Bio

Photo of Ralf Jaroschinski and Eryn Rosenthal by Rob Sanchez

Choreographer, playwright and social practice artist Eryn Rosenthal (US) investigates questions of democracy and social fabric, dreams and meaning-making based on 20 years of ongoing oral history research and collaboration with artists and activists in South Africa, ChileSpain, and the US. She is also an active member of international Contact Improvisation (CI) research and teacher exchange networks, teaching, performing and facilitating at the Market Theatre Lab (South Africa), Freiburg Festival (Germany), ECITE (Hungary), Gravity Tank (US) and elsewhere since 2003. Her ongoing series, The Doors Project, investigates transitions—political, social, intimate—through place-based performance in different doorways around the world. Eryn has worked with Chilean playwright and psychiatrist Dr. Marco Antonio de la Parra; dance artists Sello Pesa, Thomas F. DeFrantz, and Sol Picó; inaugural poet Elizabeth Alexander; and documentary theater pioneer Anna Deavere Smith. Her trauma-informed work in performance and other media also comes out of formative research, interview and performance projects with anti-Apartheid activists from South Africa and genocide survivors from Bosnia, as well as the testimony of Shoah (Holocaust) survivors with Dr. Dori Laub (z”l), co-founder of the Fortunoff Archive for Holocaust Testimony and the Genocide Studies program at Yale.  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. She was recently a King-Chávez-Parks Visiting Professor and the inaugural Artist in Residence for Dialogue-Building, Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives at the University of Michigan. Eryn teaches Making Performance on Socio-Political Questions, and Dance and Democracy: Movement Improvisation and Liberation Pedagogies at Yale University. She is currently on research in Chile, interviewing and co-creating a series of performances connected with the country’s newly proposed Constitution, in collaboration with Chilean choreographer, designer and activist Rocío Rivera Marchevsky. www.erynrosenthal.com

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

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Photo of Ralf Jaroschinski and Eryn Rosenthal by Rob Sanchez