"to cut a pigeon wing": Dictionary of American Regional English. To execute intricate dance steps gracefully...to dance in a fancy way
Described by The New Yorker as “eccentric...playful...curious”, Pigeonwing Dance seeks the coordinates where beauty turns to awkwardness and tension dissolves into ease. Whirlwinds, accidents, and chance encounters are caught, preserved, and folded into dance. This improvisatory abandon is counterbalanced by meticulous calculation, revealing intricate architectures where fleeting moments of resolution open into new wonderings.
Pigeonwing, named for its blend of airiness and New York City grit, was founded in 2016 by Princess Grace Award-winning choreographer Gabrielle Lamb. The Pigeons have been presented by New York City Center, 92Y’s Harkness Dance Festival, Bryant Park, and Jacob’s Pillow. In 2018 the Pigeons were the first dance company commissioned by Symphony Space’s beloved "Selected Shorts".
Pigeonwing’s Carpet Series premiered in July 2020 and has been performed more than 100 times to date, most recently during a month-long residency at the NY Botanical Garden. It has been featured in the New York Daily News and DANCE Magazine, where critic Nancy Wozny observed, "the geometric patterns of the Persian rug echo and amplify Lamb's idiosyncratic movement vocabulary, which is both intensely intricate and unusually syncopated. "