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summer | main event

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

© kirk donaldson

b12 summer main event

location: eden***** studios & dock11


Shannon Gillen



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this performance project is designed for around 17 people and lasts for 13 days (tuesday off). it will be presented five times alongside two other performance projects at dock 11, a theater in the center of berlin. shannon's performance project runs from 9 - 21 july 2024.

9 july - 15 july: 13:00 - 16:30 at eden studios
16 july: no rehearsal
17 july: 10:45 - 12:15 at dock 11 theater / 13:00 - 14:45 at dock 11 studio
18 july: 9:30 - 11:15 at dock 11 studio / 12:15 - 15:15 at dock 11 theater
19 july: 9:00 - 10:45 at dock 11 studio / 11:15 - 13:15 at dock 11 theater / 16:00 - 18:00 dress rehearsal at dock 11 theater with all three groups
20 july: 13:15 -13:45 possible feedback session at dock 11 theater
21 july: 13:15 -13:45 possible feedback session at dock 11 theater

19 july: 19:00 - 20:30 at dock 11 theater
20 july: 15:00 - 16:30 & 19:00 - 20:30 at dock 11 theater
21 july: 15:00 - 16:30 & 19:00 - 20:30 at dock 11 theater

new: if you are interested in us booking housing for you during the time of the performance project as well, indicate that in your application. please understand that we have limited housing available.

the application deadline is 28 april 2024.


this piece is about time. how we use it, waste it, sell it, beg for it and, ultimately, are eaten whole by it. immersed in a rigorous process of collaborative movement and partnering creation, we will peel back who and what we are made of when facing the clock. expect combustive physical and psychological prompts. expect to enter a maelstrom of situations and feelings. expect characters to escalate into a mad wilderness of movement. expect to say good-bye. expect to bring something back to life. each of us will take one last look with the time we have left. we will make it count. we will try to make it last forever. even though we know it won't. My experiences working with Johannes Wieland and, currently, with the artists of VIM VIGOR, has influenced my approach to raw physical movement, the collaborative creative process, and life. Unabashedly personal, each work enters a terrain of human failure, triumph, and will.

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 in Boston, Ruvuelo in Chile, Boston Dance Theater, Mainfranken Theater Würzburg, Arts Umbrella, Solo-Tanz Theater Festival in Stuttgart, de Danseurs in NL, as a THINK BIG choreographer-in-residence at Staatsoper Hannover, and at Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton; notable festivals and venues where her work has been seen include Springboard Danse Festival in Montreal, Nyla, 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 NYC. 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 serves as a physical dance theater education platform in the USA, with annual winter and summer programming. She 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, South America, and 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. summer 2023: b12 festival, henny jurriëns intensive, and vim vigor summer.



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