Beth Gill: New Work for the Desert
2014 Lab + Hatchery Project Artist: Beth Gill
Beth Gill is an emerging choreographer who makes contemporary dance and performance in New York City. She has accumulated a body of work that critically examines issues relating to the fields of contemporary dance and performance studies through a focused exploration of aesthetics and perception.
Gill is one of seven choreographers profiled in Michael Blackwood’s documentary New York Dance: States of Performance, and her work will soon be part of the growing catalog of dance online presented through On The Boards TV. In 2011 she 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. Dance Magazine named her one of the top 25 artists to watch and Time Out New York called her most recent work Electric Midwife one of the best dances of the year.
In 2014, Gill had a research residency with VPL in partnership with MASS MoCA to begin work on New Work for the Desert. With an all-star cast of dancers and designers in tow, Gill abstracted the themes of ambition, journey and love to create an impressionistic dance inspired by the light and the natural landscape of the American Southwest desert.
Beth Gill's residency at MASS MoCA was made possible, in part, with support from The Hatchery Project, a multi-site residency initiative between Vermont Performance Lab, the Chocolate Factory, RED Arts Philadelphia and the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography, and was made possible with funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts, and VPL’s Creation Fund donors.