Film, Media Arts, Performing Arts
Artist Statementhaus of bambi holds at its core a respect for faggotry, femmeness, nightlife, high art, and sticky dance floors. Although the company itself is only in its first official year, my work has long aimed to celebrate and interrogate the complexity of queer identities through movement, text, and video. It is a mission of my work to honor multiple perspectives of queerness and, to this end, I have been invested in collaboration and dialogue with queer, trans*, non-binary, and femme and butch artists across the spectrum to create spaces in contemporary dance for the complexity of queer identity. I am inspired by a varied and stark array of influences and each piece layers reference on top of reference to create a collage of meaning and feeling. While it’s true that I make work within the context of contemporary concert dance, I chafe at the label of “choreographer” or “dance maker.” I prefer to think of myself as a creator of fantasy as, in my mind, each new work establishes its own reality wether onstage or onscreen. My goal throughout the creative process is to invoke alternate worlds for the action of each piece to play out and transport the audience out of the proscenium. Just as my artistic inspirations are varied across genres, I have pursued collaborations across disciplines from DJs to drag queens to computer programmers to expand the artistic perspectives in my work and to ultimately expand who is engaging with it.
Robert Woofter is a control freak, sporadic drag queen, and mother of haus of bambi, a dance and film company in the Washington, DC area. He has created work for vogue.com and been presented in New York City at the wild project, Movement Research at Judson Church, Dixon Place, and Triskelion Arts, and he was named one of Dance Magazine's "Best of 2012" for his work "Six Movements to the Music of Nicki Minaj." Robert is interested in the juxtapositions of the gaudy and subdued, the crude and refined, and the classical and contemporary as he lives by the motto “extravagance is a virtue.”
Before founding haus of bambi, Robert received an MFA from the University of Michigan and trained at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Ballet Austin, The Rock School, The Boston Conservatory, Hubbard Street Dance, and The School at Jacob's Pillow. Robert is a faculty member at American University and Joy of Motion Dance Center in DC.