Miguel Gutierrez lives in Brooklyn and makes performances. He has been called “one of our most provocative and necessary artistic voices” by Eva Yaa Asantewaa at Dance Magazine. His work engages persistent philosophical questions about the search for meaning and joins a legacy of process-focused experimental dance 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 pieces include enter the seen (2002), I succumb (2003), dAMNATION rOAD (2004), Sabotage (with Jaime Fennelly 2001-2004), Retrospective Exhibitionist and Difficult Bodies (2005, New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Award), myendlesslove (2006), Everyone (2007), Nothing, No thing (2008), Last Meadow (2009, New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Award), HEAVENS WHAT HAVE I DONE (2010), And lose the name of action (2012) and Storing the Winter with Mind Over Mirros (2013).
He is currently working on a series of queer pieces in three parts called Age & Beauty. Age & Beauty Part 1: Mid-Career Artist/Suicide Note or &:-/ premiered as part of the 2014 Whitney Biennial. Age & Beauty Part 2: Asian Beauty @ the Werq Meeting or The Choreographer & Her Muse or &:@& premiered at American Realness 2015, and Age & Beauty Part 3: Dancer or You can make whatever the fuck you want but you’ll only tour solos or The Powerful People or We are strong/We are powerful/We are beautiful/We are diving or &:’/// will premiere in September 2015 at the Fisher Center for the Arts at Bard College.
His work has been presented by venues such as the Brooklyn Academy of Music in Brooklyn, Festival D'Automne and the Pompidou Centre in Paris, ImPulsTanz in Vienna, Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Portland Institute of Contemporary Art's TBA Festival in Portland and The Flynn Center in Burlington. He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, Foundation for Contemporary Art, United States Artists, Lambent Foundation and New York Foundation for the Arts, as well as support from MAP Fund, Jerome Foundation, Creative Capital, and the National Endowment for the Arts. He has been an artist in residence at Maggie Allessee National Center for Choreography, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Centre Choreographique National de Montpellier, Baryshnikov Art Center and several universities.
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 engaged a variety of research based projects such as artist exchanges in Russia and Hungary that were supported by Dance Theater Workshop’s The Suitcase Fund, a process exchange project in Melbourne with choreographer Luke George supported by Arts House, a drive through the American deep south with choreographer Alex Ketley where they met, interviewed and performed for strangers supported by MANCC, and a research into improvisation in Philadelphia with Headlong Dance Theater and Pig Iron’s Dan Rothenberg. In addition he has created one-off pieces for a host of venues, such as a collaboration with Jenny Holzer for the Boston Institute of Contemporary Art, a series of performative interventions that were part of the Regarding Warhol exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, an hour-long performance for Courtesy the Artist’s residency during Performa 2013 at Recess Gallery, as well as many other situations. He spent a week performing outdoors at the 2013 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.
As a dancer 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 and Mark Morris Group. For his work in John Jasperse Company he received the first New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Award for ensemble performance.
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 Antony and the Johnsons, Nick Hallett, Justin Vivian Bond and Holcombe Waller, has created original music for several of his stage works and has released a self produced EP under the moniker The Belleville. He leads workshops in his approach to creative practice all over the world and has taught at ImPuls Tanz in Vienna, Ponderosa in Stolzenhagen, La Caldera in Barcelona, Le Centre National de Danse Contemporaine/Angers, New School/Eugene Lang and Hunter College in New York and many other places. He is a current faculty member of Hollins University's M.F.A. dance program and NYC’s Movement Research. His book WHEN YOU RISE UP is available from 53rd State Press. His work is discussed in Jenn Joy’s book The Choreographic, out from MIT Press. He invented DEEP AEROBICS, an absurdist workout, which most recently has been used to warm up audiences for The Knife. He sits on the Artist Advisory Board for Danspace Project, volunteers as a mentor for Theater Development Fund's Open Doors program and is training to become a guild certified practitioner of the Feldenkrais Method. He studies voice with Barbara Maier.