PODCAST BY SILVA LAUKKANEN
In this episode of DanceCast, Silva interviews Eric Kupers, a director, choreographer and performer in the Bay Area. He is the co-director of Dandelion Dancetheater and director of Bandelion (the interdisciplinary ensemble within the company). Eric discusses his experimental approach to dance-making, the creative significance of inclusivity (both in terms of different bodies as well as different artistic genres), his intro to performance through folk dance at his public elementary school and why exposure to dance is imperative in education, and his development of an inclusive dance program at Cal State University East Bay.
Eric Kupers has co-directed, choreographed and performed with Dandelion Dancetheater since its inception in 1996, creating numerous works that have been presented throughout California, nationally and internationally. He is deeply influenced by his work as a performer in the companies of Della Davidson and Margaret Jenkins, as well as by important teachers including Billie Burke, Charles Edmondson, Bella Lewitzky, Mel Wong, Silvia Martins, Ellie Klopp and Joe Goode. Eric is a professor of dance at Cal State University East Bay and is leading the development of an inclusive interdisciplinary performance program. Eric is also the director of Bandelion, an ensemble within Dandelion Dancetheater comprised of dance, music, theater and visual artists committed to ongoing inclusive interdisciplinary research, as well as the CSUEB Inclusive Interdisciplinary Ensemble, which brings together students, alumni, community members and professional performers with and without disabilities, of all sizes and shapes, and from diverse cultures, to create original performance works.
Find out more about his work and ensembles at www.dandeliondancetheater.org.