Darcy Lyons starting dancing at the age of seven and has not stopped. She was born and raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She received a B.F.A in dance from California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) in 2010 and has since been living, working, performing, and creating dance work in Philadelphia for nearly five years. Darcy has choreographed many dance works for the stage, dance films, and one dance installation. She has shown her work in several performance series in Philadelphia and New York, including Performance Garage Open House, Group Motion’s Spiel Uhr series, and WAX Works in Brooklyn. She produced MAEI MAEI AEIM at The Iron Factory in January 2014; this show was an experimental improvisational performance with cellist, Steve Digregorio, featuring sculpture and video projection. She has been a guest artist with Group Motion Dance Company, and has been a consistent participant of the Group Motion Monday Night Improv Lab since 2010. From 2010-2014, she was a company member of Sutie Madison’s Band of Artists. She has also worked with choreographers Lora Allen and Lacy James. She has been the Administrative Assistant for Group Motion since 2012 and is a certified GYROTONIC® instructor teaching at Vitality Studio in the Mt. Airy neighborhood of Philadelphia.
I am a choreographer, improviser, and performer who is persistently looking to expand my creative practice. My work begins with a concept and/or music and then the movement and additional collaborative content (if applicable) are created. I value concept and physicality equally. I value both simplicity and complexity in my practice, humor, grief, the benigne, and the bizarre. I don’t have a “set” way of creating. I create based on what the piece calls for; sometimes the piece calls for just movement and music, but more often I am interested in meshing movement and music with artistic forms such as spoken/recorded text, props, sets, visual art, film/still projection, or any number of these in combination with each other. In creating, I ask myself, “how can the concept(s) be expressed richly and fully and what artistic practices will it take for this to happen? When using elements besides the dancing body and mind, I ask myself how can “X” or “Y” be part of the greater whole, so that each artistic genre) has its own presence and is saying a message that is not the same, but is overlapping and/or congruent, or contrasting what the other elements provide the piece. Perhaps each element can stand alone as a complete artistic expression, or all of the artistic elements are parts that when put together, create a whole, not possible without the presence of the other(s).
I choreograph work for the stage, performance installations, and dance films. I revel in crossing those fabricated lines, those restrictive “shoulds” of dance making. My work pushes the edges of discomfort, crawls into the risky places that make our hairs stand on end, make our hearts softly open to the world, or pull us into one of the many places in between.