Miguel Gutierrez

Miguel Gutierrez lives in Brooklyn and makes performances, music and poetry. He has been called “one of our most provocative and necessary artistic voices” by Eva Yaa Asantewaa at Dance Magazine. Across a variety of disciplines, his work engages persistent philosophical questions about the search for meaning and joins a legacy of process-focused experimental forms while drawing on influences such as endurance-based performance art, noise music, ecstatic experience in social and religious rituals, the study of mind-body somatic systems, and various histories of spectacle including Broadway and queer club performance. His most recent work is Age & Beauty, a trilogy that places a queer lens on mortality, the representation of the dancer, the intersection of administration with art-making, and an ambivalence toward futurity.

His work has been presented in over 50 cities in the U.S. and around the world in venues such as the Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York Live Arts, The Kitchen, Danspace Project, AMERICAN REALNESS, Live Arts Bard, Walker Art Center, Flynn Center for Performing Arts, PICA’s TBA Festival, CounterPulse, Diverseworks, Fringe Arts, Centre National de Danse and Centre Pompidou in Paris, ImPulsTanz in Vienna, Kampnagel in Hamburg, BiPod Festival in Beirut, Festival Universitario in Colombia and many others. He was a 2014 Whitney Biennial artist.

He is a 2016 Doris Duke Artist. He is the recipient of a 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship, a 2010 United States Artist Award, a 2010 Foundation for Contemporary Art Award, a three year Lambent Fellowship from the Tides Foundation, and a 2004 and 2008 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship. He is the recipient of the 2016 Franky Award from Prelude Festival, and he has received three New York Dance and Performance Bessie Awards, two for his choreographic work (Retrospective Exhibitionist and Difficult Bodies and Last Meadow) and one for his work as a dancer with John Jasperse Company. His work has been supported by New York Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, the NPN Commissioning Fund, MAP Fund, Jerome Foundation, Creative Capital, and the NEA. He has been an artist in residence at Maggie Allessee National Center for Choreography, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Centre Choréographique National de Montpellier, Baryshnikov Art Center, Gibney Dance Center and several universities.

He has created one-off pieces for a host of venues, such as a collaboration with Jenny Holzer for the Boston ICA, an evening of performance interventions for the Regarding Warhol exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a performance for Courtesy the Artist’s residency during Performa 2013 at Recess Gallery, and a performance response to the Re-defining Actionism show at MUMOK in Vienna in partnership with ImPulsTanz. In 2013 he spent a week performing outdoors at the Roskilde Music Festival as one of the Holy Sisters of the Church of Beer, a project initiated by Jeremy Wade as part of his Maximum Service series. He has created commissions for Philip Adams’ BalletLab in Melbourne, The Fondue Set in Sydney, LabCo in Pittsburgh, Fauxnique/Monique Jenkinson in San Francisco, and Movement Forum in Salt Lake City. He has also participated in a variety of research/non-production based projects such as artist exchanges in Russia and Hungary that were supported by DTW’s The Suitcase Fund, an exchange with choreographer Luke George that was supported by Arts House in Melbourne, and a MANCC supported project with choreographer Alex Ketley where they drove through the American deep south in order to meet, interview and perform for strangers.

He has created music for several of his works, for choreographer Antonio Ramos, and is currently co-creating music with Colin Self for Jen Rosenblit and Simone Aughterlony’s new work Everything Fits In the Room.

He’s read at the Poetry Project, People Herd, GUTS, Radar, and was a writer in residence in 2012 at RadarLAB in Mexico. His writing has appeared in the Movement Research Journal, Emily Roysdon’s Uncounted, online in his blog about celebrities called Stargayze.com, handjob the zine and his short essay “The Perfect Dance Critic” has been featured in several international publications. His book of performance texts WHEN YOU RISE UP is available from 53rd State Press. His work is discussed in Jenn Joy’s book The Choreographic, published by MIT Press.

He has choreographed and performed in music videos for Diane Cluck, Holcombe Waller and Le Tigre (which went viral and produced various copycat videos), has performed as a singer with Anohni, Nick Hallett, My Robot Friend, Justin Vivian Bond, Holcombe Waller, Vincent Segal and Kid Millions. He has created original music for several of his stage works and has released two albums under the moniker The Belleville. He is featured in David Thorpe’s documentary “Do I Sound Gay?”, Marc Huestis’ “Sex Is,” and Michael Wallin’s “Black Sheep Boy.”

As a performer he has worked with Joe Goode Performance Group, Jess Curtis, Knee Jerk Dance Project, High Risk Group, Jennifer Monson, Juliette Mapp, Erin Cornell, Sarah Michelson, Alain Buffard, Deborah Hay, Ann Liv Young, Yvonne Meier, Mark Morris Group. In October 2016 he performed at the New Museum with My Barbarian in their project Post-Living Ante-Action Theater alongside an illustrious group of artists. With Ishmael Houston-Jones he co-directed Variations on a Theme from Lost and Found, a re-construction and re-imagining of pieces by John Bernd, which was selected as one of the top dance events of 2016 by The New York Times.

He is the program director Gibney Dance Center’s LANDING, a new pedagogical, mentoring, peer to peer initiative. He leads workshops in his approach to creative practice all over the world and has taught at ImPuls Tanz in Vienna, CND in Paris, CNDC/Angers, American Dance Festival, the MFA program at Hollins University, and in New York at New School/Eugene Lang, Hunter College, and Movement Research, among many other places. He invented DEEP AEROBICS, an absurdist workout for the radical in all of us, which has been foisted upon people all over the world and which was used to warm up audiences for The Knife “Shaking the Habitual” tour. From 2006-2015 he served as a volunteer mentor for TDF's Open Doors program. He was the winner of the PS 122 One Minute Dance Contest in 2000, and in 1987 as a 16 year old he was one of the original Club MTV dancers. He is a guild certified practitioner of the Feldenkrais Method® and he studies voice with Barbara Maier.

Upcoming projects in 2017 include mentoring the Masters students of e.x.e.r.c.e. at CCN Montpellier, making a piece with students at DOCH in Sweden, and fulfilling commissions from Ballet de Lorraine in France.

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