Chrysa Parkinson, in conversation with Gill Clarke, tackles the complex relationship between art and commerce from the perspective of her own practice. They delve into notions of the amateur and ‘hobbies’, question the notion that art is only valid if it makes money, and discuss the urgency (or not) of resistance.
This talk was part of WinLab Festival 2010.
Unedited text on mentoring by Chrysa Parkinson, 2010
Chrysa Parkinson is a performer and teacher living in Brussels. In 2009-2010 she performed in new creations with Jonathan Burrows (Dogheart), Mette Ingvartsen (Giant City) and Rosas/Anna Teresa de Keersmaeker (En Atendant). She has been a member of Zoo/Thomas Hauert since 2003.
During this period she also performed with Deborah Hay (The Match, Next, If I Sing To You….), John Jasperse (Becky Jodi and John), Mark Lorimer (Nylon Solution), Meg Stuart (Auf Den Tisch) and David Zambrano (Mandraking). In New York she danced with Tere O’Connor from 1986-2001, and also worked with Martha Clark, Mark Dendy, Lucy Guerin, Irene Hultman, Jennifer Monson, and Mia Lawrence, among others. In 1998 Chrysa was awarded a NY Dance and Performance Award (Bessie) for sustained achievement in performance.
In 2008 Chrysa was part of 6M1L/Ex.e.r.c.e., a performance and research project instigated by Xavier LeRoy and Bojana Cvejic. Her research focused on identifying and developing performance practices, and on performing while absent. The result was Self Interview on Practice, an illustrated film essay. In 2011 Chrysa will continue aspects of this work in a “Walk/Talk” performance initiated by Philip Gehmacher.
Biography drawn from SKH website.