Marguerite Angelica Monique is a Jamaican born, Jersey-raised, NYC-made performance artist/educator currently based in Philadelphia, USA. They focus on one’s own body, one’s own way of moving, adapting, healing, releasing, protecting, changing, and connecting to the unseen. She is a master of body ceremonies and a curator of vibes.
As a choreographer she specializes in emergent, improvisational and social dance movement styles and technologies, rooted in the story of the African Diaspora. She is researching the ancestral and subversive role of dance and the dancer throughout the African Diaspora and looks to conjure these technologies through all of their (present) work. Marguerite uses body, text, media, and moving image in their work.
Hemmings’ work centers itself in liberation. She has been subverting, working, and creating with youth as a teaching artist for over 10 years. She currently works as a lecturer at University of the Arts and is a resident artist with Abrons Arts Center. She has received grants from the Jerome Foundation, Brooklyn Arts Council, Harlem Stage, University Settlement, Dancing While Black, Urban Bush Women’s Choreographic Center Initiative, and Arizona State University’s Projecting All Voices Fellowship to further her work. She’s received a Bessie Award for Outstanding Performer in Eva Yaa Asantewaa’s Skeleton Architecture. She currently works inside of a self/spirit directed practice called we free. we free looks at the millennial and gen z approach to liberation through its music, social dance and social media. we free is centered in the livelihood and reparation of the African continent and diaspora. It is a social experiment, a conversation, a non-performance, a call to action, a revival, a bashment party, an ode to, and in moments a critique of, the present and emerging generations and what we are doing, right now, to be free.