Blurring the lines: An exploration of inter and trans disciplinary art production with Ana Baer Carrillo & Cheri Prough DeVol

As a twenty-first century, transitional, interdisciplinary artist, I work across several discrete fields and genres, maintaining a clear dance-centric conceptual line in my research agenda.
This presentation is an attempt to share my experiences in the collaborative arts production arena. As a video-choreographer, my philosophy is to provide a habitat for experimentation, creation, and reflection. I craft dance and video with the purpose of expressing the inner condition of underrepresented communities – indigenous, subcultures, women, and the abject poor being a few. My research has been an exploration fueled by the cross-pollination of two art fields (dance and cinema). The international scope of my presentations, the diversity of the forms in which I work, and my frequent practice of collaboration are evidenced by the examples presented as part of this presentation. My evolution as a collaborative artist has propelled me to meet artist in different fields. Cheri Prough DeVol (scenic and light designer) has been a key artistic collaborator in some of my latest projects. During this presentation, Cheri shares her experience as well.

Ana Baer Carrillo is a Mexican video-choreographer living in the US since 2000. Internationally active since 1990, her work has been produced in America, Asia and Europe by Dance, Film and Screendance Festivals as well as by Galleries, Museums and Institutions of Higher Education. Baer Carrillo is a founding member of Merge Dance Company and has been Artistic Director of Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema since 2004. In 2014 she co-founded WECreate Productions with Heike Salzer to further explore, themes of identity, the body and site-specificity through artistic collaboration. She is currently on Faculty at Texas State University. The international scope of her presentations, the diversity of the forms in which she works, and her frequent practice of collaboration are evidence of her twenty-first century, transitional, interdisciplinary contributions to the Arts. Baer Carrillo works across several discrete fields and genres, maintaining a clear dance-centric conceptual line in her research agenda.

Cheri Prough DeVol  is a Theatrical Scenic and Lighting Designer based in Central Texas.  Regional credits include:   Porthouse Theatre (Ohio), Texas Shakespeare Festival, and Barter Theatre (Virginia) where she designed lighting and/or scenery for over 150 productions as Resident Designer, including the world premieres of Deborah Brevoort’s Blue Sky Boys, and Richard Alfieri’s Revolutions, as well as Barter’s national touring productions for Of Mice and Men, and The Diary of Anne Frank.  Recent local credits include:  All Shook Up (Scenic and Lighting Design—Zilker Theatre Productions),  A Chorus Line (Scenic Design–TXST University) and Santaland Diaries  (Lighting Design—Zach Theatre).  Her scenic design for Texas State University’s production of Intimate Apparel was chosen for publication in the Summer issue of TD&T.  MFA, University of Texas at Austin.  Cheri is currently an Associate Professor of Scenic and Lighting Design at Texas State University.

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