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VIM VIGOR Jul 16, 2018 - Jul 20, 2018; Mon - Fri

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM


Following a successful run in Germany as both a choreographer and dancer, Shannon Gillen returned to New York City to form VIM VIGOR. Interested in founding a collaborative think tank, where the most innovative and profoundly gifted artists could come together to create cutting edge dance theater, VIM VIGOR represents a paradigm shift in the creative process, with all original music, writing, set, media and movement created collaboratively by the company. Utilizing the full physical and theatrical skill-sets of each performer, VIM VIGOR seeks to engage a wider audience through its signature combination of bombastic contemporary movement with cinematic dreamscapes.

In addition to being a platform for VIM's collaborative works, VIM VIGOR is nationally recognized non-profit dedicated to providing a new platform for contemporary dance-theater education. Through company classes, workshops and the company's immersive summer program (August 7-18, 2017), VIM VIGOR has reached over 1500 in the past twelve months.

Workshop Fees
Pre-Register by July 15th: $100
Single Class Drop-In: $25.00


Meet Shannon Gillen!

Called ‘mesmerizing’ by VOGUE and recently 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 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 collaborative choreographic and educational endeavors. The company's creative and educational work has been commissioned in NYC, California, Michigan, Canada, Panama, Chile, and Germany. Additional projects for Shannon include commissions from fashion label PHELAN, 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. Dedicated to contemporary dance theater education, Gillen is on faculty at SUNY Purchase College, teaches at the B12 workshops in Berlin, The Juilliard Summer Program, MIP at the Baryshnikov Arts Center, and with VIM VIGOR’s summer intensive: focused on floorwork, partnering, improvisation, composition and acting. She 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.

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