Gesel Mason Performance Projects

Gesel Mason Performance Projects GESEL MASON PERFORMANCE PROJECTS (GMPP) creates dance theater works that "move her audience to tears and laughter" (Washington Post).photo by Colin Danville

Check out GMPP's 2022-2023 season recap!

Check out GMPP's 2022-2023 season recap!

Dive Into The World of Yes, And! Yes, And is a collection of dance performance experiments that place an expanded vision of Black womanhood in the creative process. The project invites us to inhabit inspired realities that reclaim the past, transform the present, and dream new futures into being.


Lovely trailer created by Maggie Bailey of our Austin performance of Yes, And at Women and Their Work and Fusebox Festival. I do hope you will join us in DC at Hillwood Garden and Estate.

5:30-7 p.m. | Explore Hillwood’s mansion, gardens, greenhouse, and special exhibition Grace of Monaco: Princess in Dior; museum shop and Merriweather To Go open

7 p.m. | Performance begins in the Motor Court

7:15-8 p.m. | Encounter Dance installations throughout the gardens. Choose your own route or feel free to follow a performer on their journey.

8-8:30 p.m. | Performance on the Lunar Lawn

9 p.m. | Hillwood closes

At 6:30 p.m., Friday, Jul 15, artist Vicki Meek will lead a short, conversation in the theater in the Ellen MacNeille Charles Visitor Center. At 8:45 p.m. Saturday, artist Gesel Mason will lead a post-show conversation.

American Sign Language (ASL) Interpretation will be provided at the Saturday, July 16 performance.

This program is outdoors. Guests will move throughout the gardens and along garden paths. Please prepare for hot weather.
Additional audio and video content will be accessible by QR code; you may wish to bring headphones.
Consider bringing a blanket or easy-to-carry lawn chair for your journey.
Food and drinks, including beer and wine, will be available for purchase from Merriweather To Go.
See our visitor guidelines for information about how we are following the latest local and national guidance.

See you in Denver!

See you in Denver!

Dance/USA is pleased to announce that Gesel Mason is the Opening Keynote Speaker for Dance/USA Connect: Denver! ⁠

Choreographer, performer, educator, and arts facilitator Gesel Mason is artistic director for Gesel Mason Performance Projects associate professor of dance and choreography at the University of Texas at Austin. Mason will deliver the keynote address in Denver, CO on August 17 at 10am.⁠

Will you be there? Register now and save $100 on early bird rates! Learn more about registration and Dance/USA Connect: Denver programming here!

It's 2022! Here's some of what we've been up to!

It's 2022! Here's some of what we've been up to!

Yes, And is a collection of performance experiments that places an expanded vision of Black womanhood at the center of its creative process. Yes, And asks: “Who would you be and what would you do if, as a Black woman, you had nothing to worry about? What would you create and how might you be in ...


Looking forward to our Pillow Lab residency!

Excited to be a part of this!

Excited to be a part of this!

Join artists, arts presenters, activists, funders, organizers, and more as we reimagine a more just and equitable field together. NPN’s conference is an opportunity to collectively build our learning and practice to build artists’ power and advance racial and cultural justice in the arts.

Excited and grateful for the opportunity to be at the Pillow!

Excited and grateful for the opportunity to be at the Pillow!

BCC and the BCC Alumni Association Board, together with Dan Dillon’s family, have created an annual Heart of Service Alumni Award in his honor.



TU Dance is holding auditions for live presentations and a film creation project this Spring with performances at The O’Shaughnessy in St. Paul, Minnesota on May 13 & 14, 2022. With support from a MSAB Arts Tour Grant, choreographer Marcus Jarrell Willis will be working with a group of dancers for a 9-week rehearsal process to reimagine and expand upon his work Sensible Existence, which was originally created for the TU Dance Company in 2017. This experience will culminate in two live performances as well as the creation of a dance-for-film project that will be shared throughout the State of Minnesota and beyond. For this project, we are seeking dance artists with a vast range of technical versatility. A keen sense of rhythm and articulation of gestural language is essential. Seasoned professionals to emerging dance artists are encouraged to audition. Learn more about Marcus Jarrell Willis.


9 week rehearsal process: March 14- May 14, 2022
Time frame: 9:30am-4:15pm CST Monday- Friday
Tech Week: May 9-14, 2022
Performances: Friday, May 13th & Saturday, May 14th at The O’Shaughnessy, St. Paul, MN
Dancers will be compensated $600/week and hired as independent contractors. Airfare, housing, per diem and local transportation are not provided.

Submit materials by Monday, November 22 (details below). Please submit materials to [email protected] and [email protected].

Audition Dates:
Thursday, December 2 and Friday December 3, 2021
Location: TU Dance Center, 2121 University Ave. W., St. Paul, Minnesota
In-person auditions only. No fee to audition. Travel and housing is not provided.


Thursday, December 2nd
Ballet Class: 10:00-11:30am CST
Repertory/Workshop 11:45am-4:00pm CST
(lunch: 1:30-2:00pm)

Friday, December 3rd
Modern/Contemporary Class: 10:00-11:30am CST

Research and Development Workshop: 11:45am-4:00pm CST
(lunch: 1:30-2:00pm)
MATERIALS TO SUBMIT (by November 22):
*these materials are requested for reference only as opposed to pre-screening purposes
Cover Letter (Summarize your experience and its relevance for this project. Please also include reflections/responses to the following two questions: What is something that you are currently exploring within your artistic practice? What do you hope to gain from this process?)
Video Reel (3 minute maximum with clear footage that shows the entire body, performance or studio footage that features some sort of repertory work, no improvisation and no class footage)


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