Producing + Curation
Candace has extensive experience in producing and designing events, talks and performances that center the Caribbean voice. Using dance and embodied cultural practices as the starting point, she creates events that engage the community, invigorate cultural pride and offer new perspectives.
Creator of Caribbean/The Future Project
A multi-disciplinary curatorial platform investigating, ‘What can the Caribbean become going forward, not only as a site of cultural autonomy and belonging but as an ongoing constructed project?’
1st event - Move & Discuss Series: Caribbean Folk to the Future, Sept 27, 2019 at Sesame Flyers Cultural Center. Bringing together Folk practitioners, Cultural leaders + Caribbean enthusiasts to move, dialogue and share knowledge in a cultural space.
Assisting curator, Claire Tancons on her curatorial platform ‘Look For Me All Around You’ for the Sharjah Biennial 14: Leaving the Echo Chamber, Sharjah Art Foundation (03.07.-06.10. 2019)
Coordination of the 2-day performance programme + talk series at various sites in Sharjah, Kalba and Umm Al Quwain. (March 8-9, 2019)
4 years of leading programming for Dance Caribbean COLLECTIVE including:
New Traditions Incubator Award Program - created to support Caribbean artists and increase cultural production in Caribbean dance in New York City by providing artists with a stipend, professional development, no-cost rehearsal space, mentorship and a group showing to build community within the DCC network.
Diaspora Dance Series - workshops centered around island specific dance culture
New Traditions Festival - dance festival that presents Contemporary choreographers of the Caribbean Diaspora including the Dance Your Caribbean 2016 production presenting Jamaican/Canadian/American project Facing Home:Love and Redemption and the Our Caribbean Spirit 2017 production featuring the self-titled commissioned project.
Our Caribbean Spirit Project - community dance project that involved oral history of cultural leaders, youth engagement, collaborative dance making and video and written documentation.
DCW Youth Performing Arts Program - educating Caribbean-American youth about connections between traditional African and Caribbean dance and contemporary Caribbean culture.
DCC 2017 Townhall: Cultural Appropriation
4 years of work with WIADCA:
Stage Managing WIADCA Labor Day Concert Series Events : Unda di Stars Reggae Night, Stay in School Youth Fest, Brass Festival, Kiddies Carnival Parade, Steelband Panorama Competition, Dimanche Gras Concert
Assistant Producer: Stay in School Youth Festival 2017
Renegade Performance Group
Strategic Advisor/Site Coordinator - Untamed Space at Danspace, RPG Fundraiser 2017 + 2018