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Jennifer Muller/The Works at the Battery Dance Festival, NYC, 2016


The Jennifer Muller

  • An influence in the dance world for half a century.
  • Dance: her foremost passion. Began dancing professionally at age 15.
  • Graduated from The Julliard School.
  • Award-winning choreographer (has worked in theater productions including those for The Public Theater, 2nd Stage Theater, NY Stage & Film, Juilliard Opera Center and the New York City Opera).
  • Costume and lights and décor designer.
  • Worked in theater productions including those for The Public Theater, Juilliard Opera Center and the New York City Opera.
  • Founder (1974) and Artistic Director of The Works, a contemporary dance company. (The Works applies a multi-disciplinary technique that weaves dance, theater and visual arts to create dances that celebrate and illuminate the human spirit.)
    With the company, Muller has toured to 39 countries on four continents; self-produced 24 seasons in New York City; created +110 pieces, including seven full evening productions; worked with artists the likes of Keith Haring, Keith Jarrett, Tom Slaughter, Yoko Ono and, most recently, Julia Kent.
  • A founding member of the World Arts Council
  • Awards: A commissioning grant from The Joyce Theater’s 25@25 Initiative to create Bench, 2009. Trophy of Cultural Responsibility in recognition of her invaluable contributions to dance in South America, 2010. Three Centuries of Artistic Genius grant to set her 1974 work Speeds on the UCSB company, accompanied by a scholarly conference, exhibit and publication entitled “Transformation & Continuance: Jennifer Muller and the Reshaping of American Modern Dance, 1959 to Present,” 2011.
  • Developed a personalized technique and innovative programs in creative thinking.
  • Invited to create and re-stage pieces for 26 international repertory companies in 9 countries; her commissions included Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Ohio Ballet (USA); Tanz-Forum (Germany), Ballet du Nord and Lyon Opera Ballet (France), Aterballetto (Italy), Bat Dor (Israel); Ballet Jazz de Montreal (Canada), Ballet Contemporaneo (Argentina) and Nederlands Dans Theater, NDT3 and, most recently, Introdans (Nederlands).
  • Developed, and taught worldwide, a personalized choreographic technique, the Muller Polarity Technique, informed by principles drawn from Eastern philosophy.
  • Spearheaded workshops in creativity, collaboration and choreography in France, England, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Argentina and the US. Developed unique programs in creative thinking and non-verbal communication, the Creative Mind Workshops, that are offered to dancers and non-dancers alike.



Featured image and bottom pic, Battery Dance Festival/Steven Pisano, CC BY2.0
Jennifer Muller pic from Jennifer Muller/The Works Facebook page, Fair Use
Joyce Theater/cjn 212, CC BY-SA212