About Me

I am a movement artist working primarily with subjects of the body based in NYC. I am interested in nourishing the practice of translation through interdisciplinary methods. My work seeks to explore resonance, discord, decay and healing. Rooted in nature, the body escapes its skin shell and reinvents itself dispelled of trauma, an unearthly creature insect. Through ritual, disorientation, and unlearning, my creations emerge. As a choreographer, I draw upon butoh, contemporary floorwork, Capoeira, and release technique. I develop the nuance of the movement work through accessing visual art, words, and fleeting images. In 2024, I established a project-based dance collective, SHADOWSWELL. My works have been presented as a part of Queer Butoh at The Brick, WADE Dance Festival, Emerging Artists Festival, “The Body as Archive” at Smush Gallery, and Agropoli Dance Festival in Italy. I've been granted artist residencies at Homeport Art House, Peaked Hill Trust, and Arts, Letters, and Numbers. I hold an MA in Dance Education from NYU: Steinhardt, with an emphasis on Teaching Dance in the Professions. As a performer, I've danced in the works of many artists including Javier Padilla, Doug Varone, Sean Curran, Adam Barruch, and Ellen Sickenberger. I am an adjunct professor at Westchester Community College and teaching artist for the Joyce Theater, Dancewave, and Brooklyn Arts Council.

eilishadonnahenderson@gmail.com

Photography by Kristen W. Bartley