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September 30, 2020

Gesel Mason Performance Projects is a 2020 recipient of the NEFA NDP Production Grant for Yes, And, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Yes, And is a performance project that re-centers Black womanhood as the norm and operating force in the creative process.

October 01, 2020

Gesel Mason Performance Projects has been selected to participate in a performing arts residency in Austin, Texas presented by
Texas Performing Arts and Fusebox Festival.

During this residency, Gesel Mason will continue to develop her recent project, Yes, And through in-person and virtual collaborations with artists in the Austin area and beyond.

The residency program is geared towards adventurous Austin-based artists who are pushing the boundaries of performance and on the cusp of new projects, as well as furthering the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the local performing arts community. The program provides four individual artists or ensembles project funding for technical support and artist fees, plus access to the theatres, studios and production shops at Texas Performing Arts for a total award of $50,000 each.

October 01, 2020

Gesel Mason Performance Projects is delighted to announce that Gesel Mason is a recipient of the
2020 Distinguished Research Award!

This award is presented by the University of Texas at Austin's Theatre and Dance Department for her outstanding creative work that "uses the craft and techniques of dance to upend 'normality' as both a political act and creative tool for exploration."

February 01, 2019

Google Arts & Culture showcases No Boundaries

Google Arts & Culture invited GMPP to showcase No Boundaries on their Arts & Cultural online platform in partnership with 651 Arts. This is the first step towards creating a digital archive where you can access a small portion of the No Boundaries archives. Visit the No Boundaries Collections on Google Arts & Culture.

 

The Google Cultural Institute, including Google Arts & Culture, is an initiative that partners with museums, archives and other cultural institutions to bring the world’s cultural heritage online. With free tools and technologies, partners can showcase their cultural content making it more widely accessible to a global audience. Google’s Cultural Institute is a non-profit platform and is intended to showcase Partner’s cultural content on a non-commercial basis.

September 01, 2018

New Home in Austin, TX

Gesel Mason received Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Texas at Austin where she will be teaching and completing the digital archive for her project No Boundaries.

February 11, 2018

One last time...

651 ARTS and RestorationART / The Billie Holiday Theatre present the final performance of No Boundaries: Dancing the Visions of Contemporary Black Choreographers this April 6 & 7, 2018, in Brooklyn, NY.

 

This is where you come in…

The project has received a National Endowment for the Arts grant of $30,000 that requires at 1:1 cash match. We are $8,000 shy of matching our NEA grant and meeting our production budget. We need your help to raise the final portion of our budget to match the NEA grant. Donate today.

September 06, 2017

Rauschenberg Residency Awarded

GMPP has been selected to attend the Rauschenberg Residency in August 2018 based on the exceptional work and commitment to our practice.

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April 24, 2020

NO BOUNDARIES at Fusebox Festival!

For the first time since it was recorded in April 2018, the full performance of "NO BOUNDARIES: Dancing the Visions of Contemporary Black Choreographers" will stream live on Friday, April 24th at 8:30pm CST as a part of Fusebox Festival 2020: Virtual Edition! "No Boundaries" features the work of Kyle Abraham, Rennie Harris, Donald McKayle, Bebe Miller, David Rousséve, and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar.  (The performance will also be available on noboundariesarchive.com for the duration of the Fusebox Festival - April 24th-26th.)

 

Then, on Sunday, April 26th at 2:00pm CST, join Gesel for "LIVE DISCUSSION: Gesel Mason and Making of NO BOUNDARIES", a conversation with humanities scholar Dr. Amma Ghartey-Tagoe Kootin, dramaturg Melanie George, and dancer/choreographer MK Abadoo, as they discuss the often emotional journey of performing and archiving the work of Black choreographers. Join the virtual conversation here.

March 19, 2019

Guest Artist at The Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning

Gesel Mason will be a Guest Artist at The Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning March 19-24, 2019. While there she will be leading a choreographic process with artists in the Queens neighborhood surrounding JCAL.

May 20, 2019

Alan M. Kriegsman Creative Residency at Dance Place

Gesel Mason received Dance Place's Alan M. Kriegsman Creative Residency, which provides housing and studio space for GMPP to work on a new performance work May 20-26.

June 17, 2019

Ragdale Residency

Gesel Mason and collaborators are on site at the Ragdale Foundation in Lake Forest, IL, investigating a new performance work June 17-21, 2019.

November 18, 2019

Rauschenberg Residency in Captiva, FL

The Rauschenberg Foundation awarded Gesel Mason a six week residency at their location on Robert Rauschenberg’s former property on Captiva Island, Florida, where he lived and worked for nearly four decades.

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