Carrie Ahern, a Wisconsin native, is an acclaimed independent dance and performance artist who has been based in New York City since 1995. She worked primarily as a freelance performer/choreographer for over a dozen dance and theater companies until fully committing her energy to her company, Carrie Ahern Dance, in 2005. She seeks organic and original collaborations with dancers, composers, musicians, visual artists and most recently, philosophy scholars.
She has had a number of commissions for her work including Danspace Project for the evening length The Unity of Skin (2008) presented at St. Mark’s Church and Baltimore Theatre Project. Red (2006), also evening length, was commissioned both by Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church and the Guggenheim Works-and-Process series. In 2003 Bessie award winning dancer Carolyn Hall commissioned a solo, with an original score by Grammy award winning musician Matt Darriau and Ivan Goff. Her shorter works have been presented at numerous venues in New York City: PS122, Dixon Place, Movement Research at Judson Church, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, the Angel Orensanz Foundation, Dance New Amsterdam, Chashama, and The Flea, among others.
Nationally and internationally, her work has been presented at Baltimore Theatre Project, Danceworks and Walker’s Point Arts Center in Milwaukee, Le Regard du Cygne in Paris and at the Festival OFF in Avignon, France.
Carrie Ahern Dance has received funding from the Danspace Project Commissioning Initiative with support from the Jerome Foundation, the Andrew Mellon Foundation, and the New York State Council on the Arts; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation; Fractured Atlas Creative Development Grant; Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX)/2007 Space Grant Residency; American Music Center and the Henry Cowell Estate.
Ahern has taught master classes in improvisation at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, been a guest speaker at NYU for philosophy classes in Spectacle, and taught dance in the New York City Public Schools.
At 14 Wall Street, Carrie Ahern will be developing Sensate, a 3-hour dance installation for the top and bottom levels of the Brooklyn Lyceum. Ahern is collaborating with Nietzsche scholar Yunus Tuncel; composer Anne Hege; costume designer Naoko Nagata; and dancers Donna Costello, David Figueroa, Kelly Hayes and Jillian Hollis.
Photo credit: Julie Lemberger