Artist in residence

Welcome to the parks: where the community and its stories creatively converge

Creative placemaking is about forging an identity connection to a particular space. The meaning that our community members inscribe to these parks - bringing their narratives, showcasing their craft, highlighting perspectives, building traditions, making memories - is the power that turns these spaces into more than mere backdrop.


We are committed to providing space not only for artists to showcase their work, but to also lead the community in connecting with its stories, assets, challenges, and possibilities. Utilizing Center City & LeBauer Parks as studio, medium, performance venue, and ultimate collaborator, Artists in Residence spend time building a relationship with these community spaces and the people they bring together to explore a central creative vision.  

2021 Artist in Residence

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Alexandra joye warren

Premiere performance of A Wicked Silence 

Friday, September 17, 2021


starting at Carolyn's Garden in LeBauer Park

Learn more here!


Choreographer and founder of JOYEMOVEMENT dance company, Alexandra Joye Warren, will serve as the downtown parks’ inaugural Artist in Residence. Between January and September 2021, Alex and her company will spend focused time to creatively explore the natural and cultural resources of LeBauer and Center City Parks as they develop their newest work, “A Wicked Silence”, a dance exploration of the history, narratives, and consequences of the Eugenics Movement in North Carolina. Alex's residency will serve as a pilot for the official launch of a permanent Artist in Residence program at Greensboro Downtown Parks, as our organization collaborates with Alex to develop a valuable residency experience for future artists at the parks. 

About the Artist

Alexandra Joye Warren is the Founding Artistic Director of JOYEMOVEMENT. Launched in 2014, JOYEMOVEMENT is a contemporary dance company that has performed regionally and toured nationally at many colleges, universities, festivals and conferences, including Opening Night of American Dance Festival in 2017 and at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello in collaboration with activist Bree Newsome.


A native of the Washington, D.C. Metro area, Alexandra received her BA from Spelman College and MFA from UNC Greensboro. She performed, choreographed and taught in New York, finding a company home with Christal Brown's INSPIRIT. Alexandra has been fortunate to study at Germaine Acogny’s Jant-Bi at L'Ecole Des Sables in Senegal, performed with Bill T. Jones in development of FELA! the Musical, Paloma and Patricia McGregor’s Angela’s Pulse, Maxine Montilus, Sydnie L. Mosley Dances, Van Dyke Dance Group, and Amy Love Beasley.


Alexandra has presented her choreography as scholarly research at the Collegium of African Diaspora Dance Conference at Duke University in 2020 and at the National Women's Studies Association Conference in San Francisco, CA in 2021.  She is a recipient of the 2019 Arts Greensboro, Regional Arts Grant.  She is currently an Assistant Professor of Performing Arts at Elon University.


Artistic Project Narrative

A Wicked Silence is a dance exploration of the consequences of the Eugenics program in North Carolina. From 1919-1977, forced sterilization of patients of public-funded institutions that were judged to be 'mentally defective or feeble-minded' by authorities” which later evolved into impoverished populations. This dance performance project will bring these stories to light in context to new policies that are being proposed which greatly affect the life and liberty of the marginalized in the 21st century.


This project will be choreographed by Alexandra Joye Warren and performed by JOYEMOVEMENT dance company.

A Wicked Silence is a three part work. Each part is estimated to be 55-60 min in duration, to be developed and fully realized between 2021 & 2023. During this residency Alex will develop and present Part I which explores the subject matter in a Choreoplay format. Part I is designed to premiere in an outdoor setting to a socially-distanced audience as needed.


The concept of the work is broken down in three parts which follows the experiential learning cycle. A well-known reflection model developed by Rolfe et al (2001) is based upon three simple questions: What? So what? Now what?


Part I explores the “What?” of the Eugenics program in North Carolina, using dance and poetry. The poetry in Part I will be created in collaboration with Jaki Shelton Green and possibly a collective of poets to create a body of work which directly explores the subject matter.


Each part of this work in three parts is a stand alone evening-length work. Part II explores the “So What?” through the abstract processing of trauma using Afro-Futurism, and Part III explores the Now What? which will incorporate multigenerational members of the community in process and performance with an artistic action plan for justice.


As a dance artist, Alex's goal is to create, perform and produce work that inspires audience members and participants to reexamine embedded societal ideas. By rearranging context, her hope is to ignite reconsideration and propose alternative understandings. Alex's aim as a choreographer and performer is to push towards the future grounded with historical context.


This project will be created as a site-specific work to the Greensboro Downtown Parks.

2021 Community Engagement Opportunities

2021 Project Documentation