Miguel Gutierrez

Performing Arts, 2009

Miguel Gutierrez is a dance and music artist based in Brooklyn. He makes solo and group work with a variety of artists under the moniker Miguel Gutierrez and the Powerful People. In the US his work has been presented by Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace Project, The Abrons Arts Center and The Kitchen (all in New York City), as well as ODC (San Francisco), the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), the Flynn Center (Burlington, VT), DiverseWorks! (Houston, TX) and the Fusebox Festival (Austin, TX). Internationally Gutierrez’s work has toured to several venues and festivals such as Antipodes Festival at Le Quartz (Brest), Politics of Ecstasy (Berlin), Kampnagel (Hamburg), Explore Festival (Bucharest), ImPulsTanz (Vienna) and Springdance (Utrecht). He is a 2010 Fellow in Choreography from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Foundation for Contemporary Arts. He has also received support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Jerome Foundation, the Rockefeller MAP Fund, the National Performance Network Creative Commissioning Fund and New York Foundation for the Arts’ Fellowship and BUILD programs. He is a two time winner of the New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Award: in 2002 for dancing with John Jasperse Company and in 2006 as a choreographer for Retrospective Exhibitionist and Difficult Bodies. Gutierrez teaches regularly around the world and invented DEEP AEROBICS, an absurd(ist) workout for the leftist imagination-revolutionary in all of us. He has been lucky to work with a wide variety of extraordinary contemporary dance artists, such as Joe Goode, Juliette Mapp, Sarah Michelson, Jennifer Lacey, Deborah Hay and Alain Buffard.

Awards and Accomplishments

2016: Miguel Gutierrez has won a 2016 Doris Duke Artist Award


Gutierrez participates in the 2014 Whitney Bienniel in New York 


Gutierrez receives a 2014 MAP Fund Grant for Age and Beauty, Parts 2 & 3


Gutierrez has residency at Headlands Center for the Arts

2011: Gutierrez is featured in online documentary series, _MADE HERE_, following the working lives of New York-based performance artists


Gutierrez has residency at the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography (MANCC) in Tallahassee, FL


Miguel Gutierrez and the Powerful People have residency at the Walker Art Center to work on the new commissioned project, And lose the name of action

2010: Gutierrez receives Foundation for Contemporary Arts grant for dance

2010: Gutierrez receives Guggenheim Fellowship

2010 : Gutierrez receives Guggenheim Fellowship for research applying cognitive science, neurology and somatic practices to choreography

2008: On December 31, Gutierrez reprised freedom of information, a 24-hour performance/protest/mediation involving artists from 31 states.