Announcement: August Residencies Artists

Two weeks of communing, experimentation and collaboration for artists of colour


We are thrilled to announce the artists who will be part of our August Residencies, in two weeks time. The four artists include existing member, Rukeya Monsur, as well as three artists who are new to CDS - Meera Patel, NWAKKE, and Rowdy SS.  They were selected by a panel consisting of CDS Staff and Artist Members.

We hope these residencies can be a laboratory for new ideas and collaborations.  They come as part of a period of refreshing the values of Chisenhale Dance, including a commitment to ensure it is a welcoming environment and meaningful resource for Members, particularly people of colour.

They will be working in both studios between 12th and 23rd August, so say hello if you are in the building!


Meera Patel

Meera Patel is a London based kathak dance artist. Previously training with CICD in Leicester, she is currently training and teaching under Pagrav Dance Company. She performs regularly with Pagrav Dance Company and as an independent artist.

Much of her current practice focuses on continuing to develop her kathak technique in different Indian classical rhythms and through furthering her understanding of the scope of the art form’s rich historical context, innovatively opening up boundaries of kathak in modern social contexts. Photo by Simon Richardson.


NWAKKE is an interdisciplinary artist, dancer and musician with an emerging practice spanning movement, sound, video, installation and performance. Their ideas centre on oneness, the self & connection within structures of reality and time; states of being + becoming, transformation, personal/generational histories and ritual though inward listening, love, trust, surrender and freedom.


Rowdy SS

Rowdy SS is a London born and based artist.  Often working at the intersection of sound/music, dance/movement and live performance alongside making videos; his works have delved into love, explored the societal implications of being, first a black boy then man and mined life to share his vision of said life.

Rowdy is a Somerset House Studios Resident Artist, recent international performances include Shangri-La, Glastonbury Festival, The Yard Theatre, Transmediale, Berlin, Maceos, Milan (2019), Palais De Tokyo, Paris, The RA, 180 The Strand, Block Universe Performance Art Festival, The Southbank Centre (2018) and successful residencies at Kottenspetionen Dans, Atalante and Konstall C in Sweden.

Rukeya Monsur

Rukeya is a Dancer and Performance Artist. Her recent work explores trans embodiment, self-defence & queer muslim sexualities. Rukeya's recent performance work has been shown at The Yard Theatre, the Stedelijk Museum, Odbhut Queer Bangla Group, Steakhouse Live, HaB Arts & Chisenhale Dance Space. Living & creating in London, she is a working class artist with roots in Bradford & Sylhet.