photo by Madeline Nixon-Taplet
Ayan Felix (NC Based) is a Gulf Coast-bred movement artist, dreamy storyteller, and cultural organizer. They perform Southern Black American cultures of excess, slowness, and dirt indoors and under dusky skies. Independently, they have birthed live performances for Barnstorm Dance Festival (Houston; 2018, 2019, 2022), Kuumba Dance Fest (Houston; 2021), and Houston Fringe Festival (2021). Their site-responsive and collaborative practice with spirit, co-conspirators, and the environment has produced screen dances shown at the Collegium for African Diasporic Dance (2022), freeskewl (NYC), and the Black Endurance Community Series at The Movement Lab ATL (2021). Their MFA thesis production How to avoid gas stations and other shit I want to do at night (2021) is also documented in a paper we, present in space: Queer Performance Cultures of Transience and Care based in Black Feminisms as the culmination ofthe MFA experience through the Duke Dance Program. Ayan has joined the dance legacies of SUCHU Dance/Jennifer Wood, Pilot Dance Project, Andrea E Woods-Valdez, and Dance Afrikana. Collaborations ongoing and past include time with SLIPPAGE performance lab, jhon r. Stronks, Brittany J. Green, and Ivy Nicole-Jonet. They also co-host queer burlesque experiences with Les Bimbos in Raleigh, NC. Most of their mornings are spent trying to recall nighttime dreams, playing in the earth, and building bandwidth for a neurodiverse world.