Bryan Campbell is an American artist working and living in Paris.
Since 2008, he has developed a body of multi-disciplinary work that both articulates with and elaborates on his training as a choreographer and dancer. Mixing image, graphic design, text, and choreography, his performances deal in the bodies and cognitions that are implicated in and created by visual culture. His projects are subtly queer, conceptually adventurous, and beautiful.
After studies at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and the Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance (SEAD), Bryan Campbell created several works in New York, including a series of solos (Seven Activities of the Historical Object) and a quartet commissioned by the La MaMa Moves! festival (Hares on the Mountain). As a performer, he danced in projects by Christopher Williams, David Parker, Sydney Skybetter, and Gus Solomons jr, among others. In 2009/10, he took part in ex.e.r.ce, a training and research program under the direction of Mathilde Monnier at the Centre Chorégraphique National de Montpellier. While there, he initiated a period of research around the animated television series My Little Pony during which he created the conference/performance Research for the quadruped protagonist, as well as a dance piece, QUADRUPED PROTAGONIST. After ex.e.r.ce, presentations of these pieces brought the ponies to the Théâtre de la Cité Internationale (Paris), Beursschouwburg (Brussels), the Judson Church (New York), GogolFest (Kiev), and KUNSTKOMPLEX (Wuppertal). Meanwhile, Campbell continued to work as a performer for other choreographers, establishing important collaborations with Loïc Touzé, Jana Unmüssig, and Emmanuelle Huynh, among others. He received a research grant to study studio practice and the print work of artist Dieter Roth from the NRW Kultursekretariat (Wuppertal) in 2011, as well as the DanceWEB scholarship in 2013.
In 2015, Bryan Campbell premiered MARVELOUS, the result of a three-year period of research around the dramaturgy of printed materials. Both a fashion and lifestyle magazine and a performance, MARVELOUSis “published” for live audiences in theatres and galleries - it has been presented at PACT Zollverein (Essen D), Kaaistudios (Brussels BE), Festival Artdanthé (Vanves FR), Actoral (Marseille FR), and Latitudes Contemporaines (Lille FR).
Currently, he is working on SQUARE DANCE, a quartet that explores libidinal geometries in social choreographies through the lens of the American folk dance of the same name. He is also developing a long-format monologue, Janitor of Lunacy: A Filibuster, which takes inspiration from a practice of political obstruction in the United States Senate.
Campbell has recently been engaged as a dancer in work by, among others, Olivia Grandville, Jocelyn Cottencin, Perrine Maurin, Ambra Senatore and Antonija Livingstone & Jennifer Lacey, and as artistic assistant in a project by Jacob Peter Kover. He is currently engaged to perform in projects by DD Dorvillier and Gaëtan Rusquet, as well as in the recreations of Alain Buffard’s Les Inconsolés and Marco Berrettini’s Sorry, do the tour!.
Météores manages the production, the development and the touring of his projects.