Episode 43 with Erika Chong Shuch
The Risky Playground of Creative Collaboration
November 28th, 2018
Choreographer/Director Erika Chong Shuch is a sought after creative collaborator, having worked with dozens of artists and ensembles to create and direct works that have been performed in city halls, theaters, industrial offices spaces and food courts always pushing the boundaries of how dance and theatre are shared and viewed. Listen to our conversation as we dive into what it takes to collaborate, creative confidence, battling self-doubt and her recent success collaborating with Janet Kutulas, Michelle Carter, and Kitka Women’s Vocal Ensemble on the production of Iron Shoes. Our conversation is set to the backdrop of Kitka Women’s Vocal Ensemble as they perform music from Iron Shoes.
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Erika Chong Shuch is a performance maker, choreographer and director whose topic-driven ruminations coalesce into imagistic assemblages of music, movement, text, and design. Interested in expanding ideas around how performance is created and shared, her recent work For You (a Creative Capital Project, commissioned by Yerba Buena Center for the Arts) is a series of intimate performances for audiences of 12.
Recent projects also include Iron Shoes, a new neo-feminist folk opera created with Kitka Women’s Vocal Ensemble (supported by Creative Work Fund, NEA) and TheaterTheater, a participatory morality play exploring the hidden forces underlying everyday ethical choices. Her original work has also been commissioned and supported by Gerbode Foundation, Daejeon Metropolitan Dance Theater (Korea) and Berkeley Repertory Theater’s Groundfloor Program.
Erika choreographs for theater companies such as Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Folger Theater, Hudson Valley Shakespeare, Kennedy Center, American Conservatory Theater, Playmakers Rep, California Shakespeare Festival, and Magic Theatre with upcoming shows this season at the Arena Stage, Baltimore Center Stage, Kansas City Rep, Pittsburgh Public, and Oregon Shakespeare Festival. www.erikachongshuch.org