Grant Recipient Details

Pasadena, CA
Project Title
Fiscal Year Awarded
Grant or Program
National Dance Project Production Grant
Grant Amount

PROPHET is a multi-year year study and portraiture on the Emcee/Lyricist. Manifesting as a Memoir, Film, and album, PROPHET’s performance will use the mastery of contemporary dance and embodiment to illustrate the transcendental voyage of this artist, while illuminating the essential role of the body in their maturation. Premiering at Abrons Arts Center in Fall 2022, PROPHET will continue development over confirmed residencies at EMPAC and Kelly Strayhorn Theater.

7NMS: Marjani Forté-Saunders + Everett Saunders work on the land of the Tongva and Hahamogna Peoples (Pasadena, CA), and Lenape People (New York, NY).

Estimated Artist Fee: $15,000/performance or $20,000/week long residency.

Presenter Partners

  • Abrons Arts Center (New York, NY)
  • Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) (Troy, NY)
  • Kelly Strayhorn Theater (Pittsburgh, PA)

Tour Coordinator

Marjani & Everett Saunders
7NMS: Marjani Forté-Saunders + Everett Saunders

NDP Presentation Grant

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Work Samples


In a parking lot, a Black woman, with long braids, and a Black man in a fedora touch each others hands together and face the camera.
courtesy of the artists
In a brick space, two people hold their hands up.
courtesy of the artists
In black and white, a Black woman wears a mask and a fedora.
photo by Marc Winston