Lewis Center Fellows

Leslie Cuyjet

Leslie Cuyjet headshot

Photo by Maria Baranova


Leslie Cuyjet is a choreographer and performer who has co-directed, designed, danced, and collaborated with a range of artists including Cynthia Oliver, Will Rawls, Juliana F. May, Jane Comfort, David Gordon, Anohni, NARCISSISTER, Kim Brandt, Niall Jones, and a canary torsi/Yanira Castro among many others. In 2019, her sustained achievement as a performer was awarded with a New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Award. Cuyjet’s own work interrogates those experiences, performing in various experimental and post-modern forms, through the lens of a Black body; and has been supported by residencies at Movement Research (2017 - 2019), Center for Performance Research (2019), Yaddo (2019), MoMA PS1 (2019), New Dance Alliance (2020), and MacDowell (2020).

During her residency, Leslie plans to curate and create methods to preserve cultural and art history through dance and movement.