[siccer]


Will Rawls is a choreographer, dancer, and writer with a choreographic approach that draws parallels between the elasticity of “form” and hybrid ideas of the self.

Artist Bio

The Latin adverb sic is used in brackets to identify an intentional “error” when quoting someone, emphasizing the “wrongness” of someone’s speech in a standard English narrative. For Will Rawls, [sic] is a useful metaphor for how the language and gestures of black bodies are captured, quoted or misquoted, and circulated to appear strange in various media. Through stop-motion animation and a live performance, [siccer] challenges the limits of citation while exploring the meaningful strangeness found at the edges of sense.


Discipline
Animation, Dance
Award Year
2021
Status

In Progress

Will Rawls wearing a denim jacket against a wall.

Will Rawls

Brooklyn, NY

Will Rawls is a New York-based choreographer, dancer, and writer with an approach that draws parallels between the elasticity of “form” and hybrid ideas of the self. He has received fellowships and residencies from the Guggenheim, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, United States Artists, the Rauschenberg Foundation, the MacDowell, and several universities and museums. In 2016, Rawls co-curated Lost and Found—six weeks of performances at Danspace Project that addressed the intergenerational impact of HIV/AIDS on dancers, women, and people of color. He lectures widely in academic and community contexts and his writing has been published by the Hammer Museum, MoMA, Dancing While Black Journal, and Artforum.