Hearst Choreographer-in-Residence Brian Brooks and his Moving Company present a showing of Closing Distance in addition to another new dance work.


BRIAN BROOKS is director of Brian Brooks Moving Company, a 2013 Guggenheim Fellow, and the inaugural Choreographer in Residence at Chicago’s Harris Theater for Music and Dance. Other recent awards include a New York City Center Fellowship, Joyce Theater Artist Residency and Mellon Foundation Creative Artist Fellowship. Brooks’ work has toured internationally since 2002 with presentations by BAM’s Next Wave Festival, the Joyce Theater, Jacob’s Pillow, the American Dance Festival, New York City Center Fall for Dance Festival, and the Works and Process series at the Guggenheim Museum, among others. Beyond his company, Brooks has developed work with renowned ballet dancers, actors, and student groups. Damian Woetzel/Vail International Dance Festival has commissioned him to create three works featuring dancers from New York City Ballet and Pacific Northwest Ballet, including First Fall, in which he dances with former New York City Ballet Principal Wendy Whelan. He is in his fifth year collaborating and touring with Whelan, currently performing a duet evening accompanied by the string quartet Brooklyn Rider. Brooks has choreographed off-Broadway Shakespeare productions for Theatre for a New Audience including A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2013), directed by Julie Taymor, and Pericles (2016), directed by Trevor Nunn. He has created dances for Eliot Feld’s Ballet Tech, The Juilliard School, Boston Conservatory, The School at Jacob’s Pillow, and Harvard University, among others.



Closing Distance received its World Premiere in January 2020. Commissioned and presented by the Meany Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Washington, Seattle.

Choreography by Brian Brooks
Music by Caroline Shaw, “Partita for 8 Voices,” recorded by Roomful of Teeth
Choreographic Advisor and Rehearsal Coach: Risa Steinberg
Lighting by Nicole Pearce
Costumes by Karen Young
Danced by Carlye Eckert, Evan Fisk, Zack Gonder, Leo Hishikawa, Taylor LaBruzzo, Stephanie Terasaki, Spencer Weidie

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