Gillian Rhodes is a choreographer, storyteller, and dancer from the United States. She is actively working in, across, and through geographical, discipline, and media borders, both in her work and in her personal path. She began her ballet training when she was five years old and went on to Columbia University in New York to specialize in dance. She has lived in Cambodia, South Korea, and, most recently, Pakistan since 2012.
She incorporates the lessons she’s learned when exploring unfamiliar worlds, languages, traditions, and creative styles into everything she does.
Gillian can talk in English, French, Korean, Khmer, and Urdu, among other languages.
Gillian is now a leader in Pakistan’s burgeoning contemporary dance scene. She helped create the first monthly choreography exhibition and co-taught the first accredited choreography course in a Pakistani university. She has toured the world with Versatile Dance Company, performing Punjabi bhangra and kathak. As a model and actress, she has starred in various advertisements and campaigns.
Gillian is now a leader in Pakistan’s burgeoning contemporary dance scene. She helped create the first monthly choreography exhibition and co-taught the first accredited choreography course in a Pakistani university. She has toured the country with Versatile Dance Company, performing Punjabi bhangra and kathak, and has starred in various advertisements and ads as a model and actress.
Gillian’s work is ultimately the consequence of the complex tension of boundaries: knowing, honoring, confronting, and blurring them. This is due to her particular role in the environments she works and the work she does.
Gillian Rhodes is a multi-faceted performer who mainly works as a choreographer and dancer. After graduating from Columbia University in New York, she lived and worked in Cambodia and South Korea for many years. Aside from dancing, She is a published author and still works in environmental management as a volunteer. She is a firm believer in peace that is more than just the absence of conflict, in a complete and rewarding existence, and in the importance of imagination as a basic part of humanity. She is currently based in Lahore, Pakistan.
"I will always be a ‘Gori’ for certain women," says an American dancer who lives in Pakistan".