2020 Solo Artist: Jade Solomon Curtis
Jade Solomon Curtis is a choreographer and dance artist who integrates African-American vernacular movements with mixed-media, contemporary dance and Hip Hop cultural influences. She is the founder of Solo Magic, a non-profit arts initiative collaborating with innovative artists to create socially relevant multisensory performances; “Activism is the Muse”.
Curtis recieved her BFA from Southern Methodist Univeristy and is a recipient of the 2018 NEFA National Dance Project Award and Production Residency Grant for her work Black Like Me: An Exploration of the Word Nigger, a 2018 Artist Trust Fellow and a 2017 University of South Carolina Inaugural Visiting Fellow. Curtis received the 2017 Seattle Office of Arts & Culture CityArts Project Award and the 2017 4Culture Artist Project Award. Her work has received support from the Bossak-Heilbron Charitable Foundation, Artist Trust, Central District Forum for Art & Ideas, and 4Culture (Tech Specific Grant). Curtis is a 2017 Velocity Dance Center artist-in-residence, a 2018 Base Experimental + Art artist-in-residence and a 2019 SLIPPAGE Lab at Duke University artist-in-residence.
A celebrated soloist of Donald Byrd’s Spectrum Dance Theater for four seasons, Curtis is the subject of an Emmy Award-winning short film, Jade Solomon Curtis directed by Ralph Bevins. In 2016, Curtis was selected to tour Cuba as part of Common Ground Music Project; and her solo, “Emancipation” was produced as part of the landmark exhibition, Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic. Her solo work has also been commissioned by the Seattle Art Museum and the Northwest African American Museum as a part of Complex Exchange: Jacob Lawrence's Great Migration.
Her current work, Black Like Me is touring inter/nationally and has been presented in Los Angeles, CA, Albany, NY, Vancouver, BC, Seoul, South Korea amongst others. Follow her on IG @jade_solomon