Performance AIRspace Residency

The Performance AIRspace Residency annually supports four New York City-based performing artists. Residents receive a commission for the creation of a new work to premiere as part of Abrons presenting season, 200 hours of studio time, administrative support, as well as a technical and production residency.

The application for the 2022-2023 Performance AIRspace Residency opens late Fall 2021.

2021-2022 Performance AIRspace Residents

Fana Fraser is an artist, performer, and full spectrum doula in training. Her creative work is rooted in a contemporary Caribbean aesthetic and framed by narratives of eroticism, power, and compassion. Fana’s live work has been presented at several venues including Brooklyn Museum, Gibney, and Trinidad Theatre Workshop. A 2021-22 Jerome Hill Artist Fellow in Dance, Fana was shortlisted for the 2020 BCLF Elizabeth Nunez Caribbean-American Writers’ Prize. She served as Rehearsal Director for Ailey II from 2016-20 and works as a co-director for South Bronx-based arts organization, Pepatián. Fana was born and raised on Kairi, in Trinidad and Tobago.

Her project, Love, V, is a queer Caribbean femmehood coming of age story. Timed in a heavenly subterranean fantasy paradise where dreams become reality for an extended present moment, Love, V is a multi-act solo performance. The work dances with theater, sound, and visual design to set a stage for the glories of self-pleasure.

Jerron Herman is a disabled dancer and writer who has created works to facilitate welcoming. Jerron began his training as a company member with Heidi Latsky Dance from 2011-2019, performing widely, and now collaborates with Disability Arts collective Kinetic Light. In addition, Jerron regularly writes on art and culture and currently serves on the Board of Trustees at Dance/USA as Vice Chair. His awards include a 2020 Disability Futures Fellowship by the Ford and Mellon Foundations respectively, as well as the Grants to Artists Award from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts and a Jerome Hill Artist Fellowship from the Jerome Foundation, both in 2021.

His project, [Insert] explores the ways natural phenomena and history enter and live in the body. By revealing liaisons, scripts, and codes Jerron’s body will tell a story about migration patterns, cryptology, and why the left hand is such a bad mutha – shut your mouth. We start at the torso.

Ogemdi Ude is a Nigerian-American interdisciplinary artist, educator, and doula based in Brooklyn, New York. Her performances focus on Black femme legacies and futures, grief, and memory. She aims to incite critical engagement with embodied Black history as a means to imagine Black futurity. Her work has been presented at Recess Art, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Danspace Project, Gibney, Center for Performance Research, and Streb Lab for Action Mechanics. She serves as Head of Movement for Theater at Professional Performing Arts School and is a 2021 Laundromat Project Artist-in-Residence. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in English from Princeton University.

Her project, Dig/Hear/Sing/, is a project unfolding in two mediums. The first is a series of three solos integrating movement, voice, and installation, researched through free writing, improvisation, and game play, to derive coping rituals in the aftermath of trauma. The second part is a book of dance scores, personal essays, and performance theory that explores Black feminist perspectives on death, memory, and mourning. Dig/Hear/Sing/— is an intimate handbook and series of performances intentionally crafting space for Black femmes to reflect on personal loss, incite community care, build mutual support networks, and affirm the often clandestine, isolating journey of mourning.


Abrons Arts Center’s Performance AIRspace Residency is made possible with funds from The Jerome Foundation and NYC’s Department of Cultural Affairs.