Multidisciplinary artist, performer, creator


Erika Batdorf is an international artist that works in a number of mediums, mostly performance... a solo performer, deviser of theatre and installation performance, singer, writer and director. She also created the performance training technique called The Batdorf Technique, teaches and runs the Batdorf Spring Intensive annually in Toronto. 

Erika Batdorf in an early solo-work  Facing East .

Erika Batdorf in an early solo-work Facing East.

Erika Batdorf has been performing, directing, choreographing, animating art openings and creating award winning performance work since 1983. Her work has appeared in Canada, France, Germany, Greece, Finland, Denmark, Italy, Switzerland, Korea, Indonesia, Georgia, India and 15 US states in such places as the Currents New Media, Smithsonian Institute, The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Harvard University, Movement Theatre Festivals in NY, Philadelphia and New Hampshire, the Boston Center for the Arts and many New York City and Toronto venues including Luminato. She has had 4 Dora nominations and two shows she created/directed with The Thistle Project made the top 10 theatrical productions of the year in NOW Magazine in Toronto (2006 and 2010).

Currently she is collaborating with Kate Digby on The Simurgh Project. Some recents shows are- The Red Horse is Leaving (currently touring), Burnish and SOS! The Smell of the Soul, with musical duo Arwinda in performed in Tblisi, Georgia (the country), Munich, Jakarta and Toronto. She released an album, Soften and Inhale, and she does concerts with Lisa Schamberger in Munich area. Her performance/installation Burnish was in the 56th Venice Biennale and at The Theatre Centre in Toronto, and was presented there again in Summerworks 2016 and SBCAST in Santa Barbara and in Santa Fe for Currents New Media 2017. She choreographed the award wining The Living by Colleen Wagner summer 2015 for Summerworks, directed by Ines Buchli. She also works as a dramaturg for Lua Shayenne’s dance company. Batdorf was Associate Director for the Polish premiere of We Keep Coming Back for Self-Conscious Theatre and performed her solo Poetic License November 2016 at Tata Literature Live! in Mumbai.

Batdorf teaches at York University in Toronto where she received the Faculty of Fine Arts Dean’s Senior Teaching Award (2010) and in 1996 was voted Most Outstanding Faculty at The Boston Conservatory where she taught for 12 years. She has been a guest teacher at universities internationally and is listed in the Who’s Who of American Teachers. She ran The Batdorf School for Movement Theatre in Boston for several years and currently runs the Batdorf Intensive annually in Toronto.

Batdorf in the Media

"…striking physicality. She doesn't so much create characters as embody their every thought… Batdorf is a natural and authoritative dancer and choreographer."
- Karen Campbell, THE BOSTON HERALD. 

" Batdorf is extremely skilled… both intense and subtle… enigmatic yet accessible."

“Moving effortlessly from dry comedy to a gorgeous movement piece… warm-hearted, well-crafted …. A stunning and absorbing performance in its entirety…”
- Meghan Harrison, EYE WEEKLY

“She’s poetry in motion. Batdorf is one of a kind…an electric presence even off-stage… she is unforgettable.”
- Susan Walker, TORONTO STAR.

“great facility and quirky humor… a new way of perceiving the world."