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    Artist Statement

    My work playfully navigates spectrums of embodiment. My practice spans dance, performance
    art, sound art, and performance writing. I am drawn to the awkward, vulnerable, and uncanny
    because I hope to acknowledge and engage multiple ways of being. In my performances, I often
    exploit the expressive potential of the whole body, shifting among emotional and behavioral
    states, geometric shapes, suggestive actions, volumes of presence, and socially recognizable
    gestures. I take a fluid approach to the body in recognition of its multiple forms and its multiple
    energetic relationships to audiences. My systematic, yet irreverent, approach frequently involves
    appropriating and re-mapping movement from different contexts—from horror movies and
    standup comedy to ballet and contemporary dance—and re-constructing strategies taken from
    somatic practices to present a testimony to those bodies that have been concealed or buried by
    idealized notions of the body. I aim to excavate the body’s excess, contradiction, sincerity,
    violence, and frailty.


    Justin Cabrillos is a choreographer, artist, and writer based in Brooklyn. Cabrillos received
    his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He was a summer fellow at Ox-Bow School
    of Art, an IN>TIME Incubation Series artist-in-residence at the Chicago Cultural Center, and a 2011
    LinkUP Artist at Links Hall in Chicago. He is the recipient of a Greenhouse grant from the Chicago
    Dancemaker's Forum. Cabrillos has shown work at the Cultural Center of Chicago, the Museum
    of Contemporary Art Chicago, AUNTS, Roulette, Judson Memorial Church, and the Movement Research
    Spring Festival. He has previously performed with Every house has a door and Marissa Perel. He
    recently performed in Jen Rosenblit's Bessie-award winning "a Natural dance".