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summer | main event
running from the 1st to the 30th of july 2023

© vim vigor

b12 summer main event


location: eden***** studios


Shannon Gillen



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we are interested in physical communication and find that our capacity for aliveness is heightened through interaction. for us, partnering is dialogue. it is happening to you. it is happening because of you. in this workshop we will dive into the physical implications of partnering, but also the character and world building inherent in tethering the self to everything else. solo, duet and theatrical material will be enlivened in a constellation of context, subtext, feelings, proximity, physics and timing. we will begin things each day through a combination of set material that requires adaptive and improvisational reaction. reading other people will become essential as we look for opportune moments to transfer energy, judge distances, find balance and ride trajectories through space. we will play with how we feel and what this means. we will figure out what is happening when we speak as we are moving with scripted and unscripted language. we will perform for one another in the messy wonder of workshop space, where nothing is polished and spontaneity breeds surprise and delight. together, we will build relationships with the personas we embody, the worlds we conjure, and the other bodies in our midst. we will question what partnering can be while embracing the moment. we are in this together. and yeah, we hope you fucking enjoy it.

please be aware of our early bird special offer for this workshop! you can apply for this offer up until the 24th of march 2023. after the 24th the regular workshop fee applies. applications are accepted up until one day before the workshops starts.

Shannon Gillen is the artistic director of VIM VIGOR (US). Her creative work has been commissioned across the USA, Canada, Central America, South America, and Europe. Projects include commissions by L.A. Dance Project, dance.films for BAM, fashion label PHELAN for NY Fashion Week, DANCEworks at the Lobero Theatre, Hubbard Street 2, Gibney Dance Company, Over het lj in the NL, Jacob's Pillow Festival, boston dance theater at the ICA, Ruvuelo in Chile, Mainfranken Theater Würzburg, Arts Umbrella in Vancouver, the International Solo-Tanz Theater Festival in Stuttgart, the TIF theater in Kassel, de Danseurs in NL, as a THINK BIG choreographer-in-residence at Staatsoper Hannover, and at Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton, where she was a choreographer in residence. notable festivals and venues where her work has been seen include Springboard Danse Festival in Montreal, New York Live Arts, Prisma Festival in Panama, Judson Church, PULSE Art Fair/Art Basel, Bryant Park, NYC's River to River Festival, Perry Mansfield, and The Joyce. her New work, eternal return, will be presented in 2023 at the Arthur Miller Theater in the us. Gillen is an Associate Professor of Dance at The University of Michigan, and is establishing ann arbor as a hub for contemporary practices, with vim vigor open classes and annual winter / summer programming. gillen is a graduate of The Juilliard School and earned her MFA from Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. 


vim vigor

VIM VIGOR is a physical dance theatre company under the artistic direction of Shannon Gillen and co-choreographer, Jason cianiculli. Founded as a collaborative think tank, VIM brings together innovative and profoundly gifted artists from around the world to create original, cutting edge, dance theatre. in tandem with building new works, vim established an education platform in 2015, dedicated to supporting the professional lives of artists of all ages with ongoing classes, workshops, and annual winter / summer intensives. VIM has performed and taught at renowned venues and festivals across the USA, Europe, Canada, Central America, and South America. as in house artists at the university of michigan, vim is also creating new ways to support the arts in the midwest, usa. summer 2023: b12 festival, henny jurriëns intensive, and vim vigor summer.



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