Through a prolific body of work that galvanizes the body’s potential to express intellectual and emotional concepts, Shannon has pioneered a recognizable artistic language that possesses heroic physicality, electric emotional life, and cinematic imagery that illuminates and heightens the narrative imagination.
Her teaching style is rooted in her commitment to activating the whole of the performer, from the extremes of virtuosic dance to the fluid awareness of emotion and experience.
Before founding VIM VIGOR, Shannon danced with the Johannes Wieland Company at the Staatstheater Kassel, Germany as a full time company member.
While dancing in Germany, she burst into the choreographic scene receiving 3rd Prize at the International Solo-Tanz Competition in Stuttgart and commissions at the Mainfranken Theater Würzburg and the TIF Theater in Kassel. She was also selected as a THINK BIG choreographer in residence with the Staatsoper in Hannover, creating a piece that premiered at the TANZ Theater International Festival.
In Fall 2014 she returned to the United States where she was noted in The Brooklyn Rail for her 'fierce physicality and rigorous inquisitiveness in her work.' She was commissioned by two of New York State’s most distinguished dance colleges: New York University’s Second Avenue Dance Company and the Purchase Dance Company at SUNY, with performances at New York Live Arts where her creation premiered alongside works by Aszure Barton and Doug Varone. Additionally Gillen was selected for the International Commissioning Project for Hubbard Street. HB2 recently premiered her piece in Switzerland, with upcoming performances planned across the US and in Germany.
VIM VIGOR DANCE COMPANY
Premiered February 2017
Baruch Performing Arts Center
Concept, Direction, Choreography, Set Design: Shannon Gillen
Performance, Choreography: Jason Cianciulli, Martin Durov, Laja Field, Emma Whiteley, Rebecca Diab
Sound Design: Martin Durov
Lighting Design: Barbara Samuels
Costume Design: Joseph Blaha
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An insatiable creator, Gillen has choreographed 30 new works since 2010 with notable commissions at Treffpunkt-Rotebuehlplatz, Springboard Danse Festival, Dance Theater Workshop, Dance New Amsterdam, HERE Arts Center, Judson Church, Tangente Theater with the Montreal Fringe Festival, PULSE Art Fair as part of Art Basel in Miami, with LMCC’s Sitelines Series as part of NYC's River to River Festival, Bryant Park Presents, Festival Oltre Passo in Italy, BEACH SESSIONS and Steps Repertory Company for the The Joyce Theater and Jacob’s Pillow, among others.
She will led our Winter Intensive 2018 by focusing on professional development with daily contemporary floorwork classes that improve dancers' ability to access their natural stealth and power into and out of the floor, as well as conditioning classes aimed at supporting healthy alignment and stability.
Afternoon sessions will focus on improvisation, contact partnering and momentum based mechanics, VIM VIGOR repertory, acting exploration essential for dancers interested in dance theater, creative exchange with the company, roundtable community discussions, and an experiential sharing at the end of the week.