Born and raised in Trinidad & Tobago, Fana Fraser is a performer and performance maker living in New York City. Her performance work is rooted in a contemporary Caribbean aesthetic and framed by narratives of power, eroticism, and compassion. Harnessing dance, theatre, and visual art, Fana creates performances that center hidden tales of people from global communities of color, rigorously imagining them with fantasy and compassion. 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.
Fana was a CUNY Dance Initiative 2017-18 resident artist and was a Movement Research 2017 Artist-in-Residence Van Lier Fellow. She was nominated and selected for MANCC Forward Dialogues, the 2017 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 Open Call 2016 - a project partnership between BAAD! and Pepatián. Her performance work has been performed at Brooklyn Museum, Knockdown Center, BAX Emerging Artists Theatre's "Best of New Works Series", BAAD!ASS WOMEN Festival, Dixon Place, WestFest, the CURRENT SESSIONS, Trinidad Theatre Workshop, Movement Research at the Judson Church, Work Up at Gibney Dance, and La MaMa Moves! 2017 - curated by Alexis Convento.
Most recently, Fana was commissioned by The Shed to create a new work for the inaugural Open Call Program, set to premiere in 2020.
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 is an Honors graduate of the Ailey/Fordham BFA Dance program and also a certified Gyrotonic® trainer.
Currently, Fana is the Rehearsal Director for Ailey II, a Co-Director for Pepatián, a South Bronx-based arts organization, and performer in Infinity Folds by Samita Sinha.
Fana began her dance training at Caribbean School of Dancing. She is the Founder of navel string studios, a Contemporary Caribbean Art House.