Grant Recipient Details


Philadelphia, PA

Project Title
Blood Baby
Fiscal Year Awarded
Grant or Program
National Dance Project Production Grant
Grant Amount

Blood Baby is an iterative performance project exploring intersections of queer motherhood/parenthood, gestation, gender performance, queer sexuality, and belonging. Involving site-responsive dance installation, experiential sculpture, collective readings, somatic workshops, and queer/artist parent convenings, Blood Baby is a multi-faceted unpacking of queer family experience, woven together by a queer creation story by playwright Sylvan Oswald. Made in collaboration with Oswald, Michèle Steinwald as dramaturg, and fiber artist Jesse Harrod, Blood Baby is supported by the Kinsey Institute (research), Chocolate Factory (residency), and premieres in 2022-23 at Velocity Dance Center.

Estimated Artist Fee: $5,100-7,500/performance; $16,000-22,000/week.

Presenter Partners

  • CounterPulse (San Francisco, CA)
  • National Center for Choreography at The University of Akron (Akron, OH)
  • Painted Bride Art Center (Philadelphia, PA)

Tour Coordinator

Lila Hurwitz
Tour Coordinator

If you are interested in viewing a video of the work, please contact Lila Hurwitz,

Work Samples

In a dance studio, a dancer leaps next to a child.
photo by Meg Foley
A dancer lays on a wooden floor next to clothes she just took off.
photo by Margot Bassett Silver
Shadow of a feminine torso.
photo by Meg Foley
Hands rustle through gold and silver tinsel hanging on wall.
photo by Meg Foley
A person, wrapped in a yellow tarp, walks through a graveyard.
photo by Daniel Kontz
In a room lit by a neon green light, four dancers lay together.
photo by Kevin Monko