John Giffin

John Griffin

John Giffin has received Choreographic Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts; the Ohio Arts Council and the Greater Columbus Arts Council for his creative work, which includes five full-evening pieces; a commission from Rhythm in Shoes; and a co-production with the Contemporary American Theatre Company in Columbus. He has danced with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens in Montreal, Agnes DeMille’s Heritage Dance Theatre and Brigadoon in NYC, and he toured internationally with the Wuppertal Dance Theater directed by Pina Bausch. His movement commentary to Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire was shown on WOSU.TV, and he co-directed Igor & Svetlana with Victoria Uris, which was premiered at the Dance On Camera Festival at Lincoln Center. He received a B.F.A. in dance from the Juilliard School of Music and an M.A. in dance from The Ohio State University, where he is Professor in the Department of Dance. He teaches composition, techniques of ballet and social dance, and Labanotation. He has directed works of Antony Tudor, Agnes DeMille, Charles Weidman and Anna Sokolow from Labanotation scores.A large ensemble cast of AU students performed an exciting original work created during his week-long residency, entitled Angel O Angel, a dance theater piece using songs from the fifties and sixties all containing the word “angel” in the title.


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