Named among New York’s top 20 artists by Brooklyn Magazine in 2013, and recently championed as ‘vastly gifted’ by Deborah Jowitt, Shannon Gillen is the artistic director of Vim Vigor Dance Company, which recently debuted in NYC to sold-out audiences at GK Arts Center. Shannon 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 and the TIF Theater in Kassel; and was selected as a THINK BIG choreographer-in-residence at Staatsoper Hannover. Recent projects since Gillen returned from Europe 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. She is a graduate of the Juilliard School and earned her MFA from Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. Gillen is also dedicated to contemporary dance education and is on faculty at SUNY Purchase College and guest teaches at NYU/Tisch, the Juilliard School, and the Hartt School. Vim Vigor has a summer intensive workshop planned for August 2016.