ABOUT STEPHAN KOPLOWITZ (press-bio)

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 91 works and has been awarded 64 commissions. He is the recipient of a 2017 Rockefeller Bellagio Fellowship, 2014 Hewlett-Gerbode Choreographic Fellowship, 2004 Alpert Award in the Arts (Dance), a 2003 Guggenheim Fellowship in Choreography in addition to a 2000 New York Dance and Performance Award, “Bessie” for “Sustained Achievement” in Choreography. Koplowitz is also the recipient of six National Endowment for the Arts Choreography Fellowships from (1988-97). 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 (awarded 1994), where he received his BA in Music Composition and from the University of Utah College of Fine Arts (awarded 2010) where he received his MFA in Choreography.  His choreography and company, Stephan Koplowitz & Company (Kop Art, Inc.) have been produced repeatedly by internationally recognized performing arts venues domestically and abroad.

 

Most recently, he premiered The Northfield Experience an immersive site event (ten different events) taking place throughout the city of Northfield, MN (2018), Mill Town a media and performance work inspired by the historic mills in Lewiston, ME for the Bates Dance Festival (2017) and Occupy, commissioned by the mixed-ability AXIS Dance Company at the Yerba Buena Gardens, SF (2017). In 2015 he premiered through La MaMa Umbria International and the Spoleto Open Festival In Sight Out a site-specific work of movement/theater and Play(as) for the 2015 edition of Trolley Dances in San Diego. In 2014 he premiered a major commissioned site-specific promenade event for the re-opening of Sullivant Hall at Ohio State University, entitled Sullivant Travels featuring 11 different performances in inter-active media, film, site and aerial dance. It was named by Columbus Alive as one of 2014 “best” dance events. In June, 2013, he premiered two new site works commissioned by the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, titled: Stephan Koplowitz: Water Sight, Milwaukee, at the Milwaukee Art Museum and the historic water tower. Stephan Koplowitz: TaskForce, a site-touring company was inaugurated in 2008 with creative residencies/performances in Idyllwild, CA, Los Angeles, CA (2008), Plymouth, UK (2009) and Houston, Texas (2012). TaskForce has created over 20 site-specific works, collaborating with over 30 different artists in music, theater, visual arts and media. In May, 2012 the water themed TaskForce project, Natural Acts in Artificial Water premiered in Houston, Texas presented by Diverseworks Art Center. The work was critically acclaimed as “by far the most significant dance site-specific work in the city’s history” (Nancy Wozny Art+Culture Mag) and was named by the Houston Press’s “Best of Houston” as “best ensemble production” in 2013. Koplowitz, along with architects KBAS, were the winners of a design competition to install a permanent media art installation utilizing camera obscuras at the The Center for New Media in Salt Lake City for 2013. 

 

After living in New York City for 23 years, Koplowitz, in 2006, was appointed dean of The Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts, Los Angeles) and served in that capacity for ten years until 2016. He is a contributor to the first book published on site-specific choreography, Site Dance, published by Florida University Press (2009, paperback 2011). His course, Creating Site-Specific Dance and Performance Works launched in September, 2013, was the first dance related course on Coursera and the MOOC platform and it re-launched in September 2014 and September 2015. Over 21,000 people from 154 countries have registered for this course.

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(a list of awards and fellowships can be found below and more specific bios- site, visual/media and education in the dropdown menu above)

AWARDS

2017

Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Resident Fellowship, for work on book project: Creating Site-Specific Performance Works: Strategies on Creative and Production Techniques

2014

The Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

Choreographic Commission for work with Axis Dance

ColumbusAlive.com Best Dance of 2014 (Sullivant’s Travels)

2013

Winner (with KBAS) public art commission- Utah Arts Council -Light Camera Action for the Center for New Media, Salt Lake City

Houston Press, Best Ensemble Production (Natural Acts in Artificial Water)

2010

Distinguished Alumnus Award from the School of Fine Arts, University of Utah, Modern Dance

2007

Boston Globe, Ten Best Dance Works of 2007, (iseea)

2003

Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in Choreography

Artist Resource and Media Laboratory Fellowship, Jerome Foundation, Dance Theater Workshop

2000

New York Dance and Performance Award (“Bessie”) for Sustained Achievement in Choreography

1997

National Endowment for the Arts Choreography Fellowship

The Rockefeller Foundation MAP Fund (Webbed Feats, Bryant Park)

1996

First Light Choreographic Commission Award-Joyce- Mertz Gilmore Foundation

Time Out Magazine, London, England, Best Dance Production (Genesis Canyon)

1995

Arts Fellowship by the National Endowment for the Arts

First Light Choreographic Commission Award-Joyce- Mertz Gilmore Foundation

1994

Distinguished Alumnus Award, Wesleyan University

1993-4

National Endowment for the Arts Choreography Fellowship

1993

First Light Choreographic Commission Award-Joyce- Mertz Gilmore Foundation

1991-2

National Endowment for the Arts Choreography Fellowship

1990

National Endowment for the Arts Choreography Fellowship

Frank L. Babbott Chair of Literature and Arts Packer Collegiate Institute

1989

National Endowment for the Arts Choreography Fellowship

First Light Choreographic Commission Award-Joyce- Mertz Gilmore Foundation

Frank L. Babbott Chair of Literature and Arts Packer Collegiate Institute.

1988

National Endowment for the Arts Choreography Fellowship

First Light Choreographic Commission Award-Joyce- Mertz Gilmore Foundation

1987

First Light Choreographic Commission Award-Joyce- Mertz Gilmore Foundation