Syniva Whitney

Credits: Photo by Syniva Whitney featuring Syniva Whitney and Will Courtney

Syniva Whitney creates queer performances that thrive in the rich territory where dance, theater, text and visual art connect/disconnect. Gender Tender is the name of their performance group. This group centers transgender, non-binary and multiracial points of view in process and presentation. Syniva makes things that grow from approaching binary systems as ridiculous and generates experiences rooted in shifting perspectives inspired by their non-binary gender and queer blackness. Their work often features fellow trans performer Will Courtney and a rotating cast of artists from all disciplines. They have shown work in Seattle at Velocity Dance Center, On the Boards, Washington Ensemble Theater, the Seattle International Dance Festival, Yellow Fish Epic Durational Performance Festival and Gay City Arts and in Minneapolis at events curated by HIJACK, 20% Theatre Co., The Body Cartography Project and 9x22 Dance Lab and in Portland, Oregon at Performance Works Northwest|Linda Austin Dance. Syniva has danced for kt shores, Paris Hurley and Maureen Whiting Dance Co., and worked as a collaborator and performer with Aniccha Arts and Vanessa DeWolf as well as exhibited their visual art and screened their short films nationally. They are also currently the sound designer for GT making original music for The Renovation series and often singing live during performances.