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4-day-research VIVID STATES with Shannon Gillen at b12


vim vigor

when: 8th – 11th july 2017 / 5:45pm – 9:45pm

where: Berlin, Germany

i’m interested in raising the stakes and in doing so thrusting performers into surreal and heightened spaces. i’m interested in physical and psychological triggers and portals. and i’m interested in bringing characters to life that begin with our true natures and then break through into new and forbidden places.

working with improvisational and theatrical propositions we will look at: what happens when the floodgates of your inner world are opened? who do you become when you believe in a fantasy? how do we see the macro view of the full scene, whilst obsessed in the intimacies of our immediate interactions? how do we move seamlessly between the surreal and the simple?

activating both athlete and artist, we will begin each day with physical explorations that build strength and stamina, culminating into complex phrase work that traverses surprising and challenging landscapes of size, direction, tone and texture. theatrical propositions will follow, where the balance of listening and reacting will offer unprecedented access into the unknown territories of other people and ourselves.

named among new york’s top 20 artists by brooklyn magazine, shannon gillen has had an extensive career as a dancer and choreographer in nyc and europe. she was a member of the johannes wieland company based at staatstheater kassel in germany; won commissions from mainfranken theater würzburg, the international solo-tanz theater festival in stuttgart (3rd prize dance) and the tif theater in kassel, and was selected as a think big choreographer-in-residence at staatsoper hannover.

upon returning to the states, shannon founded vim vigor dance company, as the home for her collaborative choreographic and educational endeavors. the company debuted in nyc to sold-out audiences and, during its inaugural year, has had commissions in california with danceworks at the historic lobero theater; in canada, with springboard danse festival; and central america, with prisma festival.

additional projects for shannon include: commissions from fashion label phelan, hubbard street 2, and beach sessions. notable festivals and venues where her work has been seen include new york live arts, judson church, pulse fair at art (basel), bryant park presents, nyc’s river to river festival, the joyce theater, and jacob’s pillow.

dedicated to contemporary dance theater education, gillen is on the faculty at suny purchase college and has taught at the b12 workshops in berlin, the juilliard summer program, mip at the baryshnikov arts center, and with vim vigor. she is a graduate of the juilliard school and earned her mfa from tisch school of the arts at nyu and maintains close creative relationships with both conservatories. visit to learn more.

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tags: europe, germany

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