Beth Gill

Doris Duke Impact Award, 2015

New York, NY

Beth Gill’s minimalist works are influenced by a more formal structure and question psychological themes. Her New Work for the Desert (2014) was inspired by the natural landscape of the American Southwest. Its visual and sound design created an impressionist styled setting that questioned memory, place, and perception. Electric Midwife (2011) received two Bessie Awards and featured an oversized, bare performance space. Electric Midwife used the vastness of the stage to create symmetric movements and lines, which became an entry point for exploring the relationship between space and perception. Honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship (2015) and a NEFA National Dance Project grant (2015). She has also been included in The Drama Review. Her next work I’m not supposed to be here is an exploration of archetypal figures, the imagination, and the subconscious and will premiere at The Chocolate Factory in NYC in May 2016.

  • Photo Credit: Chris Cameron, courtesy of MANCC
  • Beth Gill- New Work for the Desert (2014): /96656192
    New Work for the Desert (2014)
  • Beth Gill- Electric Midwife (2011): /81359878
    Electric Midwife (2011)
  • Photo Credit: Alex Escalante
    New Work for the Desert (2014)
  • Photo Credit: Ted Roeder
  • Photo Credit: Alex Escalante
  • Photo Credit: Alex Escalante

What are the creative challenges you face as an artist?

At the beginning of a project I struggle to find an entry point. I sometimes imagine myself as an archeologist probing to unearth layers of understanding, or as a gardener nurturing the potential germinating within the seed of an idea. My hope is to reveal some new personal, subconscious aspect of my world. Along the way there is a lot of confusion, doubt, and discomfort under the weight of the responsibility to produce something worthy. My relationship with my dancers is a strong anchor in my storm of misgivings. There is a tenderness with which I view our work together. It is often tedious and involves attending to the inevitable drift of ideas, images, and experiences within an ephemeral art form. However, it is ours alone to imagine, understand and take care of. My connection with these people who bring dimension to my thoughts propels me into and through a project.