Photos by Charles Roussel
"to cut a pigeon wing": Dictionary of American Regional English. To execute intricate dance steps gracefully...to dance in a fancy way
Under the direction of choreographer Gabrielle Lamb, Pigeonwing Dance integrates the rigor of classical training into a unique contemporary movement language. With precision and humour, our New York-based company blends technical virtuosity and visual poetry to investigate the complexities of 21st century lives.
In Lamb's choreography, bodies combine into fluent living sculptures, strange angles emerge, then dissolve quickly back to spirals and arcs, like puzzles assembling and disassembling themselves in seconds. Eye contact connects dancers, transforming abstract movement into human interaction and hinting at multiple interrelated stories.
In addition to her numerous award-winning commissions for dance companies across the US and Canada, Gabrielle Lamb began presenting her work independently in 2011 at venues such as Jacob's Pillow, the 92nd St. Y and Brooklyn's Actor's Fund Theater. In 2014 Lamb's selection for New York City Center's generous Choreography Fellowship enabled her to form a group of seven dancers to create work on a larger scale.
The company has since been awarded CUNY Dance Initiative residencies at Queens and Baruch Colleges, as well as 2016-2019 Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Creative Engagement Grants. It has also been presented by the Dance Gallery Festival, the Garth Newel Music Center (VA), Baruch Performing Arts Center, Socrates Sculpture Park, and Bryant Park Presents Contemporary Ballet. In 2017, Pigeonwing won the Commissioned Work Award of Jamaica Performing Arts Center in Queens. In 2018, PWD was presented by the 92Y Harkness Dance Festival for a full weekend of performances, and also had the honor of becoming the first dance company ever commissioned by Symphony Space's beloved "Selected Shorts" series.
The name “Pigeonwing” was chosen for its unlikely blend of humility and airiness, as well as for its New York City flavor. The Pigeons strive to bring rigorous yet accessible contemporary ballet to audiences of all kinds.