Making Dance Where You Find It

PODCAST BY SILVA LAUKKANEN

In this episode of the DanceCast, Silva Laukkanen speaks to her third site-specific dance artist, Stephan Koplowitz, who has been producing site specific dances for over 30 years. He shares a peek into his research and choreographic process, as well as discusses the origins and status of site specific dance, and the considerations of history and politics when choreographing in a new space.

TaskForce Day 2 - Cal Plaza 6/08

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Stephan Koplowitz is an award-winning director/choreographer/media artist known for his work on stage, film and site. Since 1984, he has created 87 works and has been awarded 60 commissions. He is the recipient of a 2004 Alpert Award in the Arts (Dance), a 2003 Guggenheim Fellowship in Choreography, a 2000 New York Dance and Performance Award, and a “Bessie” for “Sustained Achievement” in choreography. Koplowitz is also the recipient of six National Endowment for the Arts choreography fellowships. In 1996, his site-specific work, “Genesis Canyon,” commissioned by the Dance Umbrella Festival for the Natural History Museum in London, won Time Out Magazine’s award for “Best Dance Production of 1996.” He is the recipient of two distinguished alumni awards from Wesleyan University, where he received his BA in music composition, and from the University of Utah College of Fine Arts, where he received his MFA in choreography.

Stephan Koplowitz

To learn more, visit stephankoplowitz.com.

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