Pelenakeke Brown

Kaituhi Tūtahi | Contributing Writer
Pelenakeke Brown is a Sāmoan, Pakeha, disabled, interdisciplinary artist who has recently returned home to Aotearoa after 6 1/2 years in New York City (Lenanehoking). Her non-fiction creative work has been published in The James Franco Review, the Hawai‘i Review, Apogee Journal, and the Movement Research Performance Journal. She has worked with The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Gibney Dance Center, The Goethe Institute and is a 2020 Eyebeam Artist-in-Residence. She has was one of four choreographers selected for AXIS Dance Company’s 2020 Choreo-Lab. In 2019 she received a Dance/NYC’s Disability Dance Artistry Award and was the curator for the Artists of Color Council Movement Research at Judson Church Spring season. She has performed and exhibited her work in the US and internationally and is a founding member of Touch Compass, New Zealand's first mixed-ability dance company and recently was named the interim Artistic Director. She is the first disabled, Sāmoan artist to lead the company.
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