portia wells

portia wells (they/them) is a trans non-binary multidisciplinary artist based in Lenapehoking (NYC). They were born and raised on the occupied lands and waters known as the Finger Lakes region of New York. They graduated from Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College in 2021 with a BA in Dance and a minor in Women & Gender Studies. They are the Technical Director for the Dance Department at Hunter College and a founding member of FourAcres, an emerging artist collaborative working to create pathways for immigrant artists. Dance has been the central axis of their life, mobilizing their personal voice to communicate and research group dynamics, ephemerality, and socio-political experiences. Their work centers on identity, intimacy, and performativity as informed by their lived queer/trans experience, collaborative creative processes, and feminist, queer, and trans theory. Their choreographic work has been shown at The Peggy Theater at Hunter College, Manhattan Movement and Arts Center, Movement Research Open Performance, EstroGenius, Bronx Academy of Art and Dance, and Fertile Ground. They are also an alum of DanceNYC’s Junior Committee. While dance is their primary medium, they are also an avid visual artist, writer, and designer.


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