Deborah Black is a dance and theatre artist, writer, and teacher.
Currently she is writing her first book, “Fork”, with support from an incredible community of writers led by Chris Wells. It observes the cultural crossovers she has made from Appalachia to New York City to Europe on her quest to be an artist.
Black’s teaching and performance practice grapples in the space between dance and theatre and includes Six Viewpoints improvisation, Grotowski, Delsarte, Jean Hamilton’s Floor Barre, and postmodern movement and dance styles. She continues to develop this research with UK-based theatre director, Natasha Nixon.
She is the founder and facilitator of an on-line community of artists studying Mary Overlie’s Six Viewpoints.
Deborah taught physical theatre and dance at the Fontys Hogeschool voor de Kunsten in Tilburg. She taught guest and master classes at Goldsmith’s University London, NYU’s Experimental Theatre Wing, Drama Studio London, Ohio University, Skidmore College, Rowan University, James Madison University, University of South Florida, as well as private workshops in New York City and all across Europe. She will teach at the International Dance Day Festival in Lebanon in 2020.
While living in Rotterdam (NL) from 2013-16, she created and toured with the Tuning People (BE) and Ymist Company (NO).
She performed in Ann Hamilton’s exhibition, An Event of A Thread, at the Park Avenue Armory in New York as an associate artist with Anne Bogart’s SITI Company. Deborah adapted and performed two commissioned solos of Deborah Hay from 2008-present in the US and in Europe. She danced in the works of Susan Rethorst, Anneke Hansen, Peter Sciscioli, Lorelei Bayne, Naomi Goldberg-Haas, and Fitzgerald and Stapleton.
Deborah has collaborated extensively with Mary Pearson, Arjan Gebraad, Margot Basset, Davina Cohen, Siobhán K. Cronin, Isaac Everett, Geneviève Beth Grady, Caroline O’Meara, Kinderenvandevilla and Sasha Welsh. These pieces were presented at the TANK (NY), Judson Church (NY), Lucky Trimmer Tanz Performance Serie (DE), ArToll (DE), Fort 8 (BE), Roulette (NY), Joyce SoHo (NY), Manhattan Repertory Theatre (NY), Dixon Place (NY), Earthdance (MA), AUNTS (NY) and more.
Together with Siobhán K. Cronin received funding from the Jerome Foundation in 2010 to travel to Childress, TX to research the town, the people, and its landscape and develop their ethnographic performance making tools. She continues to be informed by this collaboration.
She studied the Alexander Technique with June Ekman (2006-2013), Six Viewpoints with Mary Overlie (2011-present), Delsarte with Joe Williams (2011-present), Grotowsky with Erica Fae and Stephen Wangh (2015) and has trained frequently with the SITI Company (2010-2017). She received a BFA with honors in dance with a second major in art history from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts (1999-2002).