Aaron M. Wood

Teacher/Choreographer/Mixed-Media Designer

I am in a constant state of growth. My journey of self-discovery, development, and exploration is ever evolving. In this artistic journey, I am here to improve myself, not to prove myself. 

 

My works deal with themes of gender diversity, objectification of the body, sexual orientation, and self-identity. I believe art, in all of its forms, grant a mutually shared experience of humanity. I believe it is from this experience that a conscious acknowledgment and appreciation of difference and similarity may be celebrated. Dance allows us sensorial interpretation and ways of deeply and profoundly understanding one another. Dance connects us with our communities and serves as a time vessel of past, present, and future. Like the human spirit, dance is ever evolving and has been since the beginning of time. Humans are innate story tellers and our stories can be shared through many channels; music/song, writing, visual art, architecture, film, and the list goes on and on, however I believe that dance is perhaps the most primal form of storytelling. When I combine mixed-media with dance, I find that the stories I am telling are concentrated in plasmic substance. Dance has always served as a means to express community traditions, events, and self-identity, and provides us a sense of place. Dance allows us to deal with turmoil through seeking clarification and provides moments of introspect and compassion for others which leads to pathways of discussion. This in turn helps to open minds towards diverse understanding. 

 

I feel very fortunate to have dance and mixed-media as my mediums of expression. I am a believer in human rights and equality for all. As an artist I am never off-duty. I am an agent for advocacy and I strive to, as Gandhi once said "be the change you wish to see in the world." The way I practice in the studio and on stage is the way I practice my life: passionately fearless.