Walter Dundervill is a choreographer, dancer, and visual artist based in New York City. He creates performance environments fusing dance, visual art, costume, and sound design. His work has been presented at Dance Theater Workshop, New York Live Arts, MoMA PS1, The New Museum, Danspace Project, Participant Inc., JACK, and at the Solo in Azione Festival in Milan, Italy. Dundervill is a recipient of the 2016 Foundation for the Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists award and is a 2016 NYFA finalist. He has received Bessie Awards for the visual design of his work Aesthetic Destiny 1: Candy Mountain, for the costume design of Luciana Achugar’s Puro Deseo, and as a dancer in RoseAnne Spradlin’s under/world. Dundervill has performed for various artists including DD Dorvillier/Future Human Dance Corps, Keely Garfield, RoseAnne Spradlin, BruceNauman, Lovett/Codagnone, Luther Price, and David Wojnarowicz. Dundervill is a member of the Artist Advisory Council at Movement Research. He has been an artist in residence at Movement Research, the New Museum, and New York Live Arts.
I conflate the visual and choreographic aspects of dance into an arena where both have equal value, bringing the background materials of visual décor to the foreground while allowing the performance of the dance to recede. This creates a push/pull effect, encouraging the viewer to continually shift focus throughout the experience. In this way, my performances function as living temporal objects in which people and materials merge and interact.