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.


General Operating support for Gametophyte Inc. has been made possible in part by the Map Fund, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Andrew Mellon Foundation, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, New England Foundation for the Arts with funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, New York Foundation for the Arts, Build Grant, and Individual Donors.


Board of Directors: Josh Lubin-Levy, Charlotte Mendelaar, Christopher Warnick, Marya Warshaw and Dean Moss. 

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A sense of becoming, or metamorphosis, permeates the works of performance and media artist Dean Moss. An interdisciplinary choreographer, and video maker, his practice investigates the experience of assimilation. He seeks, meditating the fluidity of self and the perception of other, pathways for the release of tension caused by the histories and abuses of power. These works manifest through transcultural, mixed media performance collaborations often incorporating audience participation.

 

Past premieres include: johnbrown (2014), a work which used 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; 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 - featured embodied scenes based on her paintings, interrupted and dissected by a docent led audience tour of the performance.  Moss’ most recent premiere is titled Petra (2018). An autobiographical meditation on desire, the work examines race, sex, and power through the lens of service and unrequited love.


Moss is the recipient of a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Residency; a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in Choreography; the Doris Duke Impact Award in Theatre; a Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Artists Grant; plus fellowships in Choreography and Multidisciplinary Works from the New York Foundation for the Arts. His performance concoctions have been presented by the New York Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, The Brooklyn Art Museum, The Walker Art Center, and The Kitchen, among others. He was awarded a “Bessie” for his work Spooky action at a distance. In 2014 he conceived and developed, THE AWARD: a non-monetary mentoring initiative for experimental dance artists.


Moss was the Curator of Dance and Performance at The Kitchen from 1999-2004 and a Curatorial Advisor until 2009. He has lectured internationally including at Tokyo University of the Arts, Kookmin University in Seoul, and for three years at Harvard University in the department of Visual and Environmental Studies for which he received a Certificate of Distinction in Teaching from the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning. More recently he was Resident Faculty at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and has joined the dance faculty at Princeton University. He is currently deepening his collaborative practice though visual design, compositional and conceptual facilitation, with various artists.



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