Colin Gee | Performing Artist/Director of Etchings Movement Program - colingee.com
Trained as an actor at the Jacques Lecoq School and the Dell’Arte School of Physical Theater, Colin Gee received a Rome Prize (2011, Design), was the founding Whitney Live Artist-in-Residence at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the 2009 Visiting Artist-in-Residence at the Cathedral Church of St John the Divine, and a clown for the Cirque du Soleil touring production “Dralion” (2001–2004).
He has frequently collaborated on musical works with the composer Erin Gee (his sister), providing the libretto for her opera, “SLEEP” (2009, Zürich Opera House), “Mouthpiece XIII, Mathilde of Loci, Part I” (2009, American Composer's Orchestra, Carnegie Hall), “Mouthpiece XX” (2014, Vienna Konzerthaus, with the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra), and “Mouthpiece VI+I” (2014, Chicago, with Fonema Consort). In the last three of those works he also performed and contributed video and direction. Other original performance works for concert include “Two Satires” (2012, American Academy in Rome, with Scharoun Ensemble of the Berlin Philharmonic), composed by Martin Brody; “True Pete” (2013, premiere: Wellesley College), composed by Martin Brody; “Kindling with Subsongs” (2014, premiere: Tufts University), composed by John MacDonald; and “Allegorical Gardening” (2016, with ECCE Ensemble), music by Stockhausen, sculpture by Ai WeiWei, at the Boston Greenway.
His recent dance works include “Lenore” (2016), “They Go Out in Joy” (2016), and “Chaplet of Roses” (2015), all created with dancer/choreographer Angie Smalis.
His video works include “Portrait and Landscape” (2006–2012) at DTW and the Whitney Museum (ARTPORT and Whitney Live); “Nested” (2009), commissioned by San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; “History Plays” (2010–1014), presented by Whitney Live; “In the first place…” (2012), an EMPAC Dance Movies Commission; “I, who am the chorus” (2012), presented by FuturePerfect; and “I felt I’d been here before” (2010), commissioned and presented by Belfast Exposed Photographic Archive.
His performance work was included in the 2010 Whitney Biennial, and “Objective Suspense” (2008), an object-theater work, was commissioned by the Whitney Museum as part of the exhibition “Alexander Calder: the Paris Years.” The film/performance work “Across The Road” (2009) premiered at The Chocolate Factory, and “Dakota” (2005) premiered at PS122, and received the Dublin Fringe Festival Best Male Performer award.
He has conducted workshops at Columbia University, Tufts University, Wellesley College, London International School of Performing Arts, the University of Iowa, North Carolina School of the Arts, University of California San Diego, Televisa Studios in Mexico City, and University of Arts and Communication in Santiago de Chile, among others.