Erika Chong Shuch Performance Project
A fiscally sponsored project of Dancers' Group
I often imagine myself an anthropologist. Each project is an uncharted island through which I lead an investigative team on research-based adventures to generate highly crafted, aesthetically-specific performances. For each expedition, I gather deeply curious, skilled and daring galvanizers of varying disciplines to agitate and analyze a topic from multiple perspectives. Collaboration is at the center of it all.
I work across disciplines; I direct and choreograph for plays, choirs, and dance companies, and I make performance work.
My original work takes multiple shapes which allow specific kinds of relationships with our audiences to unfold. I’m interested in performance as an act of radical intimacy and a platform for the grandest of lies. I love awkward subtext, silent loneliness, imperfect goodbyes, uncomfortable laughter, aggressive impulses, secret longing, irrational fears, TMI, and I love the way banana slugs mate. These are some of the things I want to explore in my work.