Erin Ellen Kelly/Feather Bone Back

Erin Ellen Kelly, Feather Bone Back, photo by Jose Martinez

Erin Ellen Kelly, Feather Bone Back, photo by Jose Martinez

Feather Bone Black is a meeting by the river of the mundane and myth where a few discarded remnants are treasures that have seeped into the structure of the body.

Erin Ellen Kelly (b.1976) lives and works in New York City. She enjoys working collaboratively with musicians, media artists, sculptors, dancers and performance artists to create movement-based works that have been shown in gardens, galleries, warehouse spaces, gutted stores, boats, bombed-out buildings, and theaters in the U.S, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, The United Arab Emirates, and Afghanistan. She began her movement training in her teens, in the process of becoming a national-level competitive gymnast. Her relationship to movement as an art form and mode of expression was sparked in film school when she also began performing in San Francisco and New York at underground parties, raves, and rock and roll shows. In 1999 she began studying Butoh and contemporary dance through classes at Movement Research and workshops in New York City. Her primary teacher in Butoh is Ko Murobushi. Among others, she has studied with Yumiko Yoshioka, Takuya Muramatsu of Dirakudakan, and Diego Pinon. She became a founding member of the multidisciplinary, multimedia collective Ransom Corp 1999-2002, in which she toured Europe, participated in a residency at Schloss Broellin, and created commissioned work for LaMaMa in New York. She has danced with choreographers Erika Hassan, Tetsuro Fukuhara, Atsushi Takenouchi, and Takuya Muramatsu at venues including Theater for the New City, Gale Gates Gallery, and Smack Mellon. In 2000 Erin began studying Qi Gong and became certified to teach Soaring Crane in 2005. In 2002 she had a residency at Thanksgiving Farm in which she worked all aspects of a CSA vegetable farm that functioned in conjunction with a housing/work program for special needs clients of the Center for Discovery. In the development of her own performative style and choreographic voice she participated in Movement Research at Judson Church in New York in 2007 and 2012 and had Fieldwork residency at Earthdance in 2009. Her work has been presented at Kunsthaus Tacheles for A Month of Performance Art and Kultur im Spannwerk in Berlin, Utopia Teatro in Barcelona, the NY Butoh Festival 2007 and 2009, the HOWL Festival, as well as many other galleries, theaters, parks and random corners in New York City. She has created dance performances for visual artist, Cristina Lei Rodriguez’s installations Store Windows: Live Transmission for the “Temporary Contemporary” series at the Bass Museum of Art during Miami Art Basal week in 2012 and for “Endless Autumn” at Perrotin Gallery in Miami, Florida in 2006. Erin has been working with New Media artist Mariam Ghani on a series of video installations that explore movement and site. They participated in a Swing Space Residency on Governor’s Island through LMCC in 2010. Their collaborative pieces have been presented at Akademie Schloss Solitude, Sharjah Biennial 9, Beijing 798 Biennial, Gyeongnam Art Museum Korea, Momenta Art, The Queens Museum, the Museum of Modern Art in NYC and she choreographed and performed in Ghani’s A Brief History of Collapses presented at Documenta 13. She and Ghani are preparing for a site relative piece in Norway hosted by the Rogaland Kunstsenter that will begin production in July.


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