About Nia Love


A Deeper Look

Nia Love. Choreographer, dancer, instillation artist, activist, mother, grandmother, warrior and educator, continues to expand and destabilize conversations on intersectionality, transnationalism, Blackness and tools of embodied memory.

At the very early part of her career, love was invited to apprentice with the world renowned Ballet Nacional de Cuba in Havana, Cuba (’78). She is a graduate of Howard University with a BFA and an MFA from Florida State University, with honors and distinctions for her academic and artistic excellence. ┬áLove worked in Japan with Min Tanka, one of the most celebrated Butoh masters on his Poe Project, written and conceived by Susan Sontag. In 2001, love was awarded the Fulbright Fellowship (2001-2003) as a lecturer/researcher in Ghana, Mali and Togo. Her own work has been presented at Black Choreographers Moving Towards the 21st Century, Bates Dance Festival, Alvin Ailey New Directions Choreography Lab (2013 choreographer residency), Harlem Stage, in the Tanzanian Time 2 Dance Festival in in conjunction with the Suitcase Fund, among many others.

Love teaches, performs and guest lectures at some of the most distinguished art and educational institutions and festivals throughout the USA and abroad, including American Dance Festival, Fordham/Ailey BFA, BARD, Queens College, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne, The New School, UCLA World Arts and Cultures, Texas Woman’s University, Princeton, Hunter College, NYU Tish School of The Arts, VISA 2 DANCE Contemporary Dance Festival in Tanzania, Williams College, Smith College, Sarah Lawrence College, Florida A&M, Florida State University, Columbia University, Barnard College, and the University of Ghana at Legon. Love continues to perform, create work, teach, and research nationally and internationally. Her newly investigated and performed project entitled S(oil) was made possible, in part, by the Africa and Middle East Cultural Partnerships Program of the Suitcase Fund, an initiative of New York Live Arts and more recently by a CUNY Dance Initative Grant (CDI-’14). She was awarded the Movement Research Artist-in-Residence (2016-2017) and is presently Asst. Professor at Hunter College, Queens College of New York, and The New School.

Love continues to explore the power of feminism, the BLM movement, critical construction through radical theory, gesture, and semiotics as a way to expand her own personhood and cultural acuity.