Bio

Photo of Ralf Jaroschinski and Eryn Rosenthal by Rob Sanchez

Social practice artist and choreographer Eryn Rosenthal examines the democratic underpinnings of Contact Improvisation, and the role of the body in transgressing previously legislated boundaries. Her performances often mine below today’s news to the dreamscapes, desires and fictions underneath.

Eryn brings an integrated DEI (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion) approach to her art-making, community education and engagement, drawing on her public programming from 2016-18 as the inaugural Artist in Residence for Dialogue-Building, Diversity, and Inclusion Initiatives at the University of Michigan (U-M), as well as her ongoing research and collaboration with artists and activists in South Africa, Spain and the US. At U-M, where she was a King-Chávez-Parks Visiting Professor, Eryn built coalitions across 13 departments on U-M’s campus to develop pilot programs that ask what the body can bring to larger discussions of diversity, empowerment, and inclusion. Her work culminated in the interdisciplinary seminar and public film series, Personal, Present and Immediate*: Making Performance on Socio-Political Questions. She also worked with U-M first year dancers and local Ann Arbor first grade sculptors to create Root Vegetables, a choreographic work on groundedness, growth, and expanding definitions of beauty.

Eryn holds a BA in Comparative Literature from Yale University and an MFA in Dance from U-M, where she also studied in the Ford School for Public Policy. Her research and performance have been recognized with a Fulbright research grant and an Open Society Institute President’s Grant, as well as other fellowships and awards, and she has published several articles in Spanish stemming from her work. Eryn designs DEI-informed engagement and education platforms for museums, non-profits and companies, in English and in Spanish, and has recently taught at Yale University. She has performed and taught throughout the US, South Africa, and Europe, working with choreographers Sello Pesa and Sol Picó, poet Elizabeth Alexander, and documentary theatre pioneer Anna Deavere Smith, among others. Her ongoing series, The Doors Project, investigates transitions — political, social, intimate — through site-based performance in different doorways around the world. Eryn’s related performance, Freedom Suite: Transaction Being Processed, is based on ongoing oral history research with anti-Apartheid activists from the 1980s in South Africa.  www.erynrosenthal.com

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To learn more about me and where my work comes from, please see:  http://erynrosenthal.com/about/ 

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Photo of Ralf Jaroschinski and Eryn Rosenthal by Rob Sanchez

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PRESS:

✦  My work at the University of Michigan was honored by the U-M President and Provost’s Office: RC Visiting Artist and Student Present at Convening of Campus DEI Leaders

✦  My work on environmental justice issues in Key West was featured on NPR: Water Dance in Key West Celebrates Sea and Sunrise

✦  My work with artists, activists, shopkeepers and architects in Barcelona’s historic city center was featured in multiple newspapers and TV programs: Lilliput No Quiere Ser Pequeño: The Doors Project Premieres in Stairway Kiosks of Festival Lilliput