Jennifer Muller / The Works
Jennifer Muller/The Works was founded in 1974 to support the vision and creativity of Jennifer Muller, creating new work and reaching the widest audience possible by performing and touring the Muller repertory in NYC, the US and abroad. The Works is deeply committed to mentoring creativity in all forms, teaching professionally-oriented students, conducting arts awareness and community outreach programs for adults and youth of all ages, and advocating relevance and appreciation of dance to promote the validity of individual expression and cross-cultural understanding.
About the Company
The Works is celebrating its 41st year of presenting the unique spirit of its performances to world audiences, educating youth and serving the community with vital outreach. Muller creates exhilarating dances that are evocative, inspirational, passionate and engaging. The Works applies a multi-disciplinary technique that weaves dance, theater and visual arts to create dances that celebrate and illuminate the human spirit.
The Works is proud to be America’s Ambassadors of Contemporary Dance, having presented its artistry in the world’s preeminent theaters and festivals in 39 countries on four continents. The Works has performed at major theaters and festivals worldwide, from Buenos Aires to Toronto and Hong Kong to Moscow with appearances in Paris, Rio de Janeiro, Shanghai, Tel Aviv, Montreal, Rome and Amsterdam, to name a few.. The Works recently performed to rave reviews at Brazil’s FENDAFOR 10 (Festival Internacional de Dança de Fortaleza), The Sixth Beijing International Theater & Dance Festival, Bangkok’s Eighth International Festival of Dance and Music and Festival Internacional de Teatro Santa Cruz de la Sierra in Bolivia.
The Works has performed in 30 states in the US, and self-produced 24 New York City Seasons at such venues as New York City Center, The Joyce, Cedar Lake, New Victory Theaters and New York Live Arts. In the US, The Works has performed at the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Jacob's Pillow and American Dance Festival. The company’s recent engagements and performances in New York City and environs have included David H. Koch Theater, Central Park Summerstage, Ailey Citigroup Theater, Bryant Park Festival, Jacob Javits Center and the United Nations.
The dancers of The Works are renowned both for their technical virtuosity and expressive capability. Ms. Muller draws energy, athleticism, passion and grace out of her company members in a process that reveals each performer as a distinct individual without compromising the integrity of a coherent ensemble.
The Works is devoted to mentoring creativity in all its forms, through teaching professionally-oriented students, mentoring choreographers and conducting arts-in-education programs for all ages, cultures and backgrounds.
The company's arts-in-education programs, Faces of Wonder and Imagine That!!, bring The Works’ artistry to deserving students in the New York City public schools, offering workshops in creativity and the use of the imagination in daily life. Lecture-demonstrations provide an introduction to professional concert dance - a first exposure for the majority of these students. As a capstone, participating students attend a culminating performance at Hostos Center for the Performing Arts. These programs are offered free of charge.
The Scholarship/Apprentice Program provides valued professional training in Muller Technique for aspiring dancers. HATCH Presenting Series has presented over 775 new works by emerging choreographers and theater artists. Area Performances Project provides a platform for raising awareness of contemporary dance and introduces The Works’ unique artistry to audiences in unconventional environments. Annually, the company works with over 4,000 students and over 50 new choreographers.
Company alumni that have founded and/or lead dance companies include Ronald K. Brown, Young Soon Kim, Pascal Rekoert, Michael Jahoda, Maria Naidu, Leda Meredith and Christopher Pilafian. Company alumni also bring Muller Polarity Technique to new generations of dancers, establishing accredited dance programs in the US, Europe, South America and Japan.