Virtual Contemporary Workshop Series: Marla Phelan - Gibney
Week of August 8, 2020
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Virtual Contemporary Workshop Series:
Marla Phelan

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The Virtual Contemporary Workshop Series features two-day workshops with Alexander Anderson, Rena Butler, FLOCK, Zui Gomez, Jesse Obremski, Kevin Pajarillaga, Marla Phelan, Jie-Hung (Connie) Shiau, Gilbert Small, Jacob Thoman, Jake Tribus, and Leal Zielińska.

A glimpse into the unique journeys of esteemed artists who are navigating and transforming the ethos of current art. Open your perspective as you delve into their process and reimagine the future of the dance field. Artists curated by Alexandra Wells.

Workshops will take place via Zoom from July 13-August 6. A single workshop costs $40 and each additional workshop has a discounted cost of $20 each.

Workshop Description

Each 3-hour session includes technique, repertory/exploration/improvisation, and a ‘meet the artist’ discussion.

Marla Phelan melds dance and theater techniques to enhance performance magnetism and to discover the efficiency in movement for a sustainable career. Physical training, including improvisation and floor work, is followed by building choreography that uses gestures, levels of energetic output and dynamic rhythms to tell a story. Through the exploration of character and intention, we will inject humanity into the physicality of dance.


Marla Phelan, Juilliard alumna and YoungArts awardee, danced for Hofesh Shechter, Akram Khan, Aszure Barton, Punchdrunk, and CompanyXIV. She debuted on Broadway in Fiddler on the Roof a nd is the tour’s associate choreographer/director. Marla played leading roles in Punchdrunk’s Sleep No More and The Drowned Man and premiered in Dragon Spring at The Shed. She danced in music videos, on network TV, Netflix, feature film The Kitchen and campaigns for Desigual, H&M, and Napoleon Cosmetics. Marla choreographed Fischerspooner’s Top Brazil , Cousin John (SXSW) , Flow (SXSW) and campaigns for Mazda, GAP, Reebok, Stuart Weitzman, Refinery29, NY Magazine, and NYTimes.


Registration for a single workshop is $40, and each additional registration costs just $20.

1 Workshop: $40
2 Workshops: $60
3 Workshops: $80

To register for multiple workshops, select the 2 Workshop or 3 Workshop payment option. Once your payment is complete, you will be able to register for the additional workshops without any additional charge.

If you would like to register for more than 3 workshops, please contact to process your payment.

Photo by Natalie Deryn Johnson.


We welcome the opportunity to make this event more accessible. Please submit your requests by completing our Access Requests and Inquiries Form or calling 646.837.6809 (Voice only).

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