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SpringboardX 2016 | Euro Dance Theater
We held our inaugural SpringboardX workshop + showing, Euro Dance Theater in New York City, in collaboration with Gibney Dance in November, 2016.
The workshop was led by Springboard Danse Montréal artists Shannon Gillen, Evangelos Poulinas and Johannes Wieland, whose company work was presented to the public at the showing held at the close of the workshop.
Read more about the artists here.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS | 2016
Named among New York’s top 20 artists by Brooklyn Magazine and championed as ‘vastly gifted’ by Deborah Jowitt, Shannon Gillen has had an extensive career as a dancer and choreographer in NYC and Europe. She was a full time member of the Johannes Wieland Company based at Staatstheater Kassel in Germany; won commissions from Mainfranken Theater Würzburg, the International Solo-Tanz Theater Festival in Stuttgart (3rd Prize Dance) and the TIF Theater in Kassel; and was selected as a THINK BIG choreographer-in-residence at Staatsoper Hannover. Upon returning to the States, Shannon founded VIM VIGOR DANCE COMPANY as the home for her choreographic and educational endeavors. The company debuted in NYC to sold-out audiences at the GK Arts Center and has upcoming commissions in California, Canada, and South America. Additional projects for Shannon include commissions from Springboard Danse Festival in Montreal, Hubbard Street 2, and BEACH SESSIONS in NYC; notable festivals and venues where her work has been seen include New York Live Arts, Judson Church, PULSE Fair at Art Basel, Bryant Park Presents, NYC’s River to River Festival, the Joyce Theater, and Jacob’s Pillow. Shannon also has an ongoing creative relationship with fashion label PHELAN, and serving as the line’s in-house choreographer was heralded by VOGUE as ‘extraordinary’ and ‘mesmerizing’. Dedicated to contemporary dance theater education, Gillen is on faculty at SUNY Purchase College and teaches nationally and internationally at the B12 workshops in Berlin, The Juilliard Summer Program, MIP at the Baryshnikov Arts Center, and as a guest artist at Ailey/Fordham, Hunter College, Princeton University, Marymount Manhattan College, NYU, among others. VIM VIGOR is also holding it’s inaugural summer intensive in August 2016: focused on floorwork, partnering, improvisation, composition and acting. Gillen is a graduate of the Juilliard School and earned her MFA from Tisch School of the Arts at NYU and maintains close creative relationships with both conservatories. Visit www.vimvigordance.com to learn more.
Evangelos is an MFA graduate (Tisch School of the Arts, New York University) and recipient of numerous scholarships and awards. In 2004 he joined the State Theater of Northern Greece, where he danced for the new creations of Konstantinos Rigos and Nigel Charnock. In 2007, after his studies at NYU, Evangelos returns back to Europe where he continues creating his own work and he performes with many renown choreographers. To name a few: Johannes Wieland, Marco Cantalupo, Katarzyna Gdaniec, Marcel Leemann, Constanza Macras. Since 2009 organizes in Corfu the One Small Step contemporary dance festival in urban environment and since 2016 the b12 workshop festival in Berlin. Evangelos is very interested in dance education and has taught contemporary technique workshops in many institutions around the world.
After earning his BFA at the Amsterdam University of the Arts, Johannes Wieland worked with numerous choreographers and before finally joining the Béjart Ballet in Lausanne. Ready for a radical change, Wieland moved to New York City and attended NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts where he earned his MFA in contemporary dance and choreography. While in New York, he founded his company ‘johannes wieland’ and received the Kurt-Jooss-Prize for his choreography shortly after the company launched. Wieland is currently the Artistic Director and choreographer in residency at the Staatsheater Kassel, based in Germany. The company has been presented by many national and international venues and festivals. He often also works as a guest choreographer and teacher at various dance institutions and companies throughout Europe and North America.