Mimi Garrard Dance Company

Mimi Garrard Dance Company

 

Mimi Garrard (choreographer) studied and then danced with Alwin Nikolais, who produced her concerts at the Henry Street Playhouse for ten years. She then toured under the National Endowment Touring Program for many years. In collaboration with James Seawright, her work was commissioned for CBS Camera Three and WGBH Boston television. She created more than ninety works for the stage that were performed throughout the United States and in South America. She received two choreography grants from the NEA. Most recently Mimi Garrard is experimenting in new ways, creating dance for video using digital techniques to transform the dance material. This work is shown internationally, on television, in museums, galleries, and festivals. It was also shown on the dome of the planetarium in Jackson, Mississippi, and on the BBC BIG screen throughout England. In 2017, she participated in 20 international film festivals. Her work with Marcus Jarell Willis, “Gaslight”, won a Best Choreography Award in a festival in Bristol, England, and a Best Experimental Work Award for a festival in Toronto, Canada. In 2018 “Dai Jian Suite” won an award for best experimental short film at the Five Continents International Film Festival. “Notes from Einstein” with Samuel Roberts won an award of distinction from Arthouse Asia in Kolkata, India. She has a half-hour monthly television program on Manhattan Neighborhood Network in New York that is streamed live at the time of broadcast. (184 programs to date) She received a life time achievement award from the Institute of Arts And Letters in Mississippi for her outstanding achievement in dance both for video and for the stage. Mimi Garrard is grateful to her current supporters: “The David Bermant Foundation”, the “Baumol Family Foundation” and individual contributors. She is also grateful to her many teachers and mentors: James Seawright, Alwin Nikolais, Hilda Schuster, Erick Hawkins, Roop Verma, among others, and to her present and past dancers.