- Restoration Residencies Artistic
- Type of work
- Choreographer, Dancer
A native of New Orleans, Monique Moss is a Choreographer, Independent Curator, History Tour Guide, and Artistic Director of Third Eye Theatre Interdisciplinary and Improvisational Performance Company. She received a BA in French, MA in Latin American Studies, MFA in Interdisciplinary Dance Performance from Tulane University, and a MA in Museum Studies from SUNO. Her research-based performances have been presented at the Magdalena Festival Cali, Columbia, Arts in Society Conference Venice, Italy, Microfest Hawaii, Kennedy Center, Contemporary Arts Center, Houston Black Dance Festival, Congo Square Festival, Essence Festival, Fringe Festival, New Orleans Film Festival, NPN Annual Conference, Alternate Roots Festival, Ogden Museum, New Orleans African American Museum and New Orleans Jazz Museum. She has conducted research in Haiti, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Cuba, France, Spain and Brazzaville, Kongo and has presented lectures at the Amistad Research Center, River Road African American Museum, Historic New Orleans Collection Williams Research Center, New Orleans Jazz Museum, Haitian Studies Association Conference, Latin American Resource Center, Tulane University, and Xavier University Institute for Black Catholic Studies. Producer of the International Haitian Arts and Culture Exchange and the Congo to Congo Square Dance and Drum Consortium in New Orleans, Moss has also held several artist residencies and curated multi-disciplinary exhibitions. She was co-producer of the film Silent Parade directed by William Cordova and Creative Director of the Congo Square segments in the film City of a Million Dreams directed by Jason Berry. An adjunct professor in Dance at Tulane University for eleven years, Moss has received awards and research grants from the Smithsonian NMAAHC, Fulbright-Hays Teacher Fellowships to Japan and South Africa, LDOA, Kellogg Foundation, Tulane University Office of the Dean, Newcomb Institute, Newcomb College Center for Research on Women, Big Easy Classical Arts Awards, Mayor’s Office of Cultural Economy, and the New Orleans Tourism and Cultural Fund.
Moss’ stay at A Studio in the Woods nurtured choreographic inspiration for the creation of a new work titled Katrina Cranes that documents and preserves the real-life, survival stories of children of New Orleans.
“After having experienced the uprooting of my family and the community which had become second nature to me, my senses, during those unpredictable times, were heightened to the point where every encounter was filtered through my psyche like the discovery of a foreign world. Nothing was just what it was. A spoon became a drumstick. A leaf became a spoon. Lucianne and Joe Carmichael stood for my grandparents who had passed away less than five months after the storm. A Studio in the Woods was my home when I no longer had a home in New Orleans.” – Monique Moss