Biography

PAIGE BARNES is a Seattle-based contemporary movement artist who constructs intimate portraits of her awe and empathy for the complexities of relationship with oneself, others, and the surrounding landscape. Her research is greatly informed by her study and teachings of GYROTONIC®, where her fascination with the spine, along with animal behavior, emotion, memory, and desire, transfer to her artistic process and movement vocabulary.

With a BA in Dance from University of Washington, Paige has been creating and performing since 1996. She has presented work in Ecuador, Cuba, Mexico, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Portland and throughout Seattle. She worked closely with Ecuadorian choreographer Pablo Cornejo (1998-2004), where together they co-founded Locate Performance Dance group and established Open Flight Studio, a research and performance space in which she continues to manage today. Additionally, Paige is a co-founder and curator of HERE/NOW, a dance and music improvisation series presented in 2009-2012. Other mentors/collaborators include Vanessa DeWolf, Magali Messac, Michele Miller, KT Niehoff, and Stephanie Skura. Paige is a grant recipient of The Bossak/Heilbron Charitable Foundation, City of Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, Artist Trust, danceWEB (Vienna, Austria), ArtsWA, and Pacific Northwest Dance Lab. Alongside her artistic work, Paige is currently pursuing her MS in acupuncture and oriental medicine from Bastyr University.

Paige explores how to undo boundaries in method, form, perception, and experience. Notably, in her most recent evening length work, NAKED, Paige and musician Amy Denio performed naked for a naked female audience of six as a way to bridge the capabilities of all components. Throughout her work, her dances are blatantly vulnerable; they express a personal journey. She aims to unmask an emotional landscape to perhaps offer a message or key to explore soulfulness and belonging within the numbing demands of contemporary life.

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