Leslie Cuyjet

Leslie Cuyjet, photo by Maria Baranova

Leslie Cuyjet is an award-winning performer and dance artist in Brooklyn, NY. She is most known for collaborating with a range of artists including, Cynthia Oliver, Jane Comfort, Yanira Castro/a canary torsi, Juliana F. May, Narcissister, Kim Brandt, Niall Jones, and Will Rawls. Cuyjet’s own work has been supported and presented in New York by Center for Performance Research, SculptureCenter, The Shed, MoMA PS1, Gibney, and Roulette Intermedium. She has received residency and award support from Movement Research, MacDowell, Marble House, Yaddo, New Dance Alliance, and Center for Performance Research and is looking forward to a Hodder Fellowship with Princeton University later this year. Cuyjet is ending her two-year tenure as co-editor of the online publication Critical Correspondence and is a co-founder of the Authentic Movement collective, DUVET. Cuyjet is an NDA Black Artists Space To Create Resident Artist.

Eleanor Smith is a choreographer, freelance dancer, and current MFA candidate at Hunter. Eleanor is a founding member of the Authentic Movement group DUVET and has performed in works by Ivy Baldwin, Katie Workum, and Molly Poerstel, among others. She has made collaborative dance works with Molly Lieber since 2006. Molly and Eleanor have had new works commissioned by The Chocolate Factory Theater, PS122, Roulette, Baryshnikov Arts Center, New York Live Arts, and Abrons Arts Center.

Katie Workum began making dances in 1997. Since 2013, Workum has made Authentic Movement and improvisational forms the bedrock of the work. She melds improvisational performance and practice together as an alternate, feminist model of working and presenting work.  She curated and co-created Anna, Darrin, David, Eleanor, Jess, Katie, Leslie & Weena in March 2020 at Foley Gallery, a week long deep dive into improvisation. Authentic Movement, lec-dems and Public Practices.  This gave birth to DUVET, a collective of  8 founding artists dedicated to the idea that the joining together to collectively resource care, intellect, artistry, community and lunch will yield a new world order. These artists are Anna Witenberg, Darrin Wright, David Thomson, Eleanor Smith, jess pretty, Leslie Cuyjet, Weena Pauly and Katie Workum.   Workum holds a Masters in Dance Education at NYU Steinhardt and has taught at BkSD, The School for Contemporary Dance and Thought, Gibney, DNA, Barnard College, NYU Experimental Theater Wing, and Lehman College. Please visit www.katieworkum.org for more information.  

Darrin Wright, a Brooklyn based artist, is a native of Los Angeles, California where he started tap dancing at the age of six. Darrin teaches master classes in technique, composition and improvisation throughout the country. In 2009, he received a Bessie Award for his work with A Canary Torsi’s Dark Horse/Black Forest. Darrin is a founding member of Duvet, an Authentic Movement based group working on achieving a true sense of being human in this strange world.