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New Works Initiative

In Progress | Keyierra Collins

February 21, 20236:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Tickets are free, and walk-ups are always available. Reserve a ticket for pre-show reminders.

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A dark-skinned person wearing a white headscarf and a necklace made of faux leafy greens raises their head and eyes upward, their eyes accented by shimmery makeup, against a lavender background. Though the image cuts off at the shoulders, their arms appear to extend outwards as if their hands are placed on their hips in a superhero pose.

Keyierra Collins. Image courtesy of the artist.

About the Event

Dancer and choreographer Keyierra Collins performs an iteration of her multimedia project How I Found My Feet Again, featuring Collins’s movement-based solo performance, music by Jovan Landry, and real-time, first-person audio and video loops that immerse audiences in the performer’s experience. This performance begins standing in the MCA’s Kovler Atrium and then moves into the Commons for a seated performance.

In Progress is a series designed to give artists, thinkers, and curators a platform for developing new works with input from audiences, and to give patrons a glimpse into the creative process. This program is organized by Laura Paige Kyber, Curatorial Associate.

About the Artist

Keyierra Collins is an international dancer, choreographer, and teaching artist based in Chicago. In 2020 she was awarded the 3Arts/Walder Foundation Awardee grant. She graduated from Columbia College Chicago in 2016 with a BA in Dance. There she studied various dance forms, including West African, modern, jazz, ballet, hip-hop, and improvisation. As a dance artist Collins has worked with artists like educator and international performer and choreographer Onye Ozuzu and France-based Rwandan artist, Dorothee Munyaneza. She also has had the pleasure of working with many Chicago-based artists like Paige Cunningham, Emily Stein, Anna Martine Whitehead, and Sonita Surratt, to name a few. Collins’s work lies at the intersection of exploring dance as healing and unpacking the collective and individual trauma experienced by people of the African Diaspora. Her process is kinesthetically driven and often inspired by conversations between friends and abstract thoughts or feelings related to socio-political issues. Having toured and worked with artists in Haiti, Nigeria, and France, Collins is compelled to continue to travel working with artists around the world, and make spaces for her community.


In Progress is supported by the New Works Initiative, which puts the creative process at the heart of the MCA’s relationship with Chicago by supporting the development of new performances and creative projects.

Lead support for the New Works Initiative is provided by Elizabeth A. Liebman.