Michael J Love

Michael J. Love is an interdisciplinary tap dance artist, scholar, and educator. His embodied research intermixes Black queer feminist theory and aesthetics with a rigorous practice that critically engages the Black cultural past as it imagines Black futurity. Currently, Love is a 2021-2023 Princeton University Arts Fellow and Lecturer at Princeton’s Lewis Center for the Arts. Most recently, he was one of four dancers/ choreographers featured in visual artist, filmmaker, and curator Tiona Nekkia McClodden’s multidisciplinary exhibition, “The Trace Of An Implied Presence,” at The Shed in New York. Love is an Austin Critics Table Award winner and B. Iden Payne Award nominee. His work has been supported and presented by Fusebox Festival, ARCOS Dance, and the Cohen New Works Festival. His writing has been published in the journal Choreographic Practices.

Love has collaborated with anti-disciplinary, film-based artist Ariel “Aryel” René Jackson on video and performance projects that have been screened by The Museum of Modern Art and the New Museum in New York; featured in The New York Times Style Magazine’s #TBlackArtBlackLife Instagram series; and programmed by Big Medium in Austin, Digital Arts Resource Centre’s Project Space in Ottawa, CUE Art Foundation in New York, the Galleries at the University of Northern Colorado, and the Jacob Lawrence Gallery at the University of Washington. Love and Jackson were the recipients of the 2021 Tito’s Vodka Prize. Love’s performance credits include the Broadway laboratory for Savion Glover and George C. Wolfe’s “Shuffle Along…” and roles in works by Baakari Wilder. Love holds an M.F.A. in Performance as Public Practice from The University of Texas at Austin and is an alumnus of Emerson College.