Auditions for Site-Specific Project
BY STEPHAN KOPLOWITZ
AXIS Dance Company seeks dancers with and without disabilities for a site-specific work at Yerba Buena Gardens, directed and choreographed by Stephan Koplowitz, with an original score by Pamela Z.
Auditions have ended. Please look forward to letters of acceptance the week of February 6th.
This site-based performance work, inspired by the history, design and architecture of the Yerba Buena Gardens, will draw on the unique movement vocabularies of AXIS Dance Company and ensemble cast members. It will mine the intersection of the history of the gardens along with the present day use of the site in an increasingly developed urban area. This is a promenade performance of distinct chapters tied to specific locations on site, creating an immersive and expansive experience for audience members.
Stephan Koplowitz is an award winning director/choreographer/media artist known for his work on stage, film and site. His site work aims to alter people's perspectives of place, site, and scale, all infused with a sense of the human condition and is concerned with the intersection of natural, social and cultural ecologies within urban and natural environments. Since 1984 he has created 87 works and has been awarded 60 commissions performed in the US, Europe and Asia. He is the recipient of an Alpert Award in the Arts, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Bessie Award for "Sustained Achievement" in Choreography and six NEA Choreography Fellowships (1988-97). Recent works include commissions from the Bates Dance Festival, La Mama Umbria International, The Ohio State University, Trolley Dances, San Diego, to name a few. In August, 2017, he will premiere a multi-media site based performance work for over 50 performers in an historic mill factory as part of the Bates Dance Festival's 35th anniversary. In May, 2018, he will premier one of his largest site based projects to date, premiering performances throughout the town of Northfield, Minnesota and commissioned by St. Olaf and Carlton Colleges. The work will incorporate hundreds of performers in dance, theater, music and media arts. After living in New York City for 23 years, Koplowitz, in 2016, was appointed dean and faculty of Dance at the California Institute of the Arts and served in that capacity for ten years until 2016. Koplowitz received a BA in Music Composition from Wesleyan University and an MFA in Choreography from the University of Utah, both institutions have named him as a Distinguished Alumni.