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 Atsushi Takenouchi, Tino Sehgal, Amanda Gutierrez, Tori Wrånes, Éva Mag, Matty Davis, Nola Sporn Smith, Amelia de Rudder/La Casa de Satanas and the band HOGG

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 AWAREa collaborator of the transnational group HEKLER and an advocate with California Coalition for Women Prisoners (CCWP).

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image by Raven Jackson




HEKLER Assembly (Fall 2021): Infrastructures of Care is an online study program that will explore the relationship between civic engagement and collectivity through art practice and pedagogy.

Over the course of 12 weeks we will critically consider the histories, ethics, and aesthetics of community-engaged art practices that emphasize collaboration, situated knowledge, and collective action. We will do this through participatory workshops, presentations, study groups, peer-to-peer work, and on-site interventions. Participants will gain knowledge and experience in collaborative and collective work methodologies, organizing tools, and resources that will be made into a printed and digital twin publication.

Infrastructures of Care has been developed by our mighty group of organizers through months of convening, collective thinking and creating the syllabus. At this time, we have the capacity for 15 participants in a cohort. The cohort will attend 12 sessions in total, 6 private and 6 public programs.



PREMIERE: The Long Way Home
(now available in Embodied Filmmaker page on this website)

The Long Way Home, a film made in collaboration with Christopher-Rasheem McMillan commisioned by the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center will premiere on Aug 19, 7pm ***EST @bmcmuseum, link

SCHROON LAKE selected to screen at Ann Arbor academy award qualifying, experimental and avante garde film festival on March 24

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 
Ticket Link
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)