Alex Romania

Author: KLUTZ by Alex Romania
Credits: David Gonsier

At the crux of expansive task and deteriorating form, my multidisciplinary work investigates bodies of cultural debris amidst the invisible everyday and toxic ingestions, consuming, purging, and breaking apart - the multiple body in exorcism. My work delves into spaces of the unimaginable, staring into the unknown to consider one's crude and splendid humanity. I pursue an altered inhabitancy of the the false binary of good/bad, embracing spaces of  embarrassment, and unruly action to liberate the governed body.

My performance work is genre blurring, and pivots between the contexts of dance, performance art, installation and video, involving costume and object. Often working through physical research, I view the choreographic as an unattainable pathway where the performer navigates boundaries, creating friction between the premeditated and the spontaneous. My practice investigates the dangerous and functional role of value systems in relationship to social choreography (the choreography of systems - economies, isms, social contracts, gender... etc.) mutating through performance, pursuing alternative possibilities for cohabitating space. Performing my work is to navigate through a psychedelic constellation of scores; thrust between the performers internal experience and external stimulus, steeped in the consequence of actions in a space shared with the witness - it is negotiating what, why, how, and when we perform while performing scores that catapult the performer into intentional discomfort.

Though non-narrative, my works have drawn from experiences in relationship to trauma. In prior works, I have explored the consequences of violent-patriarchal-masculinity fed to, emanating from, and intertwined with my white-cis-male-presenting-body through a durational, and choreographic work titled JERK. Engaging with the reverberations of trauma I aim to destabilize and deteriorate these influences by offering my body as a vessel to be symbolically possessed, consumed, and reborn. Taking a critical look at the role of trauma in artistic production, my current work is a meditation on nonsense and the reverberations of an insane consumer culture, abstractly drawing from personal experiences, and considering an artist's relationship to pain as a source of production.

I have performed in works by Luciana Achugar, Kathy Westwater, Catherine Galasso, Andy de Grout, De Facto Dance, Eddie Peake, Jacob Slominski, Ishmael Houston-Jones, Simone Forti, Steve Paxton and has collaborated with a handful of performance art collectives, amongst other artists. I have recieved commissioning support from Gibney Dance and the Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center and the Howard Gilman foundation, the Late Nite Series in Minneapolis, residency support in NYC from the Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Glasshouse Artlifelab, Chez Bushwick, Abrons Arts Center, in New York State from Chashama, SPACE on Ryder Farm, in Portland (Oregon) from LACUNA, in Harrisonburg (Virginia) from Old Furnace Artist Residency, and in Buenos Aires from UV Estudios. I recieved a BFA in Drama from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.