Choreographer & Performer
Make the Brutal Tender
photo by Whitney Browne (2023)
E r y k a D e l l e n b a c h (they)
is a genderfluid filmmaker, performance artist and educator based in the Sonoran Southwest (Turtle Island/US). Their embodied films and performances are rites of passage for themselves and collaborators driven by consent practices, inquisitive hedonisms, corporeal excavation and a belief in the capacity for mutual transformation through collaboration and art-as-life process. Their works mine relationships to power, the malleability of consciousness and psychophysical thresholds.
Their process and technique have been informed by studies in dances of resistance and experimental ethnography. They are especially indebted to teachers Wendy Clinard (flamenco), Atsushi Takenouchi (Butoh), Deborah Stratman (experimental documentary film), and the late Dr. Waud Kracke (psychoanalytic, cross-cultural anthropologist). They have worked with artists across mediums including Yunuen Rhi, Martin Toloku,
, Tino Sehgal,
, Tori Wrånes, Éva Mag, Matty Davis,
Nola Sporn Smith
Amelia de Rudder/La Casa de Satanas
and the band
Eryka has presented work at venues such as Alliance Française Kumasi (Ghana), crazinisT artisT studio (Ghana), Communitism (Greece), Movement Research at the Judson Memorial Church, Coaxial Arts (LA), Casa Moloch (MX), Lausanne Underground Music & Film Festival (Switzerland), 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 perfocraZe International Artist Residency (Ghana), eX...it! international butoh dance exchange and performance festival (Germany), Earthdance (MA), Echo Luna (Ukraine) and Cucalorus (NC).
They 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.
They are a Senior Videographer and Editor at Arizona Public Media, and continue to work independently as a freelance filmmaker, performance artist, choreographer, educator and interviewer. They are a celluloid filmmaking instructor at
MONO NO AWARE
a collaborator of the transnational group
and an advocate with
California Coalition for Women Prisoners (CCWP)
. They are a board member of Movement Culture, LLC (Tucson, AZ).
image by Raven Jackson
Commissioned behind-the-scenes portrait of the Swiss artist
and their performance methodology, sensorial theatre. The intimate film takes place in their private studio in Bern, Switzerland over two days.
Running on Cargo