Knowing Dance More Series: Miguel Gutierrez

Dance Theater at the Drake

Presented by the School of Dance, "Knowing Dance More" is a series of lectures, conversations, and informal showings led by important artists and scholars in the international field of dance. This series seeks to bring into focus current issues within the production, performance and practice of dance works and will hopefully foster ongoing conversations about knowing dance (more). 

For 2013-14, Knowing Dance More has been mapped around four perspectives—that of the dramaturge, the choreographer, the dancer, and the theorist, and four concepts—historical diversions, poetic ruptures, mediated body-hybrid identities, and the social anatomical. Through their diverse and unique engagements with these concepts and perspectives, this year's guests will reveal the multiplicity of ways that dance moves through the complexity of the contemporary moment.

Queer Choreographies or Whatever that Means
Miguel Gutierrez presents a sampling of his work on video and in person through the lens of queer sensibility while discussing the malleability, slipperiness and agency of queerness.

Miguel Gutierrez
, a dance and music artist based in Brooklyn, has been called “one of our most provocative and necessary artistic voices” by Eva Yaa Asantewaa of Dance Magazine. He makes solo and group pieces with a variety of artists under the moniker Miguel Gutierrez and the Powerful People. His work, characterized by the immersive quality of the attentive state that it imposes on the audience, centers around enduring philosophical questions about desire, longing and the search for meaning.

His work includes “enter the seen” (2002), “I succumb” (2003), “dAMNATION rOAD” (2004), “Retrospective Exhibitionist and Difficult Bodies” (2005), “myendlesslove” (2006), “Everyone” (2007), “Nothing, No Thing” (2008), “Last Meadow” (2009), “HEAVENS WHAT HAVE I DONE” (2010), “I SAY THE WORD,” a collaboration with visual artist Jenny Holzer at ICA Boston (2010), and he instigated the performance/protest/meditation freedom of information (2001, 2008 & 2009).

His work has been presented at several festivals and venues nationally and internationally, including the Next Wave Festival at BAM in N.Y., Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago and the Festival D’Automne in Paris. Others include Antipodes Festival in Brest, France; the Time Based Art festival by PICA in Portland, Oregon; Out There Festival at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis; and ImPulsTanz in Vienna, Austria.

He has received support from Creative Capital, Jerome Foundation, Rockefeller MAP Fund NYFA, NEA and NPN. In 2010, he received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Foundation for Contemporary Art and United States Artists. He is the winner of three New York Dance and Performance (Bessie) awards. WHEN YOU RISE UP, a book of his performance texts is available from 53rd State Press. He also invented DEEP AEROBICS, an absurdist workout for the radical in all of us.

Upcoming speakers:
February 5 - Marianne Kim
March 26 - Susan Leigh Foster
April 16 - Wrap Up & Student Showings with Lauren Bakst

Dance Theater at the Drake
1512 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
United States

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