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Artist Talk with Shawn Fitzgerald Ahern
October 2, 2020 at 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
As part of its Friday Free Hour Series of Artist Talks, the Department of Dance presents Shawn Fitzgerald Ahern, who will speak on “A performer’s perspective — former Pilobolus dancer now working with Belgian-Moroccan choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui.”
Shawn Fitzgerald Ahern grew up in Dublin, New Hampshire, and graduated from Keene State College with a B.A. in Theatre and Dance. He currently resides in Belgium where he creates and performs with Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui in Eastman. Before relocating to Belgium, Ahern worked full time as dancer and dance captain for NYC-based Pilobolus Dance Theatre from 2010 until his departure in 2017. During his tenure at Pilobolus he created more than 15 touring dance-theatre works, in addition to many other productions for film, stage and print. During his years in Pilobolus, Ahern had the pleasure of collaborating on productions with M.I.T. Distributed Robotics Division, magicians Penn and Teller, Javier De Frutos, Trish Sie, Art Spiegelman, Steven Banks, Dairakudakan, Etgar Keret and the rock band OKGo, among others.
Ahern has performed and taught master classes across the globe, was nominated for a Grammy award for best music video on his team’s collaboration All is Not Lost with OKGo, has been featured in the Smithsonian museum’s National Portrait Gallery and has appeared on national television in the United States and abroad. In 2017, he began hosting a series of artist residencies with creators of his generation and recently presented his own work in NYC. With Eastman / Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui he was part of the creative cast for Pelléas et Mélisande, a collaboration with Damien Jalet and Marina Abramović, Stoic, Nomad and Alceste.
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