Artists In Residence

2022-23 Artists In Residence

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.

This residency is in partnership with Ucross Foundation.



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 choreographers 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 potentials 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.

Dan Froot

Dan Froot

Producer, composer, choreographer, writer, saxophonist, dancer, actor and director Dan Froot has been a professor with the UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance since 2006. Dan’s music concerts, theater pieces, and performance events have been presented by leading art centers across the U.S., Europe, Africa and South America.

While in residency at CAP UCLA he will be developing "Arms Around America," a community-based performance project. It will culminate in a season of podcast episodes and an evening of three short plays based on the oral histories of families around the country whose lives have been shaped by guns. The goal is to foster dialogue among diverse community members about the role of guns in American society.

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.