Wesleyan University

Visiting Artists

During every campus residency period, the ICPP invites one or several artists-in-residence to campus to serve as case studies for course work, including emerging artists, mid-to-late career artists, and faculty artists at Wesleyan and other academic institutions. While on campus, artists offer performances, talks, movement workshops, as well as converse informally with students.


Visiting Artists: Summer 2012

Brian Brooks

Brian Brooks, artistic director and choreographer, has been living and working in New York City since 1994. His interest in choreography emerged at a young age while growing up in Hingham, MA. At eighteen, he attended the American DanceFestival, where he was exposed to the scope of contemporary dance with guidance from dean and mentor Martha Myers. He later dedicated three years to performing with daredevil choreographer Elizabeth Streb, allowing him to profoundly test the limits of the body and its positioning in space. The Brian Brooks Moving Company, the main vehicle for his choreography, has been presented by world-renowned venues throughout New York, the US, South Korea and Europe. Two commissions from Dance Theater Workshop provided him with early and elevated exposure, garnering his first of several funding awards from The Greenwall Foundation and the New York State Council on the Arts. SUMMERDANCE Santa Barbara and Alfred University have offered multi-year creative residencies and presentations, enabling Brooks to further develop his choreographic process and produce major works for his company. Brooks has dedicated much of the past decade to dance education, most recently serving on faculty at Princeton University. He has previously worked as an Adjunct Associate Professor of Dance at Barnard College of Columbia University and as a guest artist at schools including the University of Maryland at College Park and Illinois State University. Brooks has been on the faculty of Rutgers University—Mason Gross School of the Arts since 2010, and later this year, will create new dances as the invited Guest Artists at Skidmore College and Alfred University.


DD Dorvillier

DD Dorvillier is a choreographer, performer, and teacher. She has presented her works in the US, Europe, Asia, and Latin America. Current projects include: The Blanket Dance with Jefta Van Dinther and Frederic Gies; Piece Sans Paroles with Anne Juren and Annie Dorsen; and Anarchive #2: Secondhand with Deuffert/Plishke. She has worked with: Jennifer Monson, Jennifer Lacey, Zeena Parkins, Thomas Dunn, Yvonne Meier, Sarah Michelson, David Berge, and Karen Finley, among others. She was a NYFA Choreography Fellow (1999), a Movement Research Artist-in-Residence (1995/96 & 2006/07) and co-curated Movement Research Festivals (2004 & 2005), received a "Bessie" for Dressed for Floating (2002) and a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Fellowship (2007), and was co-mentor, with Trajal Harrell, of the DanceWeb program in Vienna (2008).


Rinde Eckert

Rinde Eckert is a writer, composer, librettist, musician, performer and director who "moves beyond the boundaries of what a 'play,' a 'dance piece,' an 'opera' or 'musical' might be, in the service of grappling with complex issues." His Opera / New Music Theatre productions have toured throughout America and to major theater festivals in Europe and Asia. Eckert's work has also been produced in New York City by The Foundry Theatre, Culture Project, Theater for a New Audience and the New York Theatre Workshop. Outside of New York, American Repertory Theatre, Center Stage in Baltimore, Dobama Theatre Company, REDCAT at the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater in Los Angeles, and Berkeley Repertory Theater have produced his work, which has been directed by Robert Woodruff, David Schweizer, Richard ET White, Tony Taccone and Ellen McLaughlin. Eckert has directed his own and others' plays and operas for The Asia Society, Juggernaut Theater, Opera Piccola and the Paul Dresher Ensemble. In April 2012 The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation named Rinde Eckert as one of 21 inaugural Doris Duke Artists. Rinde was the 2009 recipient of The Alpert Award in the Arts for his contributions to Theatre and was the finalist for the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in Drama.


Ralph Lemon

Ralph Lemon is Artistic Director of Cross Performance, a company dedicated to the creation of cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary performance and presentation. Lemon builds teams of collaborating artists—from diverse cultural backgrounds, countries and artistic disciplines—who bring their own history and aesthetic voices to the work. Projects develop over a period of years, with public sharings of work-in-progress, culminating in artworks derived from the artistic, cultural, historic and emotional material uncovered in this rigorous creative research process. Lemon's most recent work, How Can You Stay In The House All Day And Not Go Anywhere? (2008-2010) was a four-part project consisting of live performance, film and visual art. The first three parts were presented on stage with a cast of seven and the fourth, Meditation (created with video designer Jim Findlay), was an immersive visual art installation. Lemon is an inaugural recipient of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Artist Award (2012) and was also one of fifty artists to receive the inaugural United States Artists Fellowship in 2006. He has received two "Bessie" (NY Dance and Performance) Awards, 2009 and 2004 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships, a 2009 Guggenheim Fellowship and a 2004 Fellowship with the Bellagio Study and Conference Center. In 1999, Lemon was honored with the CalArts Alpert Award in the Arts.


Reggie Wilson

Reggie Wilson, a graduate of New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, founded his company, Reggie Wilson/Fist & Heel Performance Group, in 1989 to "investigate the intersections of cultural anthropology and movement practices" and to explore "the potential of the body as a valid means for knowing." Wilson draws from the movement languages of the blues, slave and spiritual cultures of Africans in the Americas and combines them with post-modern elements and his own personal movement style to create what he calls "post-African/Neo-HooDoo Modern dances." He has studied composition and been mentored by Phyllis Lamhut and has performed and toured with Ohad Naharin. He has lectured, taught and conducted extended workshops and community projects throughout the US, Africa, Europe and the Caribbean. Wilson is the recipient of the Minnesota Dance Alliance's McKnight National Fellowship (2000-2001), the 2002 BESSIE-New York Dance and Performance Award (for his work The Tie-tongued Goat and the Lightning Bug Who Tried to Put Her Foot Down), and he was a 2002 John Simon Guggenheim Fellow. He has been an artist advisor for the National Dance Project and Board Member of Dance Theater Workshop. Most recently, in recognition of his creative contributions to the field, Wilson was named a 2009 United States Artists Prudential Fellow and was awarded the 2009 Herb Alpert Award in Dance.


Image top right: Eiko & Koma, from 2009 Retrospective Project in the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, Center for the Arts, Wesleyan University (photo by George Ruhe)

Photo Credits: Brian Brooks by Christopher Duggan; Rinde Eckert by Michele Clement; Ralph Lemon by Frank Oudeman; Reggie Wilson by Derek Jackson