Make the Brutal Tender
Teaching: Film & Movement
photo by Maria Baranova-Suzuki
E r y k a D e l l e n b a c h (she/they)
a Chicago-bred filmmaker and body artist based in California’s East Bay on Lisjan Ohlone territory. Her embodied films and performances are rites of passage driven by consent, inquisitive hedonisms and a longing for connection. Their works mine relationships to power, the malleability of consciousness and psychophysical thresholds.
Her process and technique have been informed by studies in dances of resistance and especially by her teachers Wendy Clinard (flamenco), Atsushi Takenouchi (Butoh), Vangeline (Butoh), Deborah Stratman (celluloid film), and the late Dr. Waud Kracke (psychoanalytic-anthropologist). She has worked with artists across mediums including
, Tino Sehgal,
, Tori Wrånes, Éva Mag,
Nola Sporn Smith
Amelia de Rudder/La Casa de Satanas
and the band
Eryka has presented work at venues such as Movement Research at the Judson Memorial Church, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Anthology Film Archives, Roulette Intermedium, Green River Cemetery, Virginia Commonwealth University, Intuit Outsider Art Museum, Links Hall, No Nation Gallery, and at the Shiryaevo Bienalle of Contemporary Art (Russia). She has been a resident artist at eX...it! international butoh dance exchange and performance festival (Germany), Earthdance (MA), Echo Luna (Ukraine), Cucalorus (NC) and will be at Perfocraze 2021 in Ghana.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in Cultural Anthropology from the University 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 an independent, freelance filmmaker, mover, choreographer and contracted worker. She is a celluloid filmmaking instructor at
MONO NO AWARE
a collaborator of the transnational group
and an advocate with
California Coalition for Women Prisoners (CCWP)
image by Raven Jackson
Running on Cargo