Edisa Weeks performs an excerpt from THREE RITES: Life, Liberty, Happiness at Kara Walker’s Event Horizon, for the book launch of I Stand in My Place with My Own Day Here: Site-Specific Art at The New School, on October 2, 2019. Watch the full video of the book launch here.

Edisa Weeks is a choreographer, educator and founder of DELIRIOUS Dances. She creates multimedia interdisciplinary works, that merge theater with dance to explore our deepest desires, darkest fears and sweetest dreams. Described by the New York Times as having, “a gift for simple but striking visual effects,” her work has been performed in a variety of venues including The Brooklyn Botanic Garden, The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Works & Process at the Guggenheim Museum, as well as in storefront windows, senior centers, sidewalks, and living rooms. She’s had the joy of performing with Annie–B Parsons Big Dance Theater, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Co., Dance Brazil,
Homer Avila, Jane Comfort, Jon Kinzel, Muna Tseng, Reggie Wilson Fist & Heel Performance Group, Sally Silvers, and Spencer/Colton Dance, among others.

Weeks grew up in Uganda, Papua New Guinea, and Brooklyn, NY. She has a BA from Brown University, and received a full fellowship to attend New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts where she obtained an MFA in choreography. In addition, Weeks is an Associate Professor at Queens College, and is currently working on THREE RITES: Life, Liberty, Happiness which interrogates why life, liberty and happiness were included in the UC Declaration of Independence, what these rights mean, for whom these rights are protected, and how they manifest in the body.

Kara Walker