Born and raised in Trinidad & Tobago, Fana Fraser is a performer, performance maker, and director based in New York City. Her performance work is rooted in a contemporary Caribbean aesthetic and framed by narratives of eroticism, power, and compassion. Harnessing dance, theatre, and fantasy, Fana creates deeply intimate performances that rigorously reimagine and center hidden tales of queer people of color and black and brown people. The daughter of a journalist and an English and Spanish language teacher, she uses performance to gather community, foster multilayered storytelling, and facilitate cross-cultural dialogue. Fana is devoted to conjuring a space for performer and witness to negotiate ways of being.
Most recently, Fana was commissioned by The Shed to create a new work for the inaugural Open Call Program, set to premiere in 2020.
Her performance work has been presented at Issue Project Room, Wassaic Project, Brooklyn Museum, Knockdown Center, Movement Research at the Judson Church, Gibney, La MaMa Moves!, BAX, Emerging Artists Theatre's "Best of New Works Series", BAAD!ASS WOMEN Festival, Dixon Place, WestFest, the CURRENT SESSIONS, and Trinidad Theatre Workshop.
Fana was a CUNY Dance Initiative 2017-18 resident artist and a Movement Research 2017 Artist-in-Residence Van Lier Fellow. She was nominated and selected for MANCC Forward Dialogues 2017, the inaugural choreographic lab for emerging movement-based artists, at MANCC. Fana was a 2016 artist-in-residence at the Dance & Performance Institute in Trinidad & Tobago and a resident artist for Dance Your Future 2016 - a project partnership between BAAD! and Pepatián.
As a dancer, performer, and collaborator, she has worked with Miriam Simun, Jonathan González, Camille A. Brown & Dancers, Ailey II, Sidra Bell Dance NY, The Francesca Harper Project, The Metropolitan Opera, Andrea Miller for Hermès, and with Ryan McNamara at Performa 13, Art Basel Miami, Guggenheim Works & Process, Frieze New York, and The ICA Boston. Fana has also been featured on popular web series Dance(212) and on digital commercials for Google Wallet, Twitter, and Triluc. She has served as a teaching artist with Purelements and Notes in Motion Teaching Ensemble, and as a rehearsal assistant to choreographer Darrell Grand Moultrie. She has also worked as a cater waiter, administrative assistant, and moonlighted as a pet sitter.
Currently, Fana is also the Rehearsal Director for Ailey II; a Co-Director/consultant and facilitator for Pepatián, a South Bronx-based arts organization; and a performer in Infinity Folds by Samita Sinha.
An Honors graduate of the Ailey/Fordham BFA Dance Program, Fana began her dance training at Caribbean School of Dancing. A certified Gyrotonic® trainer, she also has extensive practice in yoga, pilates, Alexander Technique, and somatic experiencing therapy.
She is the Founder of navel string studios, a Contemporary Caribbean Art House.
Fana has hopes to become a certified birth, postpartum, and death doula.