Brand New Sidewalk
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Gill, a three-time Bessie Award winner, is perhaps best known for her 2011 breakout work, Electric Midwife, about which the New York Times stated: “There aren’t many dance makers of Ms. Gill’s generation… working with the kind of clear, penetrating focus that made Midwife — a pair of perfectly symmetrical trios — such a transporting meditation on the body, its intricate physics and intrinsic poetry.”
In her newest work Brand New Sidewalk, Gill teams up with composer Jon Moniaci and lighting designer Thomas Dunn to create a sparse and elegant diptych born of questioning the value of formalism in dance. This evocative new piece for four dancers explores themes of alienation, erasure, fantasy and power through the lens of abstraction.
Guggenheim, Doris Duke Impact, and Bessie Award winning choreographer Beth Gill has been making contemporary dance and performance in New York City since 2005. Her body of work critically examines issues within the fields of contemporary dance and performance studies, through a focused exploration of aesthetics and perception. Gill is a 2015-2016 Princeton Hodder Fellow and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Extended Life Artist in Residence. She was a 2013-2014 New York City Center Choreography Fellow, received a 2012 Foundation for Contemporary Art Grant and was a selected artist for the Hatchery Project. In 2011 Gill was awarded two New York State Dance and Performance “Bessie” Awards for Outstanding Emerging Choreographer and the "Juried Award “ for the choreographer exhibiting some of the most interesting and exciting ideas happening in dance in New York City today.
This work is a National Performance Network (NPN) Creation Fund project created in partnership with the Walker Art Center, The Yard, American Dance Festival, and NPN.