List Grid

Blogs The Green Room

How Miguel Gutierrez Feels About Dance These Days

I feel like I could read interviews with dancemaker/poet/musician/interdisciplinary artist Miguel Gutierrez all day (which I am doing to prepare for my Curator’s Interview with Miguel in a few days). He is so smart, soulful, unpretentious, and honest. Last year, Gutierrez was asked by Bay Area choreographer Jesse Hewit: “In general, how are you feeling about […]

I feel like I could read interviews with dancemaker/poet/musician/interdisciplinary artist Miguel Gutierrez all day (which I am doing to prepare for my Curator’s Interview with Miguel in a few days). He is so smart, soulful, unpretentious, and honest.

Gutierrez in a performance shot of And lose the name of action

Last year, Gutierrez was asked by Bay Area choreographer Jesse Hewit: “In general, how are you feeling about dance these days?”

His reply:

“Great! Confused. Happy. Thrilled. Convinced it is the most perfect thing. Convinced of its irrelevancy. Subjugated by it. Liberated through it. Completely bored by it. Moved to tears a lot by it. Knowing, and sage-like even, at times in my viewing of it. Surprised by finding something new in it still. Frustrated that I don’t allow myself to do it more. Secretly convinced that it’s the best way to just figure it out. Content to walk arm in arm with its weirdness, its smallness, its privacy and naivete. Intrigued by everything I still don’t understand about it. Constantly gauging when I’m going to stop doing it.”

Glimpsing the segments of his large-scale new work And lose the name of action I’ve seen in development here at Walker the last two weeks, I think we will all be grateful he has not stopped doing it yet.

And lose the name of action opens this week (Sept 19-22) at Walker for its world premiere. See more info and buy tickets.

Photos: Chris Cameron