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Gwen Welliver

Published April 15, 2015

Gwen WelliverAssociate Professor
School of Dance


Gwen Welliver is a choreographer and dancer who works across performance, teaching, opera, and drawing. Since the 1990s she has been tracing various manifestations of line in performance and visual art asking us to think about form in terms of transition. As a Bogliasco Foundation Fellow, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow in Choreography, a New York Dance and Performance ‘Bessie’ awardee for Sustained Achievement in Dancing with Doug Varone and Dancers, and former Rehearsal Director for the Trisha Brown Dance Company, Welliver’s work has been presented in renowned venues worldwide. Welliver’s works and process received support by the Baryshnikov Arts Center, Bogliasco Foundation, Van Cleef & Arpels, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, New Music USA’s Live Music for Dance Program, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Fund, New York Foundation for the Arts Artist’s Fellowships, New York Live Arts with support from the Jerome Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, La MaMa, MIT Press’s PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art, Gibney and the Howard Gilman Foundation, New York State Council for the Arts funded Movement Research Artist-in-Residence Program, Center for Performance Research’s Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Artist in Residence program, Littlemeat Productions, Florida State University’s Office of Research, Movement Research Fall Festival, Bennington College, Museum of Arts and Design, Dance Theater Workshop’s Studio Series Commissioning and Creative Residency Program, 92 Y Harkness Dance Festival, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, and the Suitcase Fund. Welliver’s teaching experience spans decades. She has taught in universities, conservatories, and festivals across four continents. Her choreographic work is based in New York City.


Master of Fine Arts, Bennington College

Select Scholarly/Creative Works

  • Bogliasco Foundation Fellowship in Choreography
  • New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Choreography
  • New York Dance and Performance (“Bessie”) Award for Sustained Achievement in Dancing
  • Mellon Foundation Residency at Center for Performance Research, a multi-year artist residency to support the creation of new choreographic work
  • University Graduate Teaching Award, Florida State University
  • College of Fine Arts Faculty Teaching Award, Florida State University

Teaching Areas

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

Research Areas

Choreography, Movement Improvisation, Non-figurative Drawing

Additional Scholarly/Creative Works, Publications and Awards

  • ‘The Welliver Variation’ (2018), co-commissioned by Opening Nights and Martha Graham Company Lamentation Variations Project.
  • ‘Couple Riding’ (2018), Reid Bartelme and Harriet Jung Works & Process, Solomon R Guggenheim Museum’s Peter B. Lewis Theater
  • Published ‘Self Portraiture, Self Prompt’ (2018), PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art (MIT Press)
  • Presented ‘Celebrating the Life and Work of Trisha Brown 1936-2017’ (2017), Segal Theater, CUNY Graduate Center
  • ‘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, MGM Theater Cotai)
  • ‘What a Horse!’ (2015), commissioned by La MaMa Experimental Theater.
  • ‘Beasts and Plots’ (2013), evening-length choreographic work commissioned by New York Live Arts.