Liana Conyers, M.F.A., is an artist and educator in the mid-Atlantic region. She currently serves as the Associate Dean of Studies and Performing Arts Faculty at Bard DC. In the Bard College Network, Liana teaches Black Aesthetics in Mass Media, Performance Art, Movement Studies, and Acting. She is an Engaged Liberal Arts and Sciences grant recipient and Bard Faculty Fellow. Most notably she is a recipient of the Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teaching for the 2020-2021 academic year (postponed due to Covid-19) and will conduct S.T.E.A.M. scholarly research in Singapore during the 2021-2022 academic year.
Liana has performed with Keith Thompson, Jhon Stronks, Wayne Smith, Habib Chester Iddrisu, Masankho Kamsisi Banda, and CORE Performance Company. Her work has been presented at Emory University, Spelman College, U of O, the ACDF NW Conference, Big Range Festival, and Philadiction Movement. Liana has presented several pieces for Movement Research at the Judson Church. She conceived and performed I Invited Oprah, (2017) as part of Dance and Process at The Kitchen under the direction of Moriah Evans and Yve Laris Cohen. Liana was a 2018-2019, New York Live Arts Fresh Tracks Resident Artist advised by Juliana May, where she performed Androids & Pearls and #MeAndDaveChappelle. In 2020, she presented her full-length solo #ImFxckingFunny at New York Live Arts for Live Artery, and held a creative residency at The Chocolate Factory Theater in February. Liana is currently in-process with visual artists Seth Hiler and Rafael Cuello on the Altar Peace Project (2021-2025).
I view the arts as a means to connect with myself and the world around me. During my investigations, I am interested in how people form a sense of self, and I explore how identity and autobiography influence artistic practice and performance. In my work, I focus on the depth of the human experience. I believe that we are all complex creatures, with unique untold stories. I am interested in bringing these narrative moments into performance as a means to share the interconnectedness of human nature – what it means to be flesh, bones, lovers, friends, black, white . . . .
I am a multi-disciplinary artist utilizing collage, found objects, text, movement, sound, textiles, and film in my creative process. I am most interested in visceral experiences and physical nuances. The work I create provides me with space to bring the lived experience to live performance.
“Within the dance, she reveals how the algorithms of social media are transformed into the communication between her and her sound designer Justin Vitello. Like the internet, it all sparkled seamlessly, floating from one series of images to another. Unlike the internet, Conyers’ work left a longer lasting impression than most items on my newsfeed.” by Benedict Nguyen Culturebot Fresh Tracks Review 2018
New York Live Arts Fresh Tracks Residency Broadway World
Liana Conyers: Human Artist Redefined” by Charlie Demos Four Culture Magazine, Issue 4, 2013
Liana Conyers in Conversation with A’Keitha Carey Movement Research Critical Correspondence
Fresh Air: The Big Range Dance Festival” by Rosie Trump Houston Press, 2011
Liana Conyers is a fiscally sponsored member of New York Live Arts, Inc., a non-profit tax-exempt organization. Contributions in support of Liana Conyers work are greatly appreciated and may be made payable to New York Live Arts, Inc., earmarked for “the New York Live Arts member project of LICO Dance” A description of the work and current project activities for which such contributions will be used are available from Liana Conyers or New York Live Arts, upon request. All contributions are fully deductible to the extent allowed by law. (Note: A copy of New York Live Arts’ latest annual financial report filed with the New York State Department of State may be obtained by writing to the N.Y.S. Dept. of State, Charities Registration, 162 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY, 12231, or to New York Live Arts, 219 West 19th Street, New York, NY, 10011)