Artist Spotlight No. 11: Annette Herwander // VESSEL
Know first about Annette Herwander, a choreographer and Artistic Director of VESSEL and No. 11 of 13 presented artists during Volume V, Issue I. Breaking boundaries between performance and audience is an important element in Annette's work. Read more about Annette on our Artist Spotlight.
ANNETTE HERWANDER // VESSEL
Three words that describe your choreography:
Abstract, Visceral, Spacial
Annette Herwander is the founder of VESSEL, a project based company. Her work has been shown at Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Movement Research, Depot Dances, Triskelion's Collaborations in Dance, WAX Works, Whoa Wednesdays, NACHMO and The Alchemical Theater. Additionally she was an artist-in-residence with Forward Flux Productions and the Rooftop/Ground Floor Series. She is a fully certified pilates instructor through the Kane School of Core Integration and has a BFA in Dance, Cum Laude from Cornish College of the Arts as well as a BFA in Painting from Pacific Northwest College of Art.
About Annette's Creative Process
I create pieces based largely on subject matter; political, philosophical or social. The questions and layers that lie in those subjects are the heart of my work. Breaking boundaries between performance and audience is also an important element. It’s this experience, born in how performance is perceived, that inspires me to create work that can change the energy of a space or the the perspective of a viewer. Collaboration with dancers and musicians plays a big part in this process, presnting both brilliant and abstract qualities that lend themselves to bringing the piece to life.
Do you work in other mediums other than dance? Any other special talents?
I am a seamstress, pilates instructor, and hold a BFA in painting and drawing.
What artists are you influenced by? Why so?
I’m influenced largely by the choreographic works of John Jasperse and Rose Anne Spradlin. Their work has so many layers and richness to it. I could go on for a long time about this.
What is your most memorable moment as an artist, thus far?
Most memorable for me was the look on the faces of the audience after bringing up the lights at the end of ‘Mapping the Void’. No one looked like they were ready for the performance to be over.