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Image: Representative image, Dance and Process 2023. Courtesy of the artists.

Martita Abril, Jonathan González, and Anh Vo

Dance and Process

On View: June 3-June 4, 2023

American Academy of Arts and Letters


6:00 pm

Dance and Process stages an interrogation of methods of choreographic and dance practice, whereby artists challenge default structures in their own work and the field at large. For this iteration of Dance and Process, The Kitchen partners with the American Academy of Arts and Letters who will host the program during the spring of 2023. While in residence at the Academy beginning in February, a cohort of artists Martita Abril, Jonathan González, and Anh Vo will engage in a group process of sharing work in progress and receiving feedback facilitated by Moriah Evans and Yve Laris Cohen, culminating in public performances of new works June 3–4, 2023. Initiated first in 1990 under the name Working in The Kitchen, Dance and Process is The Kitchen’s longest running series.

Dance and Process is organized by Moriah Evans and Yve Laris Cohen with Matthew Lyons, Curator, and Angelique Rosales Salgado, Curatorial Assistant.


American Academy of Arts and Letters is an honor society of architects, artists, composers, and writers founded in 1898. Members present over seventy awards and prizes each year to support established and emerging practitioners in their disciplines. In addition, Arts and Letters purchases artwork for donation to museums across the country and hosts exhibitions, events, and performances in its historic landmark buildings in Washington Heights. artsandletters.org

Martita Abril (Pichu) is a performer, choreographer, and teaching artist from the border city of Tijuana, México. Her work digs at the raw feelings and distortions generated by the intersecting physical and conceptual boundaries of race, culture, and laws. She’s active in the NYFA Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program and has been a volunteer interpreter aiding families seeking asylum at Dilley, Texas detention facility. Martita is interested in working with other artists and being in different processes; she has collaborated with Lux Boreal, Kim Brandt, Yanira Castro, Yoshiko Chuma, Milka Djordjevich, Daria Fain & Robert Kocik, Allyson Green, Mina Nishimura, Cori Olinghouse, okwui okpokwasili, David Thompson, and Will Rawls, among others. She performed in Simone Forti’s *Dance Constructions* and the *Handles* exhibition by Haegue Yang at The Museum of Modern Art. Martita is the Coordinator of Movement Research at the Judson Memorial Church and teaches workshops in Bushwick for Spanish-speaking familias through the iLAND (Interdisciplinary Laboratory for Art Nature and Dance) program by Jennifer Monson.

Jonathan González is an artist working towards the limits of discipline. Their practices emerge through the prisms of black study, somatics, and the choreographic. González’s work unfolds as performance which has encompassed works for video and text, sonic investigations, and platforms for collaborative study. González's writings have been published by EAR | WAVE | EVENT, Dance/NYC, Regiones: CENTRAL, Movement Research Performance Journal, Contemporary And, The Creative Independent, Contact Quarterly, Cultured Magazine, deem journal, and Angela's Pulse. They have received support from the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Art Matters Foundation, and Jerome Hill Foundation, as well as residencies with Loghaven Artist Residency, Center for Afro-futurist Studies, MANCC and Trinidad Performance Institute.

Anh Vo is a Vietnamese dancer and writer based in New York City. They create dances and produce texts about pornography and queer relations, about being and form, about identity and abstraction, about history and its colonial reality. They received their degrees in Performance Studies from Brown University (BA) and New York University (MA). Vo is a 2023–2025 Jerome Hill Artist Fellow.


The Kitchen’s programming is supported by grants from The Amphion Foundation, Inc., Arison Art Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, The Cowles Charitable Trust, Ford Foundation, Joseph and Joan Cullman Foundation for the Arts, Inc., The Willem de Kooning Foundation, Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, Howard Gilman Foundation, The Harkness Foundation for Dance, Marta Heflin Foundation, Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, Open Society Foundation, The Jerome Robbins Foundation, The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Simons Foundation, and Teiger Foundation; and in part by public funds from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

Season programming is made possible in part with support from The Kitchen’s Board of Directors and The Kitchen Leadership Fund. Learn more about the Leadership Fund.