June 12, 2008
CalArts dance dean creates site-specific ‘Fluid’ movements
(Page 2 - Previous Page)Inspired by choreographers such as Merce Cunningham, who collaborated with musicians and visual artists and multimedia virtuosos like Meredith Monk and Laurie Anderson, Koplowitz settled in New York in 1983 and set out to pursue how ideas could become "conceptually connected to movement. I never was interested in dance for dance's sake," he said.
After 23 years of living in New York and working as both a choreographer and the dance director at Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn, Koplowitz moved to Los Angeles in 2006. His current job at CalArts is essentially his next step as a "full-time educator, which I have been my entire artistic life. It's also another aspect I connect to my Jewish upbringing," he said.
"The connection between art and teaching is an extremely close one for me, and I think that's why I consider the actual process of making work to be so important," he continued. "The teacher in me wants that process to be as healthy as possible."
That might explain why Koplowitz plans to measure the success of "Liquid Landscapes" partially by whether "the process is enjoyable for everyone." Of course, he also hopes his company will "engage the audience on some level. For me, it has been great to get to know Los Angeles this way," he added. "I feel very privileged to do this work."
"TaskForce" performs "Liquid Landscapes" June 29-July 6.
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