robbinschilds was formed by choreographers, Sonya Robbins and Layla Childs in 2003. Though trained in and rooted by a background in dance, robbinschilds often works outside of that discipline, engaging in site-specific and installation-based performances which contain elements of video, sound and sculpture. The duo creates performance and video works for diverse venues including the stage, gallery, museum or site. In their presentation of time based work robbinschilds explores the juncture between architecture or place, and human interaction.
robbinschilds' live work has been presented in NYC at The Kitchen, PS 122, Dance Theater Workshop, MoMA PS 1, The New Museum, Movement Research at Judson Church, DanceSpace Project at St. Mark's Church, and the Autumn Skate Bowl. Outside of New York, the company was presented at Pica's 2009 TBA festival (Portland, OR), SFMOMA (San Francisco, CA), The Art Center (Salina, KS), The Marfa Ballroom, (Marfa, TX) at Fritz Haeg's Sundown Salon (Los Angeles, CA), and internationally at The Donau Festival (Krems, Austria).
In addition to their live work, robbinschilds' video art has been exhibited at The deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum (2011), MoMA PS1 (2010), Vaska Emanouilova Gallery Sofia, Bulgaria (2009), The Physics Room in Christchurch, NZ (2009), Zendai MoMa Shanghai, China (2008), The New Museum, New York, NY (2008) Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid, Spain (2007), Taxter and Spengemann gallery (2007), LACE: Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, (2007), and was screened as part of BAM's 2007 Next Wave series. Recent company residencies include Mt. Tremper Arts in upstate NY, The Arts Center in Christchurch, New Zealand, and The LAB in Philadelphia PA.
In 2010 robbinschilds received an Art Matters travel grant to visit and work in Iceland, and most recently they were awarded a MAP Fund production grant for their current performance project I came here on my own., which will premiere in fall 2012.