CalArts plucks dance head from New York City

first_imgVALENCIA – Stephan Koplowitz has been appointed the new dean of the CalArts’ Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance, taking over a program boosted by a new endowment, professional space at the Los Angeles Music Center and a new partnership with the theater school. Koplowitz, a choreographer and educator based in New York City for the past 23 years, will come to the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia on Aug. 1, CalArts President Steven D. Lavine said Monday. Koplowitz is well-known in the contemporary dance world for concert performances, theater and public-site work as well as education, community arts and multimedia production. His appointment comes as CalArts celebrates a new endowment for its dance school and the emergence of its downtown Los Angeles professional space – the Roy and Edna Disney CalArts Theater at the Music Center. It also coincides with the reconfiguration of the CalArts Theater School’s professional production arm as the Center for New Performance, which will now also collaborate with the schools of music and dance. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “The tools are in place. We only await Stephan’s leadership,” Lavine said. “As a choreographer, he is hitting the sweet spot of a wonderful career and he is a born teacher/educator.” Lavine said Koplowitz had taken up a one-week residence at CalArts in 2004 as part of his Alpert Award for the Arts fellowship. During that time he created a piece that involved every dance student – undergraduate and graduate – at CalArts. “We are all ready to work with Stephan to develop a program responsive to the conditions of dance today,” Lavine said. “This will be a turning point, mostly for CalArts, but for dance in Southern California generally.” Koplowitz is best known for creating large-scale performances for architecturally compelling and challenging spaces. Sites for his work have included London’s British Library and Natural History Museum, the windows of New York’s Grand Central Terminal, Union Station in Los Angeles and a coal processing plant in Essen, Germany. “Whether I am choreographing for a site or the stage, I am influenced by my environment and my community,” Koplowitz said. “The fact that Los Angeles faces Asia and borders on Mexico offers a new perspective on my world. “This, in combination with the richness and intensity of the artistic community at CalArts, provides exciting possibilities for developing work and collaborations. Although I am moving to the Los Angeles area, I feel that CalArts is its own city within a city – with its own culture, resources and links to other cultures around the globe.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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