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Vicky Virgin has been creating dance theater performances for over 20 years. Her work has evolved from solo dance with accordion to large-scale productions and has been produced in venues such as Baryshnikov Art Center, FringeNYC, HERE Art Center, Dixon Place and Art in Odd Places. Site specific work has taken place on the 14th Street corridor, in an empty swimming pool, a storefront window, and an installation in a dressing room of an abandoned downtown department store.  Most recently she has conceptualized, choreographed and produced dance videos under the auspices of the artistic collective, BFAMFAPhD of which she is a core member.

She has worked as a demographic analyst and researcher in poverty and immigration for over 30 years and was employed in the the NYC Mayor's Office for Economic Opportunity.   

New York Theatre Ballet, 1989-1994

Ballet de Montreal, 1988
St. Louis Ballet, 1987
DC City Ballet, 1980-1987
Cannon Company, 1998-2000, experimental theater, performer and choreographer
Impossible Theater, 1982-1984, experimental theater, performer and choreographer

Freelance work in modern dance, musical theater, opera, folk dance, and film. 1980 to present

Core member of BFAMFAPhD, an artist collective working in the intersection of art, technology, and political economy, 2014-present
Excellence in International Migration Scholarship Award, 2019 presented by Center for Migration Studies, 2019

Residency at Triangle Arts Association, Brooklyn, NY. (2015-16).


BFAMFAPhD, Unhomeless, Kingsborough Art Museum, CUNY, New York, group exhibition, (curated by Midori Yamamura, Tommy Mintz,        Maureen Connor, Jason Leggett, and Rob Robinson). 2022.

BFAMFAPhD Crossing Brooklyn: Art from Bushwick, Bed-Stuy, and Beyond, Brooklyn Museum, NY, group exhibition, (curated by Eugenie     Tsai and Rujeko Hockley), (catalogue). January 1, 2015
Art in Odd Places: The Artifacts: A Look Back at 10 years of the Out of Place in Public Space, Governors Island,
September 13th, 2014 
BFAMFAPhD, NYC Makers: The MAD Biennial, Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY C group exhibition (curated by Glenn               Adamson),(catalogue). January 1, 2014

“Fine Print: A Series of Lecture Demonstrations on Student Loan Debt,” in Movements Within and Against: A Museum of Capitalism Film            Program, Kellen Auditorium, Parsons School of Design, New York, NY, group exhibition. 2019
ARTS x SDGS Film Festival , Fine Print: A Series of Lecture Demonstrations on Student Loan Debt, 2020

Emergency Index: An Annual Document of Performance Practice, Vol. 10 December 2023

BFAMFAPhD, Artists Report Back, A National Study in the Lives of Art Graduates and Working Artists, 2014
Emergency Index: An Annual Document of Performance Practice, Vol. 3, 2013
NUMBER lookback: Demographer and performer Vicky Virgin tells Radhika Subramaniam about taking a number and her place on 14th           Street. (Blogpost for AiOP, 2013)
An Economic Profile of Immigrants in New York City 2017, Results from NYC Opportunity’s Experimental Population Estimate.                            NYC Mayor’s Office for Economic Opportunity. (2020)

How to Make a Dance in Late State Capitalism, 2019
FiveMyles Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
6 dancers, 1 lecturer, powerpoint projection, food, drink and discussion
A performance documenting how a community of people came together to create a dance video: Fine Print: A Series of Lecture Demonstrations on Student Debt.  The event was structured as a power point presentation which used statistics documenting trends and disparities in the ongoing student loan crisis as well exhibiting related ephemera collected during the project.  Throughout the evening, live dancers performed the choreography that was created for the video. Screening of the dance video was followed by Q and A. The evening closed with food, drink, and conversation prompted by the question—how would you make a dance in a post-capitalist society?

Fine Print: A Series of Lecture Demonstrations on Student Debt, 2016-2019
Sound: metronome, spoken text (loan term definitions)
25 dancers, one instructor, charts, Sharpie
A dance video in three parts which probes the absurdity of student loan agreements through choreography, location and linguistics. The videos were filmed on location in NYC in a gym, a public high school art room, and on the streets of the financial district.
Created for the artist collective, BFAMFAPhD
10 minutes

Take a Number, 2013
Sound: ambient street noise, conversation
Nine performers, the NYC populace, magnetic computer tape, video camera, and the demographics of NYC depicted in numbers, maps, and bar charts
A live statistical-literacy adventure across 14th Street in which roaming performers engage with the public, discussing the data and numbers that make New York City a diverse and dynamic metropolis.
Produced by Art in Odd Places
3 hours

Salt Lake, a Ballet in 3 Acts, 2005-2009
Sound: Recorded music (Jello Slave), live music (Jason Crigler on bass guitar, Michelle Kinney on cello), spoken text (Shakespeare sonnet)
One actor, four ballerinas, a film by Trent Harris, salt (fleur de sel, rock salt, kosher salt, Morton Salt, and a salt lick)
A story ballet/performance art mashup in which salt becomes a metaphor for desire and passion. Fleur de Sel stars as a salt obsessive visited by salt nymphs as she negotiates the fallout of bliss, desire and despair.
Costumes by Fritz Matsen
45 minutes

Elegy, 2006
Sound: John Lad live on viola playing Elegy for Solo Viola, Stravinsky
Solo dancer and viola player
An elegiac duet in memory of a replaced hip, in imitation of Stravinsky’s iconic elegy for a man, an era, an ouvre.
7 minutes

Police Log, 2002
Sound: barking dog, spoken text (Idaho Falls police log)
Solo performer, slide projector and 1950s screen, small fence, air freshener, billy club, boy scout costume, Mormon bandolier, oversized police shoes
Snippets from the Idaho Falls police log create the foundation for this work, exposing the underbelly of an idyllic Mormon town.
10 minutes

…and the flower thereof is fallen, 2001-2003
Sound: Michelle Kinney live (in bear mask) on cello, spoken text
Solo performer in badger mask and furry pointe shoes, plastic flowers, flower pots, blood-red play dough, curtain, wardrobe rack.
A danced exploration of the pain of loss and the fear of death, inspired by the 1984 children’s book, Badger’s Parting Gifts by Susan Varley, as well as by Walt Whitman, Brahms’s A German Requiem, Jimi Hendrix’s Star Spangled Banner, and more.
15 minutes

The Day the Cowboy Died, 2002-2003
Sound: Howard Heller live on bagpipes; spoken text written and performed by Bill Brosh; The Cowboy’s Lament (traditional), 1930 Ken Maynard recording;
Four dancers, one actor, play dough, astro turf, grass basket, angel wings, baby blue tulle, safety goggles, quilt batting, lemons, and the choreographer’s unrelenting grief over the deaths of multiple friends in a short period of time
A dying cowboy is greeted by a chorus of spirits who guide him to the other side, accompanied by a bagpiper, but where does he go? Who is there to meet him? What will his new job be?
20 minutes

The Challenge of Reaching High C, 2003
Sound: Florence Foster Jenkins recorded live at Carnegie Hall, 1944, singing Queen of the Night from Mozart’s Magic Flute.
Solo dancer with tutu, accordion, ladders, and a mountain of old pointe shoes.
A ruthless demonstration of what it takes for one to reach one's own personal high note.
15 minutes

Winners and Losers in the News of the Day, 1999-2000, in collaboration with Theresa Reeves
Sound: Kevin Jones, voiceover recording; John Philip Sousa recorded march.
Two dancers
A collaborative movement piece that sheds light on stories of alpha-male violence, intolerance and ignorance in America in the late 90s.
15 minutes

Polka Folka Zolka, 2000
Sound: live accordion
Solo performer, 10 toy accordions, window blinds, banana
This visually stimulating montage melds live polka and Led Zeppelin, as audience members chime in on toy accordions and the performer slowly deconstructs her own instrument.
10 minutes

Urban Delight, 1997, In collaboration with Lucienne Vidah
Sound: amplified wire; live toy piano and violin
Five dancers, two actors, man with a megaphone, violinist, two human statues, homemade musical instruments
A dance/theater performance wherein nymphs and aliens meet in an East Village community garden.
40 minutes

Hulaloop, 1997
Sound: recording of seagulls at a beach
Solo performer with accordion and hula hoop
Commissioned by Karen Bernard
4 minutes

This is the Place Intersection #16, 1998
Sound: live accordion
Solo performer
A poignant and whimsical excursion to the frontier and back in search of “the place.” “We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.” —T.S. Eliot
Costumes by Ron Altman
15 minutes

Surrender Me, 1995
Sound: recorded music
Solo dancer
Nine months pregnant, joints wide open and in a state of physical and emotional surrender, a performer explores the physical force of wielding 40 newly acquired pounds.
3 minutes

A Day in the Life of a Pioneer, 1995
Sound: Istvan Marta recording
Solo performer
An homage to the choreographer’s Mormon heritage—to the connection with the earth which informs and strengthens the pioneer along the journey, and to the beauty found in harshness.
5 minutes

Irreconcilable Differences, 1994-1995
Sound: traditional Swedish walking tunes played live on accordion
Solo ballerina en pointe with accordion
An autobiographical piece about dichotomies of the soul, through the journey of an Idaho girl who starts out playing accordion and ends up becoming a ballet dancer.
15 minutes
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