Choreographer Gwen Welliver (NYC) will develop A Hell of a Woman with collaborator Sean Donovan. Based on the 1954 novel by the experimental crime novelist Jim Thompson, the work explores the conflicts between doing and being, and the ways that intersection can find new possibilities in the well-worn legacies of modernist abstraction.
Gwen Welliver is a dancer and choreographer recognized for her range across formats from performance installation to opera. Her recent works include On Its Face (Gibney, 2018), Couple Riding (Reid Bartelme and Harriet Jung’s Guggenheim Works & Process, 2018), The Welliver Variation (Martha Graham Dance Company Lamentation Variation Project, tour 2018), What a Horse! (La MaMa, 2015),
Beasts and Plots (New York Live Arts, 2013), The Pastures (MAD Museum, 2012), and Glen, Girl Gallery (Center for Performance Research, 2011). Welliver’s fellowships and awards include The Bogliasco Foundation Fellowship, The Van Cleef and Arpels Bogliasco Special Fellowship in Dance, The Bogliasco and Baryshnikov Arts Center Joint Fellowship, the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, and a New York Dance and Performance Bessie Award for Sustained Achievement in Dancing with Doug Varone and Dancers. As Rehearsal Director for Trisha Brown (2000–2007), Welliver oversaw the company repertory, remounted Brown’s choreography for opera at La Monnaie/De Munt and Festival d’Aix-en Provence, and directed the revival of seminal works for the touring exhibition Trisha Brown: Dance and Art in Dialogue, 1961–2001. Welliver’s choreography for opera premiered in Jennifer Wen Ma’s contemporary production, Paradise Interrupted, at the Spoleto Festival USA, with additional performances at Lincoln Center Festival, Singapore Festival of Arts, National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts, Taipei National Theatre and Concert Hall, and the MGM Cotai Theater. Her teaching experience spans decades and four continents: the United States, Europe, Asia, and South America. She is on the School of Dance Faculty at Florida State University.