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MARJANI FORTÉ-SAUNDERS

Pasadena, CA

Marjani Forté-Saunders is a choreographer, performer, and community organizer. Her practice is informed by years in anti-racist organizer training and as a lead facilitator with Urban Bush Women’s (UBW) Builders, Organizers and Leaders through Dance. She is a 2020 recipient of the Foundation of Contemporary Arts Grants for Artists Award and an inaugural fellow of the UBW Choreographic Center, the Jerome Artist Fellowship, and the DanceUSA Fellowship. Forté-Saunders collaborates with husband and composer Everett Asis Saunders as 7NMS|. They are founding directors of the platform ART & POWER, dedicated to Black Purpose and Innovation. Their latest work PROPHET is being incubated through Art & Power's #SatelliteResidencies (in response to COVID-19) and in partnership with co-commissioners Abrons Arts Center, Kelly Strayhorn Theatre, and the BAM Inaugural Artist Residency Series.

Photo by Ian Douglas

Creative Administration Research Artist (2020-2021)