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Beth Gill

Lives in Ridgewood, NY

Born 1980, Mt. Kisco, NY

Choreographer

At the onset of every new work is a familiar battle to reconnect with why I keep making dances. I started dancing at three years old and never stopped, which feels both remarkable and unremarkable at times. The only way this continues to be a relevant language, medium and identity for me is if I am questioning its necessity at every juncture.

As a choreographer, what I find along the way is that dance as a creative terrain is incredibly vast and challenging. It forces me to be extremely sensitive, intuitive and patient with my collaborators and myself. Within my dances I have discovered that I deeply love investigations of form. Thinking about movement in this way is highly generative, and a true reflection of my interior experience of the world. The resulting dances are often highly controlled, minimal systems designed to simultaneously distill and free gestures within the work. Beyond the aesthetic design, these detailed constructions are foundations for more unruly, confusing and personal content to subversively surface over time. Building this kind of beating heart within each structure is the challenge and obligation that grounds me as an artist.

2003 B.F.A., New York University Tisch School of The Arts

1999 - 2000 The Ailey School, Fordham University

WORKS

2011 Electric Midwife, commissioned by and premiered at The Chocolate Factory Theater, Long Island City, NY

2008 what it looks like, what it feels like, commissioned by and premiered at The Kitchen, New York, NY

2007 Eleanor & Eleanor, commissioned by and premiered at Dance Theater Workshop, New York, NY

2006 Untitled, premiered at Dance Theater Workshop/Studio Series, New York, NY

2005 wounded giant, commissioned by and premiered at The Kitchen, New York, NY

2005 Marginal Strip, premiered at Danspace Project/Food For Thought Series, New York, NY

2004 shell, cast, commissioned by Dixon Place, premiered at University Settlement, New York, NY; also performed at Office Ops, Brooklyn, NY

GRANTS, HONORS AND AWARDS

2012 Dance Magazine's '25 to Watch'

2011 New York State Dance and Performance "Bessie" Outstanding Emerging Choreographer Award

2011 New York State Dance and Performance "Bessie" Special Juried Award

2011 Time Out New York "Best Dance of 2011" for Electric Midwife

Year Awarded 2012
Category Dance
gill2.jpg Beth Gill, photo by Paula Court
gill3.jpg Beth Gill, photo by Steven Schreiber