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I make dances out of the excess of human behavior--the saliva and "garbage" that people usually
hate to see in dances. My dances happen in theaters, galleries, and in public, very much with
the audience and site in mind. I choreograph ways of being in the room together alongside
the socially and aesthetically unacceptable.
My choreographies of excess examine ways of making that deny resolution. I am interested in
what makes a particular dance or performance style passé: a man performs a mime dance with
white golfing gloves. I construct dances around these seemingly impossible proposals to
create compositional challenges that demand me to work in uncomfortable ways. Excess, for me,
helps to challenge the various social codes for how we should use our bodies. I decompose dance
forms and somatic practices to open up new configurations for experiencing the body.
Justin Cabrillos is a choreographer, artist, and writer based in Brooklyn. He is a 2016 danceWEB
scholar at ImPulsTanz, a recipient of a 2011 Greenhouse grant from the Chicago Dancemaker's
Forum, a 2011 LinkUP Artist in Residence (Chicago), and a 2008 fellow at Ox-Bow School of
Art. His work has been commissioned by the IN>TIME Series in Chicago, and his latest project,
Holdings, has been commissioned by Danspace Project and is supported by a residency at
Chez Bushwick. Cabrillos has shown work at the Cultural Center of Chicago, the Museum of
Contemporary Art Chicago, Aunts, Roulette, and Movement Research at Judson Church. He has
performed with Every house has a door, Ayako Kato, Marissa Perel, and Jen Rosenblit.