Who's Colleen

Colleen is a creator, performer, teacher, and thinker in the field of performing arts. Her work is interdisciplinary, with a focus on movement. She was born in the United States, and some of the things that inform her way of seeing the world/making art are her New England upbringing, mom's African-diasporic Liberian culture dad's Midwest Irish Catholic family, being the youngest of 6 siblings, living in Argentina for about 6 years and a stint the bizarre world of competitive figure skating. 

She is an activist in her local community, and combines her dedication to issues of race/gender/class with her art. She is currently collaborating with several artists in Argentina, including her participation in the collective Kukily-Afrofeminist Arts Collective, along with 3 other female artists. Kukily creates interdisciplinary work (especially live performance and installations) based in the search for an aesthetic identity that represents their Black womanhood.

She received a BA in Dance (contemporary practice and composition) and Cultural Anthropology at Bates College in Maine, USA. Colleen has studied with United States artists such as Carol Dilley, Rachel Boggia, Nancy Starke Smith (Contact Improvisation), Kathleen Hermsdorf, and Darrell Jones; Mexican Omar Carrum (Piso Movil); Guinean Mafila Kouyate (Guinean dance); and Argentines Lucas Condro (Asymmetrical Motion), Gustavo Lesgart (Passing Through an Flying Low), Martin Piliponsky (Flying Low), Quio Binetti, and Emmanuel Luduena. She has performed in the works of Fabiana Castro (BRA), Giltanei Amorim (BRA), Carol Dilley (USA), Omar Carrum & Claudia Lavista (MEX), and the Urban Bush Women (USA), among others.

Her work has been presented in several venues and site specific locations in the United States and Argentina. She was an invited artist in residency for her current solo work ndemeh in Buenos Aires at the Brote Residencia Creativa and in Maine at the Denmark Arts Center. It has been shown as a work in progress at the Centro Cultural Paco Urondo (ARG), Franco-American Center (USA), Denmark Arts Center (USA), Temporal Festival de Arte (PAR), National Women's Conference (Argentina), and the Centro Cultural de la Memoria Haroldo Conti (Argentina).

 

She is currently based in Buenos Aires, with occasional travel to Liberia and the East Coast of the United States. She is available to teach, present work, or create new commissioned work all around the world; get in touch!

Artist Statement

I create live performance spaces in which human experience is the protagonist.

I recognize the politics of our bodies, and where they are, and what they are doing. From that recognition I convert the ordinary of everyday life into the extraordinary of the stage. To me, our lives contain all of  the inspirational material my work needs, which is why I am committed to creating art that is wildly human in nature. By zooming in to focus on shiny details of our most basic interactions, I can create dances that I hope contain something for every type of person. My work thrives on the intimate experience of watching the human body move through space in live performance.

My work is as much theatrical as it is movement-based. I create sequences of movements that are athletic and full of weight, bound to give the audience a visceral reaction. I also use the voice as an important tool in expressing whole human beings and delving into the emotional aspects of our lives. This multidisciplinary approach to choreographic work allows me to create complex representations of real life experiences.