Okoyomon, who lived in Lagos, Nigeria, as a baby earlier than transferring to Texas after which Ohio, added: “I connect myself to supplies akin to earth, rocks, water and hearth as a result of these are issues I can’t management by myself.”
As a part of the Frieze win, Okoyomon conceived and offered a performance-based set up on the Shed titled “This God Is A Slow Recovery,” which centered on communication or the dearth thereof. “It’s about destroying our language, constructing it up, crashing the phrases into one another,” Okoyomon stated. “How can we create the language to get to the brand new world?”
This month, Okoyomon gained a Chanel Next Prize, a brand new award from the French trend model established to nurture rising expertise, nominated by a gaggle of cultural figures and chosen by the jurors Tilda Swinton, David Adjaye and Cao Fei.
In September, the dancer and choreographer Kayla Farrish — teaming up with the jazz, soul, and experimental musician Melanie Charles — transported Maria Hernandez Park in Brooklyn to a vivid scene of grace and energy.
The efficiency — as a part of the platform 4/4 presents, which commissions collaborations amongst artists — was “sweeping and strong work braiding music and spoken phrase with choreography” that encompassed the perfect of technical dance and athletic drills, said Gia Kourlas, the dance critic at The Occasions.
The end result turned its 5 dancers — Farrish, 30, was joined by Mikaila Ware, Kerime Konur, Gabrielle Loren and Anya Clarke-Verdery — right into a vibrant union of musicality, tenderness and energy,” Kourlas wrote.