2021 Art Omi: Dance Fellows

Matty Davis (US) (he / him) is an artist and choreographer originally from Pittsburgh, where his grandfather worked in the steel mills and his dad’s plane crashed. Often collaborative—with other people, the land, and histories—his performances have been described as "balancing ecstatically on the edge of life and death (Jesse Zaritt).” Cultivated forms of empathy, trust, and responsivity become key improvisational tools for the navigation of unpredictable relationships and undertakings. Davis’s work has been presented in a wide variety of site-specific contexts, as well as at venues including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Steppenwolf Theater (Chicago), Danspace (NYC), Queenslab (NYC), the Palais de Tokyo (Paris), Bozar (Brussels), The Max Ernst Museum (Brühl), and Berliner Festspiele (Berlin). In 2019, he was named “1 of 25 Artists to Watch” by Dance Magazine. He is currently working on a new series of performances arranged for print by designer Matt Wolff that feature contributions by artists including Will Arbery, Whitney Browne, Mark Davis, Eryka Dellenbach, Nile Harris, Jonah Rosenberg, Holly Sass, Matt Shalzi, and Bobbi Jene Smith.

Jeremy Guyton
(US) (he / him) is an alchemist, dreamer, instigator, new world conjurer, director, choreographer, scholar, and teaching artist. A first-generation Angeleno, he first learned to tell stories through his body, free//styling across elementary playgrounds. His current creative practice is a messy play date with his inner child god. He is currently pursuing his MFA in Choreography and Performance candidate at Florida State University. Prior pursuits include: dreaming alongside artists aged 6-19 as Youth Programs Director for Dancing Grounds (New Orleans, LA); and, conjuring creative worlds with artists and companies including Solange Knowles, Chris Emile, Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Kesha McKey, Leyla McCallah and Kiyoko McCrae, Maya Taylor, KM Dance Project, Junebug Productions, B.U.K.U. Dance Krewe, and Goat in the Road Productions.

Tariq Darrell O'Meally (US) (he / him) is an artist searching for the power within introspection and vulnerability in the African American body.He has pursued the re-imagining of kinesthetic narratives as a means to resist and disrupt canonized stories that have perpetuated the dehumanization of marginalized groups, specifically black people. He seeks to synthesize those stories that will resonate in a way that is socially relevant, empathetic, and impactful. In his position as a curator at The Clarice, O'Meally contributes to the development and implementation of the Visiting Artist Series and leads the BlackLight Summit. Outside The Clarice, his work focuses on being a contemporary dance artist striving to transition into a post-contemporary context. That is to say that if Contemporary work interacts with the fierce urgency of now; then post-contemporary exploration integrates what has happened, what is happening, and what will happen, intersecting these concepts with the vulnerability and necessity of being human.

Shannon Stewart (US) (she / her) is an artist based in New Orleans with the experience of many different places shaping her sense of home. Her company screaming traps explores the intersection of dance practices, embodied identities, and social choreographies. Shannon has proposed an open source pedagogy called Body Based Theory Practice and presented her research in dance symposiums in the US and Europe. screaming traps have performed in theaters, galleries, cinemas, parades, dive bars, zines, and backyards In Berlin, Seattle, Portland, New Orleans, New York, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Chicago and elsewhere. Her collaborative film work has screened at film festivals big and small. She has a Masters of Fine Arts from Tulane University in Interdisciplinary Dance Performance and a BA in Urban Design from the University of Washington. She is a core faculty member of ROAR Berlin and an artist member of the Front Gallery in New Orleans.

Christian A Warner (US) (he / him) is a multidisciplinary artist with a career that spans over dance, musical theatre, and film. Based in NYC as a freelance artist, some of his current work consists of dancing with companies such as Boca Tuya and Ponybox Dance Theatre. He danced with TU Dance for three years prior in which he not only performed works by Alvin Ailey, Kyle Abraham, and Gioconda Barbuto but was a founding member of "Come Through" - and evening length collaboration with the grammy-award winning band Bon iver. His directorial credits include musicals such as "Once On This Island" and his most recent dance short film entitled "HOME," a commission through Black Iris Project. His musical theatre credits include shows like "Oliver! The Musical" national tour and Disney's The Lion King (Nat. Tours / Broadway). Christian's choreography has brought him to institutions such as JMU and TX State University.

Guest mentor Carolyn Hoehner (US) (she / her) is a dancer and actor in Washington DC. Her creative research centers on audience empathy and radical hospitality as a framework for making. She believes in the art of a good dinner party. She was a 2019 fellow at Art: Omi Dance and is thrilled to be returning as a mentor in 2021. Carolyn was a 2017 choreographer in Doug Varone’s DEVICES cohort and a 2016 artist-in-residence at the Trinity Fellows Academy. She has a BA in theater, dance, and literature from James Madison University and is an alumnus of the Studio Acting Conservatory. Currently she works in DC with Britta Joy Peterson, Robert Priore, Tariq Darrell O’Meally, and Extreme Lengths Productions among other collaborators who play at the intersection of theater and dance. For mostly content of her ginger cat Toulouse, you can follow her on instagram @carohoehner.

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