BAX’s SPACE GRANT PROGRAM is designed to give NYC-based dance, theater and performance artists the opportunity to create new work in a setting that is conducive to working deeply and exploring new territory.

Summer Space Grant Recipients

Catie Leasca  | Dance
Jeremy Tiang | Theater
Kayla Farrish  | Dance

Fall Space Grant Recipients

Nami Yamamoto  | Dance
Nile Harris | Interdisciplinary
Ogemdi Ude | Dance

Parent/Artist Space Grant Recipients

Davalois Fearon | Dance
Leyna Marika | Interdisciplinary

Catie Leasca is a dance artist currently based in Brooklyn, NY. With roots in Massachusetts, she has traveled and danced abroad in Israel, France, Belgium, and Germany. Catie has presented her work at Gibney Dance as a Work Up 5.0 artist, Brooklyn Arts Exchange as an Upstart artist, CPR as part of UArts/Chez Bushwick Creative Exchange, Movement Research through Judson Church, Dixon Place and STUDIO4. She has worked professionally with Netta Yerushalmy, Helen Simoneau Danse, Jessie Young, Mary Grace + Artists, and Bryn Cohn + Artists. Catie graduated with her B.F.A. in Dance from the University of the Arts in May, 2017.


Jeremy Tiang's plays include A Dream of Red Pavilions (Pan Asian Rep) and The Last Days of Limehouse (Yellow Earth, London), as well as translations of scripts by Wei Yu-Chia, Xu Nuo, Chen Si'an, Zhang Zai and others, which have been performed or read at the Segal Center, Royal Court (London) and Royal Exchange (Manchester). Jeremy is also the author of a novel, State of Emergency (Singapore Literature Prize, 2018), and the translator of books by Jackie Chan, Zhang Yueran, Li Er and many others. He trained as an actor at Drama Centre London, and now lives in Brooklyn.


Photo by Oliver Rockwell

Kayla Farrish/Decent Structure Arts is an emerging company combining filmmaking, photography, and dance. Farrish is a NY based director with a vision for intimate storytelling. She’s received three choreographic commissions: Of Bones Dance (2014) and Houses on the Moon Theater Company (2016), and Danspace (2019). She co-choreographed Gods and Accepting Darkness with Nik Owens (2015). Studying photography and film with Yara Travesio, Benjamin Heller, and Brooklyn Central, she formed portraiture and improvisation studies Beloved Loveless, and premiered With Delicacy and Permanence live solo and film at B.A.A.D! In Summer 2017, granted the Chez Bushwick residency, she created 5 short films and cinema-inspired photograph gallery. These films screened at Bushwick Open Studios, Triskelion Film Festival, Deconstructed:Dance Films Festival, Mouthfull Presents/Of Bones Dance, and Detroit Women in Film Festival.
In 2018, she developed live works: Wager/With grit From, Grace, live version Black Bodies Sonata, and Why I Can’t Hold Strangers performing at Stuffed: Dinner and Dance and Movement Research at Judson, Pepatian APAP, Arts On Site Performance Party, Danspace Food For Thought, BAAD!, and other spaces. She produced and created “Spectacle” Film and Live Performance evening-length piece apart of Pepatian Dance Your Future Residency (2018). In 2019, she will partake in Keshet Makers Space Experience Residency, Petronio Residency Center, and also premiere new and developing works at Danspace in Fall 2019. She is excited to be a BAX summer space grant recipient to make her new work The New Frontier come to life!!

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Nami Yamamoto, from Matsuyama, Japan, graduated from New York University in 1993 with a MA in Dance Education. Her work has been funded by Creative Capital, Jim Henson Foundation, Suitcase Fund from Dance Theater Workshop and others. She has been inspired by her residency experience at Movement Research, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Puppet Lab at St. Ann’s Warehouse and Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography. Her most recent work, Headless Wolf (2017) received The New York Dance and Performance Awards (the Bessies) for Outstanding Production. Currently, she teaches at New York City public school through Movement Research’s Dance Maker’s program.

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Nile Harris is a Brooklyn based interdisciplinary artist and performer. His work has been presented at Palais de Tokyo, Dixon Place, Secret Project Robot, Movement Research at Judson Church, and The Watermill Center, where his commissioned installation, curated by Robert Wilson, was featured in publications such as New York Magazine, W Magazine, Art News, and Slate. He has performed in the with work of various artists including Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, 600 Highwaymen, Nia Witherspoon, Miles Greenberg, and Malcom-X Betts performing in venues and festivals around the world including New York Live Arts, Museum of Modern Art, The Walker Art Center, EMPAC, Danspace Project, EFA Project Space, American Repertory Theatre, and the Dublin International Theatre Festival among others.

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Ogemdi Ude is a Nigerian-American dance artist, facilitator, and birth doula currently based in Harlem. Her work intertwines movement, soundscapes, and visual art to build black utopias and instigate lived and inherited trauma processing. Her work has been presented at Center for Performance Research, Movement Research at the Judson Church, Streb Lab for Action Mechanics, and the Lewis Center for the Arts. She has served as Community Coordinator for the Public Works initiative at the Public Theater. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BA in English, Dance, and Theater from Princeton University.

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2019 MAP Fund grantee Davalois Fearon is a critically-acclaimed dancer, teacher, and choreographer born in Jamaica and raised in the Bronx, NY. She is one of Dance Magazine’s seven ‘Up-and-coming Black Artists to Have on Your Radar’ and a Bessie Award recipient for her performance in “the skeleton architecture, or the future of our world's.” She is the founder and Artistic Director of Davalois Fearon Dance, a company with a mission that pushes both artistic and social boundaries. Her choreography has been presented nationally and internationally, on Broadway at the New Victory Theater, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the world-renowned Joyce Theater. She has been commissioned by the likes of Pentacle, Harlem Stage, Barnard, SUNY Purchase, and The Bronx Museum and received awards such as the Bronx Council on the Arts BRIO, Mabou Mines Suite/Space Residency, and Alvin Ailey New Dance Directions Choreography Lab. She has received awards from the Bronx Council on the Arts, Hudson Valley and The MuKha Arts & Science Foundation among others. Fearon is the of the Mabou Mines Suite/Space Residency, Restorations Arts Choreoquest residency, and is an Alvin Ailey New Dance Directions Choreography Lab fellow.

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Leyna Marika Papach is a musician and interdisciplinary artist from Japan and the United States. Her compositions house the languages of dance, theater, sound, and image.
Leyna’s performative work has been presented internationally in Europe, Japan, and the US. She has written and directed four evening-length dance-theater pieces alongside her work as a composer and violinist. Her work and research have been supported through residencies and grant programs such as HARP (HERE Arts Center), Arts International, and Frank Huntington Beebe Fund (for music+dance research in the Czech Republic and West Africa), Japan/US Friendship Commission (six-month fellowship in Japan--funded by the NEA and Ministry of Culture in Japan), amongst many other smaller grants.
As a composer and violinist, she has worked with a wide range of artists, both as a collaborator and interpreter (Clarinda Mac Low, Taylor Mac, Eric Ting, J.G.Thirwell, Geraldind Fibbers/Nels Cline and many others), performing in venues/festivals such as; Unlimited Festival (Austria), HAU
(Berlin), International House (Japan), Dance Afrique Dance (Paris/Tunisia) All Tomorrow's Parties (US) and New York venues such as BAM, St.Marks Church, UNESCO, MoMA, St.Anne’s Warehouse, The Stone, Issue project room and many others.
Leyna holds an MFA in interdisciplinary studies from Bard College, MA in Theater and Dance studies from DasArts, Amsterdam. She studied dance with Germaine Acogny at L'ecole des Sables, Senegal, and studied violin at the Prague Academy of Music and UMKC Conservatory of Music in Kansas City, where she received her Bachelor's degree.

Photo by Soomi Kim