Gesel Mason in Jawole Willa Jo Zollar's "Bent"

Gesel Mason in Jawole Willa Jo Zollar's Bent (Photo by Amitava Sarkar)

Mason Headshot by Enoch Chan

Gesel R. Mason

Gesel R. Mason

I am a choreographer, performer, educator, arts facilitator and Artistic Director of Gesel Mason Performance Projects. Dance is the vehicle I use to stimulate dialogue, reveal the invisible and catalyze transformation in an effort to build bridges that lessen the differences between us. Several of my choreographic works including, antithesis and Lec/Dem or How Do You Spell Femaphobic, challenge how female sexuality is perceived, performed and (re)presented. In 2015, I received a Map Fund for antithesis, which collided the genres, bodies and cultures of postmodern and erotic dance in order to unencumber the erotic from the pornographic. For over 20 years, I have been committed to supporting and celebrating the contributions of African American artists and communities. My solo project, NO BOUNDARIES: Dancing the Visions of Contemporary Black Choreographers, has featured the work of Kyle Abraham, Robert Battle, Rennie Harris, Dianne McIntyre, Donald McKayle, Bebe Miller, David Rousséve, Reggie Wilson, Andrea E. Woods Valdéz and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar. Currently, the project is transforming into a digital humanities archive, recently featured on NPR, to share and preserve the wealth of African American cultural contributions. It has been supported by the NEA, NEFA and NPN.

Areas of Expertise

Contemporary Dance Technique and Choreography

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