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Gwen Welliver

Published April 15, 2015

Gwen WelliverSchool of Dance


Gwen Welliver is an award-winning dancer and choreographer known for her longstanding work with a wide range of master choreographers. Her choreography has been commissioned for venues ranging from opera houses to gallery settings. Welliver is a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow in Choreography, and was awarded a New York Dance and Performance ‘Bessie’ Award for Sustained Achievement for her work with Doug Varone. As Rehearsal Director for Trisha Brown, Welliver maintained Brown’s extensive repertory, directed the revival of Brown’s seminal works for the touring exhibition ‘Trisha Brown: Dance and Art in Dialogue 1961–2001’, and oversaw Brown’s operatic choreography at La Monnaie and Festival d’Aix. Welliver’s own choreography for opera premiered in Jennifer Wen Ma’s contemporary production Paradise Interrupted, at the Spoleto Festival USA, Lincoln Center Festival, and Singapore Festival of Arts, National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts, and Taipei National Theatre and Concert Hall. Teaching has been a central part of Welliver’s research and practice for decades. She has taught in a wide range of settings — including academic, conservatory, cultural centers, and dance festivals — on four continents. Welliver holds an MFA from Bennington College.


Master of Fine Arts, Bennington College

Select Scholarly/Creative Works

-The Welliver Variation, Co-Commisioned choreographic work by Opening Nights and Martha Graham Company Lamentation Variations Project, 2018
-Couple Riding, evening length choreographic work for Solomon R Guttenheimer Museum and Peter B Lewise Theater, New York, NY, March 2018
-On it’s Face, commissioned choreographic work for Gibney, New York, NY, May 2018

-Choreographed Paradise Interrupted (2015), a new evening-length installation opera directed and designed by Jennifer Wen Ma, composed by Huang Ruo (Spoleto USA, Lincoln Center Festival, Singapore Festival of Arts, National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts, Taipei national Theater and Concert Hall)

-Published Self Portraiture, Self Prompt, PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art (MIT Press)

-Presented Celebrating the Life and Work of Trisha Brown (1936-2017), Segal Theater, CUNY Graduate Center  

What a Horse! (2015), commissioned by La MaMa Experimental Theater

Beasts and Plots (2013), evening-length choreographic work commissioned by New York Live Arts

Teaching Areas

Contemporary Dance, Movement Improvisation, Choreography, Dance Composition, Directing

Research Areas

Choreography, Directing, Contemporary Dance, Movement Improvisation, Dance Composition,

Additional Scholarly/Creative Works, Publications and Awards

New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Choreography

New York Dance and Performance (“Bessie”) Award for Sustained Achievement in Dancing with Doug Varone and Dancers

Mellon Foundation Residency at Center for Performance Research, a multi-year artist residency to support the creation of new choreographic work