Photo: Anna Miller Photography
Constance Humphries has been creating performances, presenting work and teaching since 1992. Her creative practice is based on intensely subjective interrogations via butoh dance. The resulting live, video and sound works address issues of emotional intelligence, relationship, identity, memory and intimacy.
Ms. Humphries received a BFA from the University of North Carolina, Asheville NC, USA in 1994. In 1997, she gained an MS in Information Science from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, USA.
From 1987 until 1995, Humphries was a member of the modern dance company, Wall St. DanceWorks. In addition to her staged solo performances and work with Wall St. Danceworks, from 1992-2005, Humphries danced in experimental, covert, site-specific and street performances. In 2005, she began studying and practicing butoh dance, receiving instruction from butoh teachers and performers, including: Doranne Crable, Mariko Reynolds, Marie-Gabrielle Rotie, Maureen Freehill, Maya Dunsky, Ken Mai, Nicole LeGette, Paul Michael Henry, Alessandra Campoli, Yumiko Yoshioka and others. Since 2010, Humphries has created butoh-based live art and videos as well as sound compositions.
Constance has presented her performances, videos and workshops internationally, including Mexico, the US, and the UK. Her most recent projects include the Just Gather Film Festival, Edinburgh, UK (2015) and Help! at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Newcastle, UK (2015). She was awarded a residency at Experimental Studios, Newcastle, UK (2014-15) and served as curator for performance at Breeze Creatives, Newcastle, UK (2015). In 2016, Constance performed at Black Mountain College Museum’s Interlude festival and premiered new works at Abject Gallery, Newcastle, UK and at the 10th Asheville Butoh Festival, Asheville, NC, USA. Humphries presented new work in 2017 at Context, Pretext, Subtext: Words in Art, Art in Words, a group exhibition at Mars Hill University and the 11th Asheville Butoh Festival.
A passionate educator, Humphries teaches butoh workshops and classes and has taught programming, design and digital media at Asheville Buncombe Technical Community College since 2002. She is also the assistant director of the Asheville Butoh Festival and co-producer of Frame + Form Screendance Festival.