Untitled Work in Progress - Constance Humphries

“Since each and everyone of us is born in and of this universe, we’re linked to every single thing in it. There’s nothing to stop us from reaching out and touching the entire universe.”  Kazuo Ohno

I make and perform dances in video, staged, site-specific and covert spaces with my own sound compositions and costumes or in collaboration with other artists.  My practice is informed by my training in dance theatre, improvisation, butoh and Noguchi Taiso; education in performance art, drawing and philosophy; and, research on improvisation as the embodied experience of attentionI am currently working on a new solo performance, an ongoing series of drawings and a commission for a community dance project as part of the Sea AIR (Artist in Residence) Research and Development Labs for Seascapes.

Recent projects include a month long residency at GAS Contemporary, North Shields, UK in February 2020, where I produced and performed with six collaborators in four unique events. In 2019, I premiered a new performance, The Beautiful Us, at the 13th Asheville Butoh Festival; performed in Fremd ist dein kleid (Strange is Your Dress), under the direction of Felix Ruckert at eXit’19 festival in Germany; and performed at the Miniatures Butoh Dance Festival in Ruvo di Puglia, Italy. Screen-based performances were included in the Asheville Art Museum’s Appalachia Now exhibition and in Beyond Knowing at the Asheville Area Arts Council. 

2017/2018: I was an 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 Am I Who I Am?, a solo exhibition of screen dance + a live performance (and an album). I also performed at the Black Mountain College’s {Re}Happening festival. In May, 2018, I debuted a new performance, The Daydreamers’ Ball for Strange and Broken Things at Asheville Butoh Collective‘s show, Dirt, Dreams and Death. The piece was also performed at Breeze Creative’s Project Space, Newcastle, UK in July, 2018.

2015-17:  Projects include an Experimental Studios artist residency at Breeze Creatives, Newcastle, UK; 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 10th and 11th Asheville Butoh Festivals.

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