Movers & Shapers: Miguel Gutierrez

By April 10, 2023Podcast

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