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Kayla Farrish

Lecturer of Dance

Kayla Farrish, Decent Structures Arts, is an emerging company combining filmmaking, storytelling, dance theater performance, and sound score. The company has been commissioned by Gibney Dance Inc (2020-2021), Louis Armstrong House Museum (2020), Danspace Project Inc (2019), Pepatian and BAAD! (2018), and beyond. Farrish has been supported by creative residencies including Gallim Women + Residency (2021), Gibney Spotlight: New Voices, Barysnikov Arts Center, Arts On Site (2020), Keshet Makers Space Experience, BAX Space Grant (2019), Pepatian Dance Your Future (2018), and Chez Bushwick (2017). Pieces sprouted outwards including Black Bodies Sonata, The New Frontier (My Dear America) evening length and film, With grit From, Grace, Spectacle, film and live production evening length work, and anticipated Martyr’s Fiction (2021) that continued to push boundaries of form, voice, scene, and narrative in an array of cinematic mediums.

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In 2020-2021, she was commissioned for choreographing and directing a range of films and live performance hybrids. Her work has been performed at venues like Judson Church, Danspace, Jacob’s Pillow, New York Live Arts, Joe’s Pub, BAAD!, film festivals, and beyond. This year she created a site-specific immersive, Broken Record, a duet commission, with Brandon Coleman for Little Island Festival.  She has created Rinsing, a short dance film, co-directed Melanie Charles Y’ll D’nt Care Abt Black Women, a Film, Saul Williams’ People Above the Moon, a solo for The Motherboard Suites at NYLA, collaboration on Four/Four Open Air Series with Melanie Charles, and Martyr’s Fiction Feature Film.

She’s received grants and support including Sundance Uprise Grant for Emerging BIPOC Directors, Dance Films Association Production Grant, Film Residency and community support from Little Falls, NY, and Brooklyn Filmmaker Collective Mentorship Fellowship. .

In addition, Farrish has freelanced with companies including Sleep No More NYC, Kyle Abraham/AIM, Marjani Forte/7NMS, Kate Weare Company, Helen Simoneau Danse, Company SBB, Dendy/Donovan Projects, Arthur Aviles, Rashuan Mitchell/Silas Reiner, Nicole Von Arx, Danielle Russo, and others. She has also been an instructor, rehearsal director, performance coach, and mentor both through dance companies and independently.