What name do you go by, and what kind of artist are you?
My name is Lauren Runions. I am a dance artist who dabbles in image-based work.
Describe your artistic process or practice with three to five words
Living, slow, public and personal.
Who are some visual art influences that impact your craft?
Witold Rybczynski, William Forsythe, Yvonne Rainer, Trisha Brown and Frank Lloyd Wright.
Who / what are some non-visual art influences that impact your craft?
Most suspended bridges, my pals, Steve Reich and things that are both hard and soft.
What are some habits you cultivate to get you into the work groove?
Finding new places to move in and around.
Shifting through phases of working independently, one on one or with a collective.
If you could see one piece of art right now, which one would it be?
I would see so many past performances (Roof Piece by Trisha Brown, Café Muller by Pina Bausch, anything Forsythe, etc.)
Describe your residency experience so far.
It has been challenging to work in a space that is not typically meant for dance. Yet this has pushed me to work around that wall and make something within the site. The purposeful/accidental exchanges with other residency artists have been both special and informative.
Talk a bit about what you’ve been working on the last few weeks?
The past weeks I have been studying Laban-based Effort/Shape ideas, marrying effort and pleasure, expanding my approach of how to score movement and making something guided yet without an intended outcome. In regards to (self) care, I have been practicing simple grounding techniques (exercises used to bring the body back to the earth/present) and applying them to my daily practice. I have also been holding drop-in rehearsals with outside dance artists to inspire discussion and to see movement/form outside of my own body. These artists will be performing within my installation the night of the 18th.
Beverage of choice while working.
Kombucha or the cold water only available at The Dragon Academy.
Where will we find your work on opening night?
-> Under the staircase, baby. <-
Draw a representation of what you look like while you’re working.