Performer: Gina Graham. Photo by: Julieta Cervantes for The New York Times.

Performer: Gina Graham. Photo by: Julieta Cervantes for The New York Times.

MY STATEMENT

I produce work that addresses how dance is viewed and traditionally represented as an art form in contemporary society. It's fueled by an obsessive physicality while drawing analogies between architecture and the human body, costume as sculpture, observation and concealment. 

My choreographic processes enthusiastically support spontaneity, a sense of abandon and total immersion in the moment. It satisfies me when an audience can see the challenges consistently being negotiated and resolved on the stage. It excites me when elements of the dance unexpectedly unfold resulting in raw, gritty, rhythmically poetic material by way of an improvisational structure.

I introduce physical materials into my dances as if they were mini collages. On a few occasions textiles have been deeply integrated into my pieces that they've become one with the dance-making process. I allow multiple meanings to creep into my work through the assemblage of many forces. I like high art, obscurity and deep commitment from the dance professionals that I collaborate with. My goal will always be to educate, empower, encourage and support the dancer who is looking for a deeper exploration into who they are and how this translates naturally and honestly into their artistic process.

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