I’m really glad that Performance Mix #34: Remotely Yours turned out to be so productive for me. I was able to wrap my head around the ideas that were all circling in my head.
In Gabrielle Revlock’s Performance of a Feminine Object a hoop animates a female performer making reference to the historic and cultural disciplining of the female body. There is a tension in the work between poise and chaos, beauty and awkwardness, sense and nonsense.
Gabrielle Revlock is a dance-maker working out of Philadelphia and New York. She is known for her work with the hoop and her “inventive,” “rambunctious,” and “mesmerizing” choreography. Presenters include American Dance Festival, JACK, Gibney Dance Center, FringeArts, Joyce SoHo, and Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. Internationally she has performed in Japan, Netherlands, Singapore, Hungary and Russia. Her work has been supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, Independence Foundation, a LAB Fellowship through FringeArts, PA Council on the Arts, SCUBA National Touring Network for Dance, Puffin Foundation and the US Department of State. In 2011 she won a finalist prize at The A.W.A.R.D. Show. Choreographic residencies include Chez Bushwick, Elizabeth Streb’s GO!, LiftOff, Dance Omi, Culture Mill in cooperation with American Dance Festival and New York Live Arts’ Fresh Tracks. As a dancer, she has performed for Lucinda Childs, Susan Rethorst, Leah Stein, Jumatatu Poe, Christopher Williams, Bill Young, Jody Oberfelder, and is a company member with Jane Comfort and Company. Revlock teaches experimental hooping and has taught at The Fabric Workshop and Museum, American Dance Festival, Barnes Foundation, Abrons Arts Center, and The Philadelphia School among others. Interested in bridging experimentation and populism, she created the online video “So You Think You Can’t Understand Contemporary Dance?,” a two-minute conversation with her favorite five-year-old. Gabrielle holds a BA in Art History from Vassar College.