Neil Greenberg


Neil Greenberg has been making dances since 1979. He came to New York from Minnesota in 1976 and danced with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company from 1979-1986. He formed Dance By Neil Greenberg in 1986, and his choreography has since been presented in twenty New York City productions and on tour. He is known especially for his Not-About-AIDS-Dance, which employs his signature use of projected words as a layering strategy that complicates the performance moment while also opening doors into potential meanings in the dance. His most recent projects - Really Queer Dance With Harps (2008) and (like a vase) (2010) - continue his investigation into the nature of meaning-making. His current project, This, will premiere at New York Live Arts in December 2014. 

He has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and two Bessie Awards, as well as repeated fellowships from the NEA and NYFA, a fellowship from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, a National Dance Project Production grant, a Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Creative Exploration Award, and repeated support from the MAP Fund and NYSCA. He has created two commissioned works for Mikhail Baryshnikov's White Oak Dance Project and two works for Ricochet Dance Company of London. His works have twice been cited as among the Ten High Points of the Year in The New York Times: his dance/video work Two in 2003 and Not-About-AIDS-Dance in 1994. 

Greenberg is currently a Professor of Choreography at Eugene Lang College, The New School for Liberal Arts, and has previously taught at Purchase College, Sarah Lawrence College, and UC Riverside. He served as dance curator at The Kitchen from 1995-1999.

Awards & Recognitions

  • Guggenheim Fellowship
  • Foundation for Contemporary Arts Fellowship
  • NEA Fellowships
  • NYFA Fellowships
  • "Bessie" New York Dance and Performance Award for "Not-About-AIDS-Dance"
  • "Bessie" Time Out/NY Audience Award for "Partial View"