ABOUT MY WORK
In both video and live performance, my particular curiosity as an artist has always been whether I can create my way into repossession of my body--whether a woman in performance can subvert the male gaze and achieve total agency over her witnesses. Can she toggle between the states of expressive subject and erotic object and be safe in either state? More recently my work includes an investigation of how whiteness lives in the same body, what dangerous power it holds. How can I explore not only the victim in me, but the perpetrator? My work is largely informed by the trauma-processing experience and, thus, uses the surreal to get closer to the real. I am first and foremost a dancer, yet I constantly ask myself the question, "Does this really need dance?" I am interested in using dance to elevate theater. I believe it does its best work when getting to the unspeakable and indescribable, but must be carefully portioned.
“Especially when you're performing in intimate spaces, Bonfilio's main advice is to ‘love your audience, no matter what.’”
- Zach Whittenburg, Dance Magazine
Colorado Public Radio Feature and interview with Tara Rynders (Co-director with Lia Bonfilio)
“...she speaks with the Yiddish inflection of somebody who’s been waiting too long at Zabar’s for their halvah...She’s a 1980s Dante figure, and probably a ghost.”
- Seth Porges, Forbes Magazine
CBS Denver News Feature and Interview with Tara Rynders (Co-director with Lia Bonfilio), October 18, 2018
“There is perhaps no better way to explore the human experience of memory than through experiential theater and Sweet & Lucky is an expert execution.”
- Sarah Haas, Boulder Weekly
I am a performing artist and dance filmmaker. I have been a member of the Bessie award-winning Third Rail Projects since 2013 when I joined the cast of Then She Fell. Since then I have collaborated on several projects with TRP, including Sweet & Lucky, for which I developed an original role and acted as rehearsal director. I recently co-directed the critically acclaimed immersive theater experience, First, Do No Harm, about nursing, patients, and hospitals in Denver, CO. As a dancer I have performed for Lucky Plush Productions, Mordine and Company Dance Theater, Joe Goode Performance Group, Peter Carpenter, Levi Gonzalez, and Susan Rethorst, among others. Five years ago I began experimenting with dance film as a self-portraiture medium and have created over two dozen short films since, including my first music video for Brooklyn band, Mother Feather. I am currently in a two-year acting conservatory studying the Meisner technique. I'm from Minnesota and split my time between NYC and the Hudson Valley.