Estrellx Supernova (They/Them)
“Estrellx is one of the most inspiring souls I’ve worked with in my career as a dance and performance artist. They have pushed me beyond my bounds, know how to create an embodied space for raw truth and revelatory expression—unafraid of audacity. They are a legend of the living and a cutting edge renaissance artist that is utilizing psychosomatic tools to forge a new existence on this planet.” – Axé, a collaborator who performed in [underground underneath the underground, prelude] in SF at CounterPulse (May 2021)
Estrellx Supernova (they/them) is a queer, non-binary AfroIndigenous choreographer, performer, and healer whose roots extend into Guatemala/Belize, Angola, Portugal/Spain and other diasporas. Estrellx is the Founder/Cosmic Energetic Orchestrator of an entrepreneurial and emergent ecosystem called Estrellx Supernova & The Cosmic Angels / The School(s) of Tenderness. Estrellx Supernova focuses on their solo choreographic work, The Cosmic Angels takes the form of a remixed dance company/choreographic healing collective, and The School(s) of Tenderness will be a network of (13) schools / global hive sites located near energetic Earth chakras/vortexes run by and for Black, Indigenous, Queer, Trans, & Allied Creatives & Intuitive Leaders, with the first site in California. Each site will be its own respective architectural design project (using the beehive as its main organizing principle) composed of the following: queer club, healing center, ritualistic performance venue, design innovation incubator, honey pots, and farm.
Estrellx integrates club spaces as sites of generative dissonance and implements [task as meditation, divergent simultaneity, Qi Energetics, divination, and somatic work] into their ritualistic performative language. They love getting messy by conjuring choreographic rituals within quotidian, natural, subliminal, and imaginary landscapes. Their performances are templates for reclaiming, re-membering, and rewiring patterns and ancestral wisdom in service of engendering new systems, behaviors, temporalities, and paradigms.
Estrellx frames choreography as embodied excavation, as an intimate practice that opens up portals towards giving oneself radical permission to dissent, celebrate, grieve, and rest. Estrellx asks, “What do you really want and how exactly do you want it? Are we celebrating or mourning or both? How do we work with what we have to redesign how we do everything? How do we prepare for the not yet seen?” Their choreographic praxis implements eco-drag, improvisation, and a practice called EDGING, which is all about lusciously giving one’s body what it needs over and over again. EDGING becomes an omnipresent and omnipotent choreographic score that extends and spills itself (like a palimpsest) beyond the containers of a performance site. This practice reveals the hidden potency of the tongue and heart unified, where it is safe to speak one’s truth. EDGING activates itself through the power of our desire and reveals what is possible when we stop apologizing for our existence.
Estrellx has been awarded an upcoming Djerassi Residency, a 2020 San Francisco Arts Commission Individual Artist Grant, and a 2020 Creative Capital Award for their long-term project EncuentrX 33: Queer Neurocognitive Architectures Hidden in Plain Site(s), which is a major milestone in bringing their aforementioned vision to life. Additionally, Estrellx is a part of NET/TEN’s Create + Change Cycle, Los Angeles Performance Practice’s CONCENTRATE & ACCELERATOR programs, New York Foundation for the Art’s Leaders of Color Tri-State Area Incubator, that are expanding their professional networks and leadership skills.
Estrellx self-designed a B.A. in Dance & Performance Studies at Williams College, where they integrated international choreographic training via Tanzfabrik Berlin, and completed an exchange semester at Bennington College (2010 – 2014).
In the midst of it all, Estrellx is resting, bending time, reflecting, listening to the Wind-Earth-Water for how to simplify, grow, scale, slow down. You can follow them on IG at corporealidades.sutiles and estrellx_supernova.