Sage Dance Award winner for "Outstanding
Performance Choreographer", April Sellers is known largely
for her dances exploring the female form through nudity and
for performing in a variety of nontraditional spaces —
including a series of indoor/outdoor dance events at her home.
After 6 years of working with nudity in a variety of contexts,
Sellers started to grow obsessive about visualizing the inside
of her body. Over the next few months, she turned to erotic
artist Marc DeBauch and began the process of painting on her
body. What resulted is a performance event that, she says,
has broken new ground for her artistry and revitalized her
commitment to dance. Transcendental Biology is a
self-portrait from the inside out. It's about the human ability
to experience and change.
“When I paint on one of April’s dancers it’s
not just body painting, it’s as if the painting and
the dancer become an entirely new art form. It’s an
incredible rush to see a dancer breathe life into something
I have painted on their body. A heart painted on the body
of a moving dancer literally becomes a beating heart,”
says DeBauch of their collaboration.