Bio

Photo of Ralf Jaroschinski and Eryn Rosenthal by Rob Sanchez

What role can the body play in transgressing previously legislated boundaries? Choreographer, social practice artist and contact improvisation researcher Eryn Rosenthal investigates democracy and social fabric, dreams and meaning-making based on ongoing oral history research and collaboration with artists and activists in South Africa, Chile, Spain and the US.  Her ongoing performance series, The Doors Project, investigates transitions—historical, political, intimate—in different doorways around the world. The series premiered in Spain, with site-specific performances in doorways, archways, kiosks and stairwells throughout central Barcelona as part of Festival Lilliput; an animated short with visual artist Marta Azparren and Elliott Cooper; as well as a life-size doorframe on wheels—complete with floating door-handlethat she and her collaborators pushed uphill to La Puerta del Sol, the site of massive protests at the center of Madrid that launched the 15-M movement (photos, press coverage, and more information available through the links above). The project has just broken ground in Chile on a more metaphoric door: the horizon, as doorway into the subconscious at a time of major social transition. Eryn currently teaches Dance and Democracy: Movement Improvisation and Liberation Pedagogies, and Making Performance on Socio-Political Questions at Yale University.  www.erynrosenthal.com

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SENATOR SINGING LESSONS:

Eryn Rosenthal (Creator and showrunner; lyrics; “Sen. Gillibrand”) is a choreographer/director, social practice artist, and looney lyricist. Her research-based performance investigates questions of democracy and social fabric, dreams and meaning-making in collaboration with artists and activists from South Africa, Chile, Spain and the US. Eryn teaches Dance and Democracy and Making Performance on Socio-Political Questions at Yale, and has taught Contact Improvisation (CI), dance and composition at the University of Michigan and throughout Europe, South Africa, Chile and the US. At U-M, she also served as the inaugural Artist in Residence for Dialogue-Building, Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives and King-Chávez-Parks Visiting Professor. She was honored to serve as a teenage Page to Senator Carl Levin (z”l), the conscience of the Senate, and dedicates her performance to him and her Grandma Alice Shcolnek (z”l), who always admired Senator Levin.  www.erynrosenthal.com

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ON THE HORIZON:

Public space. Social fabric. Interior/exterior landscapes. My work integrates the role of the arts in building meaningful reflection and multi-layered discussion on the complex issues of our day. My bilingual (English/Spanish), trauma-informed performance, teaching and community-building bring the activated body to a study of injustice and collective historical trauma, and center the importance of play and listening in building resilience. My interdisciplinary, research and site-based creations integrate movement, text, visual arts and community engagement, often in dialogue with sculpture, monuments or sites of historical relevance. Throughout two decades of performance-making, teaching, moderating and facilitation, I have built dialogue-building methodologies for investigating and talking about complex, often contradictory subject matter, and ways that performance can engage and consider contradictions without immediately feeling the need to resolve them.

My current project, On the horizon, builds on my ongoing oral history research and performance with artists and activists in South Africa, Chile, Spain and the US around questions of individual and societal transition; democracy, self/other perception and civic participation; relationship to the natural world, systemic analysis and change. It is also the next chapter of The Doors Project, a site-based series of collaborations examining doorways as sites of transition, both intimate and historical, that I have been co-creating since 2011 with artists, activists, and others around the world. The project builds on my work and study with Chilean playwright Dr. Marco Antonio de la Parra, my formative work and study in trauma, Holocaust and genocide studies with Dr. Dori Laub, and my interdisciplinary, arts-based work as the inaugural Artist in Residence for Dialogue-Building, Diversity & Inclusion at the University of Michigan.   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