Artist Spotlight No. 4: Chafin Seymour // seymour::dancecollective
Know first about Chafin Seymour, a dancer/choreographer and artistic director of seymour::dancecollective and No.4 of 13 presented artists during Volume V, Issue I. Finding inspiration in multiple mediums, Chafin works closely with his performers, encouraging them to influence the direction of the work. Read more about Chafin on our Artist Spotlight.
CHAFIN SEYMOUR // SEYMOUR::DANCECOLLECTIVE
Three words that describe your choreography
Athletic, Informed, Engaged
Chafin Seymour, a Brooklyn native, is the Artistic Director of seymour::dancecollective. He received a BFA with Distinction in Dance from Ohio State University; additional training includes Dancewave and The Packer Collegiate Institute. Chafin has performed and has presented his own choreography at venues including Dixon Place, Judson Church, and Center for Performance Research (CPR). Seymour::dance collective was founded in 2011, furthering Chafin's creative practice through collaboration with other artistic disciplines.
About Chafin's Creative Process
I believe that dance, as an art form, has the potential to engage an audience both intellectually and as enjoyment. Classically inclined and mildly irreverent, I aspire to make work that is artistically viable. For each project,
I encourage my performers to influence the direction of the work and its themes. I find inspiration in multiple mediums and have developed a movement vocabulary that is reflective of my eclectic interests.
Do you work in other mediums other than dance? Any other special talents?
I studied music for most of my life, including the trombone for 9 years, among other instruments. I work in sound design as well and often craft sound scores alongside a choreographic endeavor.
What artists are you influenced by? Why so?
What is most compelling to me is a cohesion of movement and music. I am as equally enamored with Bill T. Jones and Mark Morris as with Michael Jackson and James Brown; I appreciate each of these artists and their legacy.
We’re all physical beings! What’s your favorite part of the body and why?
A tough one, but probably the head. It houses our agency and our primary means of expression and sense. It also provides a distinctly weighted apex that I utilize a lot in my movement.