1. Shannon Gillen + Guests
    CLAP FOR THE WOLFMAN, excerpt
    all rights reserved, shannongillen.com

    NYC premiere: IAP, St. Mark's Church (May 12-14)
    Canadian premiere: Tangente, St-Ambroise FRINGE (June 11-19)
    tix: montrealfringe.ca

    choreography/direction: Shannon Gillen
    collaboration/performance: Genna Baroni, Xan Burley, Frances Chiaverini, Janna Diamond, Kristin Swiat
    lighting: Michael Ingle

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  2. Shannon Gillen + Guests
    CLAP FOR THE WOLFMAN, excerpt
    all rights reserved, shannongillen.com

    NYC premiere: IAP, St. Mark's Church (May 12-14)
    Canadian premiere: Tangente, St-Ambroise FRINGE (June 11-19)
    tix: montrealfringe.ca

    choreography/direction: Shannon Gillen
    collaboration/performance: Genna Baroni, Xan Burley, Frances Chiaverini, Janna Diamond, Kristin Swiat
    lighting: Michael Ingle

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  3. Shannon Gillen & Guests
    All Rights Reserved 2010
    shannongillen.com

    Performers: Xan Burley, Janna Diamond, & Stephanie Miracle

    'Wall #1' contends with the body’s condition in pressurized states and explores the physical and psychological relationships inherent in the interface between the body and the plane of a wall. Bodies will fold, smash and levitate as though guided by an outside force. Imagining the body as a magnetized vessel, the dancers will experience directional influence; their heads and hands gliding along the wall or their spines pulled along the floor. Current studio investigations also focus on connecting how the brain processes thought to movement in the body. By relating dense thought to hyper-muscular states and neutral thought to slackened states, we are investigating the way we can embody this act of rendering, much like the creative process utilized by the project's sound artist, Brian Whitman. 'Wall' is being developed as a site specific work that will however, change locations. In each location, dancers will allow their interpretations of the space and environment to inform adjustments in the work. Timing, direction, duration and implementation of movement will be affected by the site

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  4. Shannon Gillen & Guests
    All Rights Reserved 2009
    shannongillen.com

    VACATIONLAND
    Dance New Amsterdam
    Artist in Residence - SPLICE program
    Xan Burley, Janna Diamond, Shannon Gillen and Stephanie Miracle

    VACATIONLAND profiles your dad, your mom and your childhood under the guise of the Harris family. Exploring the pressures of a male driven household, performers inhabit a universe that is constantly under the threat of dissolving. Our culture's deep obsession with escapism and the conflict of our unrealized selves directs the movers from conversation into physical aggression. This tragicomic reinterpretation of your family vacation thrives in the space between unflinching violence, longing and absurdist humor. We always need to get away, but can you always go back home?

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  5. Shannon Gillen & Guests
    All Rights Reserved 2010
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    'episodic' - site specific work for the lower vault at 14 Wall Street. Created during a Swing Space residency with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

    Performers: Xan Burley, Janna Diamond, Stephanie Miracle

    The initial movement catalyst came from looking at the forces of disruption and flow. Working with different physical and contextual standpoints, performers embody the representational and surreal theatricality of how these two counterpoints relate to and rely on one another. I also integrated aspects of my father's stroke experience - in particular how he noticed the change of perception in his body - loss of sensation, blurred vision, lack of depth perception, loss of speech, looped thought and muscle spasm. The works asks, if flow could be constructed as neurological information coming down the wire, what happens when it stops? What if the complicated neurological handshakes that occur at every moment become confused? What does this complicit disruption look like? How does a memory behave when it is looped or broken down? How does disruption supplicate to repetition, that gives into flow?

    My thanks to LMCC and the performers!

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Shannon Gillen & Guests

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SHANNON GILLEN & GUESTS was formed in 2008 in New York. Vested in site specific works, the company utilizes different physical and contextual standpoints within a space to construct layered feeling states. These feeling states are rooted in questioning


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SHANNON GILLEN & GUESTS was formed in 2008 in New York. Vested in site specific works, the company utilizes different physical and contextual standpoints within a space to construct layered feeling states. These feeling states are rooted in questioning the emotional life embedded in form, content and location. Rigorous choreographic experimentation and a commitment to the emotional spontaneity of the moment are ultimately what shape the context and performance of the work. Being expressionistic by nature, the creative process is indelibly shaped by the presence of the performers, currently Xan Burley, Janna Diamond and Stephanie Miracle.

Seeking an idiom that can fathom the physical and metaphysical strata, Gillen’s work is concerned with the interrelation of space and identity. Within the parameters of an expressionistic dream state, her dance works contend with the live accumulation of potent images. Unexpected and complex relationships develop as performers navigate towards and through the transformations to which life is continually subject.

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