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Ann Carlson

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Personal bio
Ann Carlson â?? professional biography From the opera house to the dairy farm, in a theater or a passenger train, from the museum to the frozen pond, Ann Carlsonâ??s award winning work defies description and category while expanding the context of choreography and performance. Ann Carlson is a choreographer, director, performer and conceptual artist whose work is a blend of movement, voice, sound, text and visual elements. Ms. Carlson often works in a series format. Since the late 80â??s, she has been making performance works within a conceptual framework. The first series, Real People, are works made with and performed by people gathered together by a common profession, activity or relationship. The Real People works include performances by lawyers, security officers, doctors, ranchers, teachers, ballet dancers, nuns, basketball players, custodians, day laborers, a farmer and her dairy cow. The Animal series is collaboration with live animals in performance, video and photography exploring the relationship and presence of animals in contemporary culture. Other series includes the White series, and Night Light. Ms. Carlsonâ??s work has been exhibited and presented at the Whitney Museum, NYC, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, The Yerba Buena Center, San Francisco, The Walker Art Center, Mpls., The Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio, the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, American Dance Festival, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, The Art Institute, Chicago, The Kitchen, NYC, The American Center in Paris, as well as in Mexico City, the former Soviet Union, Germany, Italy, and the Czech Republic. Ann has received over thirty commissions and numerous awards for her artistic work. Ms. Carlson was awarded a USA Artist Fellowship in 2009, and a Rockefeller MAP grant in 2010, 2007, 2003 and in 2000. In 2005, Ms. Carlson received the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies Fellowship, at Harvard University. Ms. Carlson received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2003 as well as a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship that same year. Other awards include two National Choreographic initiative awards, a Doris Duke Award for New Work and a fellowship from the Foundation for Contemporary Performance. She was the first choreographer to receive the Cal Arts/Alpert Award and the recipient of the prestigious three-year choreographic fellowship from the NEA. Ann was a lead artist in collaboration between artists, scientists and social scientists at Wesleyan University in a project about climate change.She is a member of the Center for Creative Research; an eleven member think tank of choreographers who design and implement interdisciplinary study at U.S. institutions of higher learning. Ms. Carlson is currently a visiting artist at Stanford University. The Alexander Gray Gallery in NYC represents Ms. Carlsonâ??s collaborative work with video maker, Mary Ellen Strom.

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