Leslie Cuyjet is a performer and dance artist living in Brooklyn, NY. She is most known for her work as a performer, earning a “Bessie” Award in sustained achievement for collaborating with a range of artists including Will Rawls, Juliana F. May, Cynthia Oliver, Jane Comfort, David Gordon, Anohni, NARCISSISTER, Kim Brandt, Niall Jones, and a canary torsi/Yanira Castro among many others. Her own work interrogates those experiences as a performer in various experimental and post-modern forms through the lens of a black body. Pulling from the rigor and principles of her performance practices, she examines personal and dance histories through a choreographic lens that integrates text, video, and live performance. She is driven by research, adapting an ongoing and interdisciplinary artistic practice to dictate medium and form.
Recent honors include Princeton Hodder Fellow, Movement Research Resident Artist, MacDowell Fellow, and Foundation for Contemporary Arts’ Emergency Grants. Cuyjet has been supported by residencies at Movement Research, Center for Performance Research, Yaddo, Marble House Project, New Dance Alliance, and MacDowell; for presentations in New York at The Shed, The Kitchen at Queenslab, MoMA PS1, Center for Performance Research, La MaMa Moves! Festival, Gibney Double Plus, Movement Research Fall Festival and Judson Church, and Danspace Draftworks. She is co-editor of the Movement Research online publication, Critical Correspondence and a co-founder of the Authentic Movement collective, Duvet.