robinschilds: Leyla Childs & Sonia Robbins
Parent Artist Space Grant (2013/2014)
robbinschilds was formed by choreographers Sonya Robbins and Layla Childs in 2003. Though trained in and rooted by a background in dance, robbinschilds often works outside of that discipline, engaging in site-specific and installation-based performances which contain elements of video, sound and sculpture. The duo creates performance and video works for diverse venues, including the stage, gallery, museum, or site. In their presentation of time-based work, robbinschilds explores the juncture between architecture or place, and human interaction.
Robbinschilds’ live work has been presented in NYC at The Kitchen, PS 122, Dance Theater Workshop, MoMA PS 1, The New Museum, Movement Research at Judson Church, DanceSpace Project at St. Mark’s Church, and the Autumn Skate Bowl. Outside of New York, the company was presented at SFMOMA (San Francisco, CA), Pica’s TBA festival (Portland, OR), The Art Center (Salina, KS), The Marfa Ballroom (Marfa, TX), and internationally at The Donau Festival (Krems, Austria).
In addition to their live work, robbinschilds’ video art has been exhibited at The deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum (2011), MoMA PS 1 (2010), Vaska Emanouilova Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria (2009), The Physics Room in Christchurch, NZ (2009), Zendai MoMa Shanghai, China (2008), The New Museum, NY (2008), Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid, Spain (2007), Taxter and Spengemann Gallery (2007), LACE, Los Angeles (2007), and was screened as part of BAM’s 2007 Next Wave series.