Dance

Bill


Shannon

Bill Shannon
Performance & Video Artist
2018
This award was generously supported by the
Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

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Bill Shannon is a conceptual, interdisciplinary performance and media artist who creates solo and group choreographies, wearable sculpture, video installation, and performance art for galleries, theaters, and the street. Shannon is widely recognized in the dance and performance art world as well as the underground club dance scene. He was officially recognized as a Guggenheim Fellow for dance and as a Foundation for Contemporary Art Award Fellow for Performance. He is currently active as a solo street performer and busker employing contemporary clowning, street provocateur interactions, and slapstick humor. Shannon is also directing an evening-length group stage production, supported by the National Dance Project Production Award from New England Foundation for the Arts and the Heinz Endowment Small Arts Initiative. Currently, he is a Fellow of the Frank-Ratchye Studio For Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University of Pittsburgh and the Penn Avenue Creative Artist in Residence at Kelly Strayhorn Theater.
Photo by the artist.

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  • Street Performance Video Stills of: Regarding The Fall, Boston Dance Umbrella, 2001 and Traffic, MCA Chicago, 2006.
  • Busking Clown, Street Performance, Global Ongoing, 2015. Photo by Garrett Jones.
  • Touch Update, Wearable Video Sculpture, 2017. Performers: Ron Lo, Teena Custer.
    Video Mapping: Cornelius Henke. Concept & Fabrication: Bill Shannon. Photo by Xavier Thomas.