April 12, 2013
KALAMAZOO—The Department of Dance at Western Michigan University is pleased to announce that Gabrielle Lamb has been selected as the winner of the 2013 National Choreography Competition. The competition was developed to identify and recognize emerging choreographers, and to present the selected choreographer with an opportunity to set an original work on dance majors at WMU. The winning choreographer will receive a $5,000 prize plus travel, lodging and food expenses. The selection process began with a dance faculty committee that narrowed the pool of entries to three finalists. Innovation in movement, dance structure and subject matter were the criteria the faculty committee used to select the three finalists: James Gregg, Shannon Gillen and Gabrielle Lamb.
More than 100 students and faculty of the Department of Dance and the southwest Michigan community attended the Community View and Vote at WMU's Little Theatre at the end of March, an open voting event where the finalists' choreography was shown via video. Voters were also provided with the finalists' biographies and choreographic proposals and selected Gabrielle Lamb as the winner of the 2013 National Choreography Competition. She will come to campus in the fall 2013 semester. During this time, Lamb will create a dance for WMU dance majors, teach master classes and present a rehearsal of the work-in-progress open to the public. The dance will premier in the 2014 Winter Gala Dance Concert.
During her nine years as a soloist in Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal, Gabrielle Lamb has worked closely with some of today's finest choreographers, including Mats Ek, Ohad Naharin and Shen Wei. She has performed featured roles on stages across the world—Berlin, Munich, Riga, Madrid, Sao Paolo, Mexico City, Vancouver, Toronto, Los Angeles and New York City, where Anna Kisselgoff, New York Times dance critic, praised her "fine slithering resilience."
Lamb was a winner of the 2009 National Choreographic Competition of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and her dance works for stage and screen have been presented by Hubbard Street 2, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, the Dance Theatre of Harlem, BalletX, Dance on Camera at Lincoln Center and the American Dance Festival. Her dance-film work has also screened on the Bravo and ARTV networks (Canada) as well as at dance film festivals in Australia, Belgium, Argentina, France and Japan.
For more information, visit Lamb's website.