“this dying planet is not in my body, this dying planet should be seen much more clearly than my body, but maybe i can make a useful analogy for you. my body cannot be a vessel for another human being, but it can be a conduit for your understanding. maybe if you watch me pour the meaning of a dying planet out of my skin, you can feel the fear i feel, all the way from this unthinkable scale of demolition to the beautifully precise, temporal moment i felt his slap across my face. the macro of the micro drives me. i work for the earth and its living things. my heart races to tell our stories.”
Excerpt from Polyp’s Bones
RAYCHEL CECIRO is an unquenchable thinker. THEY will stop at nothing until you are listening.
I am a furious, scrappy, unrelenting interdisciplinary artist with a focus in movement, ecology, heritage, and social justice. I am queer and genderfluid, brimming with my essence and riddled with anxieties. My practice and craft rearrange paths of understanding and empathy as each piece chisels at separated planes of existence until separation itself becomes disgracious. Each creative choice strives to elicit humility, service, and provocation until they become instinctive, and we confront a suffering world with solutions, outrage, and compassion.
My work traverses the spectrums between performance, ecology, heritage, and social justice, engaging the past with an impossible present through empathy and radical responsibility. I work collaboratively and hands-on, employing space, movement, and collective memory. I have always been interested in works rooted in primary sources: whether that be my own experiences, documents from archives, or interviews conducted on the field, the ethnographic transmission of information is potent and lasting. I practice within the risks of an embodied dramaturgy, encouraging moments of failure, stutters, mistakes, and sore bottoms. The work I want to do is work that should be helpful — to bring space to peoples’ power, to promote urgent tenderness. These goals manifest themselves through my work in several ways: protest, social media and public outreach, archaeological research, excavation and survey, theater, dance, performance ethnography, organizing — whatever our needs are, I work my hardest to meet them.
Raychel received their BA with honors from the New College of Florida, where they double majored in Literature and Anthropology. Raychel has had work featured on the 2020 Kilroys List, and at the Annenberg Performing Arts Center at the University of Pennsylvania (PHL), 954 Dance Movement Collective (PHL), Ursinus College (PA), the Shoebox Theater Festival (PHL), the Ringling Museum of Art (FL), MARA Studio|Gallery (FL), and with the Windmill Theatre Company at the New College of Florida. Raychel has recieved grants from the Florida Humanities Council, Sarasota Arts and Cultural Alliance (John Ringling Towers Grant), and the Florida Public Archaeology Network. Their work has also been supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Raychel has an upcoming artist residency at the Hermitage Artist Retreat in Sarasota, Florida.