Upcoming projects (performance & choreography)

  • an animal dance. Solo choreography and performance. In residency 2020-2022 as part of the re:FRAME cohort curated by Meryl Murman and produced by Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans, with funding support from South Arts. Ongoing WIP showings 2020 ad infinitum. Zero tech, adaptable to any space, looking for excuses to keep performing it while in process, so hit me up if you’re looking for a 15-20 minute piece to round out a program (in New Orleans or otherwise).
  • Known Mass: Collective Intelligence Movement Workshop + Performance. Four-week ensemble devising process for dancers/pedestrians, directed by me, hosted by the free school at Beaubourg Theatre. Three-hour meetings on four Sundays in March, with performance on March 22. No cost to participate in the workshops, cheap/NOTAFLOF entry for performance. Details here. – POSTPONED, NEW DATES TBD AFTER CORONAVIRUS
  • american / woman. Co-choreographer, dancer. Solo choreographic process conceived, directed, and facilitated by Betsy Miller asking, “How do we create an alternative geography that follows the existing map but develops from a logic other than the dominant logic of the nation state?” In this line of inquiry, Betsy is traveling around the United States to collaborate with a woman dance artist in each state, creating a solo for each artist based on her interests and personal history. I will be the Louisiana woman. Betsy will be sharing rehearsal footage, notes, interview transcripts, and other artifacts from the collaborative processes here. I’ll be setting up a master class in New Orleans with Betsy in early June 2020. Performance(s) pending, mid-to-late 2020.
  • Untitled / the chime tree project. Choreographer, dancer. Collaboration with Matt Carney (Silo Homes). Multi-media installation with live performance, San Francisco and New Orleans, tentative 2020-2021 pending funding.

About Ann, dancewise: Ann Glaviano is a writer, dance-maker, DJ, and born-and-raised New Orleanian. Since 2013 Ann has directed the New Orleans-based performance project Known Mass, which is an ongoing collaboration between New Orleans dancers and artists in other disciplines, aesthetically and ethically motivated by devised-theatre and DIY performance traditions. Ann recruits professional dancers, the ultra-classically trained and the twenty-first-century contemporary weirdos, to perform alongside Ultimate Frisbee athletes and roller-derby bruisers; she invites musicians who are typically more oriented to the rock-club scene to create lush noisescapes for the dancers to inhabit. The resulting pieces tend to be preoccupied with community – how it’s built and how it’s dismantled – and foreground the fine line between the banal and the absurd, playing out with both humor and poignancy what the writer and dance-maker Deborah Hay calls “the full, the sensuous, and the completely unremarkable.” From 2013 to 2019 Ann has produced and directed 11 collaborative projects with local dancers, musicians, photographers, filmmakers, and visual artists.

As a freelance dancer Ann has performed with the New Orleans Ballet Theatre and the New Orleans Opera Association, among many others. She has choreographed for Hulu’s television show The First, an episode directed by Deniz Gamze Ergüven (Mustang). Ann’s dance film 01_fieldrecording had its world premiere in January 2019 at Highways, an experimental performance art venue in Los Angeles, selected for the inaugural event of their MOTION CAPTURE series. In February 2019 she was an Associate Artist in Residence with the legendary Deborah Hay at the Atlantic Center for the Arts. In March 2019 her solo work was presented at COAST DANCEfest in Ocean Springs. Most recently (September 2019) she performed in a dystopic faux-corporate durational art installation in Dresden, Germany.

A student of Karl Rogers and Eric Nordstrom, Ann hosts and guest-teaches contact improv classes and jams in New Orleans and beyond. She administered the (currently on hiatus) Vector Series of technique, improv, and phrasework classes for professional dancers through Known Mass.

Other contributions to the New Orleans dance community have included a writing and analysis project, NOLA Dance Readerand Dance in NOLA, an online catalog of weekly classes, auditions, workshops, and other resources for local adult dancers that Ann maintained as a community service from June 2013-April 2015. She initiated the Contact Improv New Orleans group and volunteered as site editor for the New Orleans Dance Network in its inaugural year.

Past productions (as director/choreographer)

  • an animal dance (solo performance) at Siberia Lounge (opening for Shannon Stewart and Aurora Nealand), December 2018; INsideOUT at the Atlantic Center for the Arts (Daytona Beach), March 2019; COAST DANCEfest at the Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center (Ocean Springs), March 2019; re:FRAME solo choreographic residency showcase at Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, December 2019.
  • Known Mass No. 3, “St. Maurice.” Director, performer. May 2019, performances in New Orleans and Shreveport, with grant support from the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, the New Orleans Theatre Association, and the Nelson Foundation (Shreveport). Nominated for a Big Easy Award for outstanding dance presentation. More info here.
  • 01_fieldrecording. Dance film. Direction, choreography, sound design, performance: co-credit with Chris Givens. World premiere at Highways (Los Angeles), in the inaugural event of their new Motion Capture movement film series, January 18, 2019.
  • The First. Choreographer. S1E5, directed by Deniz Gamze Ergüven. The First is an American drama web television series created by Beau Willimon and starring Sean Penn and Natascha McElhone. Season 1 aired September 14, 2018.
  • Known Mass, “Secret Beach,” in collaboration with visual artist Catherine Nelson for her exhibit A TUSSLE WITH THE GENIUS LOCI, opening at Art Egg June 1, 2018. Performance ongoing from 7-8pm, co-choreographed by Rebecca Allen, Dewuan Frances, Ann Glaviano, directed by Ann Glaviano.
  • Known Mass at Bach Around the Clock: Improv in performance with local musicians Mike Wilkinson (Marker), Andy Gibbs (Thou), and Melissa Guion (MJ Guider) and local dancers Rebecca Allen, Katya Chizayeva, Ann Glaviano, Dewuan Magee, and Shannon Stewart. Directed by Ann Glaviano. March 23, 2018, at 10:22pm at Trinity Episcopal Church.
  • Known Mass No. 3: “St. Maurice.” In residency at Art Klub November 2017-February 2018 as part of Prospect.4, “The Aesthetics of Garbage,” curated by Meryl Murman. Work-in-progress showing February 17, 2018, 2pm and 8pm, at Art Klub.
  • Salon at Sidearm Gallery (St. Roch). Duet with Scotty Heron (dance, piano, voice). January 26, 2018.
  • Be/With. Eight dancers and eight musicians in improvisation / collaboration. Curated by Shannon Stewart. Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans, January 4, 2018.
  • Known Mass at the Fall Dance Festival, Ocean Springs, MS. Contact improvisation in performance; music by Maria Browne Widmer. The Mary C., October 1, 2016.
  • Known Mass No. 2: Out Music in Contact w/ Silo Homes. Contact improvisation in performance; music by Matt Carney. Art Klub, July 2, 2016.
  • Known Mass No. 2: Out Music in Contact w/ Jasper den Hartigh. Contact improvisation in performance; music by Jasper den Hartigh. Art Klub, June 8, 2016.
  • The Bakkhai. Choreographer/Lead Chorus. Workshop production of Euripides’ The Bakkhai  (translation/direction by Elizabeth Gross and Ned Moore, music by Tucker Fuller). Four-week residency at the Marigny Opera House with performances June 12-13, 2015.
  • Director/Performer. Known Mass No. 1. Contact improvisation in performance; music by Jasper den Hartigh. Marigny Opera House, June 20-21, 2015.
  • Director/Performer. Known Mass preview. Contact improvisation in performance; music by Jasper den Hartigh and Matt Carney. DaMata Acupuncture, May 17, 2015.