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10 Choreographers You Should Know: 7. Michelle Ellsworth (Boulder, CO)

Michelle Ellsworth (Boulder, CO)

Michelle Ellsworth is an American performance artist and an associate professor at the University of Colorado-Boulder as the co-director of the dance department Ellsworth’s work spans video, performable websites, drawing and live performances and employs absurdist humor, new technologies, monologue, and dance. She has exhibited or performed at Fusebox (Austin), On the Boards (Seattle), Counterpath (Denver), Chocolate Factory (Long Island City, NY), DiverseWorks (Houston, TX), Dance Theatre Workshop (New York City), and the Abrons Arts Center (New York City).

She has been called a “jittery performer who expertly folds nervousness into her character”and “an excellent comedian, impersonating a slightly scatterbrained TED talk lecturer.” Her major works include TIFPRABAP.ORG, The Objectification of Things, Preparation for the Obsolescence of the Y Chromosome and Clytigation: State of Exception. She has received the Doris Duke Impact Award, is a Creative Capital grantee] and is a United States Artists Knight Fellow ArtForum has said she is “doing some of the most engrossing explorations of how the body and technology coexist and collide. (Source:

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