Meet Joy Mukuka, our new Young Associate Artist
I was born in Malawi, Africa and moved to England at age 11 along with my family and have lived in Nottingham since. Coming from a rich culture of music and dance, I remember dancing since I was little at family gatherings, celebrations and whenever I heard music. Dance/movement for me is my body’s natural response to music, and it is a core part of who I am and something that always ignites a fire in me. After pursuing a more holistic course at college, I took a gap year, to gain clarity of my ambitions and career goals, which ultimately brought back to dance. I went on to study BTEC performing Arts dance at New College Nottingham and have just graduated with a BA from University of Roehampton in London. Whilst studying I had the opportunity to work with various dance artists including Gaby Agis and Richard Causer.
I moved back to Nottingham after graduation, as I wanted to contribute to the arts scene within my home city and pursue a professional career as a dancer, choreographer and dance filmmaker. I have a strong interest to pursue social and political issues in history and the present time of identity and race as well as exploring somatic practices within dance.
I have currently joined the Dance4 team as a Young Associate Artist working as a young representative of Dance4, learning about Dance4’s programming and supporting the work of Dance4 across the East Midlands. In addition, I will be supported by Dance4 as a resident artist working to research/investigate ideas that inspire my choreography and will hopefully present these in a sharing of my development and process. Currently I have just finished assisting on the selection panels for the U.Dance county platforms across the East Midlands such as Episodes, Mass Movement and Interface, and today I will be in Leicester on the selection panel for Signatures, part of Let’s Dance International Frontiers.