Sep 30, 12:00 pm4:00 pm EDT



Explore Contemporary Floorwork, Partnering and Dance Theater Research with Shannon Gillen

Saturday, September 30
12:00–4:00 PM
Studio U at Gibney 280

The physical and emotional implications of partnering along with the character building inherent in tethering the self to everything else is examined in this workshop devoted to contemporary floorwork movement vocabularies and theatrical material.


About Shannon Gillen

Shannon Gillen is the artistic director of VIM VIGOR (us). Her creative work has been commissioned across the USA, Canada, Central America, South America and Europe. Projects include commissions by L.A. Dance Project, dance.films for BAM, fashion label Phelan for NY Fashion Week, Danceworks at the Lobero Theatre, Hubbard Street 2, Gibney Dance Company, over het lj in (NL), Jacob’s Pillow Festival, Boston Dance Theater at the ICA in Boston, Ruvuelo (Chile), Mainfranken Theater Würzburg (DE), Arts Umbrella in Vancouver (CA), the International Solo-Tanz Theater Festival in Stuttgart (DE), the TIF theater in Kassel (DE, de dansers (NL), as a think big choreographer-in-residence at Staatsoper Hannover (DE) and at Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton where she was a choreographer in residence; notable festivals and venues where her work has been seen include Springboard Danse festival in Montreal, New York Live Arts, Prisma Festival in Panama, Judson Church, PULSE art fair/Art Basel, Bryant Park, NYC’s River to River festival, Perry Mansfield, and The Joyce. Her latest work PUNCHLINE premiered at Dock 11 in Berlin with the b12 Festival, toured for its US premiere at The Arthur Miller Theatre, and then was commissioned for its NY premiere at the Agnes Varis Performing Arts Theater with Gibney Presents. In 2024, VIM has been commissioned to create new works for the IUA in Reykjavik, Iceland, for the b12 Festival in Berlin, and Vassar College. Gillen is an Associate Professor of Dance at the University of Michigan and is establishing Ann Arbor as a midwest hub for contemporary practices with VIM VIGOR open classes and annual winter / summer programming. Gillen is a graduate of The Juilliard School and earned her MFA from Tisch School of the Arts at NYU.


Photo credit: Kirk Donaldson