Ann Carlson

Performing Arts, 2016

Ann Carlson borrows from the disciplines of dance, performance, theater, visual and conceptual art, often dismantling conventional boundaries between artist and subject. Ann’s work takes the form of solo dance/performance, site-specific projects, ensemble theatrical works and performance/video. She often works within a series format, creating socially-engaged performance structures over a period of years that adapt and tour to multiple sites. In l986 Carlson began a series of performances made with and performed by people gathered together by a common profession, activity or shared passion. Lawyers, security officers, nuns, fly fishermen, poker players, physicians, gardeners, a farmer and her dairy cow have all performed in works by Carlson. The Symphonic Body builds on this body of work; individuals come together in concert to renew and re-experience the artistry embedded in the everyday.