Erin Cairns Cella and Dages Juvelier Keates met in 2010, and proceeded to dance together for Company SoGoNo, a Butoh inspired dance-theater company. Feeling a gravitational pull towards one another, we became interested in each other’s diverse movement backgrounds, attention to somatic detail, and physiologically driven movement. We found artistic chemistry in performance and decided to explore it in our own choreography. Those choreographic explorations have been presented through Movement Research’s Open Performance, Women in Motion’s Rooftop Salon, Fourth Arts Block’s FAB Festival, Gowanus Art and Production’s First Look, Gibney Dance’s Show and Share, CPR’s Spring Movement, and NYU’s Masters Thesis Showcase.
Approaching ourselves as “performance clay,” we have a keen interest in manipulating energy and presence; we begin our creative process from our subjective experience of performance states and build outward, threading images inside of movement forms. Adding sonic landscapes and intentionally crafting movement material, kinesthetic states are generated, which alter both our biochemistry and that of the audience. We amplify the experience of porosity as we seek to transfer affective states between each other and the other organisms who are watching. In short, we aim to change our audience through our being seen and perceived. We are driven toward intensity, immediacy, and intimacy, giving physical form to the ways we experience the world.
During our residency at Marble House Project, we will continue developing our evening-length, interdisciplinary new dance work, all i have are sensations. Contributing artists include wearable designer Natalia Roumelioti (Ntilit) and composer Jascha Narveson.