Joy Davis: Choreographers LAB


  • Centennial Performing Arts Studios 211 27th Ave North Nashville, TN 37201

Joy Davis will join us for a two-week residency to create a new work for our Spring Performance series. 

Joy holds an MFA in Choreography and Performance from Smith College Department of Dance, and since 2005, she has continued to study the Countertechnique with originator, Anouk van Dijk, current Artistic Director of Chunky Move in Australia. 

In 2012, Joy was certified to teach Countertechnique and is one four American instructors teaching classes and workshops in North America. She has taught classes/workshops at Velocity Dance Center in Seattle, Moving Target in Boston, Conduit and Bodyvox in Portland, Mocean Dance in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Gibney Dance in NYC, amongst others. 

Joy has also independently and co-produced seven evening-length works in site-structured locations under the moniker joy davis project since 2006. She progressed in her choreographic inquiry while a Chicago Dancemakers Forum (CDF) Greenhouse Artist, as a choreographic resident at Sandra Hirth’s Workspace for Choreographers in Virginia, and was commissioned alongside Meg Anderson to create performance parties at the Asbury House in Evanston, IL. . Her solo work has been presented by The San Diego Dance Theatre, the H-O-T series at Mascher Space in Philadelphia, Mountain Empire’s Salons in Northampton and Philadelphia, Company Rose in Nashville, and Dance Innovators in Performance in Seattle. Joy performed works by Chris Aiken (MA) , Shaina Cantino (MA), Delfos Danza (Mexico), Kathleen Hermesdorf (SF), Katie Martin (MA), Barbie Diewald (NYC/MA) and Erica Mott (CHI). She is inspired by collaborations with choreographer/director Shaina Cantino (MA), performance artist Meg Anderson (SF), composer/producer Jeremy Cox (SF), dramaturg Robyn Coady (NYC/MA) and percussionist/composer Ryan Edwards [BABA] in Boston. Joy was honored to teach and perform at Velocity Dance Center's international Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation (SFDI), to teach for Banning Bouldin's New Dialect Summer Intensive as well as Charles Slender-White's Fact/ SF Dance Lab in the summer of 2015. She recently joined Jen Polins in performance and programming curation for the School for Contemporary Dance and Thought (SCDT) in Northampton, MA. Together, they brought together renowned dancer/author/editors Nancy Stark Smith, Wendy Perron, Andrea Olsen, Wendy Woodson, Peter Pleyer, and Aretha Aoki for SCDT's RIFF Talk series _03, entitled Writing from the Body. RIFF Talks _04 performance and discussions were centered around Chaos, including special guests Steve Paxton, Lisa Nelson, Danny Leipkoff, Body Cartography, and K.J. Holmes

She is honored to join Dance Division faculty at The Boston Conservatory and to be a Visiting Lecturer on Theater, Dance, & Media at Harvard University this fall.