Kayla Castellon

she/her

is a freelance dancer and choreographer based in Miami, Florida. She is passionate about building bridges between her northeast roots and her current home. Since graduating from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia with a BFA in dance, she has dove deeply into project-based work, collaborating with peers, and choreographing. She has performed with Rosie Herrera Dance Theatre, Pioneer Winter Collective, Isabel Lewis, Ana Sanchez-Colberg, and Mango Hernandez among others. Her newest solo "Gravity and Mortality go the Same Direction" was commissioned in 2019 by Miami Light Project and performed as a part of Here and Now Festival. She is a 2020 Knight Arts Challenge winner for her founding project Show and Talk, a movement based works in progress showing followed by a facilitated feedback session. . Her commitment to building dance community developed in college when she studied under the direction of Donna Faye Burchfield. While in school she performed works by Jesse Zaritt, Yasmeen Godder, Netta Yerushalmy, Doug Varone, Sidra Bell, and Chelsea and Magda before graduating in May of 2017. She has received additional training from studying abroad in Israel, The American Dance Festival, Strictly Seattle, Miami Medley, Countertechnique Miami, My Mobile Home with Deborah Hay, and interned with Movement Research and Brooklyn Arts Exchange.  Kayla is also a Polestar Pilates Graduate and works with both adults and children teaching mind-body awareness.

Artist Statement

My work begins with acknowledging the desire to be seen and to be heard. Leaning into that desire, I feel is an act of radical self-care. I am continuously negotiating the deep and ever-evolving relationship to myself- my body and my voice, my femaleness, my identity. From this place of knowledge, I make performances that require honesty, trust, curiosity, openness, and an unapologetic presence. I create intimate, fantastically charged environments in which the performers access a level of sacred vulnerability. My work challenges me to make the invisible visible, the uncomfortable commonplace, and the many pieces of us to be seen and accepted as whole. My creative process acts as embodied collage, piecing together expansive swirls of movement with gestures, line, and form, text, singing, making noise, sound, color, texture, imagery, happy moves and sad moves, sometimes acting, and sometimes honest babble. It is an ongoing inquiry of listening, understanding, and reacting. I am committed to the discovery of the unknown in every moment and the potential for a multiplicity of realities to emerge within a work. I utilize spontaneous composition, emotional state changing, task, time, and durational studies, and joyous play to discover the dance.