Michelle Ellsworth

Post-Verbal Social Network Apr 4, 2019 to Apr 6, 2019


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

The performance is open between 1:45 pm-4:45 pm and 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm each day. Patrons should allow at least 45 minutes to experience the choreography. 



General Admission 

Tickets to Post-Verbal Social Network allow access to the installation for up to 2.5 hours. 

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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.

Through a collection of prototypes, Post-Verbal Social Network (PVSN) employs both contemporary and pre-industrial technologies to augment the physical labor of choreography and community. Demonstrations of approximately 21 prototypes (aka: possible solutions to language) can be seen on fake wood TV’s throughout the building. A live prototype demonstration will be in the Studio Theater. Beta-model prototypes can be seen in the bathrooms and a stairwell. The work is particularly site responsive to the plumbing at OtB.

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).




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.

Image Credit: Ryan Seelig.