“The ultimate goal is to to exchange ideas with human beings…and birds too if I’m outside!”
Rebecca Bryant believes in the authenticity of gift exchange. In performance, audiences give the gift of their attention, even if they’re birds. As an art maker, it is her responsibility to give a gift that unearths something an audience didn’t consciously think of before; to open a door to a dark room and shine a light on something that was not visible.
Originally from the visual art world, Rebecca came to dance later in life. She recently moved back to Southern California after spending years teaching in the Midwest and showing work across the eastern half of the country. She now works as the Assistant Professor of Dance at CSU Long Beach and seeks to establish herself and her work in the LA area dance scene.
The “gateway” topics in Rebecca’s work have often focused on feminism and gender identity. For Home Grown, she’s refined a new body of work – with a breath of fresh air – as it investigates the relationship between empathy and privilege. In this work, she reveals and confuses the mechanisms by which we empathize with each other, inquiring about how we limit our perceptions of other human beings.
Rebecca questions and activates the political ramifications of the body in her dance making. She deals directly with societal and environmental issues, creating socially minded and contemplative choreography. In a society filled with imagery, hyperbole, and metaphors that describe and delineate one thing from another, she continuously explores how to encapsulate an issue as an artist; as as an activist responding to the every day social political phenomenon through art.
J. Alexandra Mathews
Associate Director, Director of Programming