Technical notes on the camera obscura:


• The LENS of the camera was custom built: It is an achromatic Doublet lens with 6 inches diameter and 102 inches focal length (f/17). The lens is fully coated to reduce reflections.


• The CAMERA was built under strict specifications to meet both public access codes and the needs of the artistic project which require the camera to be portable (able to be re-installed in different sites), large enough to accommodate as many as 25 people at a time.


• Our eyes naturally see things upside down; it is our brain that processes the image "right side up".


• Revealed Portfolio 1.0 consists of 22 photographs


• Revealed portfolio photos are archival pigment ink prints and measure 24" X 24"


• Portfolio 1.0 was created with a Hasselblad H2 camera with a 22 MP Leaf back, June, 2006.


A special portfolio of high quality photographic prints have been created using this camera obscura and featuring images from the site-specific performance. For information on viewing and purchasing these prints, please contact Stephan Koplowitz at


For more information about REVEALED or any questions, please write to the same address. REVEALED is actively seeking producing partners and sites for future installations and performances. Please contact Stephan Koplowitz at with any questions or information.

Highlight/Documentary on Genesis Canyon

Conception, Direction, Choreography Stephan Koplowitz

Original Score Jonathan Stone

Costume Design Craig Givens

Lighting Design Simon Corder

Music Production/Sound Design Adam Peacock

Assistant Director Heather Sultz

Costume Construction Angela Creasor


Core Company Dancers:

Jasmine Fitter, Susana Garcia, Sam Ingram, Jenny Lam, Karl Jay Lewin, Sarah Lloyd, Samantha Lyons, Joanna Perry, Rachael Read, Mike Winter

Special Featured Vocalists: Sarah-Jane Morris, Barnaby Stone and Jonathan Stone




Produced and Commissioned by the Dance Umbrella Festival

Val Bourne,  Artistic Director



Artists Statement:


Genesis Canyon began in 1993 with a phone call from Val Bourne (Artistic Director of the Dance Umbrella Festival) inviting me to explore London for possible performance sites. After an extensive search in this beautiful city, I selected the grand entrance hall of the Natural History Museum for several reasons. It is a stunning building in terms of design, history, tradition and is an important part in the lives of the people it serves, the public.

Genesis Canyon has been conceived, created, directed and cast completely with the design of the building and the mission of the institution it houses in mind. This is n ot a work meant to be seen anywhere else but within these terra-cotta walls.

Genesis Canyon is a choral work for both movement and voice and is the result of six intensive weeks of rehearsals on site at the Natural History Museum. Genesis Canyon is designed to be seen by an audience standing from all vantage points around the entrance hall. The work lasts 45 minutes without interruption.

Genesis Canyon FULL Program

‘Genesis Canyon’ wins Best Production. No one who saw this site-specific event at the Natural History Museum (and all five of its performances were chock-a-block) can be in any doubt about the special excitement generated by this vibrant Dance Umbrella commission. Created by American choreographer Stephan Koplowitz with 40 UK dancers, a score by Jonathan Stone and designs by Craig Givens, ‘Genesis Canyon’

was truly a magical moment. This award goes to each and every person involved.

-Time Out Awards

“Genesis Canyon" stands out because of its refreshingly straightforward

imagery...Rich imagery and brevity are the two winning factors of this performance, which never gets weary.... The key word here is entertainment, much to the dismay of those who consider culture and sheer enjoyment as not compatible. And good entertainment it is.”

--Giannandrea Poesio, Spectator Magazine, London, 10/5/96


“Genesis Canyon, conceived and directed by Stephan Koplowitz, was beautiful, breathtaking and fun.”

--Jann Parry, The Observer, London 10/6/96

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