Named among New York’s top 20 artists by Brooklyn Magazine, and recently championed as ‘mesmerizing’ by VOGUE, Shannon Gillen has had an extensive career as a dancer and choreographer in NYC and Europe. She is a graduate of the Juilliard School and earned her MFA from Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. Gillen is also dedicated to contemporary dance education and is on faculty at SUNY Purchase College and guest teaches at NYU/Tisch, the Juilliard School, and the Hartt School. She is the artistic director of VIM VIGOR DANCE COMPANY, the new home for her choreographic and educational endeavors, which recently debuted in NYC to sold-out audiences at GK Arts Center.
Gillen was a member of the Johannes Wieland Company based at Staatstheater Kassel in Germany; won commissions from Mainfranken Theater Würzburg and the TIF Theater in Kassel; and was selected as a THINK BIG choreographer-in-residence at Staatsoper Hannover. Recent projects since Gillen returned from Europe include commissions from Springboard Danse Festival in Montreal, Hubbard Street 2, and BEACH SESSIONS in NYC; 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.
Known for an innovative combination of heroic physicality, electric emotional life and cinematic imagery, VIM VIGOR is hard at work on a new work of dance-theater, called FUTURE PERFECT. With daredevil physicality, VIM VIGOR communicates the complexity of human relationships through their signature dance-theater aesthetic – bodies will flare, emotions will flood, and the sharp urgency of our deepest fears will rocket through space. Against an original pulsating sound score that grinds synth and bass, the characters in FUTURE PERFECT confront the paradox of hope and doubt, wrestle with their desperation for a spiritual sign, and ask: What magic is left?
Photo at left courtesy Brooklyn Magazine, Joanna McClure
Residency photos: David Bazemore
FUTURE PERFECT – photos: DAVID bazemore