Projects blur the line between living and performing. Inspired by any and everything from interpersonal dynamics to survival manuals to biblical stories, director Gabrielle Revlock infuses each project with her characteristic wit and structural ingenuity. Imaginative and sincere, the works invite the viewer in and are intended to evoke emotional reaction and stimulate intellectual exploration. Speckled with humor and surprise, they also entertain.
Challenging the conventional boundaries of genre, many projects incorporate dance but are not limited to dance. Others exist in different mediums altogether, including music, design, theater, video, interactive and conceptual.
Working out of Philadelphia and New York City since 2002.
"Gabrielle Revlock makes me laugh. In a smart, gentle way. Her body's like a lovely giraffe's, stretched out…" -Lisa Kraus, dancer/choreographer/writer
Gabrielle Revlock, dancemaker, is a native of Philadelphia and graduated from Vassar College with a BA in Art History. Tanz (the German magazine of ballet, dance, and performance) named her 2018 'Newcomer of the Year'. The Dance Apocalypse, a collaboration with Nicole Bindler was supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. Their previous collaboration, I made this for you (IMTFY) conquered the 2011 A.W.A.R.D. Show: Philadelphia by terminating the contest and winning a finalist prize. IMTFY has has toured to Washington D.C., Seattle and Pittsburgh. Playtime a collaboration with Kensaku Shinohara was a finalist for the 2015 Yokohama Dance Collection EX competition.In 2012 she was selected for SCUBA National Touring Network for Dance. In 2010 she received a Philadelphia Dance Rocky Award for her signature piece Halo performed with a hula hoop and premiered at the Korzo Theater in The Netherlands. Her work has been supported by a 2020 Ellen Forman Memorial Award, 2019 Target Margin Theater Instutute Fellowship, 2015 Independence Foundation Fellowship, 2013-14 LAB Fellowship through FringeArts, The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Puffin Foundation and the Philadelphia/Poland Exchange through Art Stations Foundation. Residencies include the Orchard Project's Liveness Lab (2020), Painted Bride Artist-in-Residence (2018), Elizabeth Streb's GO! (2018), New Dance Alliance Lift Off (2017) Chez Bushwick (2016), Dance Omi (2014), Cross Pollination via Swim Pony (2015), Culture Mill (2016 & 2017) Susan Hess Choreographers’ Project (2010-12), Philadelphia/Budapest Exchange through Workshop Foundation (2015) and Fresh Tracks through New York Live Arts (2013-14). Her work has been presented in Singapore, Japan India, Russia, and the Netherlands and at such notable venues in the USA as American Dance Festival, The Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Art Omi, FringeArts, Joyce Soho, New York Live Arts, St. Mark's Church, Abrons Art Center, ODC and the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater. An active performer, she has danced for Lucinda Childs, Susan Rethorst, Christopher Williams, David Gordon, Jody Oberfelder, Bill Young, Katsura Kan, Mark Dendy, Isabelle Chaffaud & Jérôme Meyer, Lisa Kraus, Leah Stein, Sylvain Émard, Willi Dorner, Sean Feldman, Meg Foley, jumatatu m. poe, Myra Bazell and Matthew Neenan for the Opera Company of Philadelphia. She is currently a company member of Jane Comfort & Company.
Her work in video has been presented twice at Motion Pictures, a festival curated by Philadelphia Dance Projects. turn out, turn up was commissioned by Dances Made to Order and shown in Philadelphia, New York and Seattle as part of Kinetic Kino and on WHYY tv. Do You See What I See? was screened on the European cable station, Souvenirs from the Earth. Interested in bridging experimentation and populism, she directed and edited the online video So You Think You Can’t Understand Contemporary Dance? for thINKingDANCE supported by the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage It was invited to be screened at two international festivals, Moving Images in Cyprus and the Bucharest International Dance Film Festival. It stars her favorite 5 year old and has been translated into Italian, Russian, Swedish, Polish and Hungarian with more translations on the way.
As a teacher, Gabrielle has worked with students ages three to seventy. She has conducted residencies at Philadelphia public schools through the Institute for the Arts in Education, and teaches workshops and classes at various schools and studios including Movement Research, American Dance Festival, Gibney Dance Center, Greene Towne School, People for People Charter School, Jeanne Ruddy Dance School, Bryn Mawr College, Swarthmore College, Abrons Arts Center, Rowan University, NYU and Vassar College. Her specialities include contact improvisation, improvisation, creative movement, contemporary technique, and hula hooping. In 2014 she co-created CardioCreativity a holistic dance fitness class. It has been featured on ABC news and has received rave reviews from students for it's fun and community-oriented approach to fitness. In 2019 she developed Restorative Contact, a mindful touch-based empathy practice currently being offered through Airbnb Experiences.