Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance
Primary Academic Program: Dance
Biography:Jillian Peña is a dance artist whose work focuses on the most complicated relationship we all have: that of the self to itself. Her work is in dialogue with psychoanalysis, queer theory, pop media, and spirituality. She has been presented at Danspace Project, The Chocolate Factory, 92nd Street Y, Dance Theater Workshop, and The Kitchen in New York, and at ImPulsTanz Vienna, Modern Art Oxford, Centre for Contemporary Arts Glasgow, and Sophiensaele Berlin. She has been an artist in residence at CUNY Dance Initiative, Mount Tremper Arts, Lower Manhattan Cultural Center, PS122, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Movement Research, and the National Dance Center of Bucharest, and has created work for American Ballet Theatre and the University of the Arts, Philadelphia. She was nominated for a Bessie Award for Outstanding Emerging Choreographer in 2016 and won the Prix Jardin d’Europe Award for Emerging Choreography in 2014. Her video works have been screened at Anthology Film Archives, New York; Kino Arsenal, Berlin; Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Barcelona; and at venues in Estonia, Denmark, the United Kingdom, and Brazil, among others. She previously served as faculty or adviser at Bard’s Language and Thinking Program; University of the Arts, Philadelphia; American Dance Festival; Movement Research; and ImPulsTanz, Vienna Contemporary Dance Festival.
BA, Hollins College; MFA, School of the Art Institute of Chicago; MPhil, Goldsmiths, University of London. At Bard since 2020.
Location: Fisher Center for the Performing Arts