Gesel Mason is Artistic Director for Gesel Mason Performance Projects. Ms. Mason has performed with Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, Repertory Dance Theatre of Utah, under the direction of Jacek Luminski, and Chuck Davis, and as a company member of Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, and Ralph Lemon/Cross Performance Projects.
Ms. Mason’s solo project, NO BOUNDARIES: Dancing the Visions of Contemporary Black Choreographers, includes the work of Robert Battle, Donald McKayle, Bebe Miller, David Rousséve, Andrea Woods, and JawoleWilla Jo Zollar. It received a National Dance Project Tour Only Grant for the 2008/09 season from New England Foundation for the Arts, two Metro DC Dance Awards in 2007, and was supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and National Performance Network Creation Fund.
She was selected as the Emerging Choreographer by the Bates Dance Festival, received a 2007 Millennium Stage Local Dance Commissioning Project from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and in 2009 was awarded University of Utah’s first Distinguished Alumna Award in Fine Arts and the Washington Performing Arts Society Pola Nirenska Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance. In 2011, Ms. Mason was one of six choreographers selected by the Joyce Theater for a Rockefeller Residency Initiative in 2011.
As an arts facilitator, Ms. Mason is often sought for her ability to use the arts to engage community. She traveled to Serbia and Poland to lead performances and workshop with dancers and non-dancers of mixed abilities including wheelchair users and partially blind participants. She has designed arts programs for schools, and non-profit organizations, and created movement workshops for diverse populations.
She has been Visiting Artist at University of Colorado Boulder, University of Utah, Texas Women’s University, Columbia College, University of Maryland at College Park, University of Maryland at Baltimore County, and Virginia Commonwealth University. She has served as an adjudicator for several American College Dance Festivals.
Ms. Mason’s choreography has been presented by numerous venues and festivals including Joyce SoHo, 651 Arts, South Dallas Cultural Center, Painted Bride, Dance Place, the International Contemporary Dance Conference and Performance Festival in Bytom, Poland, DanceAfrica, and the International Association of Blacks in Dance.
Her project, Women, Sex, and Desire: Sometimes You Feel Like A Ho, Sometimes You Don’t, was commissioned by the Clarice SmithPerforming Arts Center and made its New York premiere at Joyce SoHo November 2011.