I as another (New York Premiere)
I as another is a new duet created by Miguel Gutierrez. Performed with Laila Franklin, the work takes place in a future/present dystopia and explores the virtual architecture of memory, what it means to be alongside one another, and how existential despair has come into public view. Drawing inspiration from Martinican philosopher Édouard Glissant and his conceptions of Relation and Opacity, I as another examines what it means for differences to come into contact and how unknowable we can be.
Choreographer, Performer, Sound Design, Text, Costumes: Miguel Gutierrez
Performer and Collaborator: Laila Franklin
Lighting Design: Carolina Ortiz
Additional Sound Design: Rosana Cabán
Stage Manager: Robert McIntyre
Dramaturgical Assistance: Stephanie Acosta
Management: Michelle Fletcher
Research Assistant: Amit Noy
I as another is supported by a Caroline A. Hearst commission from Princeton University and contributions from individual donors. It has been developed through a Resident Artist Residency at Movement Research in New York and a residency at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Miguel Gutierrez is a choreographer, music artist, writer, visual artist, educator, podcaster, and Feldenkrais Method practitioner based in Lenapehoking/Brooklyn, NY and Tovaangar/Los Angeles. His work creates empathetic and irreverent spaces outside of traditional discourse.
His work has been presented internationally in over sixty cities. Recent projects include I as another, a duet that examines unknowing and relationship, This Bridge Called My Ass, a performance that queers tropes of Latinidad, and sueño, his music project of melancholic songs sung in English and Spanish. He is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, United States Artists Fellowship, Foundation for Contemporary Arts Award, four NY Dance and Performance “Bessie” Awards, and a 2016 Doris Duke Artist Award. He was a selected artist for the 2014 Whitney Biennial. His podcast Are You For Sale? examines the ethical entanglements between money and art making. He is an Associate Professor of Choreography at UCLA in the department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance.