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Topic “dance”

2018 List of Shows

June 23rd, 2018 " Solo Street Performance " FLOW Governors Island, NYC August 10th and 11th, 2018 "Maker Moves" PS 21Chatham, Chatham, NY October 19th and 20th 2018 "Touch Update"

Link: United States Artists Fellow for 2018

I have been recognized as a United States Artists Fellow 2018 in the Dance Category alongside 47 other artist nationally across an array of mediums.

Bill Shannon, Wearables, video art, performance art, dance, choreography

MANCC Dance Residency Documentary Video

MANCC (pronounced man-see) is the only national center for choreography in the world located in a major research institution, and operates from one of the premiere dance facilities in the United States. The Center is embedded within The Florida State University School of Dance, and offers unparalleled opportunities for contemporary choreographers to hone their artistic practice and develop new work inside a creative community.

"Touch Update" Premiere Kelly Strayhorn Theater Pittsburgh May 11 2018

wearable technology, bill shannon, Touch Update

"Touch Update" a new work exploring contemporary modes of digital vs. interpersonal representation and physicality to Premiere at Kelly Strayhorn Theater Pittsburgh May 11,12 2018 photo: Chris Cameron 2017 This project support by New England Foundation of The Arts National Dance Production Fund and Heinz Endowments Small Arts Initiative and The National Performance Network

Bill Shannon: 2017: WhatIsWhat

ABOVE: Performance at Trolley Dances San Diego 2016. Photo: Manuel Rotenberg.) Quick Overview for 2017 extends past the jump. I was awarded a New England Foundation of The Arts, National Dance Project Production Grant 2016 to produce a new work to Premiere in 2018. 2017 I have a MANCC Residency in April. In May 2017 I have tentatively scheduled a residency hosted by Philip Channels of Dance Integrated Australia with support from Critical Path.

Bio-Luminous Sand Night Dance

Bill Shannon Dance

A long exposure of a short dance on bioluminous sand this summer.

"Work It Out" vs. "Flow" Dance For Camera

These two projects featuring my dance work on crutches held much in common. They were both dance for camera projects involving dancing and skating through an urban environment while staying in range and in frame for a steady-cam operator who followed each movement to the best of their ability. Both projects involved collaborating with director Joey Garfield and since their completion both have received overwhelmingly positive reactions by their respective audiences.

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above: see hd here updated 2015 https://youtu.be/3m5kC_t5IGo Music Video: Artist: RJD2  Track "Work It Out"  Direction Joey Garfield, Choreography and Performance Bill Shannon 2007

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above: Ad Campaign: Visa "Flow" Europe, Direction Joey Garfield, Choreography and Performance Bill Shannon 2009

Public Performance, Character Design 2014

Bill Shannon Dancer Maker Artist Reuse Recycle Upcycle Dream whatiswhat Performance Strategy, "Manifestation Of The Minds' Eye Imagined" #billshannon 2014 Photo by Garret Jones 2014

Bill Shannon Dancer Maker Artist Reuse Recycle Upcycle Dream whatiswhat Street Performance, Skateboarding Crutch Goofball Provocateur Character #billshannon 2014 Photo by Garret Jones 2014

Flare to Freeze

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Above: Finally pulled off a freeze ( "Crossed-Lean Freeze from Shannon Technique" out of a flare.@ 0:14 Not the prettiest flare ever but sticking the end makes it postable. Been trying to come out of flares for years with something that is more dynamic than just putting my feet down.

MAKER DANCER: Make Video Rig. Perform. Exhibit.

This post is intended to be a roundup of recent activities and not the final word on any of the works here.

BILL SHANNON Cirque Visa RJD2 Dance Performance Art Fleetmoves

ABOVE: "Liquid Light" Site Specific Video and Performance at Long Pond, Wellfleet MA presented as a part of Fleetmoves Dance Festival 2013. photo by Whitney Brown. This work focused on the kinetic nature of the video rig and its placement in a large body of water to allow for a live birdseye view of my continuous circuitous performance in the water for the camera above. I wanted to show and perform the fluidity of my many years of swimming to the audience on the shore. The only sport of my childhood years that was medically approved. "Dancer in Chair" and new street persona after the jump.

New Work on Exhibit @ Dance New Amsterdam NYC

Bill Shannon performance art cirque du soleil varekai rjd2 work it out visa flow

Above: Used Dance Shirt. Part of showing of work at Dance New Amsterdam. Just occured to me I need a "performance artifiact" tag

Spring 2013

My plate is full this year with multiple ongoing projects. The Rex "project" mentioned below several months ago has stabilized after 6 months of staggeringly little sleep ( or awake-ness ) and I am happy to share with you that the Rexy continues to payoff in a myriad of very small beautiful ways and I am BACK!

BILL SHANNON, whatiswhat.com, disability, dance, performance art

ABOVE: Limited Edition Lithographic Print by Bill Shannon, "I Will Dance With Strangers" 2012 I have ten of these for sale.

RIP B-ILL

My dance family in NYC has been on the forefront of merging house dance and bboying flavors in dynamic and ever shifting ways since the 90's. It saddens me to share with you, my fans and followers that recently we lost one of our members B-Ill. Ths is a dancer who I had featured in a stage production called "Sketchy". The Fénz family gathered for Sketchy were veteran Step-Fénz and the next generation of the crew The X-Fénz. B-Ill represented the cutting edge of a new breakin style called "circus style" for Sketchy. B-Ill was also a featured dancer during a Maker Faire presentation in NYC I gave last year. In both events he delivered crowd pleasing and astounding moves. This video shows B-Ill presenting his "Circus Style" of dance in a rare backstage look at cast of Sketchy. I remember these days of building with the crew fondly and I always will. RIP B-Ill it was an honor to work with you.

ABOVE: Video footage of B-Ill participating in my stage production Sketchy featuring multiple generations of the Fénz Family

GO SKATE DAY Interview On VeganSkateBlog.com

CLICK ON IMAGE ABOVE TO READ MY INTERVIEW ON VEGANSKATEBLOG.COM

DANCE PARADE 2012 Stills by Thos

Bill Shannon crutchmaster Skateboard Skater dancer dance parade 2012 disability

ABOVE: Custom Skateboard Paintjob @ Parade Starting Point /Photo by THOS

NYC DANCE PARADE 2012 was a fun and exhausting affair. I danced every block two or three times using my skateboard to exhibit my Step-N-Roll Flavor. I cannot really decide on how to title the form. Is it Stepping-Roll, Steppin-Roll or Step-N-Roll .. These are the kind of decisions I am not very good at making. Tons more images after the jump

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