Claude Johnson will develop FRANCHISE, a solo work focusing on the concept of satisfaction and inspired by his uncle’s life and experiences. Johnson will explore choreographic development through improvisation, phrase retrograding, scene study, and open conversation. Of his work, Johnson says “My responsibility as a black queer artist is to increase the knowledge and perspective of my community’s vast experience.”
A Chicago native, Claude is a dancer, choreographer, and movement director based in Brooklyn NY. After finishing his studies at The Chicago Academy for the Arts and SUNY Purchase College, where he was awarded the Adopt-A-Dancer Scholarship, Claude was a full-time company dancer with A.I.M. by Kyle Abraham from 2017-2022, where he became a Princess Grace 2021 nominee.
Claude has had the opportunity to perform works by Kyle Abraham, Merce Cunningham, Trisha Brown, Aszure Barton, Johannes Weiland, Doug Varone, Kevin Wynn, Nicole Von Arxs, Keerati Junakunwiphat, and many more. As a performer and black queer artist, Claude dances to translate the human experience to audiences to recognize the art form of dance as the best catalyst to motivate self-expression and social change. In any artistic space, he believes his responsibility is to increase the knowledge and perspective of his community’s vast experience.