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
Choreography, Directing, Dance Composition, Contemporary Dance, Movement Improvisation
Choreography, Movement Improvisation, Non-figurative Drawing