An unseen man in a shroud of brown silky fabric rolling on the floor in a studio lit pink lights.

Chameleon: A Biomythography

Jaamil Olawale Kosoko
Studio 1—Goodman

This residency has been postponed to follow University policies that have been put in place in light of new developments related to the coronavirus.

Spring 2020 Residency

The last of four residencies to create Chameleon: A Biomythography— this residency will focus on completing set and technical elements as well as rehearsals toward the world premiere April 2, 2019.

Fall 2019 Residency

Continuing work on the hold, a multimedia performance project that explores the role of media archives in American Black diasporic communities. 

Spring 2019 Residency

Kosoko and a team of AV collaborators worked to conceive and develop their own archive of sound and visual material that will become central to the hold. In collaboration with the EMPAC team they created elements of a stage performance that moves fluidly between body, image, sound, and text. Continuing research during future residencies will work toward a film installation, podcast series, and live performance event at New York Live Arts in 2020.

Main Image: Production still from Chameleon: A Biomythography. Studio 1 February 2019. Photo: Mick Bello/EMPAC.

Presented By

EMPAC 2020 


April 2, 2020

Production Credits

Former iterations of Chameleon: A Biomythography held various titles including Chameleon (The Troy Installments) and the hold.


Chameleon: A Biomythography is a National Performance Network (NPN) Creation & Development Fund Project co-commissioned by EMPAC / Experimental Media and Performing  Arts Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY; the New York Live Arts Live Feed Residency program; and the Wexner Center for the Arts at Ohio State University, in partnership with Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA), Tanz im August/HAU Hebbel am Ufer, and NPN. New York Live Arts’ Live Feed Residency program is made possible with additional support from the Joseph and Joan Cullman Foundation for the Arts, the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council with special thanks to Council Member Corey Johnson, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, the Jerome Robbins Foundation, the Fan Fox & Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, the Scherman Foundation, and the Shubert Foundation. Chameleon is also made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Additional development support was provided by Bates Dance Festival, Gibney DiP, pOndersoa, D.O.C.H., Within Practice (Stockholm), the Centre for the Less Good Idea (Johannesburg, South Africa), PassaPorta International House of Literature (Brussels), Studio 303 (Montreal), the National Center for Choreography (Akron, OH), and Red Bull Arts Detroit.

EMPAC Spring 2019 presentations, residencies, and commissions are made possible by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, with continuous support from the New York State Council for the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts; and the Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts. Additional project support by the National Endowment for the Arts; the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; and the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College.