robbinschilds was formed by choreographers Sonya Robbins and Layla Childs in 2003. Though trained in and rooted by a background in choreography, robbinschilds often works outside of that discipline, engaging in site-specific and installation-based performances which contain elements of video, music and sculpture. The company creates performance and video works for diverse venues including the stage, gallery or “site.” Focused on presenting highly visual time-based works, robbinschilds explores the juncture between architecture or place and human interaction.
robbinschilds’s live work has been presented in NYC at DTW, PS122, The Kitchen, The New Museum, PS1, and the Autumn Skate Bowl. The company was presented at Pica’s 2009 TBA festival (Portland, OR), The Marfa Ballroom, (Marfa, TX) at Fritz Haeg’s Sundown Salon (Los Angeles, CA), and internationally at The Donau Festival (Krems, Austria). In addition to their live work, robbinschilds’s video art has been exhibited at Vaska Emanouilova Gallery Sofia, Bulgaria (2009), The Physics Room in Christchurch, NZ (2009), Zendai MoMa Shanghai, China (2008), Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid, Spain (2007), Taxter and Spengemann gallery (2007), LACE: Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, (2007), and was screened as part of BAM’s 2007 Next Wave series.
Recent company residencies include Mt. Tremper Arts in upstate NY and Arts Center in Christchurch, New Zealand, where the duo began filming I came here on my own, their current video and performance project-in-progress.
robbinschilds’s latest work was included at PS1 as part of the museum’s 2010 Greater New York survey. Additionally, the duo are working on upcoming projects for the DeCordova Museum + Sculpture Park (Lincoln, MA) , the Salina Art Center (Salina, KS) + SF MOMA (San Francisco, CA).
robbinschilds intends to use their Swing Space residency to work on I came here on my own, their current video and performance work-in-progress. The project, which contains two discrete but related pieces, features a series of live duet performances and an accompanying multi-channel video work.
Image credit: courtesy of the artist