angel edwards sitting in a room with wooden chairs wearing a mustard turtleneck with a green smock over it and jeans

Dance (MFA)

angel edwards is a tender flame, a blackqueerandtrans first-generation Jamaican- and Philly-rooted artist. They invoke plush landscapes and emotional depths through movement channeling, photography, poetics and filmmaking. angel is committed to healing their wounds by listening to the earth, their ancestors, themselves and community. They are young and resting, wandering and sweating. angel has trained in house dance technologies, improvisation, and hip-hop street styles and choreographies. They have learned their artistic gifts through non-institutional learning spaces, because they don’t believe institutions validate our brilliance; relationships do, we do. angel cultivates Black queer and trans magic and community every day. They hold this quote by genius Gwendolyn Brooks: “We are each other’s harvest, we are each other’s business, we are each other’s magnitude and bond.” angel has worked with Yolanda Wisher as a movement artist in “Pirate Jenny’s Conspiracy” and Arielle Julia Brown as a movement builder for fallawayinto, and has choreographed musicals at the University of the Arts Polyphone Festival for New and Emerging Musicals and Princeton University. angel has been an artist in residence at Urban Movement Arts, and their film THIS IS FOR US has been featured in film festivals globally. They are a Headlong Performance Institute alum. Vox Populi and William Way Community Center in Philadelphia; the Center for Performance Research in Brooklyn; and Black Arts Matter Alberta, Canada, have featured their choreographic and visual works. Their photographic work appears in mural and wheatpasting projects across the city of Philadelphia. The Leeway Foundation, Small But Mighty Arts, Mural Arts Philly and Queer Art’s Eva Yaa Asantewaa Grant have supported angel’s creative work. Most recently, they were named a 2021 Pew fellow

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