Biography

Originally from Detroit, MI, Jaamil Olawale Kosoko is a Nigerian American curator, producer, poet, choreographer, and performance artist currently based in New York City. He is a 2012 Live Arts Brewery Fellow as a part of the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival, a 2011 Fellow as a part of the DeVos Institute of Art Management at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and an inaugural graduate member of the Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance (ICPP) at Wesleyan University.

His work in performance is rooted in a creative mission to push history forward through writing and socio-political art advocacy. Kosoko’s work in live performance has received support from The Pew Center for Arts and Heritage through Dance Advance, The Philadelphia Cultural Management Initiative, The Joyce Theater Foundation, and The Philadelphia Cultural Fund. His solo performance work entitled other.explicit.body. premiered at Harlem Stage in April 2012 and is currently touring nationally. As a performer, Kosoko has created original roles in the performance works of Nick Cave, Pig Iron Theatre Company, Keely Garfield Dance, Miguel Gutierrez and The Powerful People, Headlong Dance Theater among others. Kosoko’s poems have been published in The American Poetry Review, Poems Against War, The Dunes Review, and Silo, among other publications. In 2011, Kosoko published Notes on an Urban Kill-Floor: Poems for Detroit (Old City Publishing). He is a contributing correspondent for Dance Journal (PHL), the Broad Street Review (PHL), and Critical Correspondence (NYC). He has served on numerous curatorial and funding panels including the National Endowment for the Arts, MAP Fund, Movement Research at Judson Church, the Philadelphia Cultural Fund, the Baker Artists Awards, among others.

The Philadiction Movement

The Philadiction Movement is a program of anonymous bodies || art collective, an interdisciplinary performance company co-directed by Kate Watson-Wallace and Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, based in New York and Philadelphia. As a collective, the two co-directors create work independently and collaboratively, creating an array of art projects, that range from solo performances in gallery settings, to larger performance installations on-site. They are a project-based company that collaborates with a diverse group of dancers, visual artists, musicians, stylists, and DJs. They draw upon the traditions of visual art, post-modern dance, site-specific study, conceptual and performance art, audience participation and public spectacle. Known for their creative use of ordinary space, anonymous bodies “has a gift for making pockets of space feel infinite. Wild imagination ruled.” (The New York Times)

They have been presented by The Philadelphia Live Arts Festival, Dance Theater Workshop, Dance New Amsterdam, Harlem Stages, Kelly Strayhorn Theater, Dance Place, ODC Dance, The Joyce SoHo, Movement Research at Judson Church, Velocity Dance Center, DanceBoom at the Wilma Theater, PIFA/Kimmel Center, Bryn Mawr Performing Arts Series, and Philadelphia Dance Projects. They have been guest artists at colleges including University of the Arts, Swarthmore College, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Muhlenberg College, Franklin & Marshall College, and Drexel University. The company has received funding from The Map Fund, a program of Creative Capital, The Doris Duke Foundation, The Pew Center for Arts and Heritage through Dance Advance, The Independence Foundation, The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, PennPAT, and The Philadelphia Cultural Fund. The company is on the PennPAT touring roster.

Major Independent Curatorial Projects Include:

BLACK MALE REVISTED, Danspace Project, 2014, NYC
other.explicit.bodies., APAP at DNA, 2013, NYC
JUXT[a]POSE! Performance Series Parts 1 & 2, 2012, Philly
The Philadelphia Rocky Awards, 2007-11, Philly

Recent Publications:

The Cult of the Engendered Body, Commissioned by Baryshnikov Arts Center, NYC, 2013
Interview with Brenda Dixon Gottschild, published by Critical Correspondence, NYC, 2013
dancing against the patriarch, published by Kelly Strayhorn Theater, PGH, 2013
Interview with Nora Chipaumire, published by Critical Correspondence, NYC, 2012
other.explicit.bodies. (Curatorial Statement), published by Dance New Amsterdam, NYC, 2013
Notes on an Urban Kill-Floor, Poems for Detroit, published by Old City Publishing, PHL, 2011