2018-2019 Guest Artist
Nia Love's career spans 40 years, beginning in 1978 when she became one of the youngest international apprentices with Havana's world-renowned Ballet Nacional de Cuba. In 1986, Love studied Butoh and toured with celebrated Japanese Butoh master Min Tanaka. She received her BFA in theatre from Howard University (1987) and her MFA in choreography from Florida State University's College of Visual Arts, Theatre, and Dance (1992). She was a Fulbright fellow (2002–3), a Brooklyn Arts Exchange/BAX artist-in-residence (2011–12, 2013–14), and a Movement Research artist-in-residence (2016–17). Love has received an exchange artist grant from the New York Live Arts Suitcase Fund (2013–14); the Alvin Ailey New Directions Lab Choreographer Award (2013–14); a residency from the City University of New York (CUNY) Dance Initiative (2014–15); a New York Dance and Performance (Bessie) Award for the Most Outstanding Performer (2017) as part of the ensemble Skelton Architecture, a group of 21 Black womyn and gender-nonconforming artists; and a CUNY Incubator Grant (2018–19). She is currently the BAX racial equity advisor and serves as an adjunct professor at Queens College, Hunter College, and the New School. In spring 2018, she was the Movement Research Exchange guest artist/lecturer at UCLA's Department of World Arts and Culture/Dance. In fall 2018, she will be a guest professor at Bard College, and in winter 2019, she will be a visiting professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In addition to her own work, she is the co-founder of LOVE|FORTÉ the collective.