Baye & Asa is a company creating movement art projects directed & choreographed by Amadi ‘Baye’ Washington & Sam ‘Asa’ Pratt. They grew up together in New York City, and that shared educational history is the mother of their work. Hip Hop & African dance languages are the foundation of their technique. The rhythms of these techniques inform the way they energetically confront contemporary dance, theater, and film. They’ve presented their work at The Joyce Theater, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club, Pioneer Works, The 92nd Street Y, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Jacob’s Pillow, ODC, Blacklight Summit, and Battery Dance Festival. They were selected as one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” for 2022, and are recipients of Dance Magazine’s 2023 Harkness Promise Award. Their film work has won numerous awards and has been presented internationally. Baye & Asa have works currently touring with BODYTRAFFIC and the Martha Graham Dance Company, and in the coming year they’ll be creating new commissions for Alvin Ailey II, Baryshnikov Arts Center, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Baye & Asa’s residency is part of the Baryshnikov Arts Fellowship at Kaatsbaan Cultural Park.