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Eryn Rosenthal is a choreographer, performer and social practice artist. Her body-based work examines questions of democracy and social fabric, dreams and meaning-making within local and international contexts, grounded in ongoing collaborations with artists and activists in South Africa, Chile, Spain, and the US. Her trauma-informed practice combines Contact Improvisation (CI), oral history, poetry and experimental performance to examine intimate and historical aspects of socio-political change. Through interactive performance and installations, with workshops, discussions and other events, her work generates meaningful engagement with complex questions of power and relationship. Rooted in the power of play, Eryn’s creation, teaching and organizing also opens space for more abstract, absurdist connections. Eryn is an active member of international contact improvisation teacher exchange networks. She is also a founding co-director of the Sedimento Collaborative in Valparaíso, Chile and NYC, USA, co-developing a timely performance reimagining democracy: Sediment: Studies in Movement and Memory.

Eryn’s research and performance have been recognized with awards from the Center for Artistic Activism for work on US voting rights, as well as a Fulbright Fellowship to Spain and an Open Society Institute President’s Grant to South Africa, among elsewhere. Eryn previously served as a King-Chávez-Parks Visiting Professor and inaugural Artist in Residence for Dialogue-Building and Inclusion Initiatives at the University of Michigan. She currently teaches at Yale University, with the original arts/humanities seminars Dance and Democracy: Movement Improvisation and Liberation Pedagogies, and Making Performance on Socio-Political Questions. www.erynrosenthal.com

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Photo of Eryn Rosenthal by Gabriel Tolliver