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, Judson Memorial Church, and the Movement Research Spring Festival.
He has previously performed with Every house has a door and Marissa Perel, and currently with Jen Rosenblit.