queer artists

Artist Spotlight #19: KAI HAZELWOOD

Artist Spotlight #19: KAI HAZELWOOD

I’ll be honest. KAI HAZELWOOD happens to be one of my favorite people. Full stop. I’ve known her for a decade, and we’ve collaborated extensively. She has participated in Rhizomatic Studio’s Performance Lab and Collective Creation Lab, and she’s even a poster child for our writing workshops. All that to say that this spotlight is FAR overdue! Kai is a dancer, dance maker, producer, and (increasingly) an organizer and activist. Kai doesn’t mince words when it comes to what she thinks we need more of in the arts. She says: “I'm less interested in how the field is changing and more interested in remaking it entirely by disempowering its traditional structure and building an independent, stable, and lucrative collaborative that can operate outside of the traditional axis of institutional funding and support. I'm working towards this by testing out new structures of funding and leadership, and working hard to make room for queer and BIPOC artists along the way…”