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Country: Mexico

I am a dancer, choreographer, and interdisciplinary artist who believes in the technology of movement as the threshold toward ancestral wisdom.
My research gravitates between memory and representation in the intersection with dance aesthetics. I am passionate about liberation and very much about messing with the status quo whenever I can. My dances, practice, and training are highly influenced by American choreographer Bill T.Jones and the late Luis Fandiño (Mexico City,1931-2022), among the array of dear friends and mentors across my transnational cultural community between the US and Mexico who have been supporting my dancing to date.
Currently, I am interested in authenticity versus the manufacture of dance-making and about the body as a confluence of biology, biology as in culture.
Erick is a two times New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” recipient with the Bill T.Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company for “Outstanding Revival” of “D-Man In The Waters” (2013), and “Best Ensemble” for Chapel Chapter (2007).
He holds a fellowship from The New York Foundation for the Arts (2008), Fund for New Work Harlem Stage (2005/2010), National Endowment for the Arts, FONCA, México (2003/2005), Mexican Studies Institute CUNY in 2022. Dance Fellowship and Life Experience Award for The University of the Arts, School of Dance in Philadelphia, PA., In 2021-2022
His work has been presented in New York by Movement Research at Judson Church, E-Moves Harlem Stage, CPR, Dixon Place, River to River Festival, DUMBO Festival, Triskelion Arts, and the Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance.
His latest Project ”Moving Landscapes” is a performance/installation exploring ideas of conviviality and the nuancesbetween spatiality and movement. In collaboration with Artists, Arantxa Araujo, Miriam Parker, Geraldine Cardiel and Sara Kostic.
Montes is also a Vinyasa Yoga and Meditation certified practitioner in hybrids of Ashtanga Yoga tradition and Mindfulness Meditation oriented towards “Harm reduction” philosophies.

“What is not here, is somewhere else” – Thomas D.Frantz