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Gibney Names Eva Yaa Asantewaa Curatorial Director

Gibney, the New York–based performing arts and social justice nonprofit, has appointed curator and cultural leader Eva Yaa Asantewaa to the newly created position of curatorial director. Yaa Asantewaa will be responsible for leading all public performance, residency, and discourse programs across all of Gibney’s sites and for expanding the nonprofit’s curatorial model.

“Art is an urgent force that transforms individual lives, preserves and expresses the core values of communities, and speaks truth to power,” Yaa Asantewaa said in a statement. “Dance has been the center of my professional life for over four decades. Now, I take great joy and honor in joining the Gibney network—dedicated students, educators, choreographers, performers, designers, tech experts, advocates and activists with a proven record of making a difference in dance and in our society.”

The 2017 Bessie Award winner is also a prolific writer who has contributed to the field of dance journalism since 1976. Her articles have been published in various publications, including Dance Magazine, the Village Voice, the SoHo Weekly News, the Gay City News, Time Out New York, and the Dance Enthusiast. Among her recent curatorial projects are “Q(here)magiQue,” an evening of improvisation for the annual queer performance festival La MaMa’s Squirts, and “the skeleton architecture, or the future of our worlds,” a performance for Danspace Project’s Platform 2016: Lost and Found. A longtime educator, she has also been a member of the faculty of Montclair State University’s MFA program in dance and of the New England Foundation for the Arts’ Regional Dance Development Initiative.