"I have been increasingly committed to working as a “public artist,” creating performances for diverse audiences in architecturally compelling and challenging spaces. Combining people and ideas in new contexts, I ask dancers to be singers, actors to be dancers, mixing generations, physical types and backgrounds. I am interested in making the commonplace into something fresh, and hopefully, extra-ordinary. Informed by a site’s design, history and current use, a kind of canvas of human endeavor, I explore the relationship between people and their communities. Artistic work is an act of communication; it doesn’t exist in a vacuum."

Twenty years ago, shortly after beginning to create dances for the proscenium stage, Stephan Koplowitz started making large scale, big cast performances for grand public spaces including the British Library, the windows of Grand Central Terminal, Union Station, the “Whale Room” at The American Museum of Natural History, and a coal processing plant in Essen, Germany. Altering urban daily life by means of temporal spectacle, his dances simultaneously celebrate and critique public architecture and institutions. From web work to the upcoming Camera Obscura Project, where room size cameras will record live performances, Koplowitz continues to investigate interactive possibilities between choreography and technology. Beginning as an interactive web site, using the submissions of 200 people, Webbed Feats: Bytes of Bryant Park, a seven-hour performance festival in New York, included poetry, theatre and music. This year, the site-adaptive* work, The Grand Step Project, for 100 dancers and singers, will take place on landmark staircases throughout New York City.

*Koplowitz defines site-adaptive dances as those that are created in concept and form for a particular site with the flexibility to travel and be altered.

Born 1956, Washington D.C.
Lives in Brooklyn, NY
1983 M.F.A., Choreography, University of Utah
1979 B.A., Music, Wesleyan University

2004 The Grand Step Project, site-adaptive work for six public NYC staircases, 50 dancers and 50 singers, produced by Dancing in the Streets
2002-03 Catching the Game, Catching the 5:23 (premiered at the Hampton International Film Festival), short films shot at Shea Stadium and Grand Central Terminal
2001 (In)Formations, site-specific work for the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center, 39 dancers, commissioned by the New York Public Library
1987, 99 Fenestrations, site-specific work for the windows of Grand Central Terminal, 72 dancers, produced by Dancing in the Streets and the Metropolitan Transportation Agency
1999 Kokerei Projekt: Köhle Korper, site-specific work for coal factory, Essen, Germany, 50 dancers, produced by the Choreographic Centre NRW on behalf of Kultur Ruhr
1998 Babel Index, site-specific work for the British Library, 54 dancers, London, England, produced by the Dance Umbrella Festival
1998 War With The Newts, dance/theater work premiered at Dance Theater Workshop, a full length adaptation of the Karel Capek novel
1997 Webbed Feats presents BYTES of Bryant Park, interactive web site (webbedfeats.org) and 7 hour site-specific performance event for Bryant Park, NY. Produced by Kop Art, Inc. and Bryant Park Restoration Corporation
1996 Genesis Canyon, site-specific work for the Natural History Museum, London, England, 41 dancers/singers produced by the Dance Umbrella Festival, London
1993 Thicker Than Water, full length inter-generational dance/theater work about a family, premiered at Dance Theater Workshop
1989 Big Thirst, site-specific work for the “Whale Room,” American Museum of Natural History, New York, 27 dancers, produced by Dancing in the Streets
1987-89 To My Anatomy, There Were Three Men and I Met Someone (triology), dance/theater portrait works for performers of different ages premiered at Dance Theater Workshop
1985 I’m Growing, dance/theater work for six teen-age boys premiered at Celebrate Brooklyn

2003-04 Artist Resource and Media Laboratory Fellowship, Dance Theater Workshop
2003 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, Choreography
2000 New York Dance and Performance Award (Bessie) for “Sustained Achievement in Choreography”
1997 The Rockefeller Foundation MAP Fund for Webbed Feats
1996-98 The Greenwall Foundation, for creation of new work
1996 Time Out Award, Best Dance Production of 1996 for Genesis Canyon by Time Out Magazine, London, England
1994 Distinguished Alumnus Award, Wesleyan University
1989-90 Frank L. Babbott Chair of Literature and Arts, the Packer Collegiate Institute
1988-94, 97 National Endowment for the Arts Choreography Fellowships
1987-96 Seven First Light choreographic commission awards from Dance Theater Workshop and Joyce-Mertz Gilmore Foundation