Michelle Ellsworth

The Rehearsal Artist and Post-Verbal Social Network Apr 4, 2019 to Apr 6, 2019

Tickets on sale Fall 2018 On the Boards

Thu, Apr 4
Fri, Apr 5
Sat, Apr 6

Capacity: 12
Times of performances to be announced Fall 2018.
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Michelle Ellsworth will give an Artist Talk on Wed, Apr 3. Learn more

Michelle Ellsworth’s work encompasses live performance, installations, video, websites, and drawings. Ellsworth employs absurdist humor, new technologies, monologue, and dance to create a topsy-turvy world that audiences get to experience, sometimes on the most intimate scale. The pharmaceutical potential of dance interests her, as well as the value of labor-intensive ideas. Ellsworth will utilize spaces throughout On the Boards’ building.

In The Rehearsal Artist a small group of audience members surveil a dancer who is simultaneously: 1) watching reenactments of scenes from 2001: A Space Odyssey, and 2) participating in a mash-up of some of the most canonical social science experiments of the last 50 years. 

Post-Verbal Social Network (PSVN) employs both contemporary and pre-industrial technologies to augment the physical labor of choreography and community. In a series of PVSN prototypes, Ellsworth and friends comingle simple mechanical apparatuses as well as Javascript and Arduinos with choreography to test possible non-language based, non-mediated, human-to-human encounters. 



About the Artist
Michelle Ellsworth is currently a Professor of Dance at the University of Colorado Boulder. Among Michelle Ellsworth’s honors are a Guggenheim Fellowship (2016), Doris Duke Impact Award (2015), NEFA National Dance Project Grants (2014, 2017), a Creative Capital Fellowship (2013), and a USA Artists Knight Fellowship in Dance (2012). She has received three National Performance Network Creation Fund Commissions (2004, 2007, and 2016). Recent performing highlights include presenting at American Realness (2015, 2018), Bard’s Fisher Center (2017), Noorderzon Festival (Netherlands 2016), Made in the U.S.A. Festival (Greece 2016), On The Boards (2004, 2005, 2012, 2015), The Chocolate Factory (2015), The Fusebox Festival (2013 and 2015), and Brown University (2011, 2015).

Photo: Juliete Cervantes


The Rehearsal Artist was made possible by support from The MAP Fund, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Boulder County Arts Alliance. The Rehearsal Artist is also a National Performance Network Creation Fund co-commissioned by Performance Space NY, The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, On the Boards, Women and Their Work, and University of Colorado Boulder. The development of The Rehearsal Artist was made possible by the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography at Florida State University, as well as the Center for Humanities in the Arts and IRISS Project Society research funding at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Post-Verbal Social Network was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Post-Verbal Social Network is also supported by a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Headlands Center for the Arts Residency program, and the Boulder County Arts Alliance.