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summer | main event

running from the 1st to the 28th of july 2024

© vim vigor

b12 summer main event


location: eden***** studios


Shannon Gillen & Jason Cianciulli



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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, and 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 excited to dive into a ton of new material in this workshop, and looking forward to working with a bunch of tenacious, wild, and wonderful performers.

please be aware of our early bird special offer for this workshop! you can apply for this offer up until the 24th of march 2024. 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, Nordic countries, and Europe. Projects include commissions by L.A. Dance Project, Hubbard Street 2, Gibney Dance Company, Over het lj in the Netherlands, fashion label phelan for ny fashion week, danceworks at the lobero theatre, Jacob's Pillow Festival, ICA Boston, Ruvuelo Chile, Boston Dance Theater, Mainfranken Theater Würzburg, Arts Umbrella, Solo-Tanz Theater Festival Stuttgart, de Danseurs NL, as a THINK BIG choreographer-in-residence at Staatsoper Hannover, as well as 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, 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. VIM's latest work, PUNCHLINE, premiered at dock 11 before touring to the Arthur Miller Theatre and, with Gibney, Presents in ny. Gillen is an Associate Professor of Dance at The University of Michigan and choreographs for many higher education institutions; this year in iceland at the iua and at vassar college in ny. VIM VIGOR serves as a physical dance theater education platform in the USA, with annual programming. She is a graduate of The Juilliard School and earned her MFA from Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. 


Jason Reese C. is a Psycho-Physical Theatre Artist whose research is grounded in Floorwork, Partnering and Physical Theatre Methodology. He is a co-choreographer with VIM VIGOR and recently received their MFA at the University of Michigan. After receiving his BFA at SUNY Purchase, Jason returned to the school to teach as an Adjunct Professor. Through VIM, he has taught at various institutions including The Juilliard School, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, the University of Michigan, Barnard College, and Columbia University. Additionally he has collaborated with Shannon Gillen on creations for LA Dance Project, Gibney Dance Company, Boston Dance Theater, and Springboard Danse Montreal. previously, Jason was a Performer and Rehearsal Director with Sleep No More NYC.


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, South America and in nordic countries. as in-house artists at the university of michigan, vim is also creating new ways to support the arts in the midwest, usa.



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