Gametophyte (ga•me´to•phyt´) the company name is from the greek meaning to marry and to grow. The word refers to the reproductive cycle of small plants that produce in true form neither flowers, fruits nor seeds, commonly called “moss”.

Founded in 2002 by Dean Moss, Gametophyte Inc. is the production structure which organizes his various creative endeavors. It’s goal is to advance public interest in and understanding of interdisciplinary transcultural performance arts, artists and their practices, through performances, video projects, multidisciplinary collaborations, and composition workshops.  It seeks to share new forms of experience and perception with artists and audiences, everywhere.

Gametophyte Inc., based in Brooklyn, has produced performances, exhibitions and screenings of Moss’ work internationally including: The Bitgoeul Citizen Cultural Center, Gwangju Korea; The Seoul International Dance Festival; Ksirarnawa Art Center in Denpasar, Indonesia; New Visions Art Festival, Hong Kong and the FNB Vita Dance Festival in Johannesburg South Africa.  

Nationally works have been produced for and presented by The New York Museum of Modern Art; The Yerba Buena Center for Art; The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art; The Whitney Museum of American Art; P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center; The Brooklyn Museum of Art; Yale University/World Performance Project; The Walker Art Center; DiverseWorks; The Brooklyn Arts Exchange; The Danspace Project; Dance Theater Workshop, and The Kitchen.

These productions have been created with the generous support of The MAP Fund; The New England Foundation for the Arts, National Dance Project; Jerome Foundation; Greenwall Foundation and The Rolex Institute among others. Residencies include the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography, Arizona State University Artist Residency, a Kelly Strayhorn Artist’s Residency, the Baryshnikov Art Center’s Martha Duffy Artist Residency, Gibney Dance Center “DiP” Residency and a BRIC Arts Media Artist Residency.

2013/14 General Operating support for Gametophyte Inc. was made possible in part by the Map Fund, with funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew Mellon Foundation, New England Foundation for the Arts with funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and a New York Foundation for the Arts, Build Grant.

Board of Directors: Charlotte Mendelaar, Christopher Warnick, Marya Warshaw and Dean Moss. 

Dean Moss is a dance based interdisciplinary director and media artist, curator and lecturer. Through his company Gametophyte Inc. Moss investigates perceptions of self and other through transcultural, multimedia performance collaborations often incorporating audience participation. He is the recipient of a 2014 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in Choreography; an inaugural Doris Duke Impact Award in Theater; a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Artists Grant Award; multiple MAPFund and NEFA National Dance Project grants, plus fellowships in both Choreography and Multidisciplinary Works from the New York Foundation for the Arts. He also received a New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Award for his work Spooky action at a distance.

Moss came to New York from Tacoma Washington on a Dance Theater of Harlem scholarship in 1979. He danced with David Gordon for ten years and has had a long relationship with The Kitchen - serving as the Curator of Dance and Performance from 1999-2004, then as a Curatorial Advisor through 2009.  As a curator he conceived and organized programs such as “Talking Dance“ hosted by Lucy Sexton and Anne Iobst featuring performances by Bill T. Jones, Ann Carlson, Foofwa d’Imobilité, and works by Yvonne Rainer, David Gordon and Elevator Repair Service. Additionally he showcased rigorously innovative artists very early in their careers including: Miranda July, Sarah Michelson, Xavier LeRoy, Miguel Gutierrez, Yasmeen Godder, and Akram Khan. In 2012 Moss curated “Black Dance” with Pedro Jiménez, Young Jean Lee, and Ann Liv Young as part of the Parallels 2012 at the Danspace Project.

Independent yet committed to facilitating artists, Moss is an innovative supporter of artistic growth under a wide range of circumstances. In 2002 he conceived an emerging choreographers composition workshop which was presented for three years at The Kitchen where it was facilitated in collaboration with Levi Gonzalez under the title Form & Practice. Additionally Moss taught for a year as a Guest Professor at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music and two years as a Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University for which he received a Certificate of Distinction in Teaching from the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning. He returns to lecture in Harvard University’s new Theater, Dance and Media focus spring 2016. In 2014 he conceived and developed, THE AWARD: a non-monetary mentoring initiative for experimental dance artists. Facilitated with NYU Performance Studies, Ph.D candidate Joshua Lubin-Levi and now in it’s second year, the inaugural recipients were Rebecca Patek and Jen Rosenblit. (click here for more on THE AWARD)

In his work Moss employs collaboration and audience participation as a means to disrupt and enrich both his life and his practice. His past premieres include: Nameless forest (2011), a collaboration with Korean sculptor and installation artist Sungmyung Chun - referencing Chun’s imagery the performance investigated existential narratives while engaging the audience in experiential rites of passage; Kisaeng becomes you (2009), with Korean traditional and modern dance choreographer Yoon Jin Kim - where audience members were invited to embody the discipline and poetry of kisaeng - artist/courtesans of Korea’s Joseon Dynasty; and figures on a field (2005) with the visual artist Laylah Ali - incorporating a docent led tour of the work during the performance.  

Moss’ most recent project is titled johnbrown. The work uses its presentation and pre-performance production to reflect not only on the controversial legacy of the white abolitionist but also the racial, gender and generational processes at play in the inquiry. A segment of the work was commissioned and presented in-progress under the title Voluntaries by the New York Museum of Modern Art. johnbrown premiered at The Kitchen October 16-25, 2014: the 155th anniversary of John Brown’s raid on Harper’s Ferry. The work is currently touring nationally including, DiverseWorks in Houston, and The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.

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