About This Artist

Krista DeNio — Winter 2014 Artist in Residence

About Krista DeNio

Krista DeNio is a choreographer, director, performer, writer and educator, committed to developing new forms of performance work, and evolving interdisciplinary thinking and creation between the fields of dance and theater. She collaborates with many artists across disciplines to create collaborative, interdisciplinary performance productions. From original solo theater works, to ensemble dance-theater, community-derived, interview-based theater projects, structured improvisations, and site-specific performance, she is invested in the form that best serves the situation. The work seeks to investigate the interrelationship between deeply personal, intimate, individuals truths with the larger global [social and political] versions of these same issues.

www.kristadenio.com  >>

About the CONTACT project

MAR 14-15, FRI-SAT at 8PM
MAR 20-23, THU-SAT at 8PM, SUN at 3PM

the CONTACT project is bridging the divide between veterans and non-veteran civilians, by bringing us all to the stage to talk about war, ourselves and what we can learn together. In addition to our live performances, we’re also building the CONTACT project online. We hope this virtual experience will bring each of you into the conversation, giving you an opportunity to ask yourselves the same questions we are asking ourselves.

As a participant you will receive one question a week in your email. Simply click on the question to share your response and view other people’s responses. It’s anonymous and will take less than a minute each

Join our interactive conversation! >>

Photographer: Christopher Kuckenbaker

More on the CONTACT project

MAR 14-15, FRI-SAT at 8PM
MAR 20-23, THU-SAT at 8PM, SUN at 3PM

The CONTACT project is a contemporary performance training and development model, bringing together mixed ensembles of veterans of war and military service with non-veteran civilians, to co-create an audience-interactive performance installation.

Acknowledging the societal divide between veterans and the rest of the civilian population, CONTACT asks us to consider our relationships with territory, survival, violence, trauma and our real and perceived needs as individuals and communities.  What do we have in common? Where do we differ? What can we learn from our different, but connected histories?  Investigating our individual, daily realities, personal histories and [connection to/disconnect from] war, we begin to trace patterns in relationship with our communities, and the larger global events. One to one relationship building, in the context of larger group performative sharing [performers and audience] becomes an intimate, global experience.

Phase one of the CONTACT project was developed in Western Massachusetts, in collaboration with Matthew Mitchell’s 100 Faces of War Experience.org.

The project is currently in phase two of development, through the CounterPULSE Artist Residency Commissioning Program (ARC), with an evening-length, Bay Area premiere to take place in Winter 2014/15. The project will continue to refine its working model with the contributions of each community and ensemble, with the intention to become a resource for multiple communities.

Archived Events

EchoTheaterSuitcase: Stand Ground

OCT 13-15, 20-22, THU-SAT 8PM

Silenced & the CONTACT project

Krista DeNio and Charya Burt
MARCH 14-23, 2014, THU-SAT at 8PM, MARCH 23, SUN at 3PM

Blog Roll

  • Keepin’ it Real…down in the TL

    by Krista DeNio, Skywatchers Artist Facilitator **NOTE: The names of individuals in this post have been changed for confidentiality. It all started with having one another’s backs. That’s right. I got your back. Whose got your back? I GOT YOUR BACK. We said, we sung, we danced and we meant it. This past year, Skywatchers focused […]

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  • What we mean when we say…ART MATTERS

    Artists like Rick Lowe have changed the landscape of Art Practice in this country. In ART MATTERS we survey artists who have created major works that give us powerful models to reference, learn from, be in dialogue with as artists engaged in social change, civic engagement, and/or community engaged work. Project Row Houses, is one […]

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  • traces of STAND GROUND

    Standing sexy at 3 feet tall, 4 feet wide and stretched 6 feet long, this is where I sleep. Sure I can’t move around aimlessly, spread my legs sit up or roll over more than once.  In the berthing racks are stacked three high. Well, you have to fit 60+ girls in here.  The best […]

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  • I no longer carry the weapon I once thought of as a dear friend, an extension of myself that was intended for killing, yet kept me safe. I know this is not what many want to hear, but you must understand the context, you must understand war, not as a spectator in the audience, but […]

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