Erick Montes, The ShortFellow, December 2011 – March 2012

Manhattan Project(s) is pleased to present new work by the multidisciplinary artist Erick Montes, a.k.a The ShortFellow. Montes’ practice is informed by his celebrated career as a dancer for the Bill T Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and as an independent choreographer and movement-based artist. Photography from various performances spanning Montes’ career provide context to the collaged stories and performative actions that populate the work.

The focal point of the show is a series of videos that were made by Montes largely while on tour with the Bill T Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company in Paris, Washington DC, Arizona, Minneapolis, and New York City.

Directly after performing with the company, that same evening, Montes would stage and film performative movement-based actions in his hotel room. This time performing for the camera, for himself, on his terms, and with his choreography. It’s about a desire to do something with the lingering energy after performing for large crowds, to do something more intimate and private, yet it becomes about being adrift and transient.

Interspersed around the videos are a series of collages made from fabric, thread, and paper, which tell personal stories, some in spanish some in english, about love and being a Mexican immigrant living in New York City. Typed with an old typewriter and sewn haphazardly onto color swatches of fabric they are fragile and worn, they are put together fast, and they are raw but unabashed.

Erick Montes joined the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company in 2003. He trained at the National School of Classical and Contemporary Dance in Mexico City, and in 2004 he was featured in Dance Magazine’s “25 To Watch”. He holds a fellowship in choreography from The New York Foundation for the Arts. He has presented his choreography in Mexico, Colombia, and Spain. In 2010 he worked in collaboration with choreographers Jennifer Nugent and Yin Mey in the creation of a Ballet for the National Dance Academy of Beijing, China.

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