Jacqulyn Buglisi (Co-Founder/Artistic Director, Buglisi Dance Theatre)
In her four-decade career as a choreographer, artistic director, dancer, and master teacher, Jacqulyn Buglisi has made an indelible impact on the field of dance. Using literature, poetry, and heroic archetypes, Buglisi crafts socially-relevant dances that reveal the visceral strengths, humor and exquisite vulnerabilities of the individual. During her 30-year association with the Martha Graham Dance Company, she performed as a principal dancer for twelve years; and was featured in the CBS presentation of the Kennedy Center Honors and the film “An Evening of Dance and Conversation with Martha Graham.” She is co-founder of Italy’s first contemporary dance company and school and is a charter member of Joyce Trisler Danscompany. She has choreographed more than 100 ballets for Buglisi Dance Theatre, and is currently working on a two-year project, Moss Variations: Dialogues on “What Makes us Human to premiere for BDT’s 25th anniversary season. Buglisi is commissioned worldwide including Suspended Women on the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater; Ninfee for the Richmond Ballet; The Four Elements for the Flamenco Festival presented in Madrid, Sadler’s Wells, London and New York City Center; Shanghai Song and Dance Ensemble with Tan Dun and Dou Dou Huang, China; North Carolina Dance Theatre, The Ice Theatre of New York; and The Juilliard School, and Ailey II. Buglisi is Chair, Graham-based Modern Department at The Ailey School, served on the faculty of The Juilliard School, and conducts workshops and residencies at Steps on Broadway, Martha Graham School, NYC public schools, and universities, most recently at UC, Santa Barbara. Among her awards and honors are the American Dance Guild Award, 2016 Italian International Lifetime Achievement Award, 2014 Kaatsbaan Playing Field Award, Fiorello LaGuardia Award for Excellence, National Endowment for the Arts Choreographer Fellowships, Chair, Artistic Director’s Council Dance/USA Board of Trustees, Dance/NYC’s “New Yorker for Dance”, and Proclamations from NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo and NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio for uniting the community through dance in The Table of Silence Project 9/11 at Lincoln Center. She has been featured on the cover of Dance Teacher magazine, in articles for Dance Spirit, Dance Magazine, and as an Arts & Leisure feature in The New York Times, among many others.
In 2005, Buglisi was commissioned by Marymount Manhattan College to set her masterwork Requiem on the MMC dancers, and is honored to return this year to create a new work Moss Variations #4 on the ensemble.