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 62 works and has been awarded 42 commissions. He is the recipient of a 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 by internationally recognized performing arts venues domestically and abroad. In June, 2013, he will premiere three new site works commissioned by the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, titled: Stephan Koplowitz: Water Sight, Milwaukee , which will take place at the Calavatra Milwaukee Art Museum and the historic water tower. In the summer of 2013, Koplowitz will return as faculty at the Bates Dance Festival teaching a special intensive course on site specific production and creation. 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). His recent projects have included collaborating, as choreographer with American new music composer John King on his new multi media opera Dice Thrown based on Stéphane Mallarmé’s poem Un Coup de Dés Jamais N'Abolira Le Hasard, at the CalArts Modular Theater, 2010.Revealed (2006) a site-adaptive public art- installation/performance involving room size camera obscuras, was installed in Battery Park City, NYC as part of the River to River Festival. Revealed was seen by over 5,000 people in addition to generating a portfolio of museum quality photographs. In 2007, it was installed at MASS MoCA and the Mead Museum, Amherst. Recently, 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) where he currently resides. In addition to his role as dean, Koplowitz is on faculty and teaches advanced choreography and MFA seminar classes. He was recently a contributor to the first book published on site-specific choreography, Site Dance, published by Florida University Press (2009, and published in paperback 2011). For more information: www.koplowitzprojects.com & www.youtube.com/user/lanycart