Beth Gill

Presented by Institute of Contemporary Art
Institute of Contemporary Art 25 Harbor Shore Drive , Boston

2015 Guggenheim Fellow and Doris Duke Impact Award winner Beth Gill makes her Boston debut with a new work premiering only a week earlier at the Walker Art Center in conjunction with the exhibition Merce Cunningham: Common Time. Gill, a three-time Bessie Award winner, is perhaps best known for her 2011 breakout work, “Electric Midwife,” about which the New York Times stated: “There aren’t many dance makers of Ms. Gill’s generation… working with the kind of clear, penetrating focus that made ‘Midwife’ — a pair of perfectly symmetrical trios — such a transporting meditation on the body, its intricate physics and intrinsic poetry.”

Beth Gill’s minimalist works explore the tension between formalist structures and psychological themes, where layers of meaning unfold over a prolonged sense of time, while maintaining an extremely vivid sense of the simultaneous visual and visceral experiences of the viewer. The new work reflects on art historic values and aesthetics, and presents in its stead a dense, tangled, corporeal dance in which bodies are both disparately and desperately expressive.

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