My dear dancing friends,
It is with a heavy heart that I am reaching out to inform you, that due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, VIM VIGOR has been forced to cancel our August 2020 programming. For the safety of all involved and in accordance with what New York City is forecasting with regards to social distancing - it was impossible for us to host this incredible platform in 2020.
As VIM reflects on what this means for the company's livelihood and for the Arts at large - I can only offer that I am certain we WILL meet again. Sharing our work and pushing the limits of what dance theater can be has always been a communal effort of VIM - an ethos that guides us through absolutely fantastic times and the worst. I'm gutted to miss out on the sweat, the freakishly challenging physicality, the wild headspaces, the NEW ideas, and the far-flung community that make our programming so enriching. I / WE treasure all of this - AND we treasure what it means to experience HEALTH.
Winter and Summer 2021 are already in the works. I am setting my sights on January 4-8, 2021 (tentative Winter dates) and plan to guide myself and the company towards those opportunities for connection.
In the meantime, VIM thanks you for your interest and support and we very much hope to work with you in the future.
And on a personal note I ask that you please provide the best example you can in your communities: with appropriate social distancing - with advocacy for the arts - with service - and with your votes in November.
So much love and gratitude,
Shannon Gillen / Artistic Director
FORCE MAJEURE FESTIVAL combines physical training, progressive research, creation processes and performance in one festival.
In 2020 FORCE MAJEURE will host two world-class professional companies and ten cutting edge artists from around the world for 12 straight days of immersive research combined with a performance project. In two weeks participants will find their bodies full of new information, their minds full of new ideas and their communities and networks expanded.