Beth Gill: I'm not supposed to be here
2015 Lab + Hatchery Project Artist: Beth Gill
Beth Gill is a choreographer who has been making contemporary dance and performance in New York City since 2005. 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. Her work in the field of experimental contemporary performance calls attention to the act of seeing what is normally lost. In our stimulated hectic contemporary environment Gill’s choreography challenges conventions and perceptions of dance by presenting the experience of slowing down, seeing what is not immediately fore-grounded, and ‘listening’ through the noise.
In 2012 Dance Magazine named her one of the top 25 artists to watch and 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.
While at VPL in 2015, Gill embarked on a new evening-length work, I’m not supposed to be here. Gill worked with five dancers using their improvisations to activate a diverse personalized movement palette – a departure from Gill’s recent restrained, cerebral choreography. The goal was that each dancer would be imprinted on the work through the source material accumulated for that dancer through journaling, discussion, and improvisation during the development of the piece.
VPL has been working with Gill since 2013 as part of The Hatchery Project, a multi-site residency initiative between The Chocolate Factory Theater in New York City, the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Philadelphia's RED Arts Project, and Vermont Performance Lab in Guilford, VT.