Nov 01, 2019
Recent Fellowships and Works

News! Named Bogliasco Fellow (2020)

News! Awarded Bogliasco and Baryshnikov Arts Center Joint Fellowship (2020)

News! Awarded The Van Cleef & Arpels Fellowship in Dance (2020)

On its face (evening-length work) 

Commissioned by Gibney, New York, NY. Premiere May 2018.

“The choreography is full of dichotomies. It’s at once loppy and ceremonious.“

                                    Trina Mannino, Dance Europe Magazine

Couple Riding 

Guggenheim Works and Process: Reid and Harriet Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY. Premiere March 2018.

Stuart Singer anchors the next piece with a groundedness so tectonic that you could hit it with a mallet and it would swallow the sound.

                                     Caroline Stinger, The Brooklyn Rail

The Welliver Variation (Martha Graham Lamentation Variations Project) 

Co-Commissioned by the Martha Graham Dance Company and Opening Nights Performing Arts, Tallahassee, FL, New York, NY
Premiere Nancy Smith Fichter Dance Theatre, February 2018

The dance is profoundly sad, with suffering hands and repeated sinking to the ground and sustaining various poses.

                                       Bonnie Rosenstock, 


Paradise Interrupted  (new opera, evening-length production) Composer Huang Ruo, Director Jennifer Wen Ma, Choreographer Gwen Welliver. 

Co-Commissioned by Spoleto Festival, Lincoln Center Festival, National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts, Singapore International Festival of Arts Premiere May 22-31, 2015.

“..kunqu..embraces elaborate, flowing stylized dance...Gwen Welliver, the “Paradise” choreographer, take Ms. Qian in another direction, introducing a certain angularity to her movements.”

                                           James R. Oestreich, New York Times

What a Horse!

Commissioned by La MaMa and Movement Research, New York, NY Premiere May 22-24, 2015

“... — made you want to see more of [Welliver], if only to get another crack at deciphering her choreographic logic.”

                                              Siobhan Burke, New York Times 

Beasts and Plots (evening-length work) 

Commissioned by New York Live Arts, New York, NY Premiere April 3-6, 2013

“...the sensation of shifting from soft to hard is palpable, along with an investigation of line that is not only visual but the pedestrian body a rare inner drama...Ms. Welliver’s many plots is how she makes room for fantasy in formalism”

                                                   Gia Kourlas, New York Times

The Pastures (evening-length event) 

Commissioned by Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY Premiere December 6,13, 2012

Olafur Eliasson and American Dance Festival (evening-length event) 

Nasher Museum, Durham, NC
Premiere July 26, 2012

Glen, Girl, Gallery (evening-length work)

Center for Performance Research (Brooklyn, NY), Premiere, March 31-April 2, 2011

Portraits 1 – 3

Commissioned by 92Y Harkness Dance Festival New York, NY Premiere March 12-14, 2010

“ ...Their tranquil assurance and the sculptural serendipity of their occasional, seemingly arbitrary, pauses were quietly intriguing...”

                                         Roslyn Sulcas, New York Times