Maleek Washington

Interview Highlights
Q: Do you believe dance can be a platform for social justice topics? If so, how? and/or Have you used your art form to make a difference?
Girl, you speaking my language. I am someone who is from an incarcerated family — my father, brother, uncles have all been incarcerated for over five years. I am lucky that through movement, I was able to break that cycle. On the path of my career, dancing for KyleAbraham and being the first African American male in [Punchdrunk’s off-broadway show] ‘Sleep No More’, I had to factor in how people saw me and the representation of my identity on stage. I am making a work now about me and my father and the idea of isolation and mass incarceration — I have been working on that for three years. 

Q: How has the COVID-19 pandemic affected you as a performing artist?
Basically, it has put my entire life on hold. My tour was canceled with Camille. My teaching gigs were canceled. Everything was canceled. I have one paycheck and I’m living off that, waiting to see what happens next. But, I’m trying to be positive about it. I like to see the community coming together and working. Seeing everyone on social media interacting in class is so nice.

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A native New Yorker, Maleek Washington is a performer, choreographer, and teaching artist at Broadway Dance Center, University of the Arts, and Gibney Dance. Previously Maleek has worked with artist such as Sia, Kyle Abraham, Rihanna, ASAP Rocky, PunchDrunks “Sleep no More” and currently he’s a collaborator with Camille A Brown and Dancers. With multidisciplinary, experiential performance works that investigate the people, practices, and spaces shaping Washington's identity, he is proud to present his art in 2017 at the Boston Dance Festival, Brent Street Residency (Australia),Pepatian and BAAD!, at the legendary Movement Research at Judson Church in Spring 2018, Gibney Dance Company Curated season 2019 and University of the Arts Winter Showcase 2019.