fund, and as a Cultural Enjoy of the U.S. State Department in Kenya. Cooper studied dance and religion at the George Washington University and completed an Integrated Media Arts MFA at Hunter College. He currently teaches in Lehman College's Dance (BA) and Multimedia Performing Arts (BFA) Programs. []


Project: Carrying Capacity

Beyond identity there is the plasma of oneness; a dream space, both physical and energetic, that can hold the fullness of we. Carrying Capacity is a speculative journey mixing sacred and profane. It asks— what is the connection between our capacity to love ourselves as simultaneously sexual, spiritual, and social beings with our collective future on this dusty rock? Mx. Oops (Wendell Cooper) performs a multimedia ritual using sound meditation, urban dance, video projection, and rap. A collage of personal experiences embrace confusion, defining terrains of shame and pleasure. The soul is in invoked, gender is rendered ephemeral, and together we contemplate in celebration the sometimes unfortunate profundity of embodiment.

Felicia Cooper

Felicia Cooper is a puppeteer and theatre artist based in Pittsburgh. Over the past three years, she has performed storytelling and puppetry throughout the east coast, with Bread & Puppet Theater, Dixon Place's Puppet BloK!, Pittsburgh's Re:NEW Festival, The Irma Freeman Center for Imagination, and in residence at Future Tenant Art Studio and the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, where she is a teaching artist. She has also toured the east coast with her work in solo performance and received a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts to continue her work in puppetry and the storied mythology of the modern world.


Project: Hope Rises

Humanity consistently seeks to quarantine, to jar, to wall off the specimen of evil so that it cannot touch what we have worked so hard to protect. Hope Rises is a large-scale puppet show for children and adults alike which embodies evil as monsters poked by a young girl in an allegory of Pandora's myth. Her curiosity leads a young girl to search for hope in a world where monsters lurk beneath floorboards and in shadows, to question and examine that which we have dismissed as dangerous. This show will feature movement and dance in addition to automata and mechanized puppetry.