Erik Abbott-Main Boy Friday New York City Dance Choreographer Performance
CONTEMPORARY/MODERN CLASS DESCRIPTION
Class is rigorous, physical, and is largely guided through sensation-based prompts that merge improvisation and heavily nuanced, set material. Focus is given to musicality, foot articulation, artistic curiosity, strength and stamina building exercises, the continuous and ever-mobile awareness of weight, and dance as an embodied research practice. How can we feed our passions to move and loosen our critical judgment? How can sweat and effort describe our personal histories and how can we nurture the will to offer our stories with confidence? How does the legacy of our technique(s) serve as a springboard to our dancing that we then expand with quality, sharp awareness, sense of humor and dedication? Why do we dance ... because we gotta.
I consider my art to be an exercise in freedom. As a queer dance artist, I see the human body with unlimited potential - a force of resistance and a catalyst for change. My purpose is to find what is untapped by questioning: what is revealed beyond fatigue - what's inside of you when you aren't trying to be cool? Creating under the pseudonym Boy Friday, my work is situated at the junction of movement and storytelling in a mirage of queer utopia. My aim is to bend the myth of "normal" into a contemporary theatrical experience full of futurity and potentiality.