Anna Marie Shogren

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Biography

Anna Marie Shogren is a native Minneapolitan come Brooklyn based dancer/ choreographer/ performance artist/ costume designer. Her choreography has been seen in Minneapolis at The Walker Art Center, Southern Theater, Red Eye Theater, Bryant Lake Bowl Theater, Old Arizona Theater; in Brooklyn, at the Starr Space Project, Dixon Place, and has been presented by Aunts, Catch!, as part of the Movement Research Festival, FIGMENT on Governors Island, and by the Numu Arts Collective. She has performed with choreographers Morgan Thorson, Karen Sherman, Justin Jones, Laurie Van Wieren, Chris Schlichting, Matthew Janczewski, Katie Rose McLaughlin, Christine Elmo, and others. Shogren studied at the University of Minnesota where she received a BFA in dance and a minor in art, graduating in 2005. She was voted the 2008 City Pages (Mpls) Dancer of the Year (article available at http://www.citypages.com/bestof/2008/award/best-dancer-443653/) and is a two time Sage Award (Mpls) nominee. Her design work includes costuming for choreographers Morgan Thorson, Benjamin Rasmussen, and herself. She is recently returned from a residency and fellowship at the Nes Artist Residency in Skagastrond, Iceland and is currently working on a new evening length work to be presented at the Southern theater in Minneapolis in June 2011.

Statement

My training and heart are in choreography and performance. As a thinker committed to both the abstract and conceptual, my dances fall towards structurally avant guard and sculptural, though musically minded. My work draws from observation, placing emphasis on details that may otherwise be overlooked. Often in a quiet shade of energy and at a pace where one can key into ones surroundings, the intention is to offer the audience opportunity for introspection and notice the softly offered motives of the work. Although, as a contrarian and an opponent to self definition, I may also disagree entirely with this statement.