Chloë Engel

Chloe Engel, photo by Theo Cote

Chloë Engel is a play therapist and performance artist living and working in Brooklyn, NY. Their therapeutic work with children ages 3-6 infuses their artistic practice with a respect for personal and collective play. Engel’s choreographic work is generated through improvisational movement and timed writing scores. Their studio practice is anchored by an ongoing research project investigating the mistreatment and subjugation of mad peoples in Western European culture. They hold a BA from Bennington College in Performance. Engel’s performance work has been shown at Wild Project (NYC), Lifeworld (Brooklyn), AUNTS (Brooklyn), Open Performance at Movement Research, No Theme Festival (Poughkeepsie, NY), Little Berlin (Philadelphia), Middlebury College, and Bennington College. Engel is in an ongoing collaborative process with multimedia artist, Anna Kroll. Their joint work has been presented in Tendon magazine and a part of re:semblance at New Media Artspace (NYC/ online), in Spark IV: A New World? (Baltimore / online) and Mind on Fire (Baltimore). Their current project is an immersive tabletop game called The Space is a Body and You Are In It, that was recently installed at The Peale in Baltimore as a part of Spark 6: Refractions. They have facilitated collaborative imagining workshops with The Deep Play Institute and School of Making Thinking.

Rubber is a solo experimental performance practice that explores rubber as medium. Chloë Engel draws from their experience as a play therapist, the child of a psychiatric survivor, and a rubber enthusiast to build a practice with rubber that engages questions of pleasure, pathology, queerness, and madness.