Fana Fraser: MINDSEX

28–30 April 2022

MINDSEX is a solo dance performance by Fana Fraser. Timed in a fantasy wilderness paradise where dreams become reality for an extended present moment, this work is an exploration of a queer Caribbean femmehood.

In tandem with her premiere of MINDSEX Fana is leading LABYRINTH (LAB), a creative workshop focused on sensing the intricacies of your body. Join us on April 22 from 6 - 8 PM.

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A full spectrum doula in training, Fana Fraser’s art practices are framed by narratives of eroticism, power, and compassion. A Caribbean Futurist, interdisciplinary artist, director, educator and creative thinker, Fana is a BAM 2022 Jack Nusbaum Artist in Residence; 2021-22 Jerome Hill Artist Fellow in Dance; 2021-22 Performance AIRspace Resident at Abrons Arts Center; and 2021 Caribbean/The Future Space resident artist. Fana was shortlisted for the 2020 BCLF Elizabeth Nunez Caribbean-American Writers’ Prize. Fana is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor of Dance at University of the Arts. She served as Rehearsal Director for Ailey II from 2016-20 and as a co-director and consultant for South Bronx-based arts organization, Pepatián from 2018-21. Fana has taught as a guest artist in dance programs at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Sarah Lawrence College, Adelphi University, University of Georgia, and Appalachian State University.Her performance work has been presented at several venues including Brooklyn Museum, Gibney, BAAD!, Dance & Performance Institute, and Trinidad Theatre Workshop. As a dancer and collaborator, she has worked with Camille A. Brown & Dancers, The Metropolitan Opera, Ailey II, Sidra Bell Dance New York, The Francesca Harper Project, Samita Sinha, Raja Feather Kelly, Raymond Pinto, Miriam Simun, Jonathan González, Andrea Miller for Hermès, and with Ryan McNamara at Performa 13, Art Basel Miami, Guggenheim Works & Process, Frieze New York, and The ICA Boston.


MINDSEX is commissioned by Abrons Arts Center through the Performance AIRspace Residency, which is supported by the Jerome Foundation. Image courtesy of the artist


This event will take place in the Experimental Theater and Main Gallery.

The Experimental Theater is a flexible seating space. Wheelchair and mobility device seating locations change from performance to performance. Details for each performance will be listed on the ticketing page. The Experimental Theater is accessed via an elevator.

The Main Gallery is on the second floor of the building, and is accessible via the Garden gate and an elevator. To access the elevator, visitors should request access with patron services at the front desk and they will assist in navigating around the exterior of the building to the Garden entrance. The Garden entrance is located on Willet Street via a 200 foot pathway with a small slope to the Garden entrance.

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