Co-Area Head, Dance Assistant Professor of Practice, Dance
Erica Gionfriddo is a dance artist, educator and somatic researcher who believes in the intelligent body each of us occupies. They are co-founder of ARCOS Dance (arcosdance.com), whose ongoing inquiry probes the intersection of technology and humanity through rigorous interdisciplinary experimentation. ARCOS’ recent work has focused on “hacking” consumer technologies, or repurposing them outside of their intended uses, into performance and developing an embodied cyborgian movement language. ARCOS’ experiments in transmedia performance have been presented at festivals and symposia, including the award-winning piece The Warriors: A Love Story (Edinburgh Fringe, Scotland) and Domain (Symposium of Philosophy and Dance, San Marcos, Texas).
Gionfriddo directs ARCOS’ professional development and training programming, which supports independent artists through multiple creative and fiscal platforms. Gionfriddo’s extensive experience with the GYROTONIC® method guides their pedagogy, which they bring in their capacity as an assistant professor of practice in the dance area at The University of Texas at Austin and as a national teaching artist. Gionfriddo holds a B.F.A. in Dance Performance and Choreography from Shenandoah Conservatory and an M.F.A. in Dance from Hollins University.
Contemporary Technique, Choreography I and II, Projects in Dance Performance and Repertoire, GYROKINESIS®
Areas of Expertise
Dance and digital technologies, multimedia performance, contemporary and modern dance traditions, contemporary ballet, improvisation, cyborg theory, arts administration and producing, GYROTONIC®, graphic design, PR + Marketing
- “Cyboreography,” chapter in the section “Extending Dance Performance” of The Bloomsbury Companion of Dance and Philosophy (2020)
- "Audience as Player: Experiments in Interactive Performance," Texas Arts + Culture, 07/24/18 (web), 11/2018 (print)
- Ether Junk (direction), Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, Austin, TX. (2019)
- In the Ether (installation, performance), Eleanor D. Wilson Museum Gallery, Roanoke, VA. (2019)
- In the Ether (evening solo show), SHIFT Dance Festival, Albuquerque, NM (2018)
- The Tower Is Us: BETA - public workshop (interactive performance), Texas State University, San Marcos, TX (2018)
- ANNI (installation, performance), Open All Ports 15th Annual Symposium for Arts & Technology, Ammerman Center for Arts & Technology, Connecticut College, New London, CT (2016)
- Domain (transmedia performance), Symposium of Dance & Philosophy, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX (2016)
- The Warriors: A Love Story, Center for Contemporary Arts (NM), Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Scotland), Colorado College (CO), Rollins Studio Theater (TX), International Theater Festival (MO), SoundSpace at the Blanton Museum of Art (TX) (2013-2017)
What do you enjoy most about being part of UT Theatre and Dance?
The students in the Department of Theatre and Dance are the future peers I wish to engage with in our field. It is a deep honor to facilitate the next generation of dance artists.
What is your favorite thing about Austin?
For a city of its size, Austin still feels like a small town.