Beth Gill

Undergraduate Discipline

Dance
BA, New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. A choreographer, 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 has been commissioned by New York Live Arts, The Chocolate Factory Theater, The Kitchen, and Dance Theater Workshop. Her performances have toured nationally and internationally at Fusebox, the Nazareth College Arts Center Dance Festival, and Dance Umbrella. She is a 2012 Foundation for Contemporary Art grant recipient, a current member of The Hatchery Project ,and a 2015-2016 Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Extended Life Artist in Residence. 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.” She was also awarded a 2013-2015 New York City Center choreography fellowship. In 2012, Dance Magazine named Gill one of the top 25 artists to watch. Guest artist at Barnard College, Eugene Lang College at the New School for Liberal Arts, and Arizona State University. SLC, 2017–

Undergraduate Courses 2018-2019

Dance

Composition

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Movement and creativity are the birthrights of every human being. This component will explore expressive and communicative movement possibilities by introducing different strategies for making dances. Problems posed run the gamut from conceptually-driven dance/theatre to structured movement improvisations. Learn to access and mold kinetic vocabularies collaboratively, or individually, and incorporate music, sound, gesture, text, and objects in pursuit of a vision. Students will be asked to create and perform studies, direct one another, and share and discuss ideas and solutions with peers. Students are not required to make finished products but, rather, to involve themselves in the challenges and joys of rigorous play.

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Previous Courses

Dance Making

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Prerequisites: Dance Composition, Lighting Design and Stagecraft for Dance, and permission of the instructor.

In this class, graduates and upper-class undergraduates with a special interest and experience in dance composition will design and direct individual choreographic projects. Students and faculty will meet weekly to view works-in-progress and, in conferences taking place the following afternoon, discuss relevant artistic and practical problems. Music, costumes, lighting, and other elements will be discussed as integral and interdependent elements in the choreographic work. This will culminate in performances of the works toward the end of the semester in the Winter Performance and Spring Performance programs. Performances will take place in the Bessie Schönberg Dance Theatre or elsewhere on campus in the case of site-specific work.

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