Bill Shannon : Touch Update


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Touch Update


NYC Premiere

Bill Shannon premieres Touch Update, a new work exploring contemporary modes of digital versus interpersonal representation and physicalityTouch Update “reverse engineers” Shannon’s virtuosic technique for dancing on crutches, as he dissects and dismantles the multiple online identities we create in order to mask and manipulate our lived experience. Shannon’s crutch choreography is performed by Cirque Du Soleil artist Raphael Botelho Nepomuceno, along with collaborators and performers Ron Chunn Jr., Teena Marie Custer, Anna Thompson, Taylor Knight, Jacquea Mae, Cornelius Henke, and David Whitewolf.

Nov 15 Stay Late Conversation moderated by Jennifer Edwards
Nov 17, 5-6:30pm The Condition Arriving Lecture, $10 / free with ticket purchase

Bill Shannon is an interdisciplinary artist and maker who explores body-centric work through video installation, sculpture, linguistics, sociology, choreography, dance, and politics. He is a 2018 United States Artist Fellow and has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in Choreography and a Foundation for Contemporary Art Fellowship in Performance Art. He has worked as a choreographer and performer for Cirque du Soleil. Anna Thompson and Taylor Knight’s company slowdanger was on Dance Magazine‘s “25 to Watch” list for 2018.

Touch Update has been created in collaboration with dancers of slowdanger, Get Down Gang, and VJ / Mapper Projectile Objects. The project is supported by the New England Foundation for The Arts’ National Dance Production Fund, The Heinz Endowments’ Small Arts Initiative, and the National Performance Network.

Jennifer Edwards is a process designer, facilitator, strategist and co-founder of better_ [Better Consulting LLC]. She is also a multifaceted creative who uses storytelling, movement, and group learning as her media. She has published over 100 articles and essays on topics ranging from healthcare and politics to dance, the arts, and entrepreneurship. She is the author of a forthcoming essay series on Dance and Society, for the NEA sponsored, ‘Themes | Essays’ vertical on Jacob’s Pillow’s Dance Interactive. Jennifer is currently a Master Lecturer at The University of the Arts and an embedded artist at The Georgia Institute of Technology.

The Live Feed program is supported in part by by Rockefeller Brothers Fund, National Endowment for the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and the Partners for New Performance.

About the Artist:
Bill Shannon