Doris Duke Impact Award, 2014
New York, NY and Urbana, IL
Jennifer Monson, founder of iLAND (interdisciplinary Laboratory for Art Nature and Dance), explores choreographic, improvisational, and collaborative strategies in experimental dance. Through multi-year creation processes, her works have investigated animal navigation and migration (BIRD BRAIN, 2000-2005); human impact on natural sites (iMAP/Ridgewood Reservoir, 2007); and communities in East Central Illinois dependent on the aquifer (Mahomet Aquifer Project, 2008-2010). Her recent project, Live Dancing Archive, (2013)—which received a NEFA National Dance Project grant—proposed that choreography itself is an archival practice for documenting environmental phenomena. She has received a Creative Capital Award (2000), and two Bessie Awards, among other honors. She is currently a Professor of Dance at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Marsh Professor at Large at the University of Vermont. Her current project, in tow, which investigates the nature of collaboration and experimentation across geographies and disciplines, will premiere at Danspace Project in the fall of 2016.