Artist Spotlight No. 5: Ashley R. T. Yergens
Know first about Ashley R. T. Yergens, a dancer and choreographer and No.5 of 13 presented artists during Volume V, Issue I. Much like the childhood game Telephone, Ashley's process is messy and mischievous. Read more about Ashley on our Artist Spotlight.
ASHLEY R. T. YERGENS
Three words that describe your choreography:
Ambiverted, Coy, Investigative
Ashley, from Faribault, Minnesota, debuted her most recent work, Is this more ladylike? at the Walker Art Center as a part of the 2014 Choreographers’ Evening in November. She has studied and performed under former Alwin Nikolais, lighting designer, Ruth Grauert, as well as choreographers like David Dorfman, Carrie Homuth, Peter Kyle, Jennifer Mack, Sara Shelton Mann, Joanie Mix, and Claire Porter. Her work is a byproduct of growing up on tater tots and WWE Smackdown, being queer in small town USA, bonding with blue collars, and trying to navigate a desensitized digital world.
About Ashley's Creative Process
Telephone is a game played around the world, in which one person starts a disastrous train of whispering. The goal of the game is to get a coherent message from point A to point Z. Errors typically accumulate in the retellings. As a result, the message announced by point Z tends to differ dramatically from the one uttered by point A. Ashley’s creative process is constructive, destructive, messy, and delicious just like this classic childhood game.
What artists are you influenced by? Why so?
I’m influenced by the everyday artistry of human beings trying to simultaneously navigate each other and their unpredictable environments.
We’re all physical beings! What’s your favorite part of the body and why?
Shoulder blades make me weak in the knees. When I watch them move, I feel like all of human history is being revealed to me.