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April 2023

Movers & Shapers: Remembering Jennifer Muller

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PODCAST No.155 – Remembering Jennifer Muller (1944-2023)

Release Date: 4.24.23

Original Release Date: 9.5.19


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JENNIFER MULLER (JMTW Artistic Director and Founder) has been an influence in the dance world for over 50 years, is known for her visionary approach and innovations in dance/theater, multi-discipline productions incorporating the spoken word, live and commissioned music, media, artist-inspired decor and unusual production elements. Muller has created over 118 pieces, including seven full evening productions, collaborating with such artists as Keith Haring, Keith Jarrett, Yoko Ono and Jeff Croiter. Muller is recognized as a “seminal influence on dance/theater.” Her prolific career has led to recent honors: Fortaleza’s 2010 Trophy of Cultural Responsibility and a 2011 American Masterpieces: Artistic Genius Grant, UCSB conference and exhibit and the publication Transformation & Continuance: Jennifer Muller and the Reshaping of American Modern Dance, 1959 to Present. An internationally renowned teacher and mentor of creative talent, Muller has developed a personalized technique informed by Eastern philosophy. TanzPlan Berlin chose Muller Polarity Technique as one of seven unique contemporary dance techniques for its publication/ DVD Tanztechnik 2010. Creating and re-staging pieces for 26 international repertory companies in nine countries, her commissions include Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Tanz-Forum Köln, Lyon Opera Ballet, Bat Dor, Ballet Jazz de Montreal, Ballet Contemporaneo, Nederlands Dans Theater, NDT3 and Introdans in The Netherlands. An award-winning choreographer, Muller’s choreography for theater/opera productions include The Public Theater, 2nd Stage Theater, NY Stage & Film, and the New York City Opera. In 2011, she choreographed the new musical The Spiral Show in China. Muller is currently re-staging her 2015 piece Miserere Nobis on both Introdans in The Netherlands and UC/Santa Barbara, both to be premiered in early 2020. Her most recent work The Theory of Color, which premiered at New York Live Arts this past June, received overwhelming acclaim: “a dynamic, riveting work.” 

Above all, dance has been Ms. Muller’s passion and creative voice since she was a child. Creating pieces since age seven, she danced professionally at age 15 with the Pearl Lang Dance Company followed by nine years as Principal Dancer with the José Limon Company [while graduating from the Juilliard School] and seven years as Associate Artistic Director of the Louis Falco Dance Company. Now, as a result of years of productive creativity, her work has been seen on stage and television in 45 countries.

Movers & Shapers: Miguel Gutierrez

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PODCAST 154: Miguel Gutierrez

Release Date: 4.10.23


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Fierce, Fragile, Empathetic, Political, and Poetic Art with Miguel Gutierrez

Episode 154: Show Notes.

Our guest today, Miguel Gutierrez, is irrevocably passionate about making works of art and creates empathetic and irreverent spaces outside of traditional discourse.   Our conversation starts with Miguel sharing about his upbringing as the child of two immigrants, how he came to love the arts and dancing, and what he wanted to be when he grew up. He tells us about his time at Brown, Queer Activism, working with Paula Hunter, and later going full circle back to Brown. He also talks about his epic time in California in the 90s, what it was like to work with Joe Goode and John Jasperse, and what sparked his shift back to New York and making his own work. This is a jam-packed episode so stay tuned for this candid, introspective, and inspiring interview.

Key Points From This Episode:

  • Miguel gives us a short introduction of who he is and where he is from.
  • How Miguel came to love dancing.
  • What he wanted to be when he grew up.
  • What happened when he showed up for school at Brown.
  • He shares about his time doing Queer activism.
  • He tells us about his time dancing with Paula Hunter.
  • What compelled him to go back to Brown and finish his degree.
  • He shares his Californian experience in the 90s.
  • What sparked the shift back to New York (and why Europe didn’t work out).
  • What it was like working with John Jasperse.
  • Miguel tells us about his own choreography journey.
  • The kinds of day jobs Miguel has had to support himself over the years.
  • His experience of when things started to take off, his work, and what life looked like.
  • Why he hates when propriety supplants honesty and when professionalism is used to maintain the status quo.
  • Projects he is working on now and what life looks like.

“When you are younger, as a dancer, you think that if you aren’t dancing professionally by the age of nothing, you’re never going to make it. It’s like this BS idea of what dance is, and it’s fed to you from when you are little.” — Miguel Gutierrez 

Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

Miguel Gutierrez

Miguel Gutierrez on Instagram

Miguel Gutierrez on Vimeo

Miguel Gutierrez on Soundcloud

Joe Goode Performance Group

Trisha Brown Dance Company

John Jasperse

New York Live Arts

NYU Skirball Center

Danspace Project

Podcast produced by: The Moving Architects
Interviewer: Erin Carlisle Norton