Shannon Gillen’s PASTORAL
October 28 at 4:00 pm
Studio H at Gibney Dance 280 Broadway
Gibney Dance Company performs a shared evening featuring the New York premiere of Gina Gibney’s Drafting Foresight and a new work by Shannon Gillen of VIM VIGOR DANCE COMPANY. Stay after the show on Friday for a discussion with Gina Gibney, Shannon Gillen, and the Artistic Associates of Gibney Dance Company!
Gina Gibney’s newest work, Drafting Foresight explores the impact of interactions and relationships over time, and how pivotal moments in our lives ripple into the present. How do interactions become memories, and how do our memories shape who we are? With music by Ezekiel Honig, projection by Joshue Ott, and costume design by Felicity Sargent. Drafting Foresight was created in collaboration with GroundWorks DanceTheater and premiered at the Allen Theater in Cleveland, Ohio in March 2017.
Shannon Gillen’s PASTORAL looks at life-like environments as potent carriers of modern feeling, where reality is amplified, reduced, or otherwise altered by human engineering. With bodies juxtaposed against a fabricated landscape, characters are at once made more and less real by their surroundings, allowing unsettling thresholds between natural, unnatural, real, and unreal to become blurred. Drawing from VIM VIGOR’s signature dance theater aesthetic, the certainty of what is authentic will be shattered in a physical commotion of flesh, plastic, hair, electricity, metal, and breath.
About Gina Gibney
Gina Gibney’s repertory of works and community outreach have received wide acclaim and support from audiences, colleagues, and critics. The cornerstone of Gibney’s repertory is a collection of eight evening-length works, composed over the last decade, that explore the humanity and poetry of the moving body. Beyond the stage, Gibney is also dedicated to using the transformative power of dance—both in performance and in practice—to give a voice to individuals in need. Considered pioneering in connecting the arts with the broader community, her Company’s work has reached thousands of domestic violence survivors.
Gibney graduated with high honors and received a Master of Fine Arts Degree from Case Western Reserve University. In addition to studies with Kathryn Karipides, David N. Brown, Kelley Holt, Mark Morris, and Jocelyn Lorenz, her choreography is greatly influenced by the performers and collaborators with whom she has worked. Gibney’s work has received recognition and support from a wide range of prestigious organizations, including the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York Community Trust, and the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation. Her work has been presented and commissioned by prestigious venues in the US and abroad, including Danspace Project, White Bird Dance, Yale Repertory Theater, The Joyce Theater, The Guggenheim Museum, and Internationale Tanzmesse NRW. Gibney proudly serves on the Executive Committee of Dance/USA, and she was recently named to the Honorary Circle of Dance/NYC.
About Shannon Gillen & VIM VIGOR DANCE COMPANY
Called ‘mesmerizing’ by VOGUE and recently championed as ‘vastly gifted’ by Deborah Jowitt, Shannon Gillen has had an extensive career as a dancer and choreographer in NYC and Europe. She was a member of the Johannes Wieland Company based at Staatstheater Kassel in Germany; won commissions from Mainfranken Theater Würzburg, the International Solo-Tanz Theater Festival in Stuttgart (3rd Prize Dance) and the TIF Theater in Kassel; and was selected as a THINK BIG choreographer-in-residence at Staatsoper Hannover. Upon returning to the States, Shannon founded VIM VIGOR DANCE COMPANY as the home for her collaborative choreographic and educational endeavors. The company’s creative and educational work has been commissioned in NYC, California, Michigan, Canada, Panama, Chile, and Germany. Additional projects for Shannon include commissions from fashion label PHELAN for New York Fashion Week, Springboard Danse Festival in Montreal, Hubbard Street 2, and BEACH SESSIONS in NYC; notable festivals and venues where her work has been seen include the Lobero Theatre, New York Live Arts, PRISMA Festival, Judson Church, PULSE Fair at Art Basel, Bryant Park Presents, NYC’s River to River Festival, the Joyce Theater, and Jacob’s Pillow. Dedicated to contemporary dance theater education, Gillen is on faculty at SUNY Purchase College, teaches at the B12 workshops in Berlin, The Juilliard Summer Program, MIP at the Baryshnikov Arts Center, and with VIM VIGOR’s education platform: focused on floorwork, partnering, improvisation, composition, acting and dance-theatre methodologies. She is a graduate of the Juilliard School and earned her MFA from Tisch School of the Arts at NYU and maintains close creative relationships with both conservatories. Visit www.vimvigordance.com to learn more.
Choreographic Collaborator/Sound Designer: Martin Durov, teacher, performer was born in the small town Velky Kritis, Slovakia. A push from his grandmother started him into ballroom dance at the age of six. Several years later he met a friend that encouraged him to venture into a Slovak Folklore group where he eventually became a soloist. This then led him to study dance at the Conservatory J.L Bella Banska Bystricia (Slovakia) for six years. In school he was a member of the dance company directed by Tomas Nepsinsky that toured pieces to festivals in Slovakia, Belgium and Spain. As a student he also collaborated with Studio Tanca, the professional dance company in Banska Bystricia. In the final year of school Martin took over the role of director for the school’s company and choreographed his own graduation concert. In 2013, Martin graduated with a DiS. art. (certified artist) and went on join Johannes Wieland’s company in Staatstheater Kassel for two years. In that time he had the experience of collaborating with many dancers, teachers, and creating pieces by Helge Letonja and re-staging Hofesh Shechter’s DOG with the help of rehearsal director Sita Ostheimer. Martin is co-rehearsal director and an intrinsic choreographic collaborator of VIM VIGOR DANCE COMPANY. He is also an emerging commissioned sound producer creating under pen name, S.O.M production.
Choreographic Collaborator: Laja Field, a Salt Lake City, UT native, graduated magna cum laude with a BFA in Dance from the University of Utah in 2012. She performed pieces by Eric Handman, Satu Hummasti, Abby Fiat, Juan Carlos Claudio, guest artist Johannes Wieland and Kendra Portier, among others. In those years she also had the pleasure of performing in two productions with the company RawMoves. Upon graduation, Laja relocated to Germany to work with Johannes Wieland at the Staatstheater Kassel, where she also had the opportunity to work with guest artist Chris Haring in the piece “Lego Love” which was performed again that summer at ImpulsTanz in Vienna. In 2013, Laja became a full-time company member with Johannes Wieland and relished in the making and performing of pieces such as “Ich Bin Du”, “100,000 Superstars” and “Science! Fiction!Now!”. Highlights of those years also include working with guest choreographer Stella Zannou and re-staging Hofesh Schechter’s “DOG” under the direction of Sita Ostheimer. Laja is currently living in New York City, is co-rehearsal director and an intrinsic choreographic collaborator of VIM VIGOR DANCE COMPANY.
Choreographic Collaborator: Jason Cianciulli is a founding member of VIM VIGOR DANCE COMPANY in NYC. He began his dance training in Harleysville, Pennsylvania at the Conservatory of Music and Dance and also attended Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School. He recently graduated from the SUNY Purchase Conservatory Of Dance, where he had the opportunity to perform work by Aszure Barton, Loni Landon, Greg Dolbashian and Norbert De La Cruz III. Having attended Springboard Danse Montreal once as a student, he returned in 2015-2017 to assist Shannon Gillen in the creation of ‘Long White Line’, ’NECIVILIZOVANY’ and ‘VOX’. Jason currently teaches with VIM VIGOR in venues and colleges across New York including master classes at Ailey Fordham and SUNY Purchase, in addition to his regular teaching schedule in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He also traveled to Berlin in 2016 to assist Shannon Gillen at the B12 workshops.