Mimi Garrard Dance Theatre


February 2014

Play Chi

Chi is an exploration of chi, which is considered
by many to be the basic energy of the universe.

Dancer: Dai Jian

Choreography: Mimi Garrard and Dai Jian

Music, Camera and Editing: Mimi Garrard

Directed by Mimi Garrard

See Videodances to play other full-length videodances.

More videodances may be viewed at vimeo.com/mimigarrard.


Play a short documentary
of the Cortli lighting system:

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The Mimi Garrard Dance Company has intrigued and delighted audiences across the country and abroad, and has, as the Los Angeles Times put it, “opened eyes, stretched ears, caused laughter, and provoked thoughts.” The company has toured extensively since 1973. It has performed at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, been commissioned for CBS Camera Three and WGBH Boston television productions, as well as presented annual concerts in New York and residency programs for colleges and community centers throughout the United States. On three occasions it has performed as part of an international dance festival, Danza Nueva, in Lima, Peru. The company’s repertory of over 90 works choreographed by Mimi Garrard is one of the largest in the modern dance field.
Forging a New Career

Play the short documentary,
Forging a New Career

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The works have evolved and changed over the years, but they reflect Garrard’s interest in pure movement, theater, and multi-edia.

Most recently Mimi Garrard is experimenting in new ways, creating dance for video using digital techniques to transform the dance material. Her work in this area is unique and is gaining increasing attention. She has a monthly program on Manhattan Neighborhood Network, and has recently been sponsored by Channel 13 on its Metro Arts Channel. WAMtv (World, Art, and Music), based in Scotland, is currently featuring her videos worldwide.

In addition to the United States, her video work has been shown in numerous festivals in Europe, Asia, Africa, and South America. Recently, Velez October Circles was shown on the BBC Big Screen throughout England five times a day for two weeks. Time Installation was placed in the permanent collection of the Mississipi Museum of Art. Doctrine of Signatures and Dream State were shown at the Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center in a program honoring Alwin Nikolais. She has had two one-woman presentations in São Carlos, Brazil. She received a lifetime achievement award from the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters for her outstanding achievement in dance, both for her work on stage and her work for video. She has created 121 programs for Manhattan Neighborhood Network.

Festivals 2013
  • White — February 1–5, 2013, Dance on Camera Festival at Lincoln Center, New York City
  • Wu Wei — March 26–26, 2013, Agite and Sirva International Festival in Puebla, Mexico
  • The Coming Storm — September 20–21, 2013, Sans Souci Festival in Boulder, Colorado
  • Fugitive, Ultra Beat, Suspect — July 24–26, 2013, São Carlos International Festival in São Carlos, Brazil

Videodances on Cable TV and Streaming Video

Mimi Garrard’s “videodances” are featured on Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN) Channels 56, 34, and 83 on cable in Manhattan only on Sundays at 5 p.m. They are also simultaneously Webcast with streaming video at www.mnn.org.
Dates of Showings

Sunday, March 16, 2013 at 5 p.m.
DVDs of all 121 programs can be purchased for $39 for each program (includes shipping and handling). 
For more information, please contact the Mimi Garrard Dance Company.


News Archive


  • Bearnstow Journalbearnstowjournal.org
    Articles on the Nikolais esthetic and the arts, edited by Ruth E. Grauert

  • Patras International Festival of Cinema & Culture – Greecewww.independent.gr/identity
    13th International Panorama of Independent Film and Video Makers

The Mimi Garrard Dance Company Gratefully Acknowledges Its Contributors:
  • The David Bermant Foudation: Color Light Motion
  • The Harkness Foundation for Dance
  • The Baumol Family Foundation
  • Individual contributors

PHONE 212 674-6868  •  FAX 845-386-4883
E-MAIL mimi@mimigarrarddance.com