erika fruit 
b. yokohama, japan
mail-to: softearth [ at ] proton [dot] me
she/they/e


erika fruit is a mixed-discipline artist working across contemporary dance, performance, time-based media, text, installation, and design to investigate the hybridity ++ fluidity of desire, fear, crisis, corpo/reality, ++ public intimacy.




SELECTED RESIDENCIES + AWARDS 
2023Monson Arts Residency, monson, me 
2023LAKE Studios Artist Residency, berlin, germany 
2023 Resilience Dance Company Choreographic Residency, st louis, mo
2022Residence Evil, Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists’ Residency, saugatuck, mi


SELECTED PERFORMANCES 
2023buzzing, Unfinished Fridays @ LAKE Studios, berlin, germany. produced in collaboration with Jess Pierce. 
2022spiderdaddy, Ox-Bow Residence Evil, saugatuck, mi. solo performance.
2022a little crooked, artica festival, st louis, mo. solo performance.
2022a little crooked, cherokee street festival, st louis, mo. solo performance.
2022object(ification) of (my) desire, space station variety show, st louis, mo.solo performance.
2022not all these things are true, intersect arts center, st louis, mo. choreography by Elinor Harrison.
2022seed of dreams, edison theater, st louis, mo. choreography by Jane Tellini. 
2021riding the maelstrom, edison theater, st louis, mo performer with modern american dance company. choreography by Carl Flink.
2021a magnificent grey, edison theater, st louis, mo. performer with modern american dance company. choreography by Natalie Williams.
2021miles (dia)logged, edison theater, st louis, mo. performer with modern american dance company. choreography by Belicia Beck, Darrell Hyche II, and Natalie Williams.
2021fragmented dreamscapes, space station summer residency, crestwood, mo. choreography by Josiah Gundersen.
2021and i’d have told you, link auditorium, st louis, mo. hosted by resilience dance company. solo performance.
2019innana’s dream, marcelle theater, st louis, mo. performing artist with consuming kinetics dance company. choreography by Jane Tellini.
2019arriving at enough, marcelle theater, st louis, mo. performing artist with consuming kinetics dance company. choreography by Kat Norton.
2019ikigai, marcelle theater, st louis, mo. performing artist with consuming kinetics dance company. choreography by Rafael Tillery.
2019purpose driven, marcelle theater, st louis, mo. performing artist with consuming kinetics dance company. choreography by Arica Brown.
2019slam underground, st. louis art museum, st louis, mo.
2019enfj, exchange choreography festival, tulsa, ok. choreography by Arica Brown. 
2019efflorescence, marcelle theater, st. louis, mo. performer with consuming kinetics dance company. choreography by Moxie Doctor.
2019enfj, marcelle theater, st louis, mo. performer with consuming kinetics dance company. choreography by Arica Brown.
2019femina, marcelle theater, st louis, mo. performer with consuming kinetics dance company. choreography by Ashreale McDowell.
2019brought forth by the sun, marcelle theater, st louis, mo. performer with consuming kinetics dance company. choreography by Mary Virtue Clermont.
2019worth it, kranzberg theater, consuming kinetics dance company, st louis, mo. solo performance.
2013peep show, striding lion performing arts, chicago, il. choreography by Stephanie Paul.

SELECTED CHOREOGRAPHY
2023are you ready, it’s profound again, commissioned by resilience dance company, st louis, mo
2022bodies in (between) space and time, commissioned by mildred lane kemper art museum, st louis, mo.
2022notes on a practice in listening, premiering at dance24 festival, st louis, mo.
2020the underneath, consuming kinetics dance company, st louis, mo.
2020 is/nt it a sad day, consuming kinetics dance company teen dance program, st louis, mo
2019we finally see, consuming kinetics dance company teen dance program, st louis, mo.
2019(what) right thing to do, west high school dance department, torrance, ca.

 
TEACHING (PERFORMANCE + DANCE)
2022advanced contemporary/modern dance, resilience dance company, st. louis, mo.
2021guest lecture, introduction to contemporary dance, washington university in st. louis.
2019-2020advanced contemporary/modern dance, consuming kinetics dance company, st. louis, mo.
2019-2020teen contemporary/modern dance, consuming kinetics dance company, st. louis, mo.


TEACHING (DESIGN)

2021-2022ux research methods for design, sam fox school of design & visual arts, washington university in st. louis.
2021interaction design: understanding health and well-being, sam fox school of design & visual arts, washington university in st. louis.
2020-2021visual principles for the screen, sam fox school of design & visual arts, washington university in st. louis.
2018-nowux academy, designlab, new york, ny.


SELECTED TALKS + PANELS, DESIGN + EQUITY
2021notes on design justice, talk, technology for a just society, princeton university.
2020designing equity, panel, st. louis public radio, st. louis, mo.
2018co-designing for racial equity, panel, reconstructing practice conference, los angeles, ca, july 2018.
2018introduction to equity-centered community design, talk, cleveland opportunity zones summit, cleveland, oh.
2018health leaders for community action and equity, panel, mad*pow health experience design conference, boston, ma, june 2018.


SELECTED DESIGN WORKSHOPS
2021introduction to user experience design, allied media projects, remote/detroit, mi.
2018transforming paper, pulitzer arts foundation, st. louis, mo.
2018who’s at the table? designing for equity, design + diversity conference, st. louis, mo.
2018creative leaders for design and equity, creative placemaking summit, denver, co.
2018design, dismantle, rebuild: introduction to equity-centered community design, design for america, washington university in st. louis.
2018rethinking history (to redesign our present), sxsw edu, austin, tx.
2018media leaders for design and equity, saxum, oklahoma city, ok.


SELECTED RESEARCH + DESIGN ROLES 
2022senior design researcher + strategist, studio tomo, remote/new york, ny.
2021-2022ux designer, 22nd annual allied media conference, remote/detroit, mi.
2019-2022senior design researcher + strategist, briteweb ltd., remote/vancouver, canada.
2017-2018ux research team member, design justice network website redesign, remote/international
2017-2018manager of learning and education, creative reaction lab, st. louis, mo.
2012-2013research assistant, civic media immigrant voices project, school of education and social policy, northwestern university, evanston, il.


EDUCATION
2016depaul university, graduate course in design and human experience
2013northwestern university, bsed in education and social policy, summa cum laude
2012school for international training, madagascar, national identity and social change
2011school for international training, vietnam, culture, social change, and development


LANGUAGES

english (native)
japanese (native)
spanish (basic / conversational)