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Solo Performance / Video Work

In 2012, I launched Linsdans to serve as the platform for my solo performance work. One year later, I premiered POR·TRAI·TURE, my first solo show for which I receive an Isadora Duncan Dance Award (Izzie). Following this success, with the support of American Dance Abroad, festivals, and residencies, I had the opportunity to perform my solo work in Greece, Germany, Canada, Bulgaria, China, and Korea. Highlight performances took place at the Beijing Dance Festival and MODAFE Korea. For the creation of Remote Body (2017), Would_She (2016), and POR·TRAI·TURE (2013) (works all described below), I received the gracious support from the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, the Zellerbach Family Foundation, and Linsdans donors.

Remote Body (2017)

Remote Body (2017)

Creation + Performance: Lins Derry

Music: Atmosphere Asmr, Asmr Natalie, Ben Frost, Roly Porter, Johann Sebastian Bach, and F*ck Buttons

Costume: Siobhan Barrett in collaboration with Derry

2017 PERFORMANCES

May 21 | MODAFE, International Modern Dance Festival - South Korea (premiere)

Remote Body was commissioned by MODAFE, Korea’s International Modern Dance Festival, and mentored by KT Nelson, Co-Artistic Director of ODC/Dance, via RoundAntennae.

(Photo by Timothy Engle)

Description

As a creative outlier, Lins Derry travels to the distant fringes with Remote Body where she finds the unusual, the glamorous, the dark, and the hilarity all to exist within her isolation. Through this, she reveals how isolation can be both a lonely and liberating experience.

Remote Body 4 Min Video Projection

Remote Body 4 Min Video Projection

Researching isolation, I discreetly shot scenes in Korean and Japanese hotels at odd hours to capture my experience of solitude. I experimented with placing private moments in public settings as a way of juxtaposing the emotional isolation I experienced. The video is projected on stage at the center of Remote Body, a 30 minute solo work.

(Video still by Derry)


Creative Insights

Creative Insights

Sparked by Stanislavsky’s method acting where the actor aspires complete emotional identification with a part, I set out to become a true outlier during the creation of Remote Body. Already a natural introvert living in the San Francisco suburbs, it didn’t take much to establish the conditions. Transforming my living room into a dance studio, I choreographed at home, in a place that triggered the actual experience of separateness. This freed me from having to portray isolation, the theme of Remote Body, allowing me to create from the experience/embodiment of it instead.

(Photo by Stephen Texeira)

Would_She (2016)

Would_She (2016)

Creation + Performance: Lins Derry

Music: AGF, Biosphere, David Bowie, Childish Gambino, Djemba Djemba, The Beatles, and Frederic Chopin

2016 PERFORMANCES

Dec. 7 | Seoul International Choreography Festival - South Korea (excerpt)

Nov. 29 | i-Dance Festival - Hong Kong

Jul. 16 | Beijing Dance Festival - China

May 6-7 | Joe Goode Annex, San Francisco - US (premiere)

Nov. 21, 2015 | Derida Dance Center - Bulgaria (preview)

Would_She was in-part incubated at the Derida Dance Center Residency Program in Sofia, Bulgaria with financial support from the Sofia Municipality, the Zellerbach Family Foundation, and Linsdans donors. Would_She’s 2016 Asian tour was supported by American Dance Abroad and Kickstarter backers.

(Photo by Yvonne M. Portra)

Description

In Linsdans' creation Would_She, Lins Derry communicates her search for vitality using dance, video, and dramatic performance. Pursuing multiple pathways towards this vitality as reflected in the different sections of Would_She, Lins reveals how solitude, consumption, absurdity, and suffering all hold the way. In this, Would_She becomes a multi-layered portrayal of what we actually do to feel most alive in our lives.

Would_She 5 Min Video Projection

Would_She 5 Min Video Projection

Over a five month period, I shot impromptu selfies that captured my experiences of neutrality and suffering. My intention was to highlight the more subtle ways vitality is sensed. The video is projected on stage near the end of Would_She, a 50-minute solo work.

Creative Insights

Creative Insights

When I began making Would_She, I was focused on the theme of risk-taking. Reflecting on my own life, I realized that the risks I took were mostly driven from my desire to feel extremely alive. This led to the secondary theme of vitality.

(Photo by Atanas D. Maev)

POR·TRAI·TURE (2013)

POR·TRAI·TURE (2013)

Direction + Performance: Lins Derry

Solo Choreographies: Lins Derry, José Navas, Sidra Bell, Iratxe Ansa, and Alex Ketley

Music: Ivo Bol, Alva Noto, Johann Sebastian Bach, Robert Lippok, Kangding Ray, Vladislav Delay, Mica Vainio, Pan Sonic, Ubik, Javelin, and Moderat

Video Design: Erin Malley

PERFORMANCES

Jul. 19, 2015 | ROMP! Festival of Independent Dance - Canada

Jul. 2, 2014 | Stoffwechsel-Metabolism Festival at DOCK 11 - Germany

Jun. 6, 2014 | Garage Performing Arts Center - Greece

May 31, 2014 | Akropoditi Arts Centre - Greece

Oct. 26-27, 2013 | KUNST-STOFF arts - USA (premiere)

POR∙TRAI∙TURE was in-part incubated at the Akropoditi Arts and Garage Performing Arts centers in Greece and at the Djerassi Resident Artists Program in Woodside, California. POR∙TRAI∙TURE’s European tour was supported by American Dance Abroad and Linsdans donors. Lins was awarded a prestigious Isadora Duncan Dance Award (Izzie) in the category of Outstanding Achievement in Performance — Individual for her performance in POR∙TRAI∙TURE.

(Photo by Yvonne M. Portra)

Description

As Lins Derry journeys through a shifting landscape of complex movement languages and unpredictable electronic music, a collection of moving portraits emerge. In them, a multi-faceted artist is revealed who reaches many energetic and emotional extremes, from the cool and meditative to the fiery and explosive. Text and video serve as the connective tissue that links one solo to the next, revealing both candidly and with exaggeration Lins’ vulnerable sides.

(Photo by Yvonne M. Portra)

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