Artist’s statement:

My current practice investigates the barriers, often invisible, that hinder access to institutions of power 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.

Past teaching:

Rhythm & Phrasing – Kollaborationen, composing in movement & text, Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design Halle, Oct 19 & 20, 2018.

The Space Between, composing in movement & text, K77 Studios BerlinApril 7 & 8, 2018.

Rhythm & Phrasing, composing in movement & text, K77 Studios Berlin, July 22 & 23, 2017.

The Word Embodied, composing in movement & text, K77 Studios Berlin, Oct 22 & 23, 2016. 

University of Arkansas-Fayetteville Instructional Programs. Technique classes: Improvisation & Composition, Modern & Contemporary Dance, Contemporary Ballet. 2012-2015.

Instant composition work:

Sunday StudiesKathleen Heil & moyastrela. Berlin, 2016

photo: moyastrela; Berlin. See the ‘Events’ section for information on upcoming and past performances.