Jillian Sweeney received her M.F.A. in Dance from Smith College, where she was also a teaching fellow. Her work has been presented by the Chocolate Factory, HERE Arts Center, and at Danspace Project’s Food For Thought, DanceNOW Festival, WaxWorks, Dixon Place, Galapagos Art Space, and One Arm Red. She co-created and performed in Dance Theater Workshop’s Community Choreography Challenge videos. She has performed in the work of Ben Asriel, Tami Stronach Dance, Sarah Maxfield, Theresa Duhon, Pi Dance Theatre, and elledanceworks (Dallas, TX); and studied choreography/performance with artists such as Susan Rethorst, Jeanine Durning, Ruth Zaporah, Regina Larkin, and the New York Neo-Futurists.
Recently, she co-created the DTW Twitter Choreography videos with video artist/performer Adam Smith and created/performed two full-length solo works, this could be it and Imaginary Lines in collaboration with writer/performer Jeffrey Cranor. She also produces a series that brings together artists to perform new work under the theme Hard to Love, and currently works for a literary agent in Soho.
During her Swing Space residency, Sweeney, in collaboration with dancers Siobhan Burke and Tara O’Con and musician/composer Carl Riehl, will be working on a new project called Vulture-Wally. This performance riffs on the structure of a concept album and draws from the 19th century Austrian serial folk novel Geier-Wally.
Image credit: courtesy of the artist