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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Participating Artist for in Perfocraze  Artist Residency for two months 2021 !!

AntiFear session zines are available for download via HEKLER. You can click on the images above to view that particular session zine. 


Hekler’s ANTI FEAR series are initiated in collaboration with New York-based artist and neurologist Sonja Blum. It is an evolving collective practice aiming in this time of crisis and change for a space decidedly between cultural/theoretical dialogue and therapeutic discourse. It is envisioned as a space in which we bring privately held fears into community with others' fears to embrace vulnerability and open collective experiments in community-building, trust, and reimagining the commons. This work is explored through poetry, movement/body work, breathing exercises and meditations, readings, lectures and other practices that untie repressive knots and make us feel empowered, imaginative and hopeful.

Online screening premiere of NOLA, apt. and Q&A with filmmakers Muyassar Kurdi, Art Jones, MV Carbon and myself
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Schroon Lake online screening premiere at Cucalorus Film Festival (NC) November 21-24 
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Q&A (November 23, 7pm EST) RSVP link


Aftermath & Intimacy will open on Feb. 20 with a private performance event on Feb. 20th at 7pm featuring readings by visceral poet and filmmaker Raven Jackson and Make the Brutal Tender with Chicago-based, embodied sound artist Hanna Elliott present and dancer Nola Sporn Smith. Inquire within, capacity is limited to 35.

US premiere of Mother Sparrow film with live performance of Make the Brutal Tender with Nola Sporn Smith and Eryka Dellenbach and Dacha ensemble @ Roulette Intermedium Jan. 28, 8pm (doors 7pm) Buy Tickets


Visible Poetry Project 2020 filmmaker, paired with first choice poet Homa Zarghamee. Film to premiere in 2020, based on Homa’s poem entitled When Falling Asleep and Dreaming the Room from her published work A Long Drawn Face

Visiting Film Artist of Grant Wood Fellow Tony Orrico alongside Matty Davis

(Above: 35mm site-specific process photograph of Tony Orrico & Matty Davis)