As an independent artist, director and scholar I create performance that synthesizes textual research and ontological approaches with embodied knowledge. Emerging from the lineage of circus, dance-theatre and vaudeville, my work uses extreme physicality, imagination and nonlinear connections with fact, science and history to actively distance the audience from conventional narrative structures in order to sketches intuitive landscapes, alternate realities and new discourse with mainstream culture. My work coalesces under the company name Sugar Beast Circus. Established in 2007 Sugar Beast Circus is an interdisciplinary platform that has toured internationally and developed multiple works through interdisciplinary collaborations. Sugar Beast Circus was shortlisted for the prestigious Jeunes Talents Cirque and is recognized in the French contemporary circus anthology Panorama contemporain des arts du cirque.
ASSOCIATE ARTIST & CREATIVE COLLABORATOR WITH:
Museum of Contemporary Art. Tucson, AZ. 2016-2014 • Mark Storor and The Roundhouse PuffBall Show. London, UK. 2014 • Marisa Carnesky’s Ghost Train. Belgium / UK. 2003-2014 • The Invisible Circus. Bristol / Glastonbury Festival, UK. 2011-2012 • International Mime Festival. London. UK 2012 • Tai Shani. Barbican Theatre & NFT Watch This Space 2009-2012 • H Plewis & Duckie Vauxhall. London, UK. 2011 • SHUNT and the National Theatre. London UK. 2004-2010 • Linda Remahl Assembly Part 1. UK, Sweden, FR. 2010 • Anthony Hampton’s Rotozaza, London, UK. 2005 • Burlesque! West End Show. The Arts Theatre, London, UK. 2004 • The Lady Grey’s dance company, London, UK. 2003-2008 • David Harradine Fevered Sleep, Wapping Project, London, UK. 2003 • Flam Chen Original devising member. Tucson AZ / 1998-2002
Arizona State University: PhD student in Theatre and Performance of the Americas. Anticipated graduation 2019.
University of Arts London: MA Scenography, London, UK. 2003
University of Arizona: BFA Studio Art, performance and sculpture, Tucson, AZ. 2000
AWARDS / GRANTS / RESIDENCIES
Arizona State University. Graduate College Travel Award. 2017
Arizona State University. Special Talent Award, AZ. 2015 / 2016
Proyecto ÁCE. Artist Residency, Buenos Aires, AR. 2015
Arizona Commission on the Arts. Research and Development Award, AZ. 2014 Tucson Pima Arts Council. New Work Grant, AZ. 2013
Circus Space. Lab:time Award, UK. 2013
Circus Futures Award. Artist Residency, Great Yarmouth Hippodrome, UK. 2012 Blast Theory. Artist Residency with Interactive media designers, UK. 2011
Arts Council England. New work Grant, UK. 2010
La Breche, Cherbourg. Contemporary circus Artist development award, FR. 2009 Roundhouse, London. Artist Residency, UK. 2007
Arts Council England and National Fairground Archive, Research Residency, UK. 2006
- Arizona State University - Graduate Teaching Assistant. Design for Theatre and Film. 2015 - Present.
- PIMA Community College - Adjunt Faculty, Theatre Department, Tucson, AZ. Classes: Design for performance and storytelling, 2013 - 2015
- Literacy Connects - Stories That Soar- Devising performance around K-8 classroom writing. Tucson, AZ. 2012-13
- The Roundhouse Youth Program - Summer youth program. Workshop leader for devising performance with interactive mediaLondon, UK. 2009-2011.
Hemispheric Institute of Performance Studies: Convergence GSI - Paper presentation, (Re)centering a sacred relationship with electricity and the aesthetics of superconductors. Toronto, BC. 2017
GUEST LECTURING / CONFERENCE
NorthWestern University - Summer Institute of Performance Studies. Conference lead by Dr. Soyini Madison: The political potential of: Beauty, Improvisation and Narrative. July 2017, Illinois, USA.
IFTR Conference - “Performing Nowhere: Landscape and Wild West Shows”. Paper presented in the Scenography Working Group. 2016
Summer Conference with Tobasi Ahmad, The Freedom Theatre of Palestine. Workshop exploring the political and artistic movement of theatre to fight oppression and inequality. June 2016, London UK.
Theatre Museum and Institute of Contemporary Art. London Lecture series - Feminism, Burlesque and the New Voyeurism, UK. 2005
Morin, Nicole and Le Gall, Yves. Arts Visuels & Cirque. CRDP de Poitou-Charentes 2014. Objectsandanimas(SugarBeastCircus)
Ellingsworth, John. Side-Show Circus Magazine - http://sideshow-circusmagazine.com/ 2012 • Interview: Geneva Foster Gluck and Sugar Beast Circus
Hivernat, Pierre and Klein, Véronique. Panorama Contemporain des arts du Cirque. TEXTUEL 2011 • Chapter:GenevaFosterGluckandSugarBeastCircus
Hill, J.Dee. Freaks and Fire: The Underground Reinvention of Circus. Soft Skull Press 2001
• Chapter: Flam Chen and Fire Theater