UTP welcomes back Nancy Denis who is in-residence throughout 2019 with musician Carl St. Jacques. Over the course of this residency, Nancy and Carl will develop a work based on the term ‘Jagunjagun’, which means warrior in Yoruba. The work being developed is a summoning and a worshipping of ancestors – a journey through fire, pain, ash and becoming. Both Nancy and Carl are of Haitian descent and have included in this new work the story of the first black-led republic of Haiti.
Nancy Denis is a Haitian-Australian actor who, at the age of three, began dance training and has since gone on to secure roles on stage and screen. Recently, she was a featured performer in UTP’s Home Country (2017) and Right Here. Right Now. (2018). Nancy Denis will be supported to create a new and exciting work with musician Carl St Jacques.
Throughout 2019, we’re supporting a number of diverse projects from young people and emerging practitioners as part of the Young Residents Program. All artists have strong voices and sharp insights into contemporary practice and cultural representation, and their collective talents include literature, performance, live art, film and community practice. Nancy Denis in Residence is part of the Young Residents Program.
Western Sydney University is the Young Residents Program founding partner. The program is made possible through the generous support of the Crown Resorts Foundation and Packer Family Foundation.