SHANNON GILLEN's A COLORED IMAGE OF THE SUN
A COLORED IMAGE OF THE SUN
A psychological dance channels Rite of Spring -
Bearing children is a natural act; so is dying.
Bearing children is a natural act; so is dying. The implications of coming into child bearing age is often overlooked as the threshold between our DNA seeking out its survival within us and our DNA seeking out its survival within a new vessel. From the hormones that affect certain behaviors to the cultural narrative that shapes our views on motherhood, our desire to have children is drawn from multiple sources, perhaps none so powerful as our will to survive. Within this context, A COLORED IMAGE OF THE SUN unravels a world that looks at one’s assumption of self as it is challenged by the basic fear of non-existence or of disappearing into someone else, alongside the attraction and alarm of transformation. Through a series of personal and collective sequences, the work exposes the flimsy membrane between our will to live and our ability to sacrifice.
Performed in Shannon Gillen's “hard-driving and emotionally affecting” style, five performers reinterpret the classic rite of spring celebration, exploring folk-psychological landscapes with imagistic dream sequences, rigorous movement, and a cinematic score. Ultimately the rite of spring practice deteriorates and gives way to a spectacle of hope revealed though the simple pleasures of color, breath and wonder.
Directed and Choreographed by Shannon Gillen. Performed by Genna Baroni, Catherine Coury, Gabrielle Lamb, Amy Moore and Emily Terndrup.
Shannon Gillen has been an active choreographer and teacher since 2007. She received her BFA from The Juilliard School and is currently a Fellow at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. Shannon Gillen + Guests (SGG) was founded as a home for Gillen’s choreographic process and project based company. Gillen’s works have been commissioned and presented at Alice Tully Hall, the Clark Studio Theater, Dance New Amsterdam, HERE Arts Center, with Movement Research at Judson Church, St. Mark's Church with the IAP, the Ontological-Hysteric Theater, the Joyce SoHo season and as a finalist in the The AWARD Show!, with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's Sitelines Series as part of NYC's River to River Festival, the Wave Rising Festival, Reverb Festival, Dance Conversations at the Flea Theater, The Juilliard School, New York University and The University of Hartford. She has been in residency with Festival Oltre Passo in Lecce, Italy, Fresh Tracks at Dance Theater Workshop, as an Artist in Residence with DNA, with LMCCs Swing Space, and as a MADAIR at the Stella Adler School of Acting. Gillen was invited to tour SGG’s full length work, 'CLAP FOR THE WOLFMAN' to Montreal in 2011, where it was performed at Tangente. While in Canada Gillen was invited to perform at the Bain St. Michel and also to develop a new work 'BRIEF INTERVIEWS', which premiered at USINE C with Springboard Danse. Gillen has also been commissioned by PULSE Art Fair; first, to bring WALL, a site-specific piece to Miami, Florida as part of Art Basel and most recently to present excerpts of SGG's project 'BOTLEK' in New York. This past year SGG was invited to perform in DNA's Raw Directions platform and also with New Dance Alliance’s Performance Mix Festival. Gillen was recently selected by Christopher Wheeldon as the first emerging choreographer to set work on the Steps Repertory Ensemble and she was also asked to create a new work for the 92nd Street Y's Harkness Repertory Ensemble. Gillen is on faculty at Dance New Amsterdam, Peridance Capezio Center and the Movement Invention Project at Baryshnikov Arts Center.
SHANNON GILLEN’s A COLORED IMAGE OF THE SUN runs Thursday, January 10 - Sunday, January 13th on the following schedule:
TRISKELION ARTS – ALDOUS THEATER
118 North 11th Street, Brooklyn
Thursday - Saturday, January 10-12 at 8pm
Tickets: 5, available online & at the door
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