Ben is a performance artist creating work focused on the interactions between movement and text, seeking opportunities that challenge the audience and disrupt the ordinary through the creation of activated art. They have recently performed and worked with Mathew Janczewski’s ARENA Dances, Stuart Pimsler Dance and Theater, The Moving Company, Leyya Mona Tawil at the Soap Factory, and Orchard Theater Collective. Last year they formed Theatre Unchecked, an emerging artist collective, which produced Hand-Picked for the Twin Cities Horror Festival. Ben has presented original work at St. Olaf College, ACDA North-Central Conference, Bearnstow in Mount Vernon, Maine, and at Future Interstates and are a recent graduate from St. Olaf College where they received a B.A in Dance and Theater and a concentration in Women’s and Gender Studies.
As a student he was actively engaged in the dance and theater programs, performing in over twenty productions during his four years as an undergraduate student. During his undergraduate career he also participated in the Student Government Association, did production planning for Companydance© productions, was the Event Coordinator for Ole Thrift Shop, and spent a semester studying abroad at the University of Cape Town through the CIEE: Arts and Sciences program.
I seek to activate.
reaction in the MOMENT
ACTIVELY responding to QUESTIONS
PRODUCING free expression
My art is my BODY
see my body
in the moment, non-stop, powerful, in your face
politically, socially, mentally, physically, biologically, ethically, philosophically
never ceasing to move
It is movement
It is action
It is change
It is education fueled, propelled, stimulated, feminist, intersectional
My art searches for failure, for questions
It will NOT give answers
It will NOT be
pretty, pure, nice, or clean
My body erotic/messy/beautiful/flourishing/challenging/controversial/pushing binaries, boundaries, social structures, norms, stereotypes
In the present. Now.