Dislodge (2020) is a performance created by Matty Davis and Eryka Dellenbach that critically examines power and difference. Shaped by an intersectional network of biological, physical, psychological, emotional, and personal forces that enable us all to express “yes” and “no,” Davis and Dellenbach probe consent as cause to recoil, or to extend and change. Sometimes things must be forcibly re-positioned.

Dislodge uses animate and inanimate bodies to exert, sustain, and absorb vectors of force that both push and preserve social and architectural bounds. Designed to take place in domestic and particular exterior spaces well before the COVID-19 pandemic began, Dislodge was performed for the first time in the artists’s own home in the summer of 2020--amidst the worldwide pandemic. As Davis and Dellenbach pivot around one another’s vulnerabilities, they are cast into realms of sensation that are mutually designed yet discretely experienced. Desire—to escort and be escorted to a precipice—must engage a promise that is continuously reinstated, trusted, and fulfilled or broken from one moment to the next.

Dislodge is currently touring and available to be presented at the home of anyone who so wishes to invite and let it in. All inquiries, invitations, etc. can be sent to d.matty.william@gmail.com and/or  erykadellenbach@gmail.com 

The artists would like to give thanks to the Watermill Center, Chase Westfall, Maggie Flannigan, and The Anderson at Virginia Commonwealth University for their support in the development of this work.
Matty Davis is an artist and choreographer whose work is noted for its inventive, nuanced, demanding physicality. In pursuit of revelatory relationships, sensations, and possibilities, he frequently works in collaboration with others, as well as with diverse materials and histories. He is steadfastly guided by the intextricable, paradoxical union of our fragility and our fortitude. More information: www.mattydavis.net

Eryka Dellenbach is a Chicago-bred filmmaker and body artist based in California’s East Bay on Lisjan Ohlone territory. Her embodied films and performances are rites of passage driven by consent, inquisitive hedonisms and a longing for connection. Their works mine relationships to power, the malleability of consciousness and psychophysical thresholds. 

Her process and technique have been informed by studies in dances of resistance and especially by her teachers Wendy Clinard (flamenco), Atsushi Takenouchi (Butoh), Vangeline (Butoh), Deborah Stratman (celluloid film), and the late Dr. Waud Kracke (psychoanalytic-anthropologist). More information: https://erykadellenbach.com/