Bio

eryn rosenthal InitialInvestigation Bio

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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. As the 2017-18 King-Chávez-Parks Visiting Professor and Artist in Residence for Dialogue-Building, Diversity, and Inclusion Initiatives at the University of Michigan (U-M), she developed various pilot programs including professional development trainings, interdisciplinary workshops, and a working group that ask what the body can bring to larger discussions of diversity, empowerment, and inclusion. Her work at U-M culminated this past semester in the interdisciplinary seminar and film series, Personal, Present and Immediate*: Making Performance on Socio-Political Questions. She also worked with first year dancers in the dance department 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 has performed and taught throughout the US, South Africa, and Europe, and has worked 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. Her 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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If you are curious to learn more about me and where my work comes from, please see:  http://erynrosenthal.com/about/

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You can also read this article about my work at the University of Michigan:
RC Visiting Artist and Student Present at Convening of Campus DEI Leaders

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Photo of Ralf Jaroschinski and Eryn Rosenthal by Rob Sanchez