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Paris Hurley
Sound / Physical Artist


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Paris Hurley is an experimental performance artist working to externalize the internal through sound, movement, and the transformation of spaces. Her work is centered around anthropological investigation, engaging audiences in a dialogue with their deepest internal programming, questioning and deconstructing social norms / cultural definitions, and breaking the boundaries of self & other.

A classically trained violinist of 25 years, Paris thrives in a wide-array of roles - dancing, composing, performing, recording, producing, directing, and creating with a long list of the Northwest's most influential artists including Degenerate Art Ensemble (2005-2008), Jherek Bischoff (2007-present), Kultur Shock (2008-present), KT Niehoff, Paige Barnes, Implied Violence, Paul Budraitis, Shannon Stewart, Alice Gosti, Vanessa DeWolf, Beth Fleenor, Salt Horse, Samantha Boshnack, Jarrad Powell, and Amy Denio, amoung countless others. In 2009, she directed and premiered her first evening-length work BRIDGING WOUNDS: staying the course of uncertainty, as the inaugural performance of the Northwest Film Forum's Live at the Film Forum series. Since this time, her work has been presented in Seattle at On the Boards, the Henry Art Gallery, Seattle University's Hedreen Gallery, Seattle Center, Velocity Dance Center, CityArts Fes, Project: Space Available, and the James Washington Foundation.

Through her various projects and manifestations, Paris has toured extensively in Bosnia, Croatia, Serbia, Macedonia, Turkey, Slovenia, Romania, Russia, Bulgaria, Greece, the UK, Germany, France, Italy, Hungary, Austria, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Denmark, Belgium, and the US, and has performed in some of the world's most esteemed venues, including Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. She is currently exploring cultural mythologies, personas, ritual, and our collective performance of man/woman/beauty/sexy/sexuality and is researching and developing work that looks at the indivual and societal impact of shame.

Paris holds a Bachelor of Music from Cornish College of the Arts.

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