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



3/14/20 @ The Invincible Hall  [Chinatown //29 Forsyth St. NY, NY 10002, Top Floor] 


Moving Through: visualization in corporeal practices with Eryka Dellenbach

$30, 2 hours


The phenomenon of ‘presence’ is one of those unmistakable qualities that can be felt unanimously yet evade speech when we try to put its source to words. Presence is something palpable that can charge simple tasks or mundane gestures, or overshadow the most beautiful movement through its absence. How do we as observers recognize presence? How long does it take for us to summon something within us and then make it disappear, or transform it into something else? How does the body signify this externally?

Pulling from a decade of studies in the time-based arts of film, dance and performance, Eryka will lead participants through a series of solitary and collaborative exercises merging the body and visualization techniques to cultivate presence. The workshop will explore the contours of presence as participants move between witnessing, generating, maintaining and shifting between various kinds of presences. No two presences are or can be the same, and participants will be encouraged to own-their-own through accessible prompts facilitating concentration, experimentation and play.

This workshop is designed to welcome movers of all backgrounds who wish to explore presence in performance and existence-at-large. It is also for people interested in butoh dance, partnering, visualization, performance and expanded dance practice.




March 5, 12, 19 + DAY SHOOT on the 21
Screening on April 5 @ ANTHOLOGY FILM ARCHIVES

In this workshop, participants will learn how to make a Black & White reversal film with an OPTICAL SOUND TRACK on 16mm!   Curriculum will cover the basics of 16mm film making : exposure, lenses, filters, you'll also learn how to load, focus, run, maintain and operate the H16 Bolex Reflex camera with the additional treat of an optical sound track right on the film!  This offering is unique from our Intro to 16mm film making workflow offering, because the Optical Sound workshop will focus on shooting Kodak Tri-X BW reversal film and editing in camera using multiple exposures, cross dissolves and a well planned storyboard with shot list.  Participants will be hands-on the first two sessions, then during a week break you'll develop the planned shoot & sound component.  In the third session we'll introduce the basics of optical sound, and you'll learn how to load, run, maintain and operate the Auricon film camera as well as the EIKI SSL-O sound projector.  Participants will arrive with a digital sound file (or be ready to perform live) in order to turn sound into light, light into silver, and back again from light into sound.  With your 100' roll of film we'll burn in a non-sync soundtrack, and prep the film again for your camera shoot.  The goal is to create and project a black and white camera original optical sound print on 16mm which you conceive, direct, shoot, added original sound to, and edited independently.  We will also discuss how to promote your short piece through a list of friendly film festivals and community venues in the greater New York area.  All materials will be provided for. Finished projects will be presented at our screening party.

LOCATION: MONO HQ 33 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn NY 5 min walk from 2, 3, 4, 5, A, C, B, D, N, Q, R, & G trains. 

INCLUDES: 3 classroom instruction sessions, 1 day shoot, 100 feet of Kodak Tri-X 16 mm, Reversal film lab processing by MONO, Access to camera equipment (Bolex Rex 5 Camera, POE 16-102mm zoom lens, and rewind key), Auricon Sound on Film camera, sound board, Shure SM58 mic, mixing board and pre-amp, Course packet with technical information.  You'll finish with a projection-ready reversal camera original with an optical sound track, HD video transfer of finished film by Metro Post, HD, online hosting of finished film, local & international film festival entry waivers.

And you will have access to the following books related the workshop from Mono No Aware’s own reference library:

  • Experimental Filmmaking and the Motion Picture Camera: An Introductory Guide for Artists and Filmmakers by Joel Schlemowitz
  • Break the Machine by Kathyrn Ramey
  • The Filmmaker’s Handbook by Steven Ascher and Edward Pincus
  • Your Film and the Lab by L. Bernard Happé

COURSE CAP:  Limited to 8 participants

$325 all inclusive




w/ Eryka Dellenbach & Brighid Greene



Thursdays: June 13, 20, and 27 from 7 - 9:30 PM & Sunday June 23 (ALL DAY SHOOT) from 10 AM - 4 PM
@ MONO NO AWARE hq  X  Whitney Browne Studio

Free Screening Party on Sunday, AUGUST 4TH @ ANTHOLOGY FILM ARCHIVES

Let’s put our flesh into filmmaking!  This will be a hands-on lightning course in building confidence towards moving agilely through space wielding a solid metal, crank-motor celluloid film camera! First-time celluloid filmmakers are welcome. We will cover the basics of 16mm filmmaking: the Bolex camera, 16mm film, lenses, framing and continuity, in-camera editing, projection, and problem solving. Experienced filmmakers curious about moving camera technique and documenting the moving body will also benefit.

Over 3 sessions, each individual will participate in the production of a class film with a movement artist as well as conceive and shoot their own ‘embodied camera’ film. We will also watch a series of films and discuss topics such as presence, reflexivity, movement techniques, subjectivity and control. All equipment, film materials, and processes will be provided.  However, you will need to find actors/movers, space and whatever props you should want in conjunction with your shooting schedule. Please also have a location in mind within reasonable range from Mono No Aware for your shoot on Sunday, June 23.

***Lookout for 2020 offering!


3/18: The Threshold: brutal
3/25: The Threshold: tender
via Butoh Body Sundays  @ OuterSpace Studios (Chicago)


$15, 2 hrs

In this 2-part workshop we will consider the ‘threshold’ as both a personal or subjective limit, and as a border between that-which-is and that-which-is-not. In part through repertoire born out of Eryka’s present performance project, entitled Make the Brutal Tender, we will attempt to explore the qualifiers tender and brutal corporeally, and learn directly from the body using what is immediately available to us:

Physical Space: Floor, Wall
Body: Ours and other’s
Energy: Ours and other’s

Accompanied by sound artist Hanna Elliot (HOGG, Goad Deimos), she will lead us through simple and greatly variable exercises that will allow us to cultivate miniature, sensual (as opposed to verbal) dialogues around comfort and discomfort, pain, impulse, effort, nurture and hopefully, fear. In addition to butoh, activities in the workshops are also culled from her experience in capoeira, flamenco and play-fighting techniques, and reinterpreted.

Everyone is welcome! These workshops are about exploring your own threshold(s).

Please wear comfortable clothing. We will work barefoot.

*Alternative tasks can always be provided for those who wish to work alone during partnering exercises.

The Threshold:
The brink of being a thing (border, barely)
The limit of a thing (capacity, furthest)

MA間 :
Space between objects
Silence between sounds = ‘palpable absence’, ‘pregnancy’, ‘potential’
Stillness between movements

Lingering scent
Impression left in a sheet or pillow

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-Intro to 16mm Filmmaking


-Optical Sound


-Embodied Camera: 16mm Bolex (original offering)