A large group of people in a gymnasium surround the artist, dressed in a costume evoking bubbles and high-energy aerobics, who guides them in movement. The participants are bathed in a green-glowing light and photographed from above.
Photo by Ines Sebalj

Miguel Gutierrez

June 7, 5pm
Rain Date: June 8, 1pm
28 Liberty Street
FREE, Drop-In
Participants are encouraged to wear fun and celebratory clothing. Get ready to dance!

Miguel Gutierrez presented an interactive, high-energy dance performance complete with group choreography, aerobics, and costumes. Attendees came in costume and learned the famous “Aerobicon” dance that Miguel created to Le Tigre’s “Deceptacon” in 2000. Way before TikTok, this dance was a viral hit in the early days of YouTube and was then recreated by people all over the world in duos, small groups, and giant crowds. Miguel revived this dance and created a powerful public spectacle reminiscent of the cardiovascularly challenging and spiritually charged but now defunct DEEP AEROBICS technique that he taught and disseminated for ten years. This participatory spectacle questioned how we keep moving amidst the chaos of everyday life, exuberant joy, and systemic injustice.

Miguel Gutierrez

“Aerobicon” was originally created in collaboration with performer Howie Rigberg. It is performed to Le Tigre’s “Deceptacon.” Miguel Gutierrez is an artist-in-residence with LMCC's Extended Life Dance Development Program supported, in part, by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. 

Presented in partnership with Fosun.

Accessibility: This performance was accessible via a wide staircase and ramp from Pine Street to the south of the Plaza.

Performance length: 1 hour

Dance Reflections by Van Clef & Arpels
A cis, Latinx man with short dark hair and a goatee beard fingers the cross on a rosary, suspended from his mouth. He is wearing a sequined jacket over a black shirt, and photographed against a glowing orange background.

Miguel Gutierrez is a choreographer, music artist, writer, educator, podcaster, and arts agitator based in Lenapehoking/Brooklyn, NY. He has been described as the “love child of Chita Rivera and Yvonne Rainer.” His work has been presented in venues such as the Walker Art Center, Wexner Center for the Arts, BAM, Festival d’Automne, American Realness, and the 2014 Whitney Biennial. Recent projects include I as another, a duet about memory and togetherness, and sueño, a music/dance project of dreamy songs performed in English and Spanish. He has received a 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship, four New York Dance and Performance (“Bessie”) Awards, and a 2016 Doris Duke Artist Award.

Dance Reflections by Van Clef & Arpels
Dance Reflections by Van Clef & Arpels

Miguel Gutierrez was presented as part of the 2024 River to River Festival, with the support of Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels. Profoundly attached to the world of dance since its origins, the High Jewelry Maison strengthens its commitment with Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels.

Guided by the values of creation, transmission and education, this initiative aims to support artists and institutions in presenting choreographic heritage, while also promoting new productions.

Since its launch in 2020, it has promoted numerous dance companies for their creations as well as the presentation of multiple performances around the world.

The program is complemented each year by major events, including the Dance Reflections by Van Cleef & Arpels Festival, whose first edition took place in London in March 2022.

This support further extends to awareness-raising actions focused on dance culture for the broadest possible audience, professionals and amateurs alike.