Artists In Residence

2021-22 Artists In Residence

“Performance doesn’t just magically appear on a stage. Behind every work, there are years of creative development, months of rehearsal and a continual pursuit of support."

Kristy Edmunds, Executive and Artistic Director
UCLA’s Center for the Art of Performance sponsors artist residencies to provide local and national artists creative time and the necessary space to develop new work. CAP UCLA wishes to acknowledge previous artists-in-residence Ann Carlson, Somi, Contra-Tiempo, Lars Jan, Eiko Otake, Nadia Sirota, Daniel Alexander Jones, Phantom Limb Company, Los Angeles Performance Practice, Ate9 Dance Company, Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion, Okwui Okpokwasili, Jennie Liu, Poor Dog Group, Early Morning Opera, Toshi Reagon, Lynette Wallworth, Suzanne Bocanegra and Constance Hockaday.

This season’s CAP UCLA resident artists include:

Annie Saunders with Emma O’Halloran, Christopher Rountree and Wild Up

Dan Siegler

Annie Saunders is a multidisciplinary director and live artist, and the founding artistic director of site-specific performance company Wilderness. Her installation The Home for Domestic Violence Awareness Month won the UK APA awards for Best Experiential Campaign and Best Use of Technology for Good in 2020. Irish composer and vocalist Emma O’Halloran freely intertwines acoustic and electronic music, writing for folk musicians, chamber ensembles, turntables, laptop orchestra, symphony orchestra, film and theatre.  Wild Up, the popular Los Angeles-based new music ensemble under the direction of Christopher Rountree, has been called “…a raucous, grungy, irresistibly exuberant…fun-loving, exceptionally virtuosic family,” by The New York Times. While in residence with CAP UCLA, Saunders, O’Halloran, Rountree and the members of Wild Up will be developing Rest, an interactive performance installation that looks at multi-sensory experience, the nature of consciousness, the suggestibility of the mind, ‘dopamine fasting’ and sensory deprivation. The piece gives a visceral opportunity to feel and consider what rest means in the modern world. Development and research will include interviews with consciousness experts to conversations with everyday folks talking about their earliest sense memories and their relationships with their smartphones.



Meklit is an Ethio-American vocalist, composer and cultural activist, making music that sways between cultures and continents. She is known for her electric stage presence and innovative, deeply personal Ethio-Jazz songs. Her performances have taken her around the world, from Addis Ababa - where she is a full blown star - to San Francisco, NYC, Chicago, Nairobi, Cairo, Montreal, London, Zurich, Rome, Helsinki and many more. Meklit’s latest album “When the People Move, the Music Moves Too” was named amongst the best records of the year by Bandcamp and The Sunday Times UK, climbing to the top of the iTunes, NACC, and European World Charts. Meklit is Chief of Program at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. She is a National Geographic Explorer, a TED Senior Fellow, and a former Artist-in-Residence at Harvard University. She has collaborated with the likes of Kronos Quartet, Andrew Bird, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and musical legend Pee Wee Ellis. Meklit is co-founder, co-producer and host of Movement, a new radio series and live show telling stories of global migration through music.



Eiko Otake is a movement–based, interdisciplinary artist. She worked for more than 40 years as half of the internationally acclaimed Eiko & Koma, but since 2014 has been performing her own solo project, A Body in Places. Eiko & Koma created 46 performance works, two career exhibitions, and numerous media works. Always performing their own choreography, Eiko & Koma usually designed and handcrafted all aspects of their works including sets, costumes and sound. They presented their works numerous times at American Dance Festival, the Walker Art Center and five seasons at BAM’s Next Wave Festival. Eiko & Koma were honored with the first United States Artists Fellowship (2006) and Doris Duke Artist Awards (2012). They are the first collaborative pair to share a MacArthur Fellowship (1996), two Guggenheim Fellowships (1984), the first Asian choreo- graphers to receive the Samuel H. Scripps/American Dance Festival Award (2004) and a Dance Magazine Award (2006). Eiko’s solo activities earned her a Special Bessie citation, and the Anonymous Was a Woman Award. She visited post-nuclear meltdown Fukushima several times with photographer and historian William Johnston. Documentation of these visits led to the creation of A Body in Fukushima, a variable photo and video exhibition that has been shown in many cities. In 2017, Eiko launched her multi-year Duet Project: Distance is Malleable. In this project, collaborating with a diverse range of artists living and dead, Eiko explores ways to maximize the poten- tials of selected artist-to-artist encounters.

CAP UCLA commissioned Eiko Otake in partnership with Cyprian Films to develop a filmed program at the Ucross Foundation in Ucross, Wyoming. 

This residency is in partnership with Ucross Foundation.


Edgar  Arceneaux

Edgar Arceneaux investigates historical patterns through drawings, installations and multimedia events, such as the reenactment of Ben Vereen’s tragically misunderstood blackface performance at Ronald Reagan’s 1981 Inaugural Gala. In the artist’s work, linear logic is abandoned in favor of wordplay and visual associations, revealing how language, technology, and how systems produce reality as much as describe them. Seemingly disparate elements—such as science fiction, civil rights era speeches, techno music, and the crumbling architecture of Detroit—find a new synchronicity in the artist’s hands, ultimately pointing to larger historical forces such as the rise of the surveillance state. Arceneaux’s installations have taken the form of labyrinths, libraries, multi-channel videos, and drawn landscapes that change over the course of an exhibition, only ever offering a partial view of the whole at any given moment. This fragmentation extends to the artist’s use of historical research in his work, such as FBI documents concerning civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., where redacted passages are presented on mirrors that reflect the viewer’s curious gaze.

Specific opportunities to view and interact with these residency projects will take shape throughout the season, sign up for our bi-weekly email newsletter for work-in-progress showings and other intersections with the artists.