Liminal ______ is an evening of exploring the artistic mediums of dance. This performance will be a part of the new Scottsdale Arts Collaborative Community Engagement Program. This split-bill performance will consist of dance for film and live performance. In this show, both artists explore personal histories, life changes, ambivalence, and the pressures of socially constructed ideologies that come with being a person of color. Through the mediums of video and live performance, both artists seek to find agency in life, love, identity, and patience.
Ericka Vaughn Byrne is a black female dancer, choreographer, writer, director, and educator from Chicago, Illinois. In 2014, she co-founded Project Bound Dance, a Chicago-based dance collaboration. She co-directed and choreographed the company for four years until she and her husband moved to Phoenix in 2018. Shortly after her arrival to the Valley, she became involved with [nueBOX] as the artist support and development director. With [nueBOX] she has found a place to pour out her passion of creating space for artists to grow. Liminal ______ is her artistic premier in Arizona.
Felix Cruz received a bachelor of fine arts in dance and choreography from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2010 and received a master of fine arts in dance at Arizona State University in 2017. Cruz has toured nationally and internationally with choreographer Ishmael Houston-Jones for the revival of Houston- Jones’s piece THEM. Cruz is the artistic director for CRUZ CONTROL COLLECTIVE, which creates work that is a social commentary on the affect popular culture has on the world through a queer lens. Liminal ______ is Cruz’s first artistic endeavor as a PAIR.
This performance is supported through Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts’ Collaborative Community Engagement Program.