My childhood home was the wild forests and mossy cliffs of the San Juan Islands in the American Pacific Northwest. Living without TV or many modern amenities, I spent a great deal of my childhood alone in the woods, dancing with leaves, stalking deer and vultures, and collecting bones which I would reassemble at home. I carry this island wild child in my heart as I travel the globe, searching for the resonance of that primal dance.
I am an interdisciplinary visual artist and performance maker - the stage and show are the aesthetic and psychological compass by which I approach my craft, a holy space wherein dreams are made manifest. I am interested in physical theater, or dance, which does not make use of verbal language, but instead locates its communicative power in the body and the performer’s active imagination - framed by a painter’s orientation towards composition, light, color, texture, layering, and a particular attunement to a bedrock spaciousness and emptiness. These dance investigations explore primarily non-human subject matter - animals both living and extinct, ghostly entities, and natural phenomena like volcanic eruptions and the night sky - exploring themes of illusion, desire, deep time, nature’s infinite beauty, and the primordial stories written in the human body.
My performance work fuses training in Japanese butoh theater with an ongoing relationship to Southeast Asian performing arts. Since receiving a Darmasiswa scholarship to study at the Arts Institute of Indonesia in 2012, and during the course of a low-residency MFA in Interdisciplinary Art from 2014 - 2017, my work has been based in the Indonesian archipelago. I work closely with Indonesian and international artists, facilitating encounters between contemporary practice and tradition, and rigorously engaging the potentials and complexities of cross-cultural performance making.
My new work, under the umbrella title Prehistoric Body Theater, investigates the potential of employing the latest paleontological models to tell epic tales from the prehistoric record and the cladographic Tree of Life with the human body. This work will pursue unique collaborative opportunities between biological scientists, butoh artists, and Indonesian dancers. By taking up the pre-human world as our subject matter, I aim to unveil new potentials in trans-cultural and trans-disciplinary knowledge sharing and creative dialog.