When We were Queens… Murielle Elizéon. Image credit: Sarah Marguier.

When We were Queens...

Culture Mill Residency

MAR 23 - APR 1, 2023

When We were Queens… presents a collaboration between African French dancer/choreographer Murielle Elizéon and acclaimed African American musician Shana Tucker, who together seek to explore a shared ancestry of diaspora and violence through movement and music. Presented as a conversation between the artists and museum visitors, this work-in-progress illuminates both the singularity of experience and the resonance embedded in the bodies of women of color from different African diasporic communities. During the nine-day residency, students, faculty, and community members will have the opportunity to engage with the artists through daily activations, open conversations, and performances in the museum’s galleries. Visit the Weatherspoon website for the full residency schedule.

When We were Queens… is a Culture Mill, Saxapahaw, NC, production, commissioned by NC State Live and co-produced by the Wilson Center at Cape Fear Community College and the Weatherspoon Art Museum, UNCG. Culture Mill is a 2022 National Dance Project finalist grant award recipient. The production was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts with funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to address sustainability needs during Covid-19 and in support of When We were Queens…

Visitors are invited to participate in the work-in-progress anytime during regular museum operating hours between March 23 and April 1 or join in a related scheduled event.



The artists and museum curators will host a public conversation to discuss the work and its development and offer insight into the logistical collaboration it took to bring the performance into the museum’s galleries.



The residency will culminate in a work-in-progress showing at the Weatherspoon. Registration will be required and will go live on Wednesday, March 15.

MAR 23 - APR 1, 2023


There will be additional events that will be taking place in the Inquiry Hubs concurrently with the Residency. Visit our Inquiry Hub page for updates HERE.

Artist In-Residence Bios

Murielle Elizéon
A French choreographer, performer, teacher, and community connector. She was born and raised in a multiracial family in an underserved community in the South of France. Elizéon has performed and toured with various European companies, and her choreographic work has been seen across Europe. Her work includes commissions from the American Dance Festival, North Carolina Museum of Art, Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, and Carolina Performing Arts. Elizéon is deeply committed to movement and embodied practices to unearth our potential for transformation. She initiates innovative collaborations that weave together artistic embodied practices with non-arts sectors such as health/sciences and restorative/social justice. Elizéon is a co-founder and co-director of Culture Mill, a performing arts laboratory based in Saxapahaw, NC. The artist-led organization is a vehicle for sustaining artistic work and community programs deeply rooted in Place, generating a vibrant and inclusive arts ecosystem in the rural, under-resourced region of Alamance County and beyond.
Shana Tucker
Cellist, singer-Songwriter, arts advocate, teaching artist, and cultural conduit. In each role, Shana Tucker is a builder of connections and collaboration. Tucker’s unique genre of ChamberSoul™ weaves jazz, roots, folk, acoustic pop, and a touch of R&B. Tucker studied cello at Howard University. She later received her degree in Violoncello Performance from CUNY-Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music. A sought-after collaborator, Tucker performs and records with legendary jazz saxophonist/composer Bennie Maupin, jazz flutist/composer Nicole Mitchell, Grammy-nominated NuSoul collective The Foreign Exchange, and countless others. Tucker is also an accomplished teaching artist with over 20 years of experience.
Sarah Marguier
An independent French artist, photographer, designer, and creative researcher. Her work centers around the expressions of the moving body and the ever-evolving stories and encounters that emerge from it. Polyamorous in art, she works within a hybrid artistic approach, which she describes as an archipelago of possibilities, a myriad of permeable and creative ecosystems that nourish and inform each medium. She is working as a photographer, designer, and artistic collaborator on many creative processes.
Jasmine Powell
A dance artist of the community from Hillsborough, NC. Locally trained, her performance career began with Durham’s Collage Dance Company, then moved to join Dance Diaspora, and Philadanco where she studied, performed and choreographed original work. She received a B.A. from Oberlin College, and M.F.A. from Hollins University in collaboration with the American Dance Festival, and Frankfurt University for Music and Performing Arts.
Caitlyn Swett
Dance-maker, sound artist, and arts administrator from Black Mountain, NC. Throughlines of Caitlyn’s career include sustained commitments to embodied approaches to making, experimental art in non-traditional venues, and a sonic curiosity.
Myra Weise
Myra is the Founder/Director of Proxemic Media, an arts production company that accelerates the evolution of creative eco-systems in small to mid-size American cities. The company works to develop critical content, processes, and resources for artists, arts managers, and audiences, working to strengthen communities one creative