contact name: Gerry Girouard
2500 Blaisdell Avenue Apt.#411
Minneapolis MN 55404
My choreography is distinguished by a rigorous acrobatic style, which creates stunning optical illusions in motion and utilizes a sculptural style tempered with emotional content. As a result, my choreography presents messages about the human condition through unconventional movement, intended to provoke audiences on a visceral rather than a cerebral level. I have used technology to add to the viewer's experience of perspective, provoke associations of memory and metaphor and transform spacial dimensions by the projection of video images on see-through scrims, Plexiglas walls, and the dancers’ bodies themselves.
The various movement forms I have studied and synthesized continue to shape my choreography to this day. These comprise the German expressionist modern dance of Mary Wigman from my mentor Nancy Hauser, the vigor and physicality of gymnastics, and the acrobatic and combative improvisation of capoeira the rhythmic, Afro-Brazilian martial art form and the predecessor to break dancing. I extensively use acrobatics and optical illusions as a vehicle to express my dance ideas and I am now embracing the Argentine tango and coming to comprehend its nuances. I am attracted to the Argentine tango for its sophisticated rhythms, dramatic style and dialogical partnering.
1997, 1999, 2002, 2005
Minnesota Dance Alliance Grants:
Study Stipend - 1989
Dancer Pool - 1990,1994,1995, 1997, 1999
Minnesota State Arts Board:
1991, 1994, 2000, 2005
McKnight Choreographic Fellowship
Walker Art Center:
Extended Play Series
Red Eye Collaboration:
2000, 2002, 2004
The Cult of Dorian Gray - A multimedia performance of dance, music and video. Producer and choreographer
Gravity Games - Interavtive dance and video, choreographer, dancer and co-producer
Songs for the Body Electric - Interactive music and video and dance using the Very Nervous System (a computer/video canera traching system to allow the dancer to play the music with their bodies in real time). Choreographer, dancer producer.
OFF THE WALL !!! - Choreographer, dancer, producer.
Earth, Air, Water, Fire - part of the Walker Art Center's Extended Play Series.
In the Shadows of the Diamond Realm - Choreographer, dancer, producer.
Various performances as a company member with the Nancy Hauser Dance Company. This includes a tour of Hawaii, Taiwan, and Japan in 1990.
Country of Citizenship:
August 1, 1961