Constance Humphries has been making, presenting and teaching dance since 1987. Since 2005, as a choreographer and performer of live performances and screen dances, her work has been grounded in butoh dance. Her creative practice is based on performative investigations of relationship, identity, memory and intimacy and addresses issues of the body, the environment and social justice.
Ms. Humphries received a BFA (performative mixed-media) from the University of North Carolina, Asheville NC, USA in 1994. 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 many internationally respected butoh teachers and performers, including her butoh mentor and teacher, Julie Becton Gillum.
Constance has presented her performances and workshops internationally, including Mexico, the US, and the UK. Recent projects include the Just Gather Film Festival, Edinburgh, UK; Help! at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Newcastle, UK; Black Mountain College Museum’s Interlude festival, Asheville, NC; Context, Pretext, Subtext: Words in Art, Art in Words, Mars Hill University, Mars Hill, NC and the 11th Asheville Butoh Festival. For 2017-2018, Humphries has been chosen as Artist in Residence at Revolve Project Space. Residency projects include Entanglements, a collaboration with Linda Larsen, Adam Larsen and Kima Moore; ReSound, a collaboration with Sonic Parlor and Denice Carbonell; and a solo exhibition of video works and album release, Am I Who I Am?
A passionate educator, Humphries teaches butoh workshops and classes. She is a member of Asheville Butoh Collective, the assistant director of the Asheville Butoh Festival and co-producer of Frame + Form Screendance Festival.