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 make work that addresses how dance is viewed and traditionally represented as an art form in contemporary society. I hope to encourage questions while exploring my expression and creative power through the mediums of dance and collage. My dances draw analogies between bodies and architecture, costume and sculpture, observation and concealment; all of which can signify the complex thread between the physical self and identity. In my dance practice I seek collaboration with artists who develop platforms in time-based media. 

My choreographic process enthusiastically supports spontaneity, a sense of abandon and total immersion in the moment. It satisfies me when challenges are consistently being negotiated and resolved on stage and when elements unexpectedly unfold resulting in raw, gritty, rhythmically poetic material by way of an improvisational architecture. And like my collage processes,  I introduce physical materials into my dances that are deeply integrated into the pieces that they become one with the dance-making process.  The fundamental ingredient of my creative vision is to provide multiple meanings and higher emotional planes for the participant and viewer through the assemblage of many forces.

Transient