Eileen is an artist who works with a variety of media in performance or installation settings. What she creates is predominantly influenced by her background as a choreographer and dancer. Her work crosses disciplines of dance making, video art, installation, and performance art. It is informed by practices of realtime composition/ improvisation, live art, somatically-driven investigations and collaborative tendencies.
Her artistic research often explores a threshold moment before gesture manifests itself in the material world. Consciousness, the metaphysical, and radically shifting states of body/mind are recurring themes of inquiry.
Eileen's work has been shown internationally in festivals, museums and theaters including the Mercat de les Flors in Barcelona, Center for Contemporary Art in Cádiz, CaDance Festival in Den Haag, Side Step Festival in Helsinki, the Bimhuis and Frascati theaters in Amsterdam and the Asahi Art Square in Tokyo. She was a founding member of Magpie Music Dance Company in Holland, an interdisciplinary company specializing in real-time composing, which toured internationally for 13 years.
Nationally, she has been producing work in museum and gallery settings as well as urban sites, theaters, and festivals such as the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, the Phoenix Icehouse, and the Arizona State University Art Museum, among others.
Eileen’s work and interdisciplinary collaborations have been supported by several National Dutch Arts Commissions, the Japan Foundation, the Netherlands Embassy in Japan, the Institute for Humanities Research, and the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, and others.
She performed and presented choreographies in the Bay Area, London, and Germany before settling in the Netherlands. After 24 years of living and working in Europe, Eileen relocated back to the U.S. in 2009.
Her life, artistic practice, and research are now based in Arizona where she is currently a Clinical Professor in the School of Film, Dance within the Herberger institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University.
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