Morgan Amirah Burns

Morgan Amirah Burns, photo by Kavya Krishna

Morgan Amirah Burns, originally from Atlanta, Ga, is a 23-year old multi-disciplinary artist. Morgan is a 2020 graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts Department of Dance. In her own creative practices, filmmaking and dance unite to provoke emotional curiosity about how we, humans, move through the world often in conversation with elements of the natural world. Morgan’s creative pursuits have been recognized by GALLIM with a Moving Women Residency and by the Consulate General of Canada in NYC with the support and creation of her collaborative film spring promise FUTURES (2021). She was named the Inaugural Recipient of the Merce Cunningham Trust Barbara Ensley Award (2022). As a performer, works such as Retrofit: A New Age (2022) by Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Reiner have pushed Morgan further down paths of performance art, improvisational performance and site-specific research. Her most recent site-specific performance was in collaboration with Multidisciplinary Artist Kilo Kish with their work Still Dreaming as a part of Time Square Arts Council x Woman in Windows. 2023 began with a LiftOff residency with the New Dance Alliance where she planted the seeds for her work in progress Black Girls Who Don’t Like Watermelon Unite, set to premiere this summer as a part of New Dance Alliance’s Performance Mix Festival.

In Black Girls Who Don’t Like Watermelon Unite, Morgan Amirah Burns explores the nature of seeing people as trees. An exploration in acceptance, she shape-shifts, responding to her 2019 work A Tree Named Kevin, utilizing text, movement, and video art to merge her faith and feeling as she situates herself in a forest. Burns is a 2022–23 LiftOff Resident Artist.