Edisa Weeks is a choreographer, educator, videographer, and director of DELIRIOUS DANCES, which merges theater with dance to explore the beauty and complexity of life. In her work she seeks to create intimate environments in which to experience and interact with contemporary dance. The New York Times described Weeks’ work as having "A lot of imagination and a gift for simple but striking visual effects." Her work has been performed in a variety of venues including swimming pools, storefront windows, senior centers, sidewalks and living rooms, as well as at Chashama Theater, The Clarice Smith Center, Dance Theater Workshop, Dixon Place, Emory University, The Guggenheim Museum, Harlem Stage, Inside Out at Jacob’s Pillow, Joe’s Pub, Joyce SoHo, The Kennedy Center, The Massachusetts International Festival of the Arts, The Mermaid Parade, The National Black Arts Festival, The Puffin Room, Summer Stages Dance Festival and The Yard at Martha’s Vineyard. Internationally her work has been produced in Canada, England, Italy, Japan, Spain. Most recently DELIRIOUS performed in living rooms in Berlin, Germany for the Haus der Kulturen der Welt’s 50th anniversary celebration.
Her performance credits include Reggie Wilson Fist and Heel Performance Group, Dance Brazil, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Co., Jane Comfort & Co., David Gordon Pick-Up Performance Group, Annie-B Parsons’ BIG DANCE THEATER, Spencer/Colton Dance, Kevin Wynn Collection and Marie Brooks Children’s Dance Theater. From 1991 – 2001, Edisa Co-directed Avila/Weeks Dance with Homer Avila. She also appeared in the movie "Rachel Getting Married" Directed by Jonathan Demme.
Edisa Weeks holds a BA from Brown University and an MFA in dance from New York University’s TISCH School of the Arts where she was an Alberto Vilar Performing Arts Fellow. She has taught and created works for the Alvin Ailey School, Ailey II, Bard College, Brigham Young University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Milwaukee University, Princeton University, Prodanza Italia, Queens College, Saint Ann’s High School and Texas Christian University.
She has received several awards including choreographic residencies at Joyce SoHo and the Tribeca Performing Arts Center in New York, as well as Djerassi in California and The Yard in Martha's Vineyard. She has also received a New York Foundation for the Arts BUILD grant, a Mondo Cane grant from Dixon Place as well as grants from the American Music Center’s Live Music for Dance Program, Brooklyn Arts Council, the Puffin Foundation and United States Artist International.
She is currently developing "To Begin the World Over Again", a collaboration with composer Joseph Philips and his Ensemble Numinous, based on the writings of Thomas Paine. "To Begin The World Over Again" will premiere on June 9-18, 2011 at the Irondale center in Fort Greene Brooklyn.
(Photos by: Jaye Phillips)