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(class) Moving Target Portland w/ Heather Doyle

A community dance class with Artist in Residence, Heather Doyle. $8-16 sliding scale.

(photo credit to Pat Berrett)

Artist Bio:
I am a dance artist from the piedmont of North Carolina. I have recently lived in occupied Pueblo Sandia territory, also called Albuquerque, New Mexico after several years of living and creating in so-called Washington, DC, occupied Piscataway territory. My current creative work includes performing with Dance Exhange's Growing Our Own Gardens in DC, and my choreography will be presented at Guapamacataro Center for Art and Ecology, and Performatica Festival (MX). I have recently worked on dance projects with Erica Rebollar/Rebollar Dance, Kjerstin Lysne, and Katie Sopoci Drake. I have performed in DC with Tzveta Kassabova, Human Landscape Dance, Graham Brown, Nathan Andary, mansurdance, Deborah Riley Dance Projects, and as a guest with The Playground, Dance Box Theater and PearsonWidrig Dance Theater. I engaged in logistical and production support as part of the Dance Exchange’s How to Lose a Mountain project. I send deep gratitude for my creative work in North Carolina with Niki Juralewicz, the Informall Theater Company, and the John Gamble Dance Theater. My choreography has been presented at the Performatica Festival, Carlisle Theater (NM) Movement Research’s Open Performance, the North Carolina Dance Project, the Greensboro Fringe Festival, Artomatic, and the Dinner Party. I practice and teach Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis. I have extensive experience in dance production and supporting numerous emerging performing artists. I am also a queer, white, middle-class, college-educated, able-bodied, settler-colonizer, cis woman.

My creative interests lie in accessing the rebellious and peculiar, in process and performance. I value the exchange that occurs between all collaborators in a project, including designers and performers, to create an experience of growth and challenge, and to share that tender and fragile moment with the audience. I create work using a blend of the power of intuition through improvisation, eclectic creative processing including writing, speaking and moving in diverse spaces, lots of heart, and random occurrences along the journey. I seek to create work that will challenge the imagination to see (or create) relationship out of randomness, and to open to the ambiguous beauty of physical and emotional interplay between performers, and performers and audience. My dances evoke subtle and deep connections, and are a visceral affirmation of the minute shifts and dramatic transformations we create within ourselves, with each other, and our world. I place my life/work as being an artist and healer contributing narratives to struggles in my US South home, and in southern Appalachia in particular. In this long journey, my community works to stay awake to the world we want to live in, to help us confront, heal from and ultimately get free of the systems of oppression that are entrenched and upheld in dominant society. I see movement, and collaborative art making, as a possible tool in this work.