Online Program // StoryTelling and Performances with Pelenakeke Brown

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Live via Zoom at 5:30 PM

Organized by St. John’s University’s Office of Multicultural Affairs for Asian/Pacific American Hertigate Month. Join us for an evening of storytelling, artistry, and performances by Pelenakeke Brown, a Samoan/Pakeha disabled artist originally from Aotearoa, New Zealand. Owen Duffy, Director of the Dr. M. T. Geoffrey Yeh Art Gallery at St. John’s, will be the moderator.

About the artist
Pelenakeke Brown (she/her) is an interdisciplinary artist. Her practice spans art, writing, and performance. She is from Aotearoa (New Zealand) and is an Samoan/Pakeha disabled artist. Recently she has returned to Aotearoa after being based in NYC for six and a half years. She has worked with The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Gibney Dance Center and The Goethe Institute. In 2020, she was an Eyebeam Artist-in-Residence and one of four choreographers for AXIS Dance Company’s Choreo-Lab. In 2019, she received a Dance/NYC’s Disability Dance Artistry Award and was the curator for the Artists of Color Council Movement Research at Judson Church Spring season. She has performed and exhibited her work in the US, UK and Germany. Her non-fiction creative work has been published in The Hawai‘i Review, Apogee Journal, and the Movement Research Performance Journal.

Currently she is the artistic director at Touch Compass a disability led performance company.

Photo by Laura Hazel.