Visiting Artist | February 12 - 20, 2022
Returning Choreographic Fellow Beth Gill came to MANCC for the fourth time to continue developing her work Nail Biter. In this new work, fantasy and imagination act as powerful liberating catalysts for creating new selves and futures. It brings to life otherworldly characters, amalgamations of Gill and her dancers, that speak across culture lines to a collective unconscious. Reaching towards science fiction and ancient myth, Nail Biter’s characters communicate visually through archetype and metaphor.
Nail Biter is a three-year project co-commissioned by Fisher Center at Bard, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and the Walker Art Center. This single creative process spanning 2021 – 2023 will produce three related, site-responsive presentations culminating in a large-scale proscenium production.
While in residence at MANCC, Gill met with FSU Art Professors, Rob Duarte and Carolyn Henne, who spoke with Gill to work through technical considerations of the material elements she was investigating, namely body casting and robotics. Gill also hosted a sharing of the work in process and discussion with members of the FSU School of Dance Faculty.
This residency is supported, in part, by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.