MICHAEL J. LOVE
INTERDISCIPLINARY TAP DANCE ARTIST
Photo © 2017 by Cindy Elizabeth
Michael J. Love is an interdisciplinary tap dance artist—a choreographer, scholar, and educator who creates and curates auralvisual performances that visceralize parts of the Black experience.
Michael holds an M.F.A. in Performance as Public Practice from the Department of Theatre and Dance at The University of Texas at Austin. His embodied research intermixes Black queer feminist theory and aesthetics with rigorous practice to engage in thinking on the Black cultural past and Black futurity. He works between the fields of performance studies, Black dance studies, and Black queer studies. Michael also holds a B.S. in Marketing Communication, with an emphasis in entertainment marketing and public relations from Emerson College.
Most recently, ARCOS Dance presents Michael J. Love ran for two weekends and saw the full-length premiere of The AURALVISUAL MIXTAPE Collection, Part II: DOPE FIT!, a directorial and choreographic collaboration between Michael and dance artist Kaitlyn B. Jones. Previously, Michael presented The AURALVISUAL MIXTAPE Collection, Part I: GON' HEAD AND PUT YOUR RECORDS ON! as a featured project in Fusebox Festival (Austin, TX) and a work-in-progress version of Part II: DOPE FIT! in The Cohen New Works Festival (Austin, TX).
Michael has also collaborated with transmedia artist Ariel René Jackson on a number of performance pieces. Their video, "The Future Is A Constant Wake" was recently featured in the New York Times Style Magazine's #TBlackArtBlackLife Series. The pair presented “All I See Is Blue” at the opening of Original Language at CUE Art Foundation (New York, NY). Their work has been programmed by SXSW (Austin, TX), the New Museum (New York), PARA Foundation (Berlin), Vox Populi (Philadelphia, PA), The George Washington Carver Museum, Library, and Genealogy Center (Austin, TX), and the Visual Arts Center (Austin, TX).
Michael is an Austin Critics' Table Award winner and recipient of The Cohen New Works Festival Go! Grant and ARCOS Dance Artist Development Award. He was a laboratory cast member of the Savion Glover and George C. Wolfe Broadway musical Shuffle Along, performed with award recipients, The JaM Project, at the 2016 Capezio ACE Awards and DancerPalooza's 25 LIVE!, held principal and soloist roles with Tapestry Dance Company, danced with Baakari Wilder at the DanceAfrica DC Festival, toured throughout the country with the Mike Minery-choreographed TAP: The Show!, and performed with Andrew J Nemr's New York City-based company Cats Paying Dues.
Additionally, Michael has collaborated with a number of theatre artists, setting movement for Al(aina) L. Monts' black girl love: an adaptation project, directed by kt shorb and Simone Raquel Alexander at Generic Ensemble Company and The Vortex (Austin, TX) as well as Caridad Svich's 12 Ophelias and Drew Paryzer's Loverboy, as directed by Jess Shoemaker at Texas Theatre and Dance/ Texas Performing Arts.
Michael has over eighteen years of experience as a dance educator and teaching artist. He has taught multiple disciplines in a number of educational settings and created and set ensemble and solo works on young artists across the country and internationally. Most recently, he has worked with NOW Dance Workshops in both Monterrey (Nuevo Leon) and Guadalajara (Jalisco) in Mexico and Creative Action (Austin, TX). He is currently on faculty at Dancers Workshop in Austin, TX.
Michael spent a season at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company as the Communications Coordinator, where he planned, managed, and executed social media, online video, communications, and public relations initiatives. Highlights include his Lobby Experience design for Elevator Repair Service’s Arguendo (portions of which followed the show to its next production at the International Festival of Arts & Ideas in New Haven, CT) and video content that he produced in collaboration with other Woolly staff members—such as a video profile piece on multi-instrumentalist and composer Christylez Bacon and the "Expression vs. Censorship" video series—as well as other various event design and interactive social media projects.
Michael is originally from the Washington, DC metropolitan area where he trained as a member of the acclaimed Tappers With Attitude Youth Ensemble.