August 07, 2017 6 min read
‘Our foundational years happened essentially in the stone ages. No phones, no computers really. Papers were written on these mysterious things called word processors. A very special, creative, open time in our lives.’
‘Generally speaking, our creative lineage leaned heavily to a very po-mo breed of experimental choreography, and this lay the groundwork for our practice and passions for years to come.’
‘There's no ownership of ideas within robbinschilds. Someone brings something into the space, and that little kernel gets batted back and forth and morphs and gets added to, and then edited, and then exaggerated and invariably becomes something completely different than where we originally began.’
‘We recently collaborated with designer Rachel Comey. We created a series of movement scores for a photo shoot, and in exchange she costumed our last piece, Hex. It was a really fun back and forth process.’
‘For C.L.U.E., the monochromatic costumes were part of an overall structure we had conceptualized at the very beginning stage of the project. The concept of Roy G. Biv was a driving force of the work.’
‘Making performance work is an amazing, challenging, sometimes insanely uphill endeavor that has always felt completely worth it.’
‘The ultimate robbinschilds compliment is to be described as funny. Humor is a life force to both of us. If humor is the first cardinal tenet of robbinschilds, indignation and outrage are not too far behind.’
Lamb ragu with penne or anything with a shallot and white wine!
LAYLA: A touch of French.
SONYA: A kiss of Spanish.
The one and only Alex Auder
robbinschilds has terrible handwriting: Helvetica
Layla's a walker. Sonya feels like she needs a walker. Both of us do well with regular fresh air.
Anyone we've ever loved, and many people we've never met, and anyone who's made something or done something that has moved us. Activists, writers, mothers, musicians, performers, kids, animals, nature... we're pretty tender hearted.
LAYLA: As my five year old recently queried, ‘Mama, why is your skin so long?’ which I take to mean that I am showing some signs of wear and tear.
‘I never expected to actually feel older. In many ways, we are who we are, whatever the packaging. We live inside of an ever evolving container. So now I suppose I realize I had better take good care of this container, so the spirit inside can continue to thrive and live curiously, and do it in style.’