Photo by Mary Weeks
Edisa Weeks is a Brooklyn, NY based choreographer, educator and director of DELIRIOUS Dances. Weeks creates intimate environments that merge theater with dance. Described by the New York Times as having “a gift for simple but striking visual effects,” her work has been performed in a variety of venues including Aaron Davis Hall, Alfred University, chashama theater, Dixon Place, Emory University, Works & Process at the Guggenheim Museum, Harlem Stage, Jacob's Pillow, The Kennedy Center, The Massachusetts International Festival of the Arts, The Mermaid Parade, The National Black Arts Festival, Summerstages Dance Festival, and The Yard. She has also performed in swimming pools, senior centers, sidewalks, storefront windows and various living rooms, including living rooms in Berlin, Germany, as part of Haus der Kulturen der Welts 50th anniversary celebration.
Raised in Uganda, Papua New Guinea and Brooklyn, NY, Weeks holds a BA from Brown University and an MFA from New York University where she was an Alberto Vilar Performing Arts Fellow. She has taught at the Alvin Ailey School, Bard College, Brigham Young University, Brooklyn Friends School, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Milwaukee University, Princeton University, Saint Ann's High School, Brooklyn Friends School, and currently teaches choreography, improvisation and modern technique at Queens College.
In 2021, NCCAkron supported a Satellite Residency for DELIRIOUS Dances at Snug Harbor Cultural Center (Staten Island, NY), where Weeks continued work on 3 RITES: HAPPINESS — one of a series of three interactive performance rituals that integrate dance, live music, text, visual installations, community discussions and shared meals to humorously and poignantly interrogate why life, liberty and happiness were included as unalienable rights in the United States Declaration of Independence.
Satellite Residency (2021)