Lecture? Book It Here


WhatIsWhat 1.0 2003


"CreepMode"  AOW: REMIX  Dance Theater Workshop NYC photo: David Szlasa

Bill Shannon


New York Science Center, Human+ Exhibit Video Installation 2012

The Farm Gallery, Weelfleet MA Lithographic Prints 2012

Pallitz Gallery Newhouse Fellow Exhibit NY NY April 2011 Video

DNA Gallery Space, NY,NY Solo Exhibit Spatiotemporality 2010

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden AfterHours Video Installation 2010

Kennedy Center – Washington, DC, Derivative Composition Video 2008

Douz and Mille Gallery NYC Work Drawings Video and Performance 2008

Helsinki, Kiasma Museum – First We Take Museums Video Installation Performance 2005

Liverpool, UK, Tate Gallery – Art, Lies and Videotape , Video Installation 2003

New York, NY, Creative Time, commission What is What www.whatiswhat.com May – August 2003

The Performing Garage, Manhattan 2000


Liberty Festival, National Theater, London Sept 2012

WellFleet Dance Festival, Site Specific Dance Wellfleet MA July 2012

New York City Dance Parade, Grand Marshall NY NY June 2012

World Maker Faire, New York USA September 2011

Interplay Festival , Turin Italy May 2011

Festival Cialoumysl Warsaw Poland 2010

Dansens Hus, Stockholm Sweden May 2010

Vancouver International Dance Festival, Vancouver Canada 2010

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Public Work New York City, USA 2010

Gotheburg Dance and Theater Festival, Goteborg, Sweden, 2009

Breakin’ Convention, London, UK, Spatial Theory 2009

Kaaitheater, Brussels, Belgium, Sketchy 2008

VIA Festival, Maubeuge, France, Sketchy 2007

Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Traffic Premiere 2006

Contact Theater, Manchester, UK, Sketchy 2006

Dance City, Newcastle, UK, Sketchy 2006

Union Station, Washington DC, Street Performance 2006

The Kitchen, New York, USA Sketchy 2005

Teatro de la Ciudad, Monterrey, Mexico, Spatial Theory 2005

Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland, Window Premiere 2005

East London Dance, London, UK, Regarding the Fall 2004

Hip Hop Dance Festival, San Francisco, CA, Freestyle Dance Performance 2004

Sydney Opera House/Studio Theater, Australia, Spatial Theory 2004

Melbourne Fringe Festival, Australia, Spatial Theory 2004

Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, USA Sketchy Premiere 2004

Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool, UK, Site-Specific Street Performance 2004

Dance Theater Workshop, N Y, NY, AOW: Remix 2003

Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Scotland, Spatial Theory 2003

Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Oregon, Spatial Theory 2002

Trafalgar Square Arts Festival, London, England, Spatial Theory and Street Performance 2002

Hip-Hop Theater Festival, NY, NY, Solo Freestyle 2002

Flynn Center for the Arts, Burlington, VT, USA Spatial Theory 2002

Kennedy Center/Millennium Stage, Washington, DC, Spatial Theory 2002

Central Park Summer Stage, NYC, AOW: Remix 2002

Athenaeum Theater, Chicago, IL, AOW: Remix 2002

Walker Arts Center, Minneapolis, MN, Old Raiin 2001

URB Festival, Helsinki, Finland, Spatial Theory 2001

Centre du Danse Galion, France, Improvisational Solo 2002

Cirque du Soleil, Choreography Varekai August 2001- May 2002

The Holland Festival, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Old Rain and Regarding the Fall 2000

Performance Space 122, NY, NY, Old Rain and Regarding the Fall 1999

NOW Festival, Nottingham, UK, Art of Weightlessness 1999

Exit Festival, Creteil, France, Art of Weightlessness 1999

Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA, Art of Weightlessness

International Festival for Independent Theater, Amman, Jordan, Spatial Theory

Awards and Grants

Wynn Newhouse Foundation Award 2011

Nominee Rolex Awar

Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council Project Grant and Strategic Opportunity Grant 2007

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Grants for Arts in Public Spaces 2006

The Harkness Foundation for Dance 2005

New York Foundation for the Arts-Artist Fellowship 2004

New York State Council of Arts Dance 2004

National Endowment for the Arts 2004 Multidisciplinary, 2001

John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship 2003

Bossak-Heilbron Charitable Foundation Dance 2003

National Endowment for the Arts Multidisciplinary 2002

National Dance Project/New England Foundation for the Arts 2004 and 2002

Jerome Foundation 2001

Arts International/Fund for US Artists at International Festivals 2003, 2001 and 2000

Foundation for Contemporary Art 2000

Downtown Arts/Colbert Foundation-Emerging Arts Award 2000

James E. Robison Foundation 1999

Pennsylvania Council of the Arts Interdisciplinary Arts Fellowship 1998 and 1992

Commercial Work

Visa Card, Europe Wide Advertisement, Choreography and Performance 2010

Tylenol “Team Pain” Skateboard Sponsorship, Skateboard Demos 2004

Cirque Du Soleil Creative Team Varekai, Choreography 2001


Dance New Amsterdam Artist in Residence NY NY 2011 – 2012

The Tramway, Glasgow, Scotland, UK Spring 2007

The Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA Fall 2005

South Lanarkshire Council, Scotland, UK Summer 2005

Yerba Buena Center For The Arts, San Francisco, CA 1999


Cirque Du Soleil, Independent Contractor Shannon Technique Training for Varekai Character 2011

Dance Instructor Umea Sweden, Reverse Engineering The Shannon Technique 2010

Guest Professor, Penn State University, State College, PA Course Innovation and Accident 2010

Artist-in-Residence - Gasthuis, Amsterdam, The Netherlands Public Performance and Media 2000

Workshop Teacher-Restless Gravity Festival, Wales, UK 2000

Workshop Teacher-Dance Alloy, Pittsburgh, PA 1999

Speaking Engagements/Lectures

Kumuwuki Keynote Speaker and Artist in Residence, Goolwa Australia 2012

Featured Speaker Ästhetik versus Authentizität? Conference Zurich 2011

Keynote Speaker, American College Dance Festival Association Weber University Utah 2010

Featured Speaker – PopTech! 2007, Camden, ME

Panelist - Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Motion Studies/Street Performance/New Media 2001

Keynote Speaker - Massachusetts Institute of Technology 2000

Training and Performances on Art and Disability Culture, United States Information Agency

Lecture – National Dance Association Conference, Boston, MA

Lecture/Video/Performance - American Cultural Specialist Program-Education, Novgorod and Moscow

University Lectures/Performance

Wheaton College, Norton, MA ● New York University, New York, NY ● Pratt University, Brooklyn, NY ● Eastern Connecticut State University ● Hampshire College, Amherst, MA ● Rice University, Houston, TX ● University of Oregon Arts and Accessibility Conference, Boston, MA ● University of Oregon, Eugene, OR ● Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA ● University of Iowa, Chicago, IL


BFA, The School of The Art Institute of Chicago, 1996



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