Known for her “wonderful insistence on making art about complex ideas” (Janice Steinberg, San Diego Union Tribune), dancemaker Rebecca Bryant addresses current societal phenomena while blurring the distinctions between artistic disciplines. Coming from a visual art background, Bryant creates performances that combine both pre-determined and improvised movement with text, video, sound and objects. Her work is performed in traditional theaters as well as site-specific locations, including art galleries, fountains, warehouses, public parks, and cliff sides.
Bryant’s work is presented nationally and internationally, with critics calling her pieces “humorous, subtle, and provocative” (David Lemberg, Artscape Media), “exploding with suggestions” (Zachary Whittenburg, Chicago Dancemakers Forum), and “a stunning and witty experience” (Nancy Wozny, Dance Source Houston). Bryant has performed and shown her work across the U.S., including engagements in California, Arizona, Oregon, Washington, Utah, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Iowa, Kansas, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, Ohio, Florida, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. Her international credits include engagements in Canada, Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, Spain, Germany, Romania, Hungary, Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. In addition to numerous solo projects, Bryant is an active collaborator; she worked extensively with the Lower Left Performance Collective (dance/theater) for 13 years and is a co-founder of the Past Modern Performance Duo (dance/percussion/new media). Bryant’s frequent projects with musicians, visual artists, theater artists, poets, and dancers have brought her into creative relationships with over 70 artists from diverse backgrounds, including multi-national music collective Trummerflora, poetry group Collective Purpose, The Taco Shop Poets, hip hop choreographer Grace Jun, choreographer/improviser Sandra Mathern-Smith, Argentine filmmaker Paula Zacharias, Polish theater director Jurek Sawka, and German visual artist Fabian Winkler. Her projects have received support from residencies at Djerassi Resident Artist Program (California) and Guapamacátaro Art and Ecology Residency (Mexico), as well as multiple Purdue University travel, research and equipment grants, a Missouri State University Public Affairs Grant, and a University of California Regents Conference Travel Grant. Recognized for her intelligent dancemaking, Bryant is the recipient of the Glorya Kaufman, Jean Irwin, and Forti Family Awards (1999-2000), and Gala Concert selections at the Baja Region (2016), Central Region (2013), East Central Region (2012), and Southwest Region (2000) American College Dance Festivals. Her work was also selected for the 2016 National College Dance Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC.