Kaneza Schaal is a New York-based artist whose performance practice is propelled by collaborative process and experimentation. Her work uses text as a jumping off point to create visual, physical, sonic, narrative, and abstract expression. She came up in the downtown experimental theater community, first working with The Wooster Group, then with other companies and artists including Elevator Repair Service, Richard Maxwell/New York City Players, Claude Wampler, Jay Scheib, Jim Findlay, and New York City Opera. This work brought her to venues including Centre Pompidou, Royal Lyceum Theater Edinburgh, REDCAT, The Whitney Museum, BAM, The Kitchen, St. Ann’s Warehouse, and MoMA. Her original work has been presented in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Kigali, Rwanda and in New York City.
Schaal’s awards and residencies include Bogliasco Fellowship, Bogliasco, Italy (2015); Nathan Cummings Foundation Grant, NY (2015); Baryshnikov Arts Center Residency, New York, NY (2014); LMCC’s Process Space residency (2014), New York, NY; RAMP Residency PS122, New York, NY (2014); Princess Grace Foundation Works-in-Progress Grant (2013); Fortnight Journal Featured Artist (2011); and the Princess Grace George C. Wolfe Award (2008). She received her B.F.A. from Wesleyan University.
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