E r y k a   D e l l e n b a c h (she/they)
is a Chicago-bred filmmaker, choreographer, performer and teaching artist based in California’s East Bay on Lisjan Ohlone territory. Her embodied films, soundscapes and evocative, multidisciplinary performances are rites of carefully designed sensation that mine  psychophysical thresholds and the malleability of consciousness. Eryka regards work process as life and values close and longterm collaboration, intimacy with brutal climates, rituals of consent, conflict+resolution, fantasy and world-building.

Her process and technique have been  informed by her teachers encountered within and outside of academic institutions: Wendy Clinard (flamenco), Atsushi Takenouchi (Butoh), Vangeline (Butoh), Deborah Stratman (celluloid film), and the late Dr. Waud Kracke (psychoanalytic-anthropologist). She has worked with and performed in the works of an eclectic variety of dance/performance artists including  Atsushi Takenouchi, Tori Wränes, Tino Sehgal, Blair Thomas Puppet Theatre, Amanda Gutierrez, HOGG, Michael Zerang & Eva Mag.

Eryka has presented work at Movement Research at the Judson Memorial Church, Anthology Film Archives, Roulette Intermedium, Green River Cemetery, Virginia Commonwealth University, Intuit Outsider Art Museum, The Art Institute Museum of Chicago, Links Hall, No Nation Gallery, and internationally at the Shiryaevo Bienalle of Contemporary Art (Russia), Spazio Nu (Italy) and Schloss Bröllin (Germany). She has been a resident artist at Earthdance (MA), Echo Luna (Legedzyne, Ukraine), Cucalorus (NC) and will be at Perfocraze in 2021 in Ghana.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in Cultural Anthropology from the Universiy of Illinois at Chicago, and a master’s degree in Film, Video, New Media, Animation and Sound from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

She works as a choreographer, performer, artist teacher, performance documentarian, DP, camera operator, and contracted worker. She is a celluloid filmmaking instructor at MONO NO AWARE, and a collaborator of transnational group HEKLER.

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DISLODGE [working title]
is a performance by Matty Davis and Eryka Dellenbach that critically examines power and difference. Both animate and inanimate bodies exert, sustain, and absorb vectors of force that activate precarious psychological and physical structures. Pivoting around one anothers’ vulnerabilities, Davis and Dellenbach are cast into realms of sensation that push the limits of empathy.

Desire—to be vulnerable, to go deeper, to be supported, to be radically free—engages a promise that must be continuously reinstated, trusted and fulfilled, or broken from one moment to the next.

Accompanied by music that is activated by the performers, Dislodge [working title] carefully pits rigorously tuned choreography against improvisation, rendering the latter as a an urgent and fragile frontier for human freedom and expression. A sparse collection of objects—inlcuding a Civil War-era cannonball, a plank of wood from the Park Avenue Armory’s original floor, and a glove delicately altered to fit Davis’s maimed right hand—hold contextural residues of trauma and transition that are refracted by manner and gender, as Davis and Dellenbach take them--and one another--in, hold them, transform them, and let them go.

a performance work originally by Bryan Saner & Matty Davis, taking place over each of the seasons between 2017-18 at Bryan’s home in Chicago. In July 2019, the work expanded to incorporate architectural elements sourced from Atelier Bow-Wow’s Piranesi Circus installation at the Chicago Cultural Center, as well as performance by Eryka Dellenbach & Sara Zalek.

Click for response by Carole McCurdy for Performance Response Journal

Song & Film by Maren Celest (CHI)
Dance by Eryka Dellenbach
Chicago, 2019

Click for more information on NIGHTSHADE & our process

16mm Films by Muyassar Kurdi (2017-2020)

Vast Geographies (2020, upcoming premiere)

Roulette Intermedium

Field Dances (2019)
“...a 16mm dance film ruminating on space, scale, micro-movements, and anatomy, featuring movement by Kurdi and Eryka Dellenbach with music by Ka Baird.”

Film by: Muyassar Kurdi
Performance: Eryka Dellenbach & Muyassar Kurdi
Cinematography by: Muyassar Kurdi & Eryka Dellenbach
Lighting by: Eryka Dellenbach

Spectacle Theatre, NYC

KET, Athens Greece

Areté Gallery, Brooklyn

A Song for Many Women (2018)
“I created a 16mm short movement film in 2018 called “A Song for Many Women” – which is part of my 16mm trilogy that will be presented at the exhibition – performed by my collaborator, Eryka Dellenbach. It was largely inspired by Audre Lorde’s poem, “A Song for Many Movements,” dedicated to the South African freedom fighter Winnie Mandela. I originally read the poem in her book Sister Outsider, on the topic of ”Transformation of Silence into Language and Action.”

I included a many-layered solo voice piece. I created the image and sound separately but alongside each other, and combined them later in the editing process. It was a fruitful experience to see how the movement and voice effortlessly related to one another. Recently, I provided voice scores and graphic scores to my collaborator to inform her movements. This was part of the process for my most recent untitled 16mm film work that premieres in the spring of 2020, as part of my Roulette Intermedium commission. “   -Muyassar Kurdi, National Sawdust interview

Anthology Film Archives

Zaratan - Arte Contemporânea, Lisbon Portugal

nariz entupido, Lisbon Portugal

Salao Brazil, Coimbra Portugal
Oficinas do Convento, Montemor-o-Novo Portugal
Teatro do Calafrio, Guarda Portugal
Spectacle Theatre, NYC

Areté Gallery, Brooklyn