Dean Moss

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Dean Moss, choreographer, media artist, creates multidisciplinary works blending performance and video. He arrived in NYC, from Tacoma Washington, in 1979 on scholarship to the Dance Theater of Harlem. He went on to study under Martha Graham, then to perform with the American Dancemachine, the Broadway revival company of West Side Story, the Louis Falco Dance Theater and for ten years [1983-93] with the David Gordon/Pick-up Performance Company. In 1992 Moss began creating his own movement media concoctions, which have been presented, internationally. Locally they have been shown by P.S. 122, The Danspace Project, Dance Theater Workshop, The Kitchen, The Brooklyn Arts Exchange, and P.S. 1. The video works have been screened at Anthology Film Archives, The New York Expo of Short Film and Video, Festival Danse Visions [France], cablecast on Kunst Kanaal [Holland] and are included in the video collections of Third World Newsreel and The Kitchen. Additionally works have been exhibited as part of academic conferences and museum exhibitions including: Performative Sites: Art, Technology and the Body at Penn State University; Current Undercurrent: Working in Brooklyn at The Brooklyn Museum of Art; African Diaspora in the Ancient and New World: consciousness and imagination at The Sorbonne/Paris University; and at The Whitney Museum of American Art in an exhibition titled, By Any Means Necessary: new experiments in interdisciplinary performance. Moss has received a 2003 Asian Cultural Council Fellowship; a 2001 Artist Grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts, a 1999 New York Dance and Performance [Bessie] Award, a 1998 New York Foundation for the Arts Choreography Fellowship, and 1993 Finishing and Presenting Fund Awards from The Experimental Television Center. From 1997-2003 Moss also collaborated on the works of Yasuko Yokoshi: performing, co-directing, creating the visual and video design for her 2003 "Bessie" awarded work Shuffle. Together with Yokoshi, he conceived and developed the Dialogue Workshop: an experimental composition workshop for emerging choreographers. Moss served as the Curator of Dance and Performance at The Kitchen from 1999-2004. On "sabatical" from April '03 to '04, he lectured on "Visual Media and Performance Integration" at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. He is currently developing a performance project with visual artist Laylah Ali, based on her "Greenhead" paintings and is also in the early planning stage of a performance work tentatively titled, "porous".