A. Barbier is a movement artist and performance maker.
By summer 2020 she will have received an MFA in Modern Dance from the University of Utah (fingers crossed!), where she has taught courses in creative process, dance in culture, and queer performance art.
Since entering the program she has performed the works of Anna Azrieli and Daniel Clifton, received funding from the B.W. Bastian Foundation to produce an evening-length performance that premiered in April 2018, received the endowed Teaching Assistant position with the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program, and served as rehearsal assistant and director for guest artist Charles Anderson.
Before relocating to Utah, she worked with Of Moving Colors Productions in Baton Rouge, Louisiana for eight seasons. Throughout that time she performed the works of Palo Zustiak, Lindsey Dietz Marchant, Sarah Cullen Fuller, Irene Rampino, and John Allen.
Recent creative endeavors include choreographing audience-interactive performance installations, reviewing Salt Lake City performances for loveDANCEmore, delivering the keynote speech at the inaugural Queer Spectra Arts Festival, and organizing a collaborative “artist book” with people around the country that she’s collaborated with throughout her life.
Her propensity for questioning the status quo is exhausting yet integral to her identity as a human and artist. Valuing experimentation, individuality, and finding autonomy through the art of dance, her current research simultaneously questions the mechanization of the dancing body (why are we obsessed with virtuosity?) and aims to release performance from expected formulas.
As a person of multiple marginalized identities, she firmly stands with #blacklivesmatter #lgbtqiapride #believesurvivors
photos by Dat Nguyen/MotionVivid