Shannon Gillen Named among New York’s top 20 artists by Brooklyn Magazine in 2013, Shannon Gillen was championed for her “emotionally compelling” work that “transcends the things it references and achieves a sort of Platonic ideal of intelligent and elevated movement.” During an extensive career as a dancer and choreographer in NYC and Europe, Gillen 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 to the U.S. include commissions from New York University’s Second Avenue Dance Company, Purchase Dance Company at SUNY, and Springboard Danse Festival in Montreal; notable festivals and venues where her work has been seen include New York Live Arts, Judson Church, PULSE Fair at Art Basel Miami Beach, Bryant Park Presents, New York City’s River to River Festival, the Joyce Theater, and Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. 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, the Mark Morris Dance Center, Peridance Capezio Center, and guest teaches at NYU/Tisch, the Juilliard School, and the Hartt School. Additionally she founded VIM VIGOR DANCE COMPANY as the new home for her choreographic and educational endeavors, with performances January 28-30 at the Gelsey Kirkland Arts Center in DUMBO, Brooklyn and a contemporary summer intensive planned for August 2016. Visit www.vimvigordance.com to learn more.