“I make dances that gently yet raucously rewrite the social contract between audience-as-receiver and performer-as-giver of meaning.”
Annie Wilson is a choreographer and performer whose work intertwines experimental dance, humor, feminist practice, and audience interaction to, as she says, “enliven that which is actively repressed in public life: grief, empathy, emotional honesty, and the experience—instead of appearance—of the female body.” Investigating what she describes as “public vulnerability and intimacy,” Wilson is interested in expanding the definition of dance and drawing from different realms of culture, such as standup comedy, burlesque, viral videos, and DJ remixes. Wilson’s most recent work is At Home with the Humorless Bastard (2016), an exploration of personal and collective grief that shifts the audience’s perspective by bringing them onstage and casting them in a story. With choreographer and Pew Fellow Susan Rethorst, Wilson curated and produced the weeklong The Remix Festival (2014), bringing together choreographers from around the country to “remix” one another’s dances. Wilson was a 2014 Independence Foundation Fellowship recipient, and is currently an “incubated artist” at Headlong and a writer for Thinking Dance. She holds a BFA in modern dance performance from the University of the Arts.