Faculty

Ariel Osterweis

Ariel Osterweis
Ariel Osterweis is on faculty at The Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance at CalArts, where she teaches critical dance studies and performance studies courses. She has also taught at Skidmore College, Wayne State University, and the University of California, Berkeley. Osterweis earned her Ph.D. in Performance Studies at UC Berkeley and her B.A. in Anthropology at Columbia University. Her book manuscript, Body Impossible: Desmond Richardson and the Politics of Virtuosity, is under contract with Oxford University Press and examines issues of race, class, gender, and sexuality in contemporary dance. Osterweis also researches contemporary African dance and mixed-race, feminist, and transgender performance that disavows dance-based virtuosity. She is developing her next monograph, Prophylactic Aesthetics: Latex, Spandex, and Sexual Anxieties of the 1980s and 1990s, as well as a book of interviews called Disavowing Virtuosity, Performing Aspiration: Dance and Performance Interviews. Her publications appear in Dance Research Journal, TDR/The Drama Review, Women and Performance, e-misférica, Theatre Survey, The Oxford Handbook of Dance and the Popular Screen (Oxford University Press, 2014), and Choreographies of 21st Century Wars (OUP, 2016). Having trained at San Francisco Ballet School, the Martha Graham School, and The Ailey School on full scholarship, Osterweis danced with Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Mia Michaels R.A.W., and Heidi Latsky, has choreographed, and has served as dramaturg for John Jasperse and Narcissister. In addition to serving on the Dance/NYC Advisory Committee and the Editorial Board of the Dance Studies Association, she is Book Reviews Editor for Dance Research Journal. Osterweis currently lives in Los Angeles.