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paris cyan cian is a New Orleans Black girl playing and composing with devotion, through an embodied ceremonial practice in nature and beyond. As a movement architect, educator, and curator working with and through various interdisciplinary forms of dance, drawing, film, photography, and sound, cyan’s creative work mobilizes embodied memory and ecological play into a worldmaking practice. 

Performance exhibitions/installations, practices, and organizing include Common Healing, T.Lang Dance, Liberated Planet Studio, The Black School, Los Angeles Dance Festival, Ritual Knowledge, Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans, Eleanor D. Wilson Museum Virginia, Radical XChange, Saint Heron, BlackGirlGeniusWeek/SOLHOT, No)one. Art House LA, and Dancing Grounds. cyan cian received her BFA/BA in Dance with a concentration in social justice, gender women’s studies from Hollins University (2018) and Masters of Fine Arts in Choreography at Roehampton University, London, U.K (2021).


artist statement 

I am recalling distant wandering memories, conjuring movements, shapes, pathways, spaces for them to live (again). Through a practice of play, a multitude of words, questions, maps, and drawings, I am generating worlds through a study of African and indigenous cosmologies. I am composing, repeating, praying (ritual in process); a veneration to lands, shorelines, seabodies designing a carto-choreographic practice as Black eco/architectural performance. I am homemaking to understand the past, present, and future. This is communion as spatial practice; this is a possibility to cultivate again, and again, and again; to remember; to move.

photo credit: Fernando Lopez


collective of embodied poetic architects

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