Choreographer Jill Sigman will develop PERMA(culture), a research and performance project that takes its name from “permaculture,” an approach to landscape design that borrows structures and principles from sustainable natural environments. The project seeks to generate movement material that captures the essence of sustainable systems, to reflect on how we can create living rather than dead-end systems, and to explore how movement in itself can be a catalyst for changing our relation to the natural world.
Jill Sigman asks questions through the body. Trained in classical ballet and modern dance, as well as art history and analytic philosophy, Sigman has been making dances and performance installations since the early 90s. She went on to create jill sigman/thinkdance in 1998, the year in which she received her Ph.D. in philosophy from Princeton University.
Sigman is based in New York City and in 2011 and 2012 has been a Fellow at the Center for Creative Research at NYU and a Creative Campus Fellow at Wesleyan University. She continues one strand of work on The Hut Project, an exploration of issues around waste, sustainability, and real estate through the creation of a series of site-specific structures made of found materials.
Photos by Marie Guex