We asked Erik a few questions to get to know him a little better and here is what he had to say:
What has been your favorite dance gig during your career?
"Playing Macbeth in Sleep No More has been a wonderful ride. I also had a lot of fun one Halloween season as a dancing zombie at Universal Studios in Los Angeles. Both gigs called for me to dance covered in copious amounts of stage blood!"
What inspires you most as an artist?
"Photography, art installations, film, food, music, and anything magical"
When you're in the car, what's on the radio?
"While riding the A-train (no car in NYC) I think it's a good practice to listen to at least one 80s song a day: Pat B, Michael J, Janet J, Billy J, Billy I, Stevie N, .. You know you love 'em all too."
If you could have lunch with any choreographer, past or present, who would it be?
"Rudolf Nureyev or Bob Fosse"
What's in your dance bag?
"Knee pads, granola bar, a 2-liter of seltzer, idea notebook, lacrosse ball, tiger balm, a giant, black-gemmed ring that I was given at this years Bessie Performance Awards that I have yet to wear. Or maybe I have..."
What has been a favorite BDF moment?
"There have been SO many over the past few years! Most recently, I enjoyed pulling Ms Kathy onstage in the final performance to bash styrofoam over her head."
A little more about Erik:
Erik Abbott-Main is a Michigan native currently performing and choreographing in New York City. A graduate of Eastern Michigan University (BA Theatre Arts) and The Ohio State University (MFA Dance), he is an artist involved in choreography, improvisation, mixed media and instillation performances, as well as collaborations with other artists, and lots, lots more. His work has been presented in Michigan, Ohio, Los Angeles, New York City, and Montreal, through support by Movement Research at the Judson Church, Columbus Dances Fellowship, The Johnstone Fund, Sunday at Central, OSU Alumni Graduate Research Grants, and more. Erik is a current performer in Punchdrunk’s long standing Off-Broadway production, Sleep No More. Previously, he has performed with the Kristina Isabelle Dance Company, white road Dance Media, Peter Sparling Dance Company, Detroit Dance Collective, Louise Richilin LA Dancers, and Michigan Dance Project. Additionally, in 2011, Erik created Erik Abbott-Main | Boy Friday as a vehicle to pursue personal choreographic projects, diverse in measure and venue. Coupled with performing, Erik has choreographed and instructed at numerous dance institutions including The Ohio State University, Eastern Michigan University, Saginaw Valley State, American College Dance Festival, Brighton Dance Festival, and many more. His creative work generated through Boy Friday, embeds interdisciplinary inquiry within a movement praxis, while placing the human body and experience at the foreground of his work. Erik is particularly interested in investigating the ways in which theatricality and personal histories are imbedded in the weight of the human body in action, and works to bridge these connections in all aspects of his technique class. He also remains an active student in yoga, literature, animated video shorts, stilt and other off-ground arts.