In 2016, Detroit’s Prodigal Daughter, Apryl, returned home after nearly 22 years of living out west and doing a little globe-trotting. Her homecoming signaled her re-emergence as a Southeastern Michigan dance artist/facilitator.
Here is a little of Apryl's work over the past few years. Apryl received her M.F.A. in Dance and Technology from Arizona State University. She co-founded FLUX Dance Project (2006) and Spinning Yarns Dance Collective (1998). She has taught dance at Mesa Community College (Mesa, Arizona), College of San Mateo (San Mateo California). Apryl has been a guest artist/teacher at Glendale Community College, (Glendale, Arizona), The Goose Route Dance Festival (Shepherdstown, West Virginia) and Eastern Michigan University. Currently, Apryl teaches dance at Eastern Michigan University School of Music and Dance (Ypsilanti, MI), Arts in Motion (Ann Arbor, MI) and Jackson School of the Arts (Jackson, MI). She is a People Dancing associated artist.
My work is informed by interdisciplinary and social arts practices. I am curious about where dissimilar disciplines might intersect or share common ground. I am fascinated by blurring boundaries and enjoys creating messy mutant hybrid dance theatre pieces. My work has evolved from years of living in a constant state of transition. As I adjusted to this state, I searched for poise in a place of in-betweens. The result is a process and a practice that has adapted to my strange situation to feed a growing curiosity with the imperfect, the imperceptible, the impermanent and the ordinary.
One could blame my artistic influences: Pina Bausch, Yoko Ono, Anna Halprin and Joe Goode. On a deeper level are the grass-roots artists and people that have truly inspired my work. These individuals are my collaborators, students and project participants who have taught me to create with what’s available; to draw from experience and training to transform everyday awareness.
This places social arts practice at the heart of my work because it is cross-disciplinary, inclusive and collaborative. It is the strand that binds the many threads of my artistic work together, stretching from conventional theatrical performance to online research to participatory/applied performing arts projects. Through my practice, I have engaged with people from different backgrounds, ranging from computer technologists to local agencies to vulnerable populations.
Through this work, I’ve learned it’s the caring actions of everyday people that makes a difference and puts my art into perspective. It has taught me to find poetry and humor in fleeting points of connection without being naïve. My creative work in all of its quirky messiness is about honoring those tiny fleeting moments on their own terms.