Jaamil Olawale Kosoko
Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, photo by Umi Akiyoshi
Jaamil Olawale Kosoko presents Crying Songs (excerpt). Kosoko juxtaposes interior and exterior landscapes to expose a confessional identity-mashup where visual and performance aesthetics collide in a face-off of self revelation, ecstatic theatricality and discomfort. Part social commentary and part historical self-critique, Crying Songs references issues related to misogyny and patriarchal constructs of masculinity.
Jaamil Olawale Kosoko is a Nigerian American curator, poet, and performance artist currently based in New York City. He is a 2012 Live Arts Brewery Fellow as a part of the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival, a 2011 Fellow as a part of the DeVos Institute of Art Management at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and an inaugural graduate member of the Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance (ICPP) at Wesleyan University. Kosoko’s work in live performance has received support from The Pew Center for Arts and Heritage through Dance Advance, The Philadelphia Cultural Management Initiative, The Joyce Theater Foundation, and The Philadelphia Cultural Fund. As a performer, Kosoko has created original roles in the performance works of Nick Cave, Pig Iron Theatre Company, Keely Garfield Dance, Miguel Gutierrez and The Powerful People, Headlong Dance Theater among others.
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