Returning Choreographic Fellow | January 7 - 16, 2020
Returning Choreographic Fellow Beth Gill came to MANCC for the third time to begin development of her new, currently untitled project. Her first MANCC residency in 2013 was as a Hatchery Project Artist to develop New Work for the Desert; her second residency in 2016 furthered her work on Catacomb. Since these projects she’s gone on to premiere two additional works, entitled Brand New Sidewalk and Pitkin Grove. This new, untitled work is an opportunity for Gill to extend her choreographic reach by integrating her diverse practices into a single rolling dreamscape, presenting dance as a liminal entity bridging spectacle, ritual, physical theater, drama, and sport.
Diving into the beginning of a three-year work cycle after coming out of a highly productive period that saw her develop a full evening length work every year from 2016 to 2018, Gill now continues to ask, “How can I engage in a process of working that doesn’t just turn over every year or two?” Reflecting on and selecting which ideas from past processes to carry forward, she spent her time at MANCC concentrating on the experience of being in the room with individuals. While at MANCC, she also spent two days working with FSU School of Dance senior undergraduate and graduate students to further her research in the studio. On the process, first year M.A. candidate Scott Lindenberg wrote, "Working with Beth Gill liberated me from expectations about beginning a creative process as I've seen them in other, primarily academic, settings. She demonstrated rigor in looking for a kernel of her idea in whatever way it manifested during our participation in her process."
This residency was supported, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts. The Sustainable Arts Foundation also provided funding to support Beth Gill as a parent artist.