On a normal day, Gibney’s 23 studios are a bustling artistic nexus. We love walking down the hallway and seeing different artists, different projects, and different communities making each space their own. We are missing that feeling, and want to find a way to share it with you.
We’ve asked a group of renters whose rehearsals, showings, workshops, and events have been postponed or suspended to give us a glimpse of what they’re working on, share the ways we can support them right now, and tell us what the first thing they’ll do is once they’re back in the studio.
The first thing we’ll do? Close our eyes, feel the floor supporting us, and take a deep breath of gratitude.
RENTER SPOTLIGHT: Michelle Fletcher
“I’m looking forward to Space to really move—expansion with bold embodiment!”
Who are you?
Michelle Fletcher is a dancer, choreographer, director, dance filmmaker, teacher and artist manager based in Lenapehoking currently known as Brooklyn, NY. Fletcher earned her BFA from North Carolina School of the Arts and her MFA from Florida State University. Making evening length work since 2008, her pieces have been presented at ODC Theater, CounterPulse, Triskelion and CPR. Fletcher served as a Fulbright Scholar at The Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, teaching contemporary technique and dance technology. She currently teaches composition for Arts in NYC, a Florida State University program.
About my current work: Future, female, abstraction, archetype and symbolism are the themes from which my current project Moving Portraits is constructed. I read Everyone is Female and Everyone Hates It’: Andrea Long Chu’s Theory of Desire. Since then my movement research took a turn, the work feels dangerous (not in a harmful way, but rather exposing). I am collaborating with some trusted performers regarding the deeply personal embodiment of their own “femaleness”….there is a mysterious alchemy to the work. I was in weekly rehearsals. Now I am being gentle and still while engaging in some continued research with dancers via writing, tarot and conversation.
What is your favorite memory of working in Gibney’s studios?
The buzz of community…the inevitable run-into of a friend.
What are you most looking forward to about being back in the studio?
I’m looking forward to space to really move—expansion with bold embodiment!
What is the first thing you will do when you are back in the studio?
fly (run, skip, roll…revel).