New Waves! 2013 Announced! Let’s Dance!

By ARC Magazine Tuesday, January 15th, 2013 Categories: Events, Updates

The 3rd New Waves! Institute will be 10 days, to be held 22 July through 1 August 2013.  New Waves! 2013 is distinguished by its programs being held in Trinidad AND Tobago, to run concurrently with the Tobago Heritage Festival. The Institute is offering 3 days of intensive classes,workshops and unique experiences in Tobago and a week of programs at the University of Trinidad and Tobago/Academy for Performing Arts.  Faculty include Makeda Thomas, Chris Walker, Rennie Harris, and Dyane Harvey-Salaam. Claire Tancons is the 2013 Scholar-in-Residence along with Tony Hall, who will lead a special Jouvay Institute for Dancers, co-developed with Institute Director, Makeda Thomas. The New Waves! Commission Project will present “Strange Tales of an Island Shade” by Trinidadian choreographer, Sonja Dumas.

“This is exciting times for the Institute,” says director Makeda Thomas. “Having recently received support from the Ministry of art and Multiculturalism, and with development of the Wild Seed Scholarship Fund – created and completely funded by New Waves! alumni – we’re encouraged about the possibilities for what it means to create dance and how we project ourselves into the future.”  Thomas is currently writing “Making Stage”, a book on the development of the Dance and Performance Institute.  Also being developed, in part, through the Institute: “make. believe.” -  a dance theater work created in collaboration with performance artist and poet Queen GodIs, which will preview next June during Thomas’s 10th anniversary season at New York Live Arts.

“The participants who come to New Waves! do so not only attend to study dance with world-class artists, but to engage in meaningful conversation about our practice, to re-articulate overstandings of race, gender, sexuality, historical narratives and cultural production, and to create a shared history in which we each function not merely as abstractions, but connect in essential ways that brings out light in one another.  The entire process goes further than just coming to new landscape. It’s about developing new eyes with which to see that landscape and thus, experience it differently. We’re continually constructing and deconstructing the mechanisms by which we engage the space and our selves. Now in our 3rd year, an established rhythm with a kind of structured improvisational mode has emerged.”

Applications for New Waves! 2013 can be found at and are being accepted until 4 May 2013.  Email questions to .  

Photo by Renaldo de Silva


22 July to 1 August 2013 in Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago

Each year, 50 dance artists from all over the world gather for the New Waves! Institute.  It is a unique, autonomous space where vital conversations on the body, movement, cultural production, hybridity and diaspora are had; where dominant discourses on art and culture are challenged and where new progressive languages could be spoken.  Roundtable discussions, performances, limes, and symposiums round out the experience of the unique cultural landscape of Trinidad & Tobago.

Study Contemporary Dance with choreographer and director Makeda Thomas and guest artists, Rennie Harris, Dyane Harvey-Salaam and Chris Walker!  Let’s Dance!

Courses Offered: Contemporary Dance, Caribbean Dance, House Dance, Pilates, Forces of Nature Workshop, Repertory Workshop, Jouvay Process for Dancers, Roundtable Series

Scholar-in-Residence, Claire Tancons

Claire Tancons (1977, Guadeloupe, French West Indies) is a curator, writer and researcher whose work focuses on carnival, public ceremonial culture and popular movements. She was the associate curator for Prospect.1, the first New Orleans biennial and Contemporary Arts Center, also in New Orleans (2007-9) and a curatorial consultant for Harlem Biennale (2010-12). As curator for the 7th Gwangju Biennale (2008) and guest curator for CAPE09, the second Cape Town biennial (2009) she organized processions mixing the traditions of political demonstrations and carnival parades, opening the way to what has since been seen as a new model of curatorship, an example of cross-cultural curating. In 2012, she founded Extemporary a research-based artistic and curatorial platform dedicated to public performance. She is currently a research curator for Benin Biennale 2012.

Tancons is regularly invited to speak, write and teach about her work and research. Over the last couple of years she has lectured in academic and art institutions in North America, Europe, the Caribbean and Latin America, and Asia. Upcoming lectures in 2012 include the Institutions by Artists Convention, Vancouver and AICA’s Southeastern Arts Writing Symposium, Atlanta. In July 2012 Tancons taught Art on Parade? The Processional as Artistic and Curatorial Medium as a summer course in the Visual Knowledge Intensive Laboratory at IUAV University in Venice. Her essays have been featured in academic and art journals (NKA: Journal of Contemporary African Art; Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism; Third Text; e-flux journal etc) and exhibition catalogues, and translated into Korean, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch and French. Reviews about her work have appeared in North American (New York Times, Artforum, Art in America, Art Papers, Fillip, Border Crossings), European (Flash Art, Frieze, Mousse, Arte e Critica, Springerin) and Asian (Noon) art journals and magazines. She was the recipient of the 2012 inaugural Alice Award for Emerging Critic for her essay Occupy Wall Street: Carnival Against Capital? Carnivalesque as Protest Sensibility and is a participant in FIAC’s Young Curators Invitational 2012.

Tancons holds an MA in Museum Studies from the École du Louvre in Paris (1999), a Certificate in Museum Studies from the University of Montreal (1999), an MA in Art History from the Courtauld Institute in London (2000) and is a former curatorial fellow of the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program (2001) and the Walker Art Center (2003). She has been the recipient of various research and travel grants from French and American institutions including the Regional Council of Guadeloupe (2006), the French Ministry of Education (2006), Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art (2006), the Foundation for Arts Initiatives (2007 and 2009), the Andy Warhol Foundation (2009), Institut Français (2011) and was awarded an Artistic Production Grant from the Prince Claus Fund (2009). Since 2006 she has traveled extensively in the Caribbean and Africa to pursue her research on contemporary carnivals and masquerades and alternative genealogies of performance art. She is based in New Orleans and works in situ.

Jouvay Process for Dancers with Tony Hall

Jouvay Process for Dancers comes out of Jouvay Process Popular Theatre (JPTP), an interventionist performance/production model for seeing art works happen. It is a framework for personal or group development, or for training artists to deepen their craft, and their consciousness, in direct relations to everything around them. JPTP is conceived as a prompt to start your own conscious meditation on Jouvay Process. In a sense, it set you on your own journey or facilitates the journey that you might have already embarked upon.  Engaging a series of creatives exercises, dancers move through an embodied exploration of their own popular culture, physicalizing and deepening their own consciousness in the context of their social , political, psychic, psychological, philosophical and natural environments. Through this stratagem, we can consolidate in our selves the full, creative and imaginative energy of the emancipation traditions set down by own ancestors.  In this way, Jouvay Process for Dancers can activate the liberating power of our emancipation ancestry and, through self-knowledge, lead to sophisticated personal and group movement.


Participants are required to be present for the entire duration of 10 days of the New Waves! 2013. Apply Online here: by 4 May 2013. *$250 deposit required at application

Cost to Participate

Apply for New Waves! 2013 by 31 January 2013 and receive a $100 discount. $1050 USD for International participants  |  $525 for Caribbean-based participants. Includes registration for all classes, events and accommodation in shared artist housing. Meals are not included.  Full Payment is due by 17 May 2013. For more information Contact New Waves via email  

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