Make the Brutal Tender
Teaching: Film & Movement
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
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