Eva Yaa Asantewaa
New York, NY
native New Yorker of Black Caribbean heritage–won the 2017 Bessie Award for Outstanding Service to the Field of Dance as a veteran, influential writer, curator, and community educator. Dance Magazine first published her writing in 1976, followed by The Village Voice, SoHo Weekly News, Gay City News, and her InfiniteBody blog. She hosts Body and Soul podcast. From 2018 through 2021, she worked as Gibney’s Senior Director of Curation. In 2020, she created Imagining: A Gibney Journal, serving as Editorial Director through its final issue in May 2023.
Eva’s cast for the skeleton architecture, or the future of our worlds–her evening of group improvisation featuring 21 Black women and gender-nonconforming performers for Danspace Project’s Platform 2016: Lost and Found–won a 2017 Bessie for Outstanding Performer. In 2018, Queer|Art established the Eva Yaa Asantewaa Grant for Queer Women(+) Dance Artists in her honor. In 2019, Yaa Asantewaa received a BAX Arts & Artists in Progress Award. Eva is a third-year member of the Dance/NYC Symposium Committee and serves on the advisory board of DanceTeacher+. Eva founded and curates the Black Diaspora arts program.