Gibney Presents: Jennifer Nugent

Apr 30, 2022, 8:00 pm10:00 pm EDT

$15 – $20


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up against

Jennifer Nugent in collaboration with:
Anna Wotring / Rehearsal Director and Creative Collaborator
Ted Coffey / Composer
Adrian W. Jones / Set and Lighting Design
Tori Lawrence / Film

up against is a collective endeavor that asks, in what ways can the expectations of performance and space be altered? Might the dance become a dance between you and me and the space–performative space, space as the body, and the shared space between us?

American Sign Language (ASL) Interpretation will be provided for all three shows by Jess Ames.

Special Thanks to Meredith Glission and Lilach Orenstein (MOtiVE Brooklyn) for Dramaturgy and Development Support

About Jennifer Nugent

Jennifer Nugent addresses her body, mind and being through questioning. She articulates internal experiences through performance and teaching and augments these practices by sharing and refining ideas in front of others—a transmission of spoken and gestural language.

Nugent has been performing in NYC since 1999, most notably with Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company from (2009-2014), David Dorfman Dance from (1999-2007), and Paul Matteson (2002-2020). She was a 2005 New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Awardee: “For her physical and emotional audaciousness, and for making abandon look controlled and control look abandoned, in the works of David Dorfman Dance among others.” In 2011, Nugent was presented by PBS Southern California’s LAart as “a dancer motivated by her passion for music and rhythm; her teaching practices are highlighted in a mini documentary made at the Bates Dance Festival, 2014, and a current Movement Research (NYC) Faculty Profile released in December 2019. Nugent received a Master of Fine Arts degree in 2019 from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA.

Her practices are profoundly inspired by Linda Rogers Albritton, Ann Cummings, Patricia Cummings, Beatrice LaVerne, Barbara Sloan, Bambi Anderson, Dale Andree, Gerri Houlihan, Daniel Lepkoff, Wendell Beavers, Lisa Race, David Dorfman, Patty Townsend, Thomas F. DeFrantz, Paul Matteson, Bill T. Jones, and Janet Wong,

Nugent is a teaching artist at Sarah Lawrence College, Gibney Center, and the virtual platform freeskewl.


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Gibney Presents is Gibney’s premier presentation series, offering a rich blend of dance and performance in fully-produced, evening-length commissions.

The creation of up against was supported by a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant, Triskelion Arts’ Space Subsidy program supported by the New York State Council on the Arts, MOtiVE Brooklyn, (NYC), Sarasota Contemporary Dance Residency, Leymis Bolaños Wilmott (Sarasota. FL).

Image Description: A profile of a white woman with a shaved head, wearing a yellow cable knit sweater during the summer of 2021 within a field of tall green stalks and grasses, leaning backwards with one arm bent overhead and the other bent at the side, she is squinting as the sun shines all around.Photo by Tori Lawrence.