My current practice investigates the barriers, often invisible, that hinder access to institutions and power structures for those in exile, who are themselves rendered invisible by the act of exclusion. In my multi-disciplinary work as a dancer, writer, and translator, I seek to understand how we can make visible the journey from a place of exile to one of authority. John Berger calls tenderness a “defiant act of freedom,” and similarly I view performance as a modality through which to challenge structures that exploit and exclude. In the moment of creation—whether composing text or performing in a space—I wish to be fully present, to accept the dictates of the moment and respond with humility and courage. My practice also extends to collaborating with artists on cross-disciplinary research and performance projects, as well as sharing my knowledge through the teaching of workshops on composition in movement, text, and performance.
I teach classes in contemporary technique and improvisation, as well as workshops in instant composition in movement and text. My pedagogical approach to dance training draws on my diverse kinesthetic experience, utilizing elements of modern and classical technique in order to strengthen the body’s center and increase freedom of movement, with contemporary floor- and release work to eliminate excess tension and move with greater ease, as well as improvisation exercises designed to awaken synaptic response and sharpen the body’s decision-making abilities. I have a decade of teaching experience across different fields: language, writing, dance, and movement composition. As an instructor, I aim to challenge students at a high level while having their learning experience remain inter-contingent; that is, to share with them my knowledge and training, posing questions that stem from my current research, while also inviting students to prioritize their own needs and questions, to contribute to the process by sharing with each other their own kinesthetic and creative interests.
University of Arkansas-Fayetteville Instructional Programs. Technique classes: Improvisation & Composition, Modern & Contemporary Dance, Contemporary Ballet. 2012-2015.
instant composition work:
Sunday Studies; Kathleen Heil & moyastrela. Berlin, 2016
photo: moyastrela; Berlin.