(bai-yay & ae-suh)
We were born & raised in New York City. We’ve known each other since first grade & our bodies are shaped by a shared education. Through the personal dynamics of our relationship we address the larger political landscape of our upbringing, struggling to show a reality of violence while communicating a necessity for empathy.
Hip Hop & African dance languages are the foundation of our technique. The rhythms of these techniques inform the way we energetically confront contemporary dance & theatre.
Baye & Asa is a company creating movement art projects directed by Amadi ‘Baye’ Washington & Sam ‘Asa’ Pratt. We met when we were 6 years old. Our long friendship gives us the freedom and safety to constantly disagree. We expand each other’s artistic capacity, and our brotherhood nourishes the evolution of our work. The physical aggression in our choreography is a representation of our political rage, and a yearning to personally implicate ourselves. We use our choreography to build theatrical metaphors, interrogate systemic inequities, and contemporize ancient allegories; the characters we shape are righteous, helpless, and fated to their cultural position.
We've presented work at The Joyce Theater, 92nd Street Y, Mark Morris Dance Center, Battery Dance Festival, Dixon Place, Gibney Dance Center, Westbeth, South Hampton Arts Center, Thread Artist Space in Tambacounda Senegal, The Future Dance Festival, San Francisco Dance Film Festival, Dance Camera West, Cucalorus Film Festival, LA Dance Film Festival, Portland Dance Film Festival, IN/MOTION, and given lecture performances at The University of Maryland, Bard College (NY), Hunter College (NYC), The Dalton School (NYC), and The Hotchkiss School (CN). Individually we have performed with Akram Khan Company, Punchdrunk’s Sleep No More, Abraham in Motion, David Dorfman Dance, Gallim, Kate Weare Company, and The Francesca Harper Project. We are one of Dance Magazine’s 25 to Watch for 2022, and we are currently artists in residence at the 92nd Street Y.