yonTande Whitney V. Hunter is an artist/culture worker and BLACK SEED Native committed to culture as catalyst. His work centers around nurturing and cultivating individual and communal spirit through performance, education and curation. His works have been presented through Kumble Theater, La Mama, Grace Exhibition Space, Panoply Performance Laboratory, Brooklyn International Performance Art Festival and in the streets of NYC, Chicago and Detroit. He has worked with Martha Graham Dance Company, Rod Rodgers, Reggie Wilson, Martha Clarke, Fiona Templeton, Daria Faïn and Robert Kocik, John Jesurun, Kankouran West African Dance Company, Yass Hakoshima and others. He has directed his performance collectives, was a Movement Research Artist in Residence (2013-15), and a founding member/curator of Social Health Performance Club.
His grants and commissions for the creation and exhibition of his works are numerous including Providence Arts, Culture and Tourism, New York State Council for the Arts, Puffin Foundation Grant, Harlem Stages, Thelma Hill Performing Arts Center, Brooklyn International Performance Art Festival, Lumen Festival, and others. Recent actions and performances include Walk the (pink) Elephant (with Jude Sandy), BIRTH RITE, OPEN PRACTICE, Body Count: Counting the Dead, #101 which initiated the founding of Body Count Collective (BCC:) with fellow artists Preach R Sun, D.R.O.M.P, Airing Dirty Laundry (with Andre M. Zachery), 1st American Shapist House…, and others.
He has taught nationally and internationally at Peridance Center, Deeply Rooted Dance Theatre, Harlem School of the Arts, The Ailey School, Dance Institute of Washington, and Centro Nacional de Danza Contemporánea (MX), LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts , the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance and Long Island University. His academic degrees include: B.F.A in Theatre Arts/Dance (Howard University), M.F.A in New Media Arts and Performance (Long Island University). He is presently a Ph.D. candidate and Driskell Fellow at Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts. yonTande serves as Assistant Professor of Dance at Temple University (Africanist Perspective in Contemporary Dance practices).
photo: Tafari Meliszwe