Repertory

Gibney Company is a creation-based repertory company commissioning work from both internationally renowned and emerging choreographers who are committed to exploring connections between the rigorous, often superhuman physicality of contemporary dance alongside responsive, humanistic storytelling. We value both the risk and immeasurable opportunity of commissioning numerous creations each season as a reflection of our dedication to an entrepreneurial philosophy of constant reinvention.

We collaborate with choreographers who are passionate about creating new worlds both in the studio and onstage – reimagining entry points to process and product for both performers and audiences alike. We invest in artists who are both challenging and welcoming us to see things we might think that we know well—a space, or a movement, or an idea—with a fresh, constantly recalibrating lens.

SPRING 2020 SEASON: INSIDER/OUTSIDER

Gibney Company Insider Outsider Season

INSIDER/OUTSIDER is an investigation of duality and intersectionality. Through this exciting evening of dance, featuring choreography by Yin Yue, Mark Caserta, and Banning Bouldin, Gibney Company is interested in exploring how in life we can be both insiders and outsiders, privileged and oppressed.

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How do our identities as insiders and outsiders live next to one another and what can they teach us about ourselves and others? Can recognizing the ways in which we ourselves are outsiders help us empathize greater with the “otherness” of the people, cultures, and ideas we encounter? Can recognizing the ways in which we are insiders galvanize us to create space to celebrate the differences of those around us?

DANCER & COMPANY DIRECTOR SPOTLIGHTS

A Measurable Existence

Choreography: Yin Yue
Performers: Jesse Obremski and Jacob Thoman
Composer: Rutger Zuydervelt
Costume Design: Christine Darch
Lighting Design: Asami Morita

UMEUS

Choreography: Mark Caserta
Performers: Alexander Anderson, Zui Gomez, Jesse Obremski, Jacob Thoman, and Leal Zielińska
Composer: slowdanger (Anna Thompson & Taylor Knight)
Costume Design: Caitlin Taylor
Lighting Design: Asami Morita

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Choreography: Banning Bouldin
Performers: Alexander Anderson, Zui Gomez, Amy Miller, Jesse Obremski, Jacob Thoman, and Leal Zielińska
Composer: Lev ‘Ljova’ Zhurbin
Costume Design: Victoria Bek
Lighting Design: Asami Morita
Assistant to Choreographer: Becca Hoback
Read more on Banning’s process with Gibney Company

Gibney Company’s Spring 2020 Season, Insider/Outsider, was supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. *Gibney Company’s INSIDER/OUTSIDER Spring Season was suspended due to COVID-19.

FALL 2019 SEASON: BOTH/AND

Two people's bodies saturated in purple and green. Their bodies overlap.

Gibney Company’s Fall 2019 season, featuring choreography by Stefanie Batten Bland and Peter Chu, explores what happens when seemingly opposing ideas are invited to co-exist in direct relationship to one another, rather than in isolation.

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In response to a pervasive ‘either/or’ mentality in our world, how can we move toward embracing a philosophy of ‘both/and’— as people, as artists, and as citizens of the world?

When diverse ways of thinking and being are brought in close enough proximity, they interact to create a third culture together that didn’t exist before. How can we better facilitate this oftentimes paradoxical, yet beautiful, alchemy?

BOTH/AND presented two world premieres on November 14-16, 2019:

5 St. Fifperhanway Place Apt. 2A

Choreography: Stefanie Batten Bland
Collaborating Dance Artists: Nigel Campbell, Zui Gomez, Jesse Obremski, Jacob Thoman, and Leal Zielińska
Music: Grant Cutler
Costume Design: Shane Ballard
Set Design: SBB
Lighting Design: Asami Morita
Rehearsal Assistant: Amy Miller

Batten Bland’s 5 St. Fifperhanway Place Apt 2A is the second creation in a new series of pieces which dive deep into core personal life thematics. With whom does society deem it appropriate to be intimate? To share our lives with?

Forming Out

Choreography: Peter Chu
Performers: Zui Gomez, Amy Miller, Jesse Obremski, Jacob Thoman, and Leal Zielińska
Music: Jake Kelberman
Costumes: Victoria Bek
Lighting: Asami Morita
Set Design: Tsubasa Kamei
Rehearsal Director: Nigel Campbell

Trusting our bodies innate wisdom to heal itself is challenging when the mind/body connection isn’t rooted. Forming Out takes action with a peaceful heart and firm intention while searching for balance. Imagining a body against the natural resistance of water heightens our sense of awareness and helps the breath float onwards during uncertain times. Trusting that water’s rhythms will guide us towards a more fluid & balanced groove while developing courage through listening. A wave of emotions experienced as ashes fall into our most abundant source, yet beautiful thoughts remain.

SPRING 2019 SEASON: EMERGE

Gibney Dance Company EMERGE

EMERGE is an innovative platform for emerging artists to create new work on world-class dancers and present their work in one of the most exciting venues in New York City. The 2019 EMERGE program featured New York City-based choreographers Chanel DaSilva and Bobbi Jene Smith alongside the inaugural Gibney Company/Springboard EMERGE Awardee, Los Angeles-based Micaela Taylor.

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EMERGE featured three world premieres on May 2-4, 2019:

EYESOW

Choreography: Micaela Taylor
Performers: Zui Gomez, Leal Zielińska, Gigi Todisco
Music: Excerpts from “Party” (Acapella; Studio) by Beyonce; “She Remembers” by Max Richter; and “Tell Me Something Good” by Rufus and Chaka Khan.
Costumes: Quinn Czejkowski with Reid & Harriet Design
Lighting Design: Asami Morita

EYESOW inhabits three women who are yearning for connection. Connection to one another, a deeper revelation of identity, and purpose. Through effort, rigor, and discontentment, they go on an ongoing search to find what is right in front of them. Nonetheless, they come to realize whatever they reap, they sow.

Francesca and Connie

Choreography: Bobbi Jene Smith
Performers: Zui Gomez and Leal Zielińska
Music: “Kyema” (Intermediate States) by Eliane Radique and “Pavane pour une infante défunte, M. 19 (Live)” by Maurice Ravel and recorded by Sviatoslav Richter
Costumes: Victoria Bek
Lighting: Asami Morita

Inspired by the quiet madness behind beauty, Francesca and Connie works with physical contradictions—the revealing and the hidden, the danger in vulnerability. With the body as a mountain, Smith created two solos inspired by the art of Connie Converse and Francesca Woodman. Smith unfolds voices that were never heard until they were gone.

SWEPT

Choreography: Chanel DaSilva
Performers: Nigel Campbell and Leal Zielińska
Music: “Alama” by Fatoumata Diawara; “Ndutu” by Henri Dikongué; “Exile” and “Makambo” by Geoffrey Oryema
Costumes: Márion Talán
Lighting Design: Asami Morita

SWEPT; to drive or carry by some steady force, as of a wind or a wave; to move or remove with a broom, or the like. DaSilva plays with the duality of the word ‘SWEPT’ and how that can translate to the journey and complexities of a relationship.

FALL 2018 SEASON: HOME

Gibney Dance Company HOME

Gibney Company’s HOME program featured two world premieres that explore the many nuanced layers of this universal theme through the unique lenses and experiences of Guest Choreographers Adam Barruch and Shamel Pitts, both native New Yorkers

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The meaning of the word “home” is deeply personal. Its definition varies based on one’s relationship to it. For some, home is the place we can always return to, while for others it’s something we are looking to find. It can stir up feelings of security and safety, or trigger memories of trauma and pain. However we each choose to define it, the concept of “home” has a profound impact on each of our lives.

The Fall 2018 Season featured two premieres on November 16-18, 2018.

DANCER & COMPANY DIRECTOR SPOTLIGHTS

Imprint Ghosts

Choreography: Adam Barruch
Performers: Nigel Campbell, Zui Gomez, Amy Miller, Jesse Obremski
Original Score: Roarke Menzies
Costumes: Karen Young
Lighting Design: Asami Morita with Adam Barruch
Rehearsal Assistant: Chelsea Bonosk

Imprint Ghosts explores the energetic echoes of time and emotion that remain in a physical space long after they occur. As we navigate through these familiar spaces we find ourselves not only reacting to our immediate lives, but also navigating through a field of the unfamiliar past.

Menagerie

Concept And Co-Creation: Shamel Pitts and Deville Cohen
Choreographer: Shamel Pitts
Director and Visual Artist: Deville Cohen
Performers: Nigel Campbell, Zui Gomez, Amy Miller, Jesse Obremski, Leal Zielinska
Original Music/Composer: Sivan Jacobovitz
Costumes: Shamel Pitts and Deville Cohen
Lighting Design: Asami Morita with Shamel Pitts and Deville Cohen

MENAGERIE, derived from the French word “menage,” is a strange or diverse collection of people or things in a household unit. Blurring the lines between Dance and Object Theater, choreographer Shamel Pitts and visual artist Deville Cohen explore the quixotic individuality of the dancers in Gibney Dance Company. Inspired in part by Tennessee Williams’  The Glass Menagerie, Pitts and Cohen worked with a group of custom built and readymade objects to exaggerate the collective labor of the performers. The movement was also designed and found to amplify their sense of self. Pitts and Cohen’s creation shares the possibility of a space where each dancer can live and thrive inside this constructed environment, with the given collection of objects, while negotiating their individuality.

MENAGERIE has received generous support from The Artis Grant Program. Shamel Pitts is a 2018 Princess Grace Choreography Fellowship Award winner for the creation of MENAGERIE.

SPRING 2018 SEASON

Photo of Amy Miller, Katie Lake, and Zui Gomez

Gibney Company’s Spring 2018 season, May 3-5, 2018, presented works by Guest Choreographer Bryan Arias and Gibney Company Director, Amy Miller.

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One Thousand Million Seconds

Choreography: Bryan Arias
Performers: Nigel Campbell, Julia Discenza, Zui Gomez, Katie Lake, Amy Miller, Will Noling
Music: Terry Riley, Christopher Bissonnette, Nils Frahm, and Marsen Jules
Music Editing: Bryan Arias
Costumes: Márion Talán
Lighting Design: Bryan Arias

An abstract story of society and human existence. The work shows the essential humanity of the characters and addresses themes of life, existence and happiness. Stories represent a series of disconnected vignettes that together interrogate facets of modern life through countless aspects of existence, reality, and time. The work wonders through human destinies – A trip that shows us the beauty of a single moment, the pettiness of others, the humor and tragedy that is in us, life’s magnificence as well as the frailty of humanity.

Valence

Choreography: Amy Miller
Performers: Nigel Campbell, Julia Discenza, Zui Gomez, Katie Lake, Will Noling
Composer: Peter Swendsen
Costumes: Felicity Sargent
Lighting Design: Asami Morita

Valence calls on the chemistry term describing the inherent bonding capacity of atoms to reflect our constant potential to create connections in our daily lives transforming how we see ourselves, each other and the world. Composer Peter Swendsen’s original score draws on a broad palette of sonic choices, including many related to human, mechanical and environmental “breath” in this work originally created on Cleveland-based GroundWorks DanceTheater.

Valence was created with commissioning support and in collaboration with GroundWorks DanceTheater in 2009.

FALL 2017 SEASON

Drafting Foresight Gibney Dance Company

Gibney Company’s Fall 2017 season, October 26-28, 2017, presented works by Guest Choreographer Shannon Gillen and Gibney Company Founder & Artistic Director, Gina Gibney.

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Pastoral

Choreography: Shannon Gillen
Choreographic Collaborators: Laja Field, Martin Durov, and Jason Reese Cianciulli
Performers: Nigel Campbell, Zui Gomez, Amy Miller, and Tyler Schnese
Sound Design: Martin Durov
Costumes: Joseph Blaha
Lighting Design: Barbara Samuels, Isabella F. Byrd

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.

Drafting Foresight

Choreography: Gina Gibney
Performers: Nigel Campbell, Zui Gomez, Amy Miller, Tyler Schnese
Music: Ezekiel Hoenig
Costumes: Felicity Sargent
Lighting Design: Asami Morita
Projected Visuals: Joshua Ott

Drafting Foresight explores how pivotal moments resonate through time, and how a single conversation can change everything. Past and present are redrafted by the residue of memory, and how it is held. Drafting Foresight was originally created on GroundWorks DanceTheater and premiered in March 2017 at the Breen Center for the Performing Arts in Cleveland, Ohio. Special thanks to Artistic Director David Shimotakahara and collaborator Michael Marquez.