(Ellsworth, Michelle - 2017) -- BFA Award for Excellence in Research, Scholarly and Creative Work uri icon



  • Michelle Ellsworth is unique among the dance faculty for teaching dance, theater and Arts & Sciences “special courses” that boldly combine dance, theater, science, music and film.
    Ellsworth creates solo performance work, performable websites, drawings and videos. She uses her expansive definition of dance, as well as video, text, performance, sculpture and the Internet, to explore topics ranging from pharmaceutical art to experimental surveillance, often with a sense of absurdity and humor. Consistently commingling technology with commonplace objects, her recent works were highlighted in the New York Times article “Best Dance of 2015” under the heading Dances with Gadgets.
    Ellsworth is associate director of the ATLAS Institute’s Center for Media, Arts and Performance (CMAP). In 2015 she won an $80,000 Doris Duke Impact Award—one of 100 artists recognized by the foundation for their work in the fields of music, theater and dance. She is a 2013 Creative Capital Grantee and a 2011 United States Artists Knight Fellow, and she was named a Guggenheim Fellow in 2016.

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  • 2017